Hifiman Megamini 1st Impression

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  1. Cinder
    Here are my early impressions of the Megamini. A more detailed review with pictures will follow.
    1. Cool to the touch, indicative of a solid aluminum construction
    2. Smooth 3.5mm jack insertion
    3. Tactile buttons
    4. Attractive metal finish
    5. Nice screen
    6. Animations could use a little work, as they are not currently at a constant frame rate
    7. Shutdown animation is at a much lower FPS than the startup animation
    8. Album art displayed well, color comes through nicely
    9. Powers sensitive IEMs well
    10. Analytic upper end, yields noticeable improvement over my 9018 SPDIF DAC
     
    Overall, I am really enjoying using the Megamini. If the UI was about 10ms more responsive I'd have no complaints. I'm sure that Hifiman will figure it out, given the pre-release nature of the current firmware.
     
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  2. Hercules
    This is my review after 2 days of use
     
    Firmware Version: UI2016-09-21V005
     
    I tried this MegaMini with 3 set of earphone/headphones
     
    A. LHlabs IEM-X balanced earphone: for comparing between AK100 and MegaMini
     
    B/C: Beyerdynamic DT1350 (80 ohm) and AKG K701 (62 Ohm) - for ability to drive larger CAN
     
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    Unpacking experience: Simple box that do the job to protect the player keep in place, nothing special, no physical manual,can be downloand from http://down.hifiman.com/MegaMini/manual.pdf
     
    Construction: Very solid built, but I don't like the spike-like feeling and touch of the upper and lower corners of the machine, I prefer AK100 rounded chamfer. The glass section of the screen can impress the fingerprints mark easily so screen protector may required and Silicone casing should be use if you don't like the corner spike.
     
    Screen Resolution: nothing spectacular, fonts are clear and readable, still not managed to shown cover art yet.  
     
    Operation temperature and heat management: keeping cool after a hour of operation
     
    Ergonomic: Just like AK100, all operations and keys can be reach by single hand without much stretching, and grip firmer than AK100 because of longer and slim body.
     
    Weight: MegaMini way lighter, suitable for jogging
     
    Connectivity: USB for file transfer (no onboard flash memory, Micro SD only) and Charging, no USB DAC and OTG function, 3.5mm single-ended output (but compatible with 3.5mm balanced as Ground terminal have contact with bottom Ring(L-)-Sleeve-(R-) so no adapter required), No Bluetooth.
     
    Transfer Speed: Didn't try as I prefer to do it with USB 3.0 Card Reader.
     
    UI and button: Simple, intuitive menu, that straight forward and playing without looking at Manual, four simple buttons "Back, Up, Down, Confirm/Enter), long press to call repeat/shuffle menu under playing screen, no necessary to go back to system menu.
     
    System Responsiveness: Music Loading and button responsive time is almost instant, much faster my AK100 FW V2.42
     
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    Sound Quality: MegaMini maybe still not fully burn-in but I think the sounding right out of the box is good enough. Firstly I set Megamini output at 25 out of 32(Max) and set AK100 at 58 out of 75(Max) that's close enough loudness from same track (Hiromi: Alive - Life Goes On 24/96 from HDtracks) on LHlabs IEM-X
     
    AK100 have fuller bottom end but it's a bit exaggerated while Megamini with right amount of bass that's natural and the high freq. is more crystal-clear, AK100 a bit haze, for extended listening, MegaMini is the one to pick
     
    Driving ability: With DT1350, the volume to be increase from 25 to 28, but the bass line getting less grip and control so I didn't increase the volume and go for further test. AKG K701 I must set the volume to 32(Max) but the control of bass is much better than DT1350 and listenable, the soundstage and instrument separation is respectable well for this small DAP.
     
    Brief conclusion: MegaMini working better with low impedance earphone/headphone, very natural sounding and I would love to bring it outdoor for biking/jogging/hiking, worth for the bucks paid.
     
    Special remark: Playing of DSD file is significant lower output and not as good as PCM, hope the problem can be correct on next firmware.
     
