Colorfly c3 + C&C BH vs Cowan X9 vs HiFiman HM-601 vs $200 range.
Apr 25, 2013 at 5:42 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 2


100+ Head-Fier
Apr 17, 2011
has anyone here compared these setups in the $200 range and can help me narrow down my search?   Another sansa clip went kaput (bad battery) on me tonight at work and I need a quick replacement.  Sorry Fiio x3 I'm not going to wait for you to release.
After some quick browsing it looks like the 2 current flavors in this price range are the Colorfly c3 + C&C BG & Cowan X9 but id also like to know how it compares to hifimans budget line and maybe I missed something else in this price range
I prefer flac files and the two headphones I use the most at work are my Denon D1100's and my HiFiman RE0's to get me through a 8 hour shift.
Apr 25, 2013 at 6:46 AM Post #2 of 2


Headphoneus Supremus
Feb 11, 2012
I have the C3 / BH combo & I've also owned HM-601.

Although HM-601 is warmer in tonality it cannot keep up in resolution or detail next to the C3 / BH combo, Soundstage is much wider on the combo as is instrument separation superior. The C3 / BH will lean towards cool in tonality, not too much though opposite of the Hifiman, To put it bluntly, the C3 / BH combo will give you the best sound quality out of your choices & although I haven't heard the X9 I've owned enough Cowons to know their limitations.

However, when you pair the two together (C3 . BH) they can be rather weighty, nothing to extreme but certainly noticeable, either way the rig is easier to handle then HM-601 which only gives you 8 - 9 hours run time. You will get 16 - 18 hours from C3 and over 80 hours from the BH so charging is much lesser choir.

For $200 to get the rig together you really can't go wrong with the BH's run times and features paired up with the Colorfly. I sold the HM-601 and kept my rig, that was well after selling my Cowons. And I was focusing only on upgrading.

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