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The print on top was obviously fake, with the waves being straight lines and triangles, and the face had the wrong proportions. Even the paint itself was brown instead of white, so on first glance before studying the pattern it was clear something was off with them. I tried them first on a Xonar Essence STX which I don't use anymore to see if they would burn up, and then I put them in the Essence One for the actual listening tests.
I got some fake Muses01 which I decided to try out. So the config was 6x genuine Muses01 and 3x fake Muses01 in the unbalanced and balanced outputs going to my speakers and HDVD 800 inputs. I'm impressed by how bad the fake Muses01 were, as they basically ruined the sound completely. I guess that might sound a bit like exaggeration, but the balance of the sound was tilted in the wrong direction (less bass, less treble, more mids) and there was a noticeable decrease in...
I ordered the cable back in early May. Feels surreal that it might actually drop by in the mail soon. I'm detecting a pattern with Sennheiser for all the products they produce in-house in Germany. Has any of them been released at the time they were announced? To be fair I guess it's better to be slow and do things properly rather than rush things out the door.
Yeah I believe it only just started showing up in stores. It wasn't released at the same time as the HDVD 800.
I've had the HDVD 800 for ~4 months and I don't think I'd end up saving enough to make it worth the hassle going to the HDVA 600 instead. The price difference between the two isn't that big, and I guess that's where the problem with the HDVD 800 dac comes in. They cheaped out on it compared to the amp.
I got my Essence One Muses Edition back and yeah there's no question the dac is vastly superior to the one in the HDVD 800. I only got quick impressions before as I used it for a day before going back to the store with it. When I then used the HDVD 800 again for a week and now went back to the Essence One the upgrade in quality going to the Muses Edition was clear.   I'm really enjoying the combination of the Essence One as dac and HDVD 800 as amp. With the HD 800 it...
You only need to unscrew four on the front and the two middle ones on the back to open it.   Here's a video to show how it's done http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JlMk74Fj6c
The B10K pot has channel imbalance, while the A10K pot the newer Muses Edition has doesn't. The volume scale is also different as the B10K pot is linear and A10K logarithmic, which means that there's more steps for low volume on the A10K pot. I'll be using the Essence One as a pre-amp for my speakers and with the B10K pot there just aren't enough steps for low/mid volume before it gets really loud, and the channel imbalance was clearly audible until ~9 o clock on the...
I'll be keeping my HDVD 800 since I quite like how the amp sounds with my balanced HD 800 and LCD-2. But it wouldn't surprise me if I ended up using the Essence One Muses dac the majority of the time instead of the internal HDVD 800 dac. I did run out and buy a Essence One Muses Edition, but it turned out to be one of the older ones with B10K pots and no gain switch, so I returned it to the store and now I'm waiting on them to get a newer one from Asus. I've also ordered...
I had the opportunity to use a Xonar Essence One Muses Edition here at home and compare it with my HDVD 800, using both my speakers (B&W CM 8 with two subs) and HD 800. I never used the headamp on the Essence One, instead I connected it via XLR to the balanced inputs on the HDVD 800 and used the amp section with my balanced HD 800 headphones. The RCA outputs on the Essence One were connected to the Main In input on my Nad C 375 amp, so I was using the Essence One as a...
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