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  3. candy287
    i have just cancelled my order for the seiun player and just purchase this. Hope i made the right decision :)
     
  4. thatonenoob
    The Hifiman Supermini (And Megamini)
    Curiously Small DAPs That Deliver  


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    INTRODUCTION

    And Then There Were Two​
    Interesting ten (or was it thirteen?) days this has been. Currently priced at $399 USD and $249 USD (post-Indiegogo) respectively, these new compact DAPs are certainly interesting value propositions. Their main selling points are a small form factor and an extended battery life. In this sense, they are pretty successful! If this had been 2014, things would’ve been very smooth sailing for the Supermini and Megamini. However, with companies like AK descending into the entry-level market, it would be an understatement to say that the game has changed. There are expectations to meet on multiple fronts, in addition to sound quality – build and UI are some of the few that come to mind immediately. I will explore these factors and how they apply to the Supermini/Megamini in this review.
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    There’s an uncanny resemblance between the new DAPs and the HM700. Form factor wise, both the Supermini and Megamini have taken many visual cues from the HM700. Fortunately enough for users, the headphone jack is no longer inaptly placed on the side of the player’s body. Internally, little is known about the Supermini and Megamini. All that has been released is that the new players are using a lower power-consumption controller chip. This isn’t exactly a far cry from the SigmaTel STMP3700 used on the HM700, though the STMP3700 was a bit more powerful in the sense that it was a SoC, if such things are to be taken at face value. At any rate, the idea of pushing a non-dedicated chipset to its extremes remains. Point is, this isn’t an entirely new concept –and it is, to a certain extent, dated.  With that in mind, let’s jump into the review and see how these two hold up.

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    Disclaimer
    The Supermini and Megamini were both provided directly from Hifiman for the purposes of this review.  You can also find this review here on my blog. I had originally only expected to conduct a review for the former, but when I received the package I found the latter neatly stowed inside as well. I have had these for thirteen days, and the stipulated terms of the review included finishing this piece within a timeframe of ten days (yikes). Very tight schedule –and I apologize for taking a little longer (I was sick, and things slowed down a little). I won’t be keeping these units and will be sending them back to Hifiman post-review. I do reserve the rights to the media in this review, so drop me a line if you intend on reproducing any part of the writing, photography, or video in this review.  A short note on the star rating – I do not like giving stars via the current rating system.  It just doesn’t make sense to me –how do you quantify a star?  But for those wondering anyways I’d say the Supermini is 4 stars and the Megamini is 3.5 stars.  This is based on my general sense of perceived performance. Once again, thanks to Hifiman for offering me this unique opportunity!
     
    PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES

    The two DAPs came in a nondescript cardboard box, nicely padded and packaged. Opening the box, there were two smaller matte boxes for each of the players. The black one is for the Supermini and the white for the Megamini. Opening that will reveal the player encased behind a clear plastic screen. The included accessories vary from package to package, but there should be no real surprises here.​

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    1. Charging Cable​
    2. Screen Protector (Supermini)​
    3. Unnamed Earphones (Supermini)​
    4. 1 x Spare Tips/ Filters (Supermini)​

    I really feel that a 2.5mm AK TRRS to 3.5mm Hifiman TRRS adaptor should have been included for the Supermini. Seeing that most balanced earphones are terminated in the AK standard these days, I find sticking to a rare proprietary connection to be impractical. The Supermini also comes with a screen protector, but I found it unusable. The plastic is rough and striated, and there’s dust on the sticky side of the protector. Yes, this was before I even applied it. In addition to coming up with a better protector, it’d be nice if it came pre-installed.​


    The earphones on the Supermini are very good. They’re supposedly better than the RE-400 ($80 USD), but don’t currently have a name. I’m going to use the term organic here (SG Zepp Headfi’ers J ) . It’s a slightly warmer sounding earphone that still maintains a good level of detail retrieval and separation. Overall presentation can err on the slightly more intimate side, and treble articulation is only above-average compared to earphones like the ER4S. I don’t think I’ll be doing a dedicated review as I will be returning this player and the associated accessories. I do like this earphone! Only thing is…the accessories are few: one extra pair of tips and a couple of filters.​


