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Looking forward to it! There's a lot of amp/dac combos, but the majority aren't as good as they should be. Either the amp or the dac part is vastly superior to the other, and the other section ends up unused as the user inevitably buys a replacement for it. Like I doubt any Violectric V281 users will get the integrated dac and be happy using it. They'll inevitably get a separate dac if they don't have one. I'm hoping SPL can make their dac section just as good as the amp,...
Got any idea of how much more the version with built in dac will cost? Or what level of quality they're aiming for with the dac?
What matters in the end is the result the components produce when working together. With the Essence One Muses Edition I experimented with different combinations of opamps. Higher end opamps sometimes provided a more transparent sound, but could tilt the overall balance in a way that made it unpleasant to listen to. Using a combination of high end and lesser parts delivered an overall sound that hit the right balance where music was produced with the correct balance of...
Since I upgraded the firmware 4 days ago I went back to using USB and haven't had any problems, so I guess that fixed it!
Still happy with mine! The only issues I've run into now after owning it for a long time is that USB audio stops working after a while. All youtube videos refuse to play, any music whether it's via WASAPI, ASIO or the standard output doesn't work. So I've been running via a Musical Fidelity V-Link 192 instead that converts USB into AES. I saw that Asus has a firmware upgrade for the Essence III that "improves stability", so I'm going to try that today and see if it fixes...
Same here, despite owning it for a while now I've never felt an inclination to change the opamps. The setup it comes with feels ideal.
I owned the V200 and SPL Auditor at the same time for about 2 years. Maybe I'll end up buying both the Phonitor 2 and V281. I like amps too much for my own good.
Ok, so I’ve listened to the Nad C 375BEE now a bit with both the 812 and HD 800. As expected the high output impedance boosted the bass compared to the O2 and Essence III that have lower output impedance. It wasn’t as bad as I expected though with the 812. The HD 800 also sounded pretty good, though the Nad has a problem with background hum. With both headphones in quiet parts I could hear humming in the background, and it was actually worse with the HD 800 than the 812....
I had a look at the specs and the headphone output impedance is 68 ohm, so it probably won't be ideal with the 812. But it might be really good with the HD 800! Now I'm looking forward to testing it out properly. I've never listened to it, even though I've had the Nad amp for years. In a couple hours I'll have the time to do the listening test, so I'll get some impressions up later today.
I have a Nad C 375BEE so I could actually try it out with the 812 and compare with the other headphone amps I've got.
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