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post #61 of 123

smart looking set... for enjoying music on the morning jog/ marathon to work  :P  

post #62 of 123

I want to get t his...  I really want to get this...  but I don't have any balanced IEMs to begin with, and am I right that it doesn't come with expandable memory?

post #63 of 123
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Yes, it's a wonderful package. No expendable memory, 32GB is all you get but quite frankly, it holds 70 Flacs albums and that's plenty enough to me. 

It comes with balanced RE400 earphones that are quite excellent sounding for the price. I think the RE600 are even better but a little more expensive.

Earphones can easily be converted into balanced mode with TRRS plugs and a soldering iron too. (I'm about to convert a Koss Porta Pro into balanced mode)

post #64 of 123
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Yes, it's a wonderful package. No expendable memory, 32GB is all you get but quite frankly, it holds 70 Flacs albums and that's plenty enough to me. 

It comes with balanced RE400 earphones that are quite excellent sounding for the price. I think the RE600 are even better but a little more expensive.

Earphones can easily be converted into balanced mode with TRRS plugs and a soldering iron too. (I'm about to convert a Koss Porta Pro into balanced mode)

 

Lets just say I do not have a great track record of having the world's steadiest hands...  even had a few bad chemical burns due to it, dropped that Chem class in a heartbeat.  Still, if I was already an owner of some balanced IEMs like the RE-262, then I'd be more inclined.  But as it stands, I'm happy with what I'm using.  I think for me, its really the lack of expandable memory that's a deal breaker, at least at full price.  If I ever see it at a good used price or discount/sale, then I very well may reconsider.

post #65 of 123

Though HM-700 comes with a nice draw string pouch and arm-band strap, I wanted a more heavy duty protection when traveling or inside of a backpack.  Since I recently reviewed Pelican 1020 case for another DAP, I didn't realize their 1010 case fits HM-700 like a glove and leaves enough room for RE400B and cables!!!

 

Pelican 1010 case (http://www.pelicancases.com/1010-p/1010.htm) is only $13.50 and probably the most rugged solution you can find to protect HM-700.  What sets Pelican cases apart is their extremely durable construction and IP67 rating. These cases are water resistant, dustproof, crushproof, and come with lifetime guarantee. They have an easy open latch, stainless steel hardware, removable rubber lining (which also works as o-ring), and one way air valve. As a bonus it comes with a carabiner, and there are two slots for lanyard attachment.

 

Here is how it looks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by twister6 - 5/1/14 at 6:31pm
post #66 of 123
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Looks bullet proof to me!!!

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Dog Meat,  my HM700 has worked flawlessly since I received it, all my FLAC music loads and plays fine, and access to the folders is normal.  I did unplug it from my PC once, without ejecting it, and the next time I plugged it in it asked me to scan it for errors, which I did, and it connected fine afterwards, and now I always remember to eject it from my windows PC after loading or deleting music.  The USB cable being the problem sure sounds logical, although I use mine quite a lot, and have had no issues with the supplied "short" USB patch cable.  I am new to the quality FLAC/DAP scene, having used a 160gb ipod classic for all my previous music listening, and I couldn't be happier with this DAP.  It makes for a great entry level DAP for sure, and even competes with quite a few other more expensive units in the market, as I've read in other reviews.  I'm still reveling in the quality sounds from the RE-400b's on this HM700, the perfect combination if you ask me.  Hope this helps out. 

post #68 of 123

Dog Meat, here is an image of the white bars above and below the battery icon on my HM700 when fully charged.  It beeps when it reaches full charge too.

post #69 of 123

Ordered also this device. Hopefully better than Sansa Clip.

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Dog Meat, here is an image of the white bars above and below the battery icon on my HM700 when fully charged.  It beeps when it reaches full charge too.

 

Just... wow. Can you please specify what firmware is installed on your device? And please tell, approximately, how long it takes for you to fully charge it from, lets say, one third on a charging icon? Thanks!

post #71 of 123
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Originally Posted by Vic-CX7 View Post
 

  It makes for a great entry level DAP for sure, and even competes with quite a few other more expensive units in the market, as I've read in other reviews.  I'm still reveling in the quality sounds from the RE-400b's on this HM700, the perfect combination if you ask me.  Hope this helps out. 

