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post #61 of 82
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Originally Posted by fengwei007 View Post

I did try some hard-rock musics (mostly from U2 and Aerosmith), they sounded great to me. But I'm never a hard-rock fan anyway, except a few sounds from these two bands, from the movies I've seen I think. 

Besides classic musics, I also listen to a lot blues, jazz, soft rocks and pop songs (mostly sweet vocals). I think HM901 is a great player for all these types of musics. 
while I fully agree but not the vocal portion of 801.
post #62 of 82
CosmicHolyGhost:
Is your audio journey gonna change to HM-901 > AK120 > HM-901 > AK240?

AK240 is from different price league:

 

AK120 ~ $1000-1300

HM-901 ~ $1000

AK240 ~ $2400 OOPS

 

Be careful what you're writing, we're not so dumb people as you may think :evil: 

 

P.S. There's only a little probability AK240 will sound more spectacular than HM-901... only a little...


Edited by VladGuardian - 2/18/14 at 3:41am
post #63 of 82
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

I am sorry my English is bad and I cannot understand when you scream in French accent.hehe


@fengwei007, have you tried the AK240 yet? Is your audio journey gonna change to HM-901 > AK120 > HM-901 > AK240?

No, I haven't. Don't think it's available here in local shops yet. I'd love to give it a try, but don't think I'd folk out such a big amount of money for a portable player which might not sound better than HM901 (to my ears)

Just got a Minibox card, listening to it now, loving it!
post #64 of 82
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Originally Posted by fengwei007 View Post


Just got a Minibox card, listening to it now, loving it!


Me, too... I have switched to use minibox card because I can detect hiss from balance card when I am in office... also, I dont need to use the TRRS> TRS adapter when I want to switch listening to X5.convenient! :beerchug:

post #65 of 82

SORRY, TYPING IN CAPS IS JUST ONE OF MY CHARACTER FLAWS>  DON'T ATTACH ANY SIGNIFICANTS TO IT.  DAVE MC

post #66 of 82

impressive!顶一记~~:tongue_smile:

post #67 of 82

Two people already who prefers MiniBox with HM-901... NICE

Local customer also recommended me this amp card.

CosmicHolyGhost, are you listening to any heavy genres?

I mean - ANY, i.e. any from blues to death-metal would be "heavy" ;)

post #68 of 82
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Originally Posted by VladGuardian View Post

Two people already who prefers MiniBox with HM-901... NICE
Local customer also recommended me this amp card.
CosmicHolyGhost, are you listening to any heavy genres?
I mean - ANY, i.e. any from blues to death-metal would be "heavy" wink.gif

Sorry, not recently... Recenetly, just random Shostakovich string quartets and symphony because they sound good on my earphones...
post #69 of 82
How do you guys like the Minibox with iems? How does it compare to balanced card. And to the DIY discrete if anyone tried it?
post #70 of 82
I dont think i can hear much diff between minibox and balance card (bal mode) with ciem on the go..maybe except for less hiss... And u get little room for vol control similar to bal card...i have not compared using full sized yet and I presume the diff will be more revealing with full sized...
post #71 of 82
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

I dont think i can hear much diff between minibox and balance card (bal mode) with ciem on the go..maybe except for less hiss... And u get little room for vol control similar to bal card...i have not compared using full sized yet and I presume the diff will be more revealing with full sized...
So all in all you are saying it is better to go Minibox so you can avoid balanced cables....
post #72 of 82
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So all in all you are saying it is better to go Minibox so you can avoid balanced cables....


and no need to drive headphones as I believe the difference is more noticeable when using headphones.....
IMHO....

post #73 of 82
Thread Starter 

I've had the MiniBox amp card for 2 weeks, played TH900, T5p and even the HD800 with the combo, sound really great with the first two, and even HD800 sounds pretty nice with the MiniBox amp card. I haven't even bothered to use my desktop setup in the two weeks because I really enjoy using HM901.

 

I know Dr Fang didn't suggest to use MiniBox with IEMs like K3003, but I gave it a try anyway a couple of days ago. Oh man, how I regretted that I didn't try the combo earlier. The sound was much fuller, bass and mids are quite a bit better (IMO) than w/ the IEM card, highs are very well controlled too. Never thought that K3003 could sound so nice w/ a portable setup, that's after I've tried AK120, X3, HM901 w/ different amp cards. Now I think I found the ultimate amp card for my use, the MiniBox card. It's capable of driving full sized cans like TH900 and T5p, and it works great with sensitive IEMs like K3003.

 

You know what, I've sold my IEM card after I tried the MiniBox w/ my K3003. Don't see I'd ever use it again anyway.

post #74 of 82

@fengwei007

 

have you ever tried to plug your HM901 to your desktop amp to drive hd800? I have found that it is really a great source. it has vivid dynamic when playing anna netrebko's amazing voice.

 

thanks for the impressions, it seems I no longer need to buy an iem card too.

post #75 of 82
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

@fengwei007


have you ever tried to plug your HM901 to your desktop amp to drive hd800? I have found that it is really a great source. it has vivid dynamic when playing anna netrebko's amazing voice.

thanks for the impressions, it seems I no longer need to buy an iem card too.

Got dedicated SACD player and nice PCs, I only listen to SACD or DSD files on desktop setup nowadays. But I'm thinking of trying to use hm901 as the source for my speaker setup some time. Bought needed cable already ..
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