    Let’s take a look at the overall package. I still think the earphones should be optional. This is because the Supermini is currently priced halfway between what I would consider entry and mid-range.   From the entry level perspective, the Supermini would still be on the higher-side, and from the mid-range level, I think many will already have a pair of earphones to use with the DAP. But I did like the fact that out of the box I had a balanced earphone to use with the Hifiman standard –especially a good one too. Overall, the package is complete –but a couple more accessories would be nice too.​

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    BUILD AND DESIGN

    Build on the players is fairly minimalistic. As promised, both players come in with a fairly small footprint. I started to take for granted how easy it was to slip the Supermini into my pocket when I switched back to bulkier Opus#1/ DX50. The Supermini clocks in at 104.0 x 45.0 x 8.5mm, and the Megamini at 100.0 x 43.0 x 9.0mm. The build is metal on both and feels fairly good, though there are some slight changes in form factor between the two. The Supermini is black with rounded edges, and a three-button interface (forward, back, enter). There is back button offset slightly forwards and on the side of the unit. The Megamini on the other hand has all four buttons located on the front face. The latter configuration may not look as nice, but is more convenient than the former, as reaching for the back button is easier. One thing about the Megamini though is that it has some sharp edges – which I am not a fan of. Since there is no case, the edges make it uncomfortable in hand and pocket. Another curious point – when using the Megamini in the dark – the plastic volume and power buttons light up due to backscatter from the screen. Unintended but not altogether unwelcome. In summary, apart from some small quibbles, build quality on these players is good.​
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    Now for some practical design considerations. We’ll start first with the Supermini. The balanced and SE jacks are right next to each other. The risk of having a user plug a SE earphone into the balanced jack is significant. Three things could’ve been done to remedy this: use another balanced standard, provide a cap to cover the unused port, or somehow move the outputs to different ends of the player.  On that note – both SE and balanced are enabled at the same time.  Moving forward, both players have basic screens. On the Supermini, it is quite obvious that the refresh rate on the screens appears to be rather low. This could either be a hardware or software concern (probably both), but a statement by a friend that I concur with is that the screen seems to be refreshing once per click.  Between the two players – there is no internal storage.​
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    Let’s talk UI. Apart from the highly average screen, I actually like the UI a lot. It works very well –I’ve used some seriously frustrating non-touch screen players that just don’t make sense (Hidizs I’m looking at you). The UI on the Supermini and Megamini on the other hand is intuitive and can be navigated with a learning of curve of approximately 30 seconds. The minimalistic white on black aesthetic on the Supermini looks particularly good in my opinion. The settings page is simple, and there are no major surprises here. Currently supported are five languages (Simplified/ Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, and French).​
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    However, there are some issues with the rest of the OS that need work. Let’s start with basic compatibility. Currently, only FAT-32 works with the Supermini. NTFS and exFAT both need to be rewritten. As is expected, reformatting will delete your library. A bit of a pain –but Hifiman has stated that it is working on the exFAT compatibility for future firmware updates.  USB OTG isn’t supported either.  You can choose to reformat your cards using the built in functionality -but strangely after a while the player stopped recognizing the card and asked me to reformat again.  I was able to do a quick-fix by restarting the player, which mostly solved my issues.  However, there’s been feedback that there are still further issues with higher capacity cards.  Read speed is also really slow – it took me about 10 minutes to have my 64 GB Sandisk Ultra MicroSD read. Current computer interfacing is good. You can easily transfer files, as the player will show up on both Windows and Mac. It’s a nice change from having to use Android File Transfer on Mac (Opus#1).​
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    Another thing to note – the timer on auto power-off doesn’t seem to care if music is playing or not, making the function unusable.  Similarly annoying – the player seems to turn on when being charged, so take care to turn it off after unplugging it, otherwise coupled with the non-functional auto power-off you’ll find yourself running out of battery pretty quickly.​
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    TECH AND SPECIFICATIONS

    First off, I’d like to offer a shoutout to @earfonia (Head-Fi). He’s an excellent reviewer (check out his work here). Through conversations I’ve gained much insight into audio evaluation and the technical aspects related to it. I’d also like to acknowledge the SG Head-Fi community, which is without a doubt a huge, organic body of knowledge –it’s definitely something that I’ve been very happy to be a part of.​


