Summary: This is for the HM-601LE which is a little different compared to the regular 601 in that it uses the HM-602's amp circuitry. I have to say that this is one of the best sounding portable hifi players I've heard and the best I've owned personally.
Summary: I used it for less than a year. The firmware was down after a month. It was replaced for a new one. Now the earphone outport was broken, mainly because of poor craftmanship. This little flaw made it completely unusable. I am so regret I did not choose ipod which would last much longer.
Summary: As others have stated, the sound was great, when it is working. The majority of my ownership was spent re-booting, and re-setting, with some listening sprinkled in. Just out of warranty mine bricked, did nothing but turn it on! Took it outside and played hockey with it.
Summary: Definite improvement over more popular portable music devices, especially using FLAC encoded files. Drives headphones well without using an external amp. I use Beyerdynamic DT1350 and Etymotic ER-4P for travel. Even drives my Sennheiser HD-650s pretty well at home also.
Summary: Okay so you have a collection of Flac or Wave files - so this must mean you care about how your music sounds. This player won't get you any stares from the opposite sex. And it weighs about equal to a 1/2 dozen Ipod Nanos or Sansa Clips. But the sound quality will blow you out of the water.
Summary: The sound from this device is so much then any apple product and also better then the colorfly c3. I had a colorfly and a ipod. The depth of sound is amazing and the stereo seperation. With a great pair of headphones such as sure e530 you will have no compromise sound anywhere.