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post #16 of 82

901 will be a bag of fun when people start making cards to fit into it, is a smart move business and other wise to have the modern open source initiative as an option. Its there that they obviously understand the idea of subjectivity and experience, people valuing various experiences through various sources from audio quality at various levels of resolution to the various headphones available.

 

It would be difficult not sticking to the balanced card for the sound quality and suffering the bad battery life... in comparing the AK120 most would be/are comparing it to the balanced card experience rather than the others I assume.. am not sure what a fair comparison using one of the 901 cards would actually be... the battery life of the cards is not measured individually or matched to the type of files being used, recall the AK team mentioning their battery life with the type of file used in playback... the 901 would not fare so well with high res 24/192 playback alongside its balanced card and I have no intentions of using anything less.

post #17 of 82

where did you get the case for hifiman 901?

post #18 of 82
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ohyeeeee View Post
 

where did you get the case for hifiman 901?

Got it from Taobao:

 

http://trade.taobao.com/trade/detail/tradeSnap.htm?spm=a1z09.2.9.35.wr7S3a&tradeID=280027835843532

post #19 of 82

Thank you! feng wei Are u chinese? hm 901真的比ak 120好这么多吗?

post #20 of 82
Thread Starter 
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Thank you! feng wei Are u chinese? hm 901真的比ak 120好这么多吗?

Yes, I'm a Chinese living oversea. 901比120性能上差不多,但901耐听很多。But it's of course my opinion only. 

post #21 of 82

Me too. hifiman iem 推jh 16 pro 和jh roxanna够吗?

post #22 of 82
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Me too. hifiman iem 推jh 16 pro 和jh roxanna够吗?

Sorry I never tried the JH 16pro, and the Roxanna is too new ... but I guess IEM amp card should be more than sufficient for those. You are getting the Roxanna? That's great! For me the K3003 will be the most exp IEM I'd get. Don't wanna spend any more than that.  

post #23 of 82
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Originally Posted by tienbasse View Post

Glad that you realize that your situation is not exactly standard.

AK120 may be slightly inferior in SQ (and that's your opinion, I couldn't really hear a difference with a stock HM901), but for anything else, HM901 is just awful.
Not really portable.
Built like a Russian tank maybe, but the UI is also built like a 1990s Russian tank. No EQ, battery life: no comment.

The AK120, apart from its price, doesn't have any major downside. It is a real commercial product which you can use without having to mess with firmwares, DIY modifications and awkward tricks (special dedicace to iBasso, it's amazing how people can accept to be alpha-testers for such as a high price wink.gif ).

Bear in mind : we are in the PORTABLE source gear section.
The HM901 is at best transportable, as you mentioned.
Having less than 10h of battery when you travel is a no-go, and when I fly, I have to keep luggage weight under 20kg. So no amp, no full headphones.

I hope you can appreciate my (different) point of view.

I shared the same view and bought the AK120 over the 901.... I tracked the 901 for a long time and even demoed it a few times. I made fun of the 901 aesthetics. It's size. The heat. And don't get me started on UI. Fully justified being first batch buyer of the ak120 and proud and happy enough to even join HF as a posting member to share this amazing DAP. I really liked the ak120 as an upgrade to the ak100 as price doesn't really bothered me that much.

That was, until I demo'ed the 901 one last time with the balanced amp board. Sounded too good. Bought it despite all thr flaws thinking to be using it at home where nobody would see me fiddling with it. Indeed it was tough getting used to its quirks and issues. I ended up using it more, and more, and still more and even have it in my pants pocket on my commute to and from work, or grocery shopping, or anytime I go out as long as it is sufficiently charged.

I'm a superficial guy had only deviate from my form over substance purchase philosophy twice with two headgear purchases, and 901 is one of them. I still kept the ak120, as a backup or if long battery life is needed as I almost never take it over the 901. And I kept it until the dx50 took even that role away from the ak120.

Looking forward to my preordered zx1. It would probably replaces the dx50.

So, in a nutshell, the major downside of ak120, to me at least, was the sound. YMMV.
Edited by kkcc - 10/14/13 at 3:32am
post #24 of 82

where can I preorder zx1?

post #25 of 82

I SEE IN THE PICTURE A BROWN LEATHER CASE FOR THE HIFIMAN HM901.  COULD YOU TELL ME WHERE TO FIND THAT CASE?  I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A PORTABLE CASE FOR MY 901 FOR SOME TIME.  THANKS DAVEMC

post #26 of 82
Glad to read this. I just ordered mine.
post #27 of 82
I just got mine a week ago and boy oh boy I am always at my music with the HM-901.
post #28 of 82
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I just got mine a week ago and boy oh boy I am always at my music with the HM-901.


congrats! I bought a charger and one more battery.... I am also always on the 901 whenever I have time for it.

post #29 of 82
Thanks. I am planning to get the battery charger as wel and the Balanced amp card. I am using the IEM amp card at the moment.
post #30 of 82

Does anyone know if the HM-901 is easy to use with an iMac?

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