    Let’s start with a brief look at the Supermini/ Megamini. Both players are using some sort of controller chip with an integrated DAC. I’ve taken the liberty to do some online surfing – there are certainly interesting offerings equipped with 10-bit differential integrated DACs. I also found an interesting article regarding the possible use of ADC’s as DACs here. Some of the chips I saw do come with powerful ADC’s –so this might be a possibility to consider. I won’t be opening the player. I can’t claim to have the expertise or the confidence to do so without possible ruining the device (something I’d rather not do if I’m expected to use this for future comparisons). One SG Head-Fi’er did mention that perhaps the DSD could perhaps be handled without a dedicated DAC w/ higher-order filter. Rudimentary testing via REW SPL logging has shown that for DSD64 playback at 15 Volume w/ DN-2000 comes in at about 12.5 hours.  General use comes to about 15-22 hours with other formats. This would indicate otherwise for the filter proposal.  Another thing to note -both these players are susceptible to EMI!  You will not be having these in the same pocket as your smartphone.​


    I’ve checked all of the supported file types for both the Supermini and the Megamini. Please see the chart below. The ability to handle 24/192 files is both curious and fairly impressive. Unsurprisingly, the players are unable to support either 32/384 PCM and DSD 128/256, and cannot downsample/convert to PCM. This indicates a probable lack of a dedicated sample rate converter. This is something to note if your library is comprised primarily of such material. I’ve tried loading in an M3U playlist, but the players do not recognize such files. Overall, compatibility with most standard file types is good but I am getting hit or miss performance with AIFF files.  Also, it should be noted that playing unsupported APE file types will crash the player.​


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    WAV
    FLAC
    ALAC
    APE
    AIFF
    DFF
    DSF
    16/44.1




    Seems to work with some files and not others.
    N/A
    16/48




    16/88.2




    16/96




    16/176.4



    X
    16/192



    X
    24/44.1




    24/48




    24/88.2




    24/96




    24/176.4



    X
    24/192


    ✓ (weird stutter)
    X
    DSD64
    N/A



     
    I’ve run some basic RMAA measurements on the players. RMAA results are only as good as the equipment used to perform the tests, and there has been a decent amount of coverage on its limitations and weaknesses. Consider it as a broad proof-reading of published technical specifications. Currently, I am using the Asus Xonar U7 w/ line-in mode. The ADC is a Cirrus Logic CS5361-KZZ that is capable of 24/192 w/ a 114 dB dynamic range. It uses a 5th order MBT Delta-Sigma Modulator, and attains low levels of noise and distortion. For those curious, the DAC is the equally capable CS4398-CZZ. ​
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    My RMAA results are affected by the line-in’s gain and the input voltage cap – 1 vrms (3.677 Vpp).  @earfonia has also explained to me that RMAA isn’t ideal for low voltage signals, such as those found on DAPs like these.  In practice, I’ve been able to get some decent results out of this rig w/ past gear.   Loopback testing on the rig itself indicates that performance-wise there are no glaring issues. There is perhaps argument in conducting an upgrade in the near future –though there are other equipment purchases that are in my mind more pressing.   The Megamini has less output than the Supermini out of SE.  I would advise against trying to compare directly the two sets of numbers!  ​
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    MEGAMINI
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    Megamini FR w/ Testing Gear Included
     
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    Megamini RMAA under various loads. No serious impedance mismatch.
    -Good news as the HM700 had a casual 150 ohm impedance.
     
    SUPERMINI

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    Supermini FR w/ Testing Gear Included
    -There seems to be steeper roll off. Curious as it doesn't sound as emphasized as graph looks.
    Then again, extension isn't the strength of these players.  Anyways, something for consideration.
     
    SuperminiLoads.png Supermini RMAA under various loads. No serious impedance mismatch.
     

