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If it is priced in the €1600 range like the E3 it'll be good to see multiple products out there which I assume will obsolete many of the current super high end dacs that cost way more. For some paying this amount of money for a dac seems nuts, based especially on some of the reactions to the E3 in the Essence One thread. But in a way the E3 and HA-1 are still providing good value for money, though you have to take a step back and look at the market they're aiming it at to...
The STU looks tiny in comparison to the E3. Looking forward to the reviews. I just know I'm going to break down and sell my Muses Edition and get an Essence III.
That's not a HD 800, it's the HD 700. The Essence III comes with converter cables, so that HD 700 might be using any after market balanced cable and then using the converter into mini-xlr for the last bit. Or they could have made their own mini-xlr cables over at Asus for testing which were used for that image. The price of S$3500 quoted on that page converts into just under $2800 USD. Let's hope it's just a case of that region getting shafted and not an indicator on what...
On the Asus website they imply it's stepped attenuators for both "Essence III includes a set of stepped attenuators that works for headphones and line outputs."
Since it's using stepped attenuators it shouldn't have any imbalance in the volume knobs at all.
The Akg K812 is now listed for sale on a Swedish store. Exact same price as the HD 800. It doesn't say if they actually have them in stock or if it's a pre-order. Either way it seems it's getting closer to release now.
As far as I know nobody makes USB cables without the power pin. Therefore it's unreasonable to expect them to make their own production run of cables without power pins just for the dacs in order to deal with a problem only a minority of users might experience.
If you're happy with how it sounds, that's perfectly fine!
I thought we already talked about using it with speakers on page 178.
I hope so! I'm looking forward to listening to them whenever they start showing up in stores.
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