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post #121 of 235
I just made a purchase from him by sending an international money order; it took 1 week to get to him. I don't seen the problem (if you can wait a little bit....)
post #122 of 235
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Originally Posted by atx
0% interest, cash back, mileage rewards, extended warranty, etc.
Absolutely 100% correct. Mainly for me, cash back, extended warranty and MOST importantly, convenience. I don't have to drive out to go buy a money order nor do I need to hook up my bank account into Paypal (especially when Paypal isn't a Canadian firm, thus, if there is anything wrong with my Canadian bank account, how am I protected? Can we go after a foreign business?)

All that stuff..
post #123 of 235
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Originally Posted by sionghchan
Absolutely 100% correct. Mainly for me, cash back, extended warranty and MOST importantly, convenience. I don't have to drive out to go buy a money order nor do I need to hook up my bank account into Paypal (especially when Paypal isn't a Canadian firm, thus, if there is anything wrong with my Canadian bank account, how am I protected? Can we go after a foreign business?)

All that stuff..

Yes, but this convenience increases costs to the sellers, and it is us, the buyers, who finally pay for it. Paypal, and credit cards charge as much as 4-6% for their "convenient" services. Boy, are we lazy!.
post #124 of 235
Cant help getting one!
post #125 of 235

confused about headphone out to amplifier

""There's no reason why the Aria's headphone output shouldn't be able to perfectly drive a power amp -- with a corresponding adapter or cable."

True, but be aware that almost any DC-couples headphone amplifier like the Aria will show small offset offset voltages at the output. If your poweramp is DC-coupled then I strongly suggest to add coupling capacitors to the adapter/cable"


I know nothing about this - say I want to hook the aria up to a sonic t-amp thru the headphone out of the aria, i there any problem with this? any potential to damage either unit?

same question to a solid state receiver?

thanks

Leonard
post #126 of 235
i can't be the only one asking myself:
would this amp be a good companion to the k701?

the way jazz and saint.panda are describing the aria's sound very much reminds me of the way akg's new flagship has been described by michaelxray alias otwin at hifi-forum.de (there's a jazz-translated summary over here in the headphone section). dry, accurate, airy, honest, hmm... would that be a fine synergy with k701 or just too much of a good thing? in my case the source has similar leanings (benchmark-dac1) and i see no reason to in any way alter (mellow, warm or liquify) the sound. still i wonder...

as apparently the only person on earth having heard both k701 and corda aria, could dr. meier please elaborate?
post #127 of 235
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Originally Posted by Riordan
I can't be the only one asking myself: would this amp be a good companion to the k701?
No, you're not the only one. And I would be closer to the answer if only the K 701 was available in my country, as I'm seriously considering to get one. After all you should be closer to the source...

I'm a bit skeptical when it comes to pair the DAC1 with a lean sounding headphone, but as it seems now the K 701 isn't necessarily as lean as it's initially been reported. The Aria (prototype) on the other hand isn't really lean, but quite balanced. Even the K 1000 was listenable with it.

Jan Meier has decided not to review the products he sells, in order to not violate the forum rules.

post #128 of 235
Have you prototype owners tried listening over USB yet to get an idea of the quality of the DAC?

I plan on buying this and going from...

USB > Aria > HD650

post #129 of 235
If I'm not mistaken the prototypes don't have the dac, only the amp.
post #130 of 235
Andresin is right.

post #131 of 235
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Originally Posted by JaZZ
No, you're not the only one. And I would be closer to the answer if only the K 701 was available in my country, as I'm seriously considering to get one. After all you should be closer to the source...
i should, yes... but the local hifi store is sadly understocked when it comes to headphones and if i have to order them i'd rather order them from jan meier... i'm not even sure whether the k601 and k701 are already present in any austrian stores.
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Originally Posted by JaZZ
I'm a bit skeptical when it comes to pair the DAC1 with a lean sounding headphone, but as it seems now the K 701 isn't necessarily as lean as it's initially been reported. The Aria (prototype) on the other hand isn't really lean, but quite balanced. Even the K 1000 was listenable with it.
good now if one seems not to be lean, and the other is balanced the only question left for me is whether those encouraging impressions add up to a wholesome whole. as to your skepticism about the benchmark feeding them, i quite like my akg k500 out of the benchmark which (among other things) gives it the bass presence the phones lacked out of the cambridge d500se.

