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HiFiMan HM-101 Portable USB Sound Card


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  • USB DAC
  • Texas Instrument PCM2702 16-bit, 48 kHz chipset
  • High-quality headphone stage
  • Line-out jack for powered speakers
  • USB-powered (no AC or batteries needed)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B0066AHES4
  • Item model number: HE-300
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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Product Description

One of the best values in full-size headphones, the HE-300 utilizes dynamic drivers and low impedance so they are easy to drive on a portable device (i.e. iPod or iPhone) but can also be used in a high quality hifi system.

The HE-300 combines the advantages of a traditional dynamic design such as 93dB sensitivity and high output yet offers a familiar sonic signature of HiFiMAN's top-of-the-line reference models. HE-300 headphones are high efficiency and low impedance full size headphones.

It is very easy to drive so that you can use HE-300 on any portable device such as iphone and ipod.

Weight - about 270 g


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Customer Reviews

THe HiFiMan HM-101 is spot on perfect!
Rick G
Far apart from the noise problems (that have been written about ad-nauseum), this DAC plays music at a lower bit rate than my on-board sound card.
Audio Files
I love it so much(Except one thing:USB cable is very short,and not well made)Thank you,have a nice job!
Si T. Nguyen

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Russell on March 30, 2012
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Picked this up to fix a problem with an old XP laptop with a noisy soundcard....didn't quite fix that issue (not the products fault) but does sound waaaay better than the built in headphone jack on my Latitude. Honestly this is without a doubt a great upgrade to any business class laptop and probably most consumer class laptops.
So why the 3 stars? well the headphone jack is noisy, whatever amp they used they should have spent a couple extra cents. Luckily the line out port is quiet and the DAC has a nice sound that I find pleasing, and is plenty loud on my headphones. I havent quite put my finger on it yet but there seems to be some coloration in the tunes...maybe I'm just getting old and ears are giving out.

All in all it's a keeper and a pretty good deal for the price, it really will work well for what I need it for. It sounds fantastic paired with my laptop and pushing tunes through my Rotel to my second fav speakers, and makes the headphones I have sound a little better. But in this price bracket there are USB cards with digital outputs plus the headphone jack, so your $20 buds sound better and you could offload the signal to a better DAC if you wanted. So I guess just pick what you need, it sounds great with all the headphones I have and even hooked up to a pretty nice rig for stereo, if you need a digital out or if your cans are hard to drive you might want to look elsewhere So it might deserve another star for sounding pretty good but you decide I guess. I'm not bashing it by any means.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Ward on November 28, 2012
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First of all let's understand that The HM-101 outputs at compact disc resolution, which is 16bit-44Khz. If you have higher resolution audiophile music files, they will be downsampled, so if your collection contains many substantially higher resolution files (certainly FLAC or uncompressed Wav), then you should look for a better DAC. Lower resolution files will actually be upsampled. This isn't magic. If the music isn't there, it doesn't really make it up. I have had the HM-101 DAC for almost a year now. The HM-101 uses the PCM2702 chip which is quite good, but not as sophisticated as the Wolfson WM8740 used in the Fiio E10 DAC for about $20 more, and for about $110 you can get a Fiio E17 DAC which is, from all reviews, clearly superior in every way to both the HM-101 and the E10. How small does your DAC have to be, and what demand do you have in sound quality? It comes at a price, but you will get slightly more for the dollar with the more expensive E10 or E17.

HM-101 Pros:
Connected to my laptop and into a 110 watt/channel amp into floor standing speakers (Pioneer Elite Bi-amped into Dali Ikon II) with volume high enough to rock a large living room, the HM -101 is excellent. Yes, much better than just connecting to the stock soundcard in either my laptop or my desktop PC playing just average music downloaded from the net. I hear a much wider soundstage using the HM-101 along with better, more defined midrange separating the midrange away from the bass. While a little light on the bass, the HM-101 produces a cleaner sound than the stock soundcards (Desktop or laptop) alone.

HM-101 Cons:
Unfortunately the HM-101 is sensitive to interference from cell phones, and computers (incl my HP laptop).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker on December 22, 2011
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Prior reviews state you hear things you never knew were on some of your favorite tracks. Well, it's true. The Hifiman USB DAC/Headphone amplifier delivers sound superior to most sound cards. I have a new Dell LS 702, supposedly tweaked for audio/video playback. This $39 matchbook sized piece of equipment bests the Waves Audio and the Soundblaster X-FI in my 2 week old system (I paid a pretty price too).
Some of the vibrant audio must be attributed to the fact there is a headphone amplifier, I told myself. I have a Fiio Headphone amp, so I plugged it in and did some A/B testing vs. the HiFiMan, and whatever they have inside the Hifiman box is now my preferred listening method. I am anxious to pair the Hifiman up with some nice powered speakers to see how much of this difference disappears in full room audio vs. headphones.

One thing that kept me from giving the product 5 stars is the slight bit of interference you hear during silence at beginning, during, or at the end of a particular track. This may be attributable to interference from the computer. I am going to use a longer length adapter cord to separate the little box from the computer a farther distance. With or without this distortion, I am sold on the Hifiman, and it being my first step into the world of DACS, etc. I feel it won't be long until I sink money into a more substantial product.

My testing was with iTunes format files downloaded directly and tracks ripped from CDs using iTunes, both at 256kbps. Other reviews talk of the user playing lossless files, and filetypes that are foreign to me. I'm just an average Joe who enjoys good sounding audio, and know enough to spot the differences. Black Eyed Peas, Shania Twain, Pink Floyd, and George Clinton tracks were exclusively used for testing.
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