Hi, the market has just exploded in the last 18 months, quite hard to cope with it all. ( I use ES10s (with ESW9 pads) and DT1350 only on the move,)
My 801 line out collapsed on me today, the headphone socket broke months ago.
I have asked Head Direct if they can do the repair, but I am not feeling that optimistic that they will so.
I still have a Studio 3rd, so redbook is covered, I really want a player to replay a large
collection of 24/96flac, both HD tracks and LP rips from my LP12.
I have always lusted after a C4 and these days the price doesn't seem high any more as every one else has
raised their game and price. However it's WAV only, yes I could convert, but I'd rather not.
Would the X3/X50 be a big step down in sound quality? I have an O2 and Graham Slee Voyager at hand.
I am on the world tour of the X5 and will have that on Feb 14th - so that will rule that in or out.
Is the DX100 still a contender ? is it bug free? is it reliable?
How would the Ak100 compare to the 801?
I like the sound of my 801, but I love and prefer the sound of my MDAC with ESS DAC
I would like a flat sound, clean and clear treble, flat bass, not warm.
I don't care about UI, gapless, battery or memory, only sound quality and build.
I think the answer could be the 901 but I am not impressed with the build of the 801
obviously, so am reluctant to buy another HIFIMAN product,
however my 601 never let me down and got some serious abuse.
These portable players really need extra rugged construction, being used on the move they
get more abuse that any other audio product. People laugh at the look of the Voyager Amp
but it will last forever.
Budget - ideally less than £500 - but will spend more if I have to
thanks in advance for your help