 

Yeah, re-400B is great! I've also got a sennheiser momentum - a full - sized can, almost four times more expensive then RE's... So, on the HM-700 it really improves VERY much, compared to an ipod... But you have to tweak the bass down - on a "normal" preset it just crushes your head, they hit amazingly hard, just too hard for me. Probably it is a bassheads dream:basshead:. But I will be very hard pressed to say that re-400b is worse than momentum.... Bigger sound image on momentum - yes, more 3d - yes, amazing natural vocals - yes, laser guided bass - yes, but the treble sparkle of re-400b is just missing on the momentum. Also, my friend tried his monster turbine copper on the HM-700, says that they sound much much better then when used with his galaxy S3 (no surprise here), but the bass just blows his head off too, and has to be tweaked on the equalizer. Also his verdict was - RE-400 is a better iem to him. 

post #72 of 123
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Just... wow. Can you please specify what firmware is installed on your device? And please tell, approximately, how long it takes for you to fully charge it from, lets say, one third on a charging icon? Thanks!

I second that request about fw version. Please check Settings -> Advanced -> System Information and tell us which firmware version is on your device. btw mine is 1.09

post #73 of 123
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Yeah, re-400B is great! I've also got a sennheiser momentum - a full - sized can, almost four times more expensive then RE's... So, on the HM-700 it really improves VERY much, compared to an ipod... But you have to tweak the bass down - on a "normal" preset it just crushes your head, they hit amazingly hard, just too hard for me. Probably it is a bassheads dream:basshead:. But I will be very hard pressed to say that re-400b is worse than momentum.... Bigger sound image on momentum - yes, more 3d - yes, amazing natural vocals - yes, laser guided bass - yes, but the treble sparkle of re-400b is just missing on the momentum. Also, my friend tried his monster turbine copper on the HM-700, says that they sound much much better then when used with his galaxy S3 (no surprise here), but the bass just blows his head off too, and has to be tweaked on the equalizer. Also his verdict was - RE-400 is a better iem to him. 

To be honest, I don't really understand how you people see those iems as great. Am I the only person considering those iems suck a lot? Don't get me wrong, I love my HM700 but re-400b were a major disappointment.

 

And btw yes, my Westone UM pro 20 also showing more bass than I expected. Maybe "normal" eq preset is reffering to actually flat only while listening thru re-400b?(or maybe it's because of trs-trrs+usb adapter somehow?)


Edited by crimson273 - 5/5/14 at 3:19am
post #74 of 123
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Originally Posted by crimson273 View Post
 

To be honest, I don't really understand how you people see those iems as great. Am I the only person considering those iems suck a lot? Don't get me wrong, I love my HM700 but re-400b were a major disappointment.

 

And btw yes, my Westone UM pro 20 also showing more bass than I expected. Maybe "normal" eq preset is reffering to actually flat only while listening thru re-400b?(or maybe it's because of trs-trrs+usb adapter somehow?)

 

Well, if I had a chance to stick UM pro 20 into my ears and have a listen for a few days  - maybe then I could write something smart here). 

Freq responce of HM-700 is flat. I doubt that an adapter can alter it somehow

post #75 of 123

About freq response and stuff - I was only thinking out loud anyways.

About iems - my point wasn't about those westones beign better (of course they are :) ), my point was about me beign very... very dissapointed with re-400b. Probably it is only the matter of taste and perception but they seemed to sound very lifeless to me. I might be wrong but my first thought was "there's a ton of iems worth 100$ that will sound way better that this piece of... machinery!"

In the end, my point is that if you want full experience of this little fella capabilitites, re-400b are not the ones that can get you even somewhere near

Again only my humble opinion, though. Maybe I should give 'em a longer second try someday but man... I really can't stand the way they sound..


Edited by crimson273 - 5/5/14 at 10:46am
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