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.
Available at Head Direct