HiFiMAN HM-801 is Better than Your iPod or Zune

Yep, what you see on the title is right. This portable music player is better than an iPod or Zune when it comes to music that is. You might wonder how this clunky portable music player that looks like a Walkman from the ’90s beat a music player that you believe a godsend. Well, come to think that a music player so small such as that of an iPod or a Zune wouldn’t have enough space for hardware to please the audiophiles and don’t get me started on how small the Shuffle is.

The HM-801 is a music player that will play “real” music to the ears of audiophiles everywhere. It has a detachable amplifier that boosts the sounds when inserted. The detachable mechanism would allow upgrades in the future with a simple insertion of a module. This makes the player a good investment rather than ending up a few seasons forward and see that a new generation is already out.

What makes this portable player sound so good are the Burr-Brown PCM1704U digital-to-analog converter and Burr-Brown OPA627 Op-Amp. These components are known to high end equipments but not to a portable music player. Instead of having a built-in memory, a 32GB SDHC card can be inserted that could contain about 50 CD quality albums. The battery can keep on playing for 8 hours before needing a recharge.

If you have the Etymotic, Grado, Klipsch, Monster, Shure, or the Ultimate Ears, then maybe you’re not getting the full sound out of your high end earphones.

If you already have a Zune or iPod, you can still have a high fidelity music experience by getting an RE2 amplifier.

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