Originally Posted by TommyNavara
Thanks for your precious contribute ClieOS.
The 2k is meant to rapresent "the most elite-reference dap available".
Let me ask a question here:
You can tell the two apart and the HM901 is actually better or is just a matter of taste on different sound signatures, color, etc..?
This is very important.
I can tell them apart fairly easily, especially since HM901 has an very obvious wider soundstage that can be easily pick up even with the same music and headphone. Presentation is also richer and image better resolved on the HM901. The stock X3 also has a warm'ish tone that is noticeable. I did A/B them before.
Just a side note - I mod'ed my X3 with a different opamp a while back. Last week we had a small local meet where we have two X3, one stock and one mod'ed (mine), and we asked people to listen to both without telling them which is which (so it is kind of semi-blind test). Everyone on the meet who listened to both prefer mine, including a girls who isn't really an audiophiles herself but only went to the meet with her audiophiles boyfriend and being asked by her boyfriend to try out both X3. So essentially we have two near identical players with just the different in one chip and people can still tell them apart.