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post #16 of 424
Dear Tim,

" would you happen to know if the preamp functionality works when using the usb dac?"

Yes, the preamp functionality does work on all inputs.

> Also do you happen to know if the preamp outs are muted if a headphone is plugged in?

I'm sorry, but the preamp output is always active. It can't be changed.

Cheers

Jan
post #17 of 424
Thanks for the response, Doc!

I look forward to the release.

Cheers,
Tim
post #18 of 424
Does look sweet.. If it's under 1,200 I'll bite.. But since this is the DR's new flagship, I'm sure it will sell for 1,800 or so..
post #19 of 424
hi Jan,
glad to see you joining the thread. do you know yet what the pricing will be? also, do you foresee offering an option, or another product, that can accomodate balanced phones? thanks.
post #20 of 424
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Originally Posted by daveDerek View Post
hi Jan,
glad to see you joining the thread. do you know yet what the pricing will be? also, do you foresee offering an option, or another product, that can accomodate balanced phones? thanks.
I would like to ask this as well.

Also, will there be any plans of offering an SE version like with the HA-2s and the Preheads?
post #21 of 424
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Originally Posted by laxx View Post
this sounds liek a great upgrade for me coming from my aria. i've been wanting an amp with pre out and muiltiple inputs and this seems like a a logical step. that and i love the sound of my aria, so i'm sur ethe opera won't disappoint.
Does this mean you might be selling your Aria?
post #22 of 424
Hmmm... a very neