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Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.

Oppo's HA-1 is a very flexible headphone amp and home theatre DAC/pre-amp and about spot-on for the money.

Currawong

Pros: No lack of inputs, including Bluetooth; Headphone amp is good all-round with plenty of power; Functionality is well thought-out.

Cons: Mute function for the pre-amp output only accessible on the remote. Knob feel for the volume is terrible. Display text is hard to read at a distance.

  Thanks to Oppo Digital Japan for allowing us to borrow the PM-1 and HA-1.   Oppo coming out with a pair of headphones was quite a surprised, especially a pair of planars. Likewise the HA-1, though it is logical that a company would provide an appropriate matching amp to do with their own headphones.    The HA-1 is based upon the BD-105 essentially, but with fewer...
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Brainwavs S5, We're Catching You GR07.
Brainwavs S5, We're Catching You GR07.

Brainwavz S5 In Ear Headphones

Pros: Good detail, non fatiguing mids, natural (unique timbre) Build quality.

Cons: Lower treble a little too forward / slightly one noted, cable a little weighty / springy.

Bluetooth! You've come a long way baby!
Bluetooth! You've come a long way baby!
Sound on par with its some popular names
Sound on par with its some popular names

Yamaha PRO 500

Pros: Very easy to drive with a fun EQ

Cons: Headband hurts and they look like a Beats rip off

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