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post #106 of 424
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...still waiting for my Opera...
Yeah... from Germany to Switzerland is quite a long way with such a heavy parcel...
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post #107 of 424
Update: my amp arrived TODAY. I let it warm up a bit and I am listening to it now, cold out of the box. Too early for any opinion other than "sounds great", so for now I will leave it at that. MUCH more to come. This is a truly remarkable amp, I feel.
post #108 of 424
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Update: my amp arrived TODAY. I let it warm up a bit and I am listening to it now, cold out of the box. Too early for any opinion other than "sounds great", so for now I will leave it at that. MUCH more to come. This is a truly remarkable amp, I feel.
I look forward to your impressions! Especially how it compares with the Aria - amp & dac side of things.
post #109 of 424
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Update: my amp arrived TODAY. I let it warm up a bit and I am listening to it now, cold out of the box. Too early for any opinion other than "sounds great", so for now I will leave it at that. MUCH more to come. This is a truly remarkable amp, I feel.
Congrats. You seem to be the first in the US. Best, Reiner
post #110 of 424
After 5-6 hours burn in (not much), I spent some time listening last night. At least so far, it would seem that the Opera has a warmer sonic signature than my HA-2 MkII/SE. But it also, at the same time, seems to be more detailed. If that impression remains true after longer break in, that would be fantastic. Will the Opera have the unbelievable transparency that the HA-2 MkII/SE has, that has made it my very favorite headphone amp for so long? I'm not sure. Will have to wait a while to decide that.

And this coming week I will try out the DAC, after more break in on the amp side.

To be sure, its a very good product. Now we just have to see exactly HOW good, since its not inexpensive.
post #111 of 424
Damit I hate head-fi!! looks so tempting must resist must think of stomach first.....
post #112 of 424
OK, so after that great Bears win yesterday, and with almost a full 24 hours break-in on the Opera, I decided to do some camparison of the Opera to the HA-2 MkII/SE, which has been my long term reference and main amp, and which no other amp has ever come close to for me in terms of performance. And what did I find? Well...

The Opera is a tremendously good amp. But it does have a somehat different sonic signature than the HA-2 II/SE. The Opera, while still very detailed and transparent, is warmer sounding than the HA-2 II/SE, and to enough of a degree that it became impossible to say which amp was better without choosing a companion headphone. With the Darth Beyers, I preferred the HA-2 II/SE. With the 05/06 DT990 and DT880, I preferred the Opera, where the additional warmth was welcome. The Opera seems also to have a little less treble energy than the HA-2 II/SE, which again made the above headphone pairings more attractive. I also preferred the Opera with the JVC DX1000's. But from my memory of the HD650's, I strongly believe they would fare better with the HA-2 II/SE.

So there you go. Since it has a USB DAC, my intended home for the Opera has always been as an upgrade to the Aria in my office, where I listen with DT990's, and so it is picture-perfect in that application. But my "main" rig, which is V3 Darth Beyers, the HA-2 II/SE will remain.

I'm sure the Opera will continue to improve, also, and I will report back if it does. It's a phenomenal amp - listening to it right now with the DT990's and I have to confess I get distracted the music is so good...maybe this is not such a great work amp after all
post #113 of 424
Oh, glad to hear the Opera sounds warmer and "less treble energy", that's what I want to pair with my DT880. I am now very confident to pay for it.
post #114 of 424
Skylab - you will be in real danger of not getting ANY work done if you pair dt990/600 2005 with your Opera. Yes, they ARE better than the 250's. .....imagine........
post #115 of 424
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The Opera, while still very detailed and transparent, is warmer sounding than the HA-2 II/SE



This could be a positive aspect when I'll be using my GS1000 with it (I almost always use these cans recently instead of my "old" HD650). But it's still not here...
post #116 of 424
The Opera's warm-but-detailed nature is truly remarkable. It just doesn't mate quite as well with some headphones (like the Darth Beyers) as the HA-2 MkII/SE. But for many, maybe most, the Opera will be spectacular. It certainly is for me with the DT990's.
post #117 of 424
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This could be a positive aspect when I'll be using my GS1000 with it (
Don't worry. At this stage I already prefer the Opera/GS1000 above my Prehead II SE/GS1000 combo.
post #118 of 424
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I look forward to your impressions! Especially how it compares with the Aria - amp & dac side of things.
Spent some time listening to the USB Dac with the Opera (via it's headphone amp). It's a definite step up from the Aria. I cannot really separate the DAC and Amp, but the Opera used this was sounds excellent - REALLY enjoyable.

That said, the analog input sounds better to me than the USB DAC, but that isn't really surprising - USB is a crappy way to input to a DAC - it just happens to be the way I need to do it in my office.
post #119 of 424
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Since it has a USB DAC, my intended home for the Opera has always been as an upgrade to the Aria in my office. . . .
An Opera just for the office. That's nuts. A great set up. Very jealous.
post #120 of 424
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Spent some time listening to the USB Dac with the Opera (via it's headphone amp). It's a definite step up from the Aria.
If possible, could you expand upon this comment. The Opera is much more expensive than the Aria. Are the improvements minor (like going from a cmoy to a Total BitHead) or pretty significant (like going from a $300 tube amp to a Raptor or SP SLAM). I am thinking about selling my Aria to fund one of these, and just want to know what I will be getting for my money.

Thanks.
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