    SOUND


    At A Glance
    Hifiman describes the Supermini as being “transparent, warm, sweet and punchy”. I do indeed find that the Supermini is an enjoyable, musical sounding DAP. Is it a critical listening DAP? Not to my ears, no. However, the combination of robust lower end, varying roll off, and moderate detail retrieval is actually fairly entertaining. In the following comparisons, I hope that you will be able to gain a better perspective on its performance. As for the Megamini, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the Supermini due to its thinner sound and lack of detail. These two don’t make for a good sonic combination. I consider both of these to be in the ultra-portable category of players, not because they’re groundbreakingly slim, but because they’re not ridiculous to carry like most other “audiophile” players. I tested most of the gear in this review at my local store of choice – Zeppelin & Co.
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    Now let me preface my impressions and comments with observations. I suppose an “ideal” DAP isn’t supposed to alter FR reproduction (if such an ideal even exists). But different DAPs do sound different to me at least –I know some will state otherwise, in which case I do think the RMAAs above will be more informative and agreeable. So, where do these differences arise? In my limited experience, the RMAA will reveal immediate issues –especially impedance-related ones when a load is applied. This can then be followed by a general examination of THD, noise, and the like (though in most cases these aren’t too bad). Detail retrieval is also important, and without a doubt DACs and their implementation will play a part in this. Moving past this, we do arrive at an increasingly subjective aspect of evaluation (and arguably one of the more important ones too).​


    Before I close up this introduction I’ve got one last point to make. The differences in DAPs, when described in dedicated pieces such as reviews, may seem rather significant (and in some cases, they are). However, in day-to-day use the difference is small between decently performing products. Add in a printer or two and a noisy co-worker and you may not be able to hear a difference between a mid-range player and a ToTL offering. If you can still hear the differences in these conditions, more power to you (no sarcasm) –I know I can’t. Portable devices are not to be confused with “transportable” devices –portables still need to be assessed against a certain element of realistic use. Before anyone jumps, this does not mean that we should conduct all our testing in the subway –that’s similarly pointless. But boy would that make writing reviews easier.​



    AK Junior
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    The AK Junior is perhaps the Supermini’s most relevant competitor. Both share similar form factors (though the AK Junior is slightly larger), and are more or less targeted at the same audience. Neither player is perfect, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. The Supermini has to its advantage an excellent battery life, native DSD64 support, and a balanced output. The AK Junior can only handle DSD64 via PCM conversion. It does have a 64 GB internal storage (and unofficially 128 GB support). In addition, it has a touch screen display and USB DAC functionality. The feature set of the Supermini is a bit more practical, while the AK feature set is reminiscent of higher end players. Battery life on the AK is weak in comparison to the Supermini –coming in at around 7-8 hours. Overall, I prefer the Supermini feature set.​


    Sonically, both have somewhat similar levels of sound quality, each with full-bodied, fairly robust signatures and moderate technical performance. In terms of detail retrieval –the AK Junior has the edge, weighing in with better soundstage and imaging. However, Supermini has better low-end impact, making for a more engaging and immediate sound. Midrange on Supermini is more rounded, and has a bit less energy. Upper-end articulation of the AK Junior is better. If Hifiman could make the earphones optional on the Supermini and drop the MSRP, the Supermini does have the potential to undercut the AK Jr. rather significantly. However, at its current pricing, there is no conclusive judgment to be delivered. Potential buyers will still have to gauge purchases based on which features they’d rather see in their players.​


    Sony NW-A25
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    The Sony NW-A25 is yet another interesting comparison for the Supermini/ Megamini combination. I’ll be upfront –the Hifiman’s are a better option. There are many features on the NW-A25, such as DSEE HX, S-Master amplification, noise-cancelling, ClearAudio+, Bluetooth capability, 128 GB expansion support, 50-hour playtime, and even a radio.   But here’s the thing – I don’t need half these features, and the sound just isn’t good.​


    Sonically, it is very clear that the Supermini is the better of the two players. I disabled most of the features on the A25, and here’s what I found. The Sony NW-A25 lacks in both detail retrieval and dynamics, and sounds incredibly flat and slightly congested. Throw in some annoying system sounds, and I think the NW-A25 is clearly out of the running. The Supermini simply does many things better. The NW-A25 is more comparable to the Megamini, but in my opinion the Megamini still does a far better job, and has a much higher build quality too (and less annoying UI) too.​


