HiFiMAN Express HM-101 Portable USB Sound Card (Playback 56)
7 May 2012
Excerpt: A good entry-level portable DAC or sound card should have five primary characteristics: it should be inexpensive, compact, lightweight, glitch-free, and sound good. The $39 HiFiMAN HM-101 is the size of eight credit cards stacked together, weighs about the same as a pair of small earbuds, and works reliably, so it’s got four of the five covered. But how does it sound?
HiFiMAN Express HM-101 Portable USB Soundcard Review
24 March 2012
Excerpt: As music storage becomes more computer-based, listening to music – whether it’s from a desktop or laptop model – requires compromises. One of those tradeoffs is sound quality. It’s a badly kept secret that computer sound cards are not that good. Heck, some of them are just awful. It doesn’t matter how much money you spent on those headphones or speakers if your Mac or PS sound card is garbage. But, let’s assume you’re on a budget (who isn’t?
Pros: Extremely affordable, a good introduction to audiophile sound, Easy to use, Tiny
Cons: There are better DACs – but they cost more, Could be better made