so i guess i'm halfway decided already. if my local store surprises me tomorrow i'll fulfill my patriotic duty and buy one the few austrian products with worldwide presence - don't ask me to drink red bull, though
in that unlikely case i would of course also fulfill my head-fi duty and post impressions.
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Originally Posted by JaZZ
Jan Meier has decided not to review the products he sells, in order to not violate the forum rules.
ah... of course. i'll mail him then.
thanks for your help, jazz.
post #132 of 235

DAC, etc

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Originally Posted by Inter
Sorry if it is mentioned earlier in the thread, but..

What sort of DAC sits in the Aria and how does it compare to say, a Creative Audigy 2 zs? I'm starting to take an interest in the Aria now.
I'm not sure if this was ever completely answered. I am considering purchasing the Aria since I may need the USB/DAC connection due to my sound card (M-Audio Revolution 7.1) lack of RCA inputs. I'll get to that later. The M-Audio has some sweet specs for the audiophile when compared to the Creative Audigy 2zs (see http://techreport.com/reviews/2003q2.../index.x?pg=1). Plugging the Aria directly into the USB, I'm bypassing the Revolution's excellent Envy24HT chip and AKM's AK4355 DAC. I feel like I'm missing out on something here, depending on how decent Aria's DAC is.

For the Creative Audigy enthusiast (is this an oxymoron?), I think that the review above pertains to a prior release of the Revolution 7.1, and it now does support DirectSound, etc (for gamers, which isn't a high concern for me anyhow).

see http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...n71-focus.html for current info

Anyhow, all that said, there are no RCA outputs on my card anyway, only a digital out. I bought the card before thinking things through. Anyone know if there are good quality digital to RCA converters, and what effect this has on performance? I feel like I'm either looking at replacing the card with another with RCA, or else going with the Aria to use the USB/DAC. It sounds like the Aria is good enough without the DAC, but I'm not sure.

Can a few of you thinktank this one out for me?

I have to agree that I like a more standard, utilitarian look. It's definitely not bad, but not my preference. For cost savings, very acceptable.
post #133 of 235
Yes, a digital to RCA converter (or xlr if you want balanced) is a DAC. From the Meier web, the dac in the Aria is "Built-in USB-DAC (PCM2704, 16 bit, 32/44/48 kHz)". Don't know if this helps.
post #134 of 235
Your soundcard *has* to have analog outputs otherwise it wouldn't need to have a DAC?

And buying *another* DAC to get RCA outputs would defeat the purpose of trying to use the DAC's on the soundcard.

If you need to convert a mini-jack to RCA is another matter.
post #135 of 235
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Originally Posted by fjf
Yes, a digital to RCA converter (or xlr if you want balanced) is a DAC. From the Meier web, the dac in the Aria is "Built-in USB-DAC (PCM2704, 16 bit, 32/44/48 kHz)". Don't know if this helps.

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Originally Posted by Tim D
Your soundcard *has* to have analog outputs otherwise it wouldn't need to have a DAC?

And buying *another* DAC to get RCA outputs would defeat the purpose of trying to use the DAC's on the soundcard.

If you need to convert a mini-jack to RCA is another matter.
Forgive me if I really don't know what I'm talking about, because I probably don't. But the DAC is digital to analog, not necessarily RCA I believe. I think that does help. The DAC in the Revolution is better.

"The AKM AK4355 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) maintains the Rev's 192kHz/24-bit precision all the way to its output ports. Since the DAC supports 24-bit audio at a maximum sampling rate of 192kHz, the Revolution 7.1 doesn't need to downsample the Envy24HT's digital output before converting it to analog signals for the card's speaker ports."

My card does not have RCA outputs, but does have analog outputs for a 7.1 surround sound setup. A mini-jack to RCA would solve the problem logistically, but I'm not sure of the quality. I think that's what I was asking. I guess if I used the digital out on the card it would then be converted to analog in the Aria, as you said, defeating the entire purpose of having a good card and caring about trying to use it at all.

So, off to investigate mini to RCA. Thanks!
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