    Fiio X3 (Gen 2)
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    I’ll preface this by saying that I haven’t always been the biggest fan of the Fiio DAP sound signature. While I do feel that detail retrieval, imaging, and soundstage of Fiio players is very nice, there’s a grain and slight lack of smoothness to it as well. That said, the Fiio X3 is a competent player, and it certainly provides very legitimate competition to the Supermini. To its advantage, the Supermini once again pulls in with better battery life and a less obtrusive form factor. Build quality is the same –both rely on physical buttons, though the X3 has a scroll wheel (if that’s your thing). There is no balanced output on the X3 either. However, the dedicated chipset is something to be aware of, and native DSD up to DSD128 is supported. The X3 also has USB DAC support, as well as a line out/ SPDIF coax out.​


    Sound wise, the X3 sounds clearer, more transparent, and generally more detailed. The dedicated chipset on the X3 definitely shows its strengths here. However, the Supermini does have a slightly more musical touch to it, and those looking for a smoother, warmer signature may enjoy the Supermini. I think the two players have very different focuses. The X3 attempts to bring dedicated DAP performance to a lower pricepoint, while the Supermini aims at combining design and performance into a more user-oriented, convenient package.  And I close this comparison by drawing the line at the DX50, where I feel the Supermini is no longer able to compete sound-wise. Another thing – balanced on the Supermini does indeed sound better. I found that it tightened up the sound, especially on the bass/ lower-mids. There is audible noise floor for both the players. Specifically, the Megamini sounds noisier than the Supermini for SE output.​


    FINAL THOUGHTS


    The Hifiman Megamini and Supermini are certainly very compelling players.  There’s definitely a case to be made for them as ultra-portable DAPs.  I can tell you returning to my regular DAP brick wasn’t easy - I forgot how convenient a normal sized audio device could be.  In particular, the Supermini sounds pretty solid for what it is!   I do hope that with future firmware updates and support, most of the existing firmware issues can be resolved.  If you’re looking for a DAP with a slim form-factor and excellent battery life, then do keep your eyes open for the Hifiman Supermini/Megamini.

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  5. Cinder
    My Megamini review is up!​
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    http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-megamini/reviews/17060​
     
  6. jamezoon
    I was also asked by AVOne to review the new MegaMini from HiFiMAN. I will just add on to the excellent thread already written  above with my own experience with the device.
     
    Had some hiccups with the device in the transferring of songs onto the memory card.  I had purchased a brand new  SANDISK MicroSD 128GB. However  the factory format is not supported when insert into the MegaMini. An error would pop up reporting an unformatted disk was detected. Navigating through the menus I found the device format utility.  Formatting took a short while. 
    Plugging the device thru it’s MicroUSB port into my iMac allows me to transfer songs to the device directly, however the actual transfer was too painfully slow for me so I aborted that idea and tried transferring songs via the memory card reader instead.  
     
    However during the transfer  there was a reported error aborting the transfer. After that, all subsequent actions to transfer/format/repartition/low-level format/vendor specific utility format did not work. I had to get the MicroSD card replaced. This time I used another utility to format the MicroSD card to suit MegaMini, but upon inserting in, the format was not recognised.
     
    I then use a smaller capacity 64GB MicroSD card repeating the entire process above. This time it work without a hitch. Till now it puzzles me as I wasn’t able to discern if the issue was due to capacity of the card or it was a bad batch of MicroSD card.  I do understand that ExFAT format would be supported later part of this year and hopefully it will resolve needing to reformat the MicroSD card.
     
     
    NAVIGATION
     
    Upon powering up it will show the main screen and volume is always fixed at 10 even after reboots.  (Volume’s range is from 0-32).
     
    The navigation menu was simple to understand  without even reading the user guide. Navigation is via the use of the four buttons in front (Back, Left, Right, Enter).
    Volume is controlled via the two buttons on the left with the Power button on the right.
     
    The ‘File Explorer’ option gives user the ability to self navigate through the memory card’s content. Unicode characters are also displayed without issues.  Also If your environment is on a Mac platform, copying of music often leaves a clutter of ‘._’ files in the directory. MegaMini handles this well displaying only the folders and songs. 
     
    Other song sorting options are available such as sorting by Artist, Album, Genre and Favourite. Adding to the Favourite list is a little trickier as you will need to navigate to  the song and press the <enter> button for a few seconds and a menu will pop up to give you the option to move forward. However you can only add individual songs  but not entire directory. There is further customisation allowed. Also in the listing of the File Explorer  there is no indicator if the selected name is a folder or a song although it’s not a big deal. 
     
     
     
    SUPPORT MUSIC
     
    I transferred numerous formats such as FLAC, MP3s and DSF (DSD files 64bits) over. Somehow I was not able to play some of the DSF/DSD files regardless of the bit rate. Reading the technical reference, I understand the format was suppose to be supported but I have no luck in my attempt. The rest of the file format above plays without issue. Another observation was when you choose to play ‘ALL MUSIC FILES’ whenever the device encounters a file that it is unable to play, it will pop up an error and stops playing. 
     
     
     
    BATTERY LIFE
     
    Charging is provided through the micro-usb cable. However in my experience with normal listening  throughout the day (Volume around 18-21) I was not able to get the 15 hours of playback as in the technical specs.
     
     
    INITIAL SOUND IMPRESSION
    Initial impression of the MegaMini using the Sennheiser IE800 and the Echobox Finder X1 is impressive and it's much better than using my Android as the source. 
    The Sennheiser IE800 is kinda hard to drive but I was impressed with the MegaMini's ability to drive the IE800.
     
    I will need to spend more time listening to it. At this point  I am impressed based on the price performance of the product.
    Will report back after I do more listening
     
  7. ExpatinJapan
    Good thread
     
  8. ExpatinJapan
    Hifiman MegaMini unboxing. Review to follow

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  9. Brooko Contributor
    MegaMini review posted - http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-megamini/reviews/17159
     
    I won't place the full review here due to it's size 
     
  10. CathyL

    Hifiman Megamini

    Hifiman Megamini is a DAP newly launched by Hifiman. As a musician, I was invited to test and review the player firsthand.
     
    The slim music player was packed inside a minimal white box with no physical manual attached (you may download it from : http://down.hifiman.com/MegaMini/manual.pdf), but as the layout of the user interface is quite simple, actually no manual is needed. For a compact music player like this, I did not expect advanced functions like equalizer but just standard necessities like All Songs, Album and Artist, which can all be found on Megamini.
     
    To my surprise, this portable player is really lightweight – only 69 grams – and compact. These are definitely a competitive advantages for a DAP as you can slip it into your pocket and carry it around with ease. For the screen resolution, there is nothing spectacular about the LED screen, though it has clear font and with a good contrast, the content is reasonably easy to see under direct sunlight.
     
    Just like the packaging, the design of the player is minimalist. There are seven buttons in total on the seamless aluminum body – two on the left hand side of the player for turning up/down the volume, one on the right hand side as the power button, and four on the front: (from left to right) Return, Back, Forward, Select/Play/Pause/Enter.
    At the bottom of the player, from left to right again, you can find a 3.5mm female jack for connecting headphone, a micro SD card slot and a micro-USB port for charging and data transmission. The player supports TF card capacity up to 256GB, which equals to 8000 lossless music files. Megamini supports various file formats, such as WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, WMA and AAC. For the construction, despite the pointy corners and slightly sharp edges, it is nicely built as a whole.
     
    Though the user interface is easy to navigate, it would take some time for the user to find the tunes they want since it would be a rather long list to scroll down for a large library. Another selling point of the player is the 15-hour battery life which as stated in the technical specification. However, from my personal experience, it can only last up to around 7 hours. For the sound of Megamini, it is generally balanced, with natural, tight bass and clear highs, it is good enough for a portable player at this price range.
     
  11. ExpatinJapan
    Any hints on how to add album artwork? Thanks
     
  12. Cinder
    Pretty deep explanation of how embedded artwork works on MP3s. I don't know the specifics for other file types.
     
    http://www.richardfarrar.com/embedding-album-art-in-mp3-files/
     
  13. Jackpot77
    My review of the Supermini and Megamini (combined together, along with some comparisons against similar price bracket DAPs) - it's too long to post here so please click on the link if you want to read my thoughts:
     
    http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-supermini-high-res-portable-player/reviews/17184
     
    It's been a very enjoyable few weeks listening to these two - thanks to the team at Hifiman for arranging this.
     
  14. candy287
    can anyone compare this to the hm700?
     
  15. FortisFlyer75
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