London Grammar is awesome! Have you been holding out on me? (Inside joke - I'm way overdue putting together a playlist for Cornan - but I'm almost done - really!) Thanks flinkenick! I enjoyed this and I love your descriptive enthusiasm, or is it your enthusiastic description? Wow! I really like this and it's way better still in CD quality - what a dreamscape it creates! http://tidalhifi.com/track/37001731 You're living proof that there's hope for AC/DC fans!...
You've done a lot of trailblazing, thanks! I guess we shouldn't be surprised that cable-free connections between your Source > USB Regen > DAC have yielded the best audible performance. For logistical reasons, the shortest connection I can have between my source and the USB Regen is about 25 inches, which is covered very nicely by the 28-inch (0.7 meter) Supra cable you've mentioned. Thanks! Mike
Yes!The FiiO X5's PCM1792A DAC is my favorite oversampling DAC.I prefer it to the OPPO HA-1's ESS9018 and the proprietary DACs in my CEntrance DACMini CX and DACport LX.The only DAC I have that beats the X5's DAC is my NOS Metrum Acoustics Octave MKII.FiiO X5 Line Out > 15VDC-powered Meier Audio Stepdance > HD800(At a B&B in Charleston, SC) [[SPOILER]] Mike
Hey Sam! Yes, the speed which stuff sells on eBay vs. here, might be an indicator of just how much larger the headphone market is than the number of active Head-Fi members. Posting a classified here at Head-Fi surely beats trying to sell our stuff at a yard sale, but eBay sales tell me there are a lot of headphone enthusiasts out there who aren't aware of Head-Fi. I'm just conjecturing, of course. Mike
Yes, there are a lot of very expensive headphone amps out there that only offer unbalanced TRS jacks and they're being enjoyed by some very experienced people with some expensive headphones. I personally view balanced connections as valid primarily when using an amp that will provide more power by going to a balanced 4-pin XLR, on the HA-1 for example - but even then, only if the headphone is sufficiently inefficient to actually scale to the additional power. The OPPO...
OPPO has tested and approved a $25 custom cable for use between the Sony NWZ-A17 and the OPPO HA-2 DAC/amp: