I love how Megamini sounds. I love its warm, bursting midrange. I love its texture and stereo detail. Its instrument positioning is excellent. At the best of times, it harks back to Fiio’s original X3- a player whose hellish UI left dents in my walls, but whose pleasing sound was then and still is a bookmark in what I consider perfect warmth. Unfortunately, Megamini hisses way more than the X3 ever did, and more in fact, than any player I’ve tested in about two years. In fact, its hiss is on par with an iPod video from 2005.
And Megamini doesn’t quite test as well as did the original X3. In fact, it tests suspiciously close to Fiio’s 50$ M3. Had Fiio not debuted that hissy, 16-bit performance-throttled DAP, this 250$ DAP might look better than it does.
As it is, Megamini is another Hi-Res DAP that isn’t capable of better than 16-bit peformance.
The following Rightmark Audio Analyzer tests were conducted through this equipment.
Source: Hifiman Megamini
ADC: Lynx Studio HILO LT-TB
Computer: 2012 27" iMac
Cables: 1,5m Hosa Pro 3,5mm stereo to dual 3-pin XLR (around 8$); bespoke y-split 2,5 TRRS to dual 3-pin XLR made by Musashi Sound Technology.
NL - no load
SM2 - Earsonics SM2
ES7 - Audio Technica ES7
DT880 - Beyerdynamic DT880/600
24-bit single ended @VOL 32/32 (equivalent to iPhone 6)
24-bit single ended @VOL 32/32 results