HifiMAN HM-801 PMP promises to make audiophiles happy.

by admin on March 13, 2010 · 3 comments

in Accessories, Digital, Misc, Sound Docks/Servers/Computer, Studio/Tech/Recording News

Audiophiles can be a particular bunch when it comes to portable media players and, at the very least, can often be found carrying a not-so-discreet portable amp around with their PMP. This new HifiMAN HM-801 device aims to make their lives a tad easier, however, with it combining a Burr-Brown PCM1704 DAC and a OPA627 op-amp in a single modular unit that’ll also let folks swap in their own amp of choice if they so desire.

As you might expect, however, while it doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to sound quality (including full support for FLAC and lossless WMA), it’s pretty no frills otherwise, with no video support or other media-related features to speak of, and no internal storage of its own (you’ll have to rely on SDHC cards). At $700, it unsurprisingly also doesn’t come cheap.

From Engadget

Available at Head Direct

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admin 03.13.10 at 1:18 pm

Still have to use headphones, which, for me, does not make this a high end audiophile product. Also, the size implies portability. What happens to the sound when ambient noise seeps in?

Nice try, but no sale, at least for me. What say you? Sale or Fail?

Atane 04.03.10 at 7:35 pm

I wouldn’t buy this for $700. If you have to rely on SDHC cards, then this certainly isn’t for the hardcore music lover. I have over 2TB of music.

Also, don’t knock headphones. There are really top of the line, audiophile quality cans. The Sennheiser HD 800 and the Grado PS-1000 come to mind. Combined with a competent headphone amp, you’d be amazed.

admin 04.03.10 at 7:44 pm

I’ve heard the best, incl Stax and Orpheus and more. I’m always underwhelmed when compared to a well setup system.

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