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What's wrong with the HifiMan HM series?

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I hear mix reviews about these DAPs. There's a lot of "yums" but then there are reasons I keep forgetting on why exactly people are suppose to avoid them. What exactly is wrong the players again?
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My experience with Hifiman is only with the HM901 and thus, I can't say much about the rest of their portfolio.

But specifically for the HM901 - here's what I found to be lacking:

1. Lousy scroll wheel, makes it a real pain to switch between different menus

2. Soundstaging is a bit overdone. It sounds artificial and horrible.

Listening to Bon Jovi with my Sennheiser CX880i, it sounds like the band has been separated into 2 distinct groups, and playing from the left and right corner of the room.

It was worse when I listened to classical music - on Brahm's Double Concerto, it sounds like the Orchestra has been divided into 2 groups??

My own audio equipment so you guys know my background:

Speakers: Focal XS Book Music System
Music Files: AIFF played by XM Play
DAC: ifi iDac powered by iUSB power supply

*My speakers are active speakers so they connect directly to the DAC*

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The problems are mainly with the user interface, sound quality is pretty good.

According to this:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/656138/hifiman-hm-901-a-review-in-progress-factory-visit-pg-18-imgs-pg-19-dsd-beta-1-081

They have been making improvements.
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