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post #16 of 235
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Originally Posted by JaZZ
Although I've always had a weakness for the classic, understated Corda design -- especially in the HA-2 --, I like the new design quite a bit.



Yeah that thing would pair very nicely with an Eastsound or a Shanling for sure! For looks alone!
post #17 of 235
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Originally Posted by fjf
Boy, ugly box!. It looks like a cheap chinese prête-à-porter amp!. I liked much better the old corda boxes. Have you seen the new DHA-3000 in akwok's post?. Now, that's an amp!!. Of course, for that kind of money, it should be....
WTF do you mean cheap Chinese AMP? I bet you wouldn't survive for a week if you throw everything made in China from your house.
post #18 of 235
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Originally Posted by boodi
Your informal review for us is pending, isn' it true?
The sound is still top secret. Just so much: It's absolutely on EMP level -- and this although my EMP has never sounded so good as it sounds now, with optimized tube configuration. So actually I currently have two favored amps: Aria prototype and EMP. Anyway, you'll be surprised about the price of the Aria -- and this with a built-in DAC!

post #19 of 235
Now, we may have a killer combo here!!. If just the case were nicer....but you can't have it all, and they cannot satisfy everyone...

Bythe way, what's EMP?

Regards.
post #20 of 235
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Originally Posted by fjf
...what's EMP?
Brocksieper Earmax Pro.



post #21 of 235
WOW, that thing is nice looking! I love my HA-2, but that Aria sure is purty...wonder where it will fit sonically in Meier's line.
post #22 of 235
I've heard the prototype more than a few times and it sounds very, very good. I think that's all I'm allowed to say at the moment.
post #23 of 235
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Originally Posted by saint.panda
I've heard the prototype more than a few times and it sounds very, very good. I think that's all I'm allowed to say at the moment.
Damn you! Stop teasing us!
post #24 of 235
Hmm there is another Jubilee gamble starting up, I wonder if Meier is going to introduce another new model in this style once the gamble ends for the HA2Mk2SE
post #25 of 235
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Originally Posted by JaZZ
The sound is still top secret. Just so much: It's absolutely on EMP level -- and this although my EMP has never sounded so good as it sounds now, with optimized tube configuration. So actually I currently have two favored amps: Aria prototype and EMP. Anyway, you'll be surprised about the price of the Aria -- and this with a built-in DAC!

Is it a USB only DAC or will it have Coax/Toslink as well?
post #26 of 235
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Originally Posted by elnero
Is it a USB only DAC or will it have Coax/Toslink as well?
It only has USB connexion. But there is the plan for an (even) higher-classed amp/DAC combo (link) which will have USB and coax connection -- the ultimate compact high-end audio station. Nevertheless, the Aria's amp alone is more than worth the cost and of absolutely audiophile caliber.

post #27 of 235
so when we can expect release / review ?
post #28 of 235
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Originally Posted by JaZZ
It only has USB connexion. But there is the plan for an (even) higher-classed amp/DAC combo (link) which will have USB and coax connection -- the ultimate compact high-end audio station. Nevertheless, the Aria's amp alone is more than worth the cost and of absolutely audiophile caliber.

It definately looks interesting. Personally I'm kinda hooked on the whole NOS DAC sound now anyway. I'd be interested in hearing this one but seeing as there is a GS-1 on its way to me as we speak I doubt it's in the cards anytime soon.
post #29 of 235
Now you people tell me why should I NOT save for the ARIA amp.

Don't tell me that I don't need a new amp - both my "normal me" and my wife just did.
post #30 of 235
Dear Headfellows,

> Hmm there is another Jubilee gamble starting up, I wonder if Meier is going to introduce another new model in this style once the gamble ends for the HA2Mk2SE

Don't worry, the HA-2 MkII SE will not be discontinued. There's enough stock for at least a year.

As for the ARIA, more details will follow in around 2 weeks.

Cheers

Jan
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