Originally Posted by individual6891
Awesome thread! (sticky??)
Thanks for sticky recommendation! I too think that the collected links & info of these external audio devices can be useful to many...Ian
, well for one, 1616m is a very new product (not selling yet) and I doubt it has the same headphone output as 1820m, also note (I know you did, but other readers migth not) that it has two headphone outputs, one is on PCMCIA card, which can be used as standalone amp, and the other is on external device (the one with inputs/outputs for recording music/voice/vocals/instruments/vinyl records etc).
And Focusrite Sapphire has, as said by their man, a very good headphone output (and TWO of them, which will be great when I listen to the music or watch a movie, cause I prefer to have it much louder than my girlfriend) -- well, such a statement at least calls for listening and see how true that is, right? (Saffire is also new product, coming out in month or two.)
As said, since I play music 10h/day on computers I either have this choice or buying first something like M-audio Transit at $100 for digital output, and then an amp like Xin SuperMacro-3, which is NOT cheap at $300, or even more expensive amp like AOS Flute at $400 or Corda HA-1 MKII at $500 --- while I might (and probably will) also use this device for recording audio.
I do sincerely think that it is worth investigating these devices before buying a "classic" dedicated headphone portable amp, especially since we all have different quality of our hearing capability and thus such device might sound just the same as expensive dedicated headphone amps. The problem now is, at least for me, in not being able to try these devices for myself! So, user opinions and reviews will be the deciding factor... That's why I am here, doing this, in hope it helps myself and others of course Ian
, one more thing... I notice you have Xin SuperDual
& Headroom Coda
, could you make a short comparison
of these two amps against
the Echo Indigo
AND E-MU 1820M
(just saw your review
If sound quality is comparable, while price is already, and expecting that 1616m is even better than Echo Indigo, which by specs already is, then I see no hesitation to buy something like 1616m or Saffire for my HD600
Also, I think my hearing is not that perfect anyway.... I’d just like to drive HD600 well enuff, my Audigy 2 puts basses out only at max volume, which is too high anyway, I’d like to listen to lower volumes, plus I am probably missing other details by driving HD600 with Audigy 2, so I think I need a decent amp, not a perfect one, well, close to my hearing capability... I guess I'd not hear any difference between Benchmark DAC1 at $900 and AOS Flute at $400, how many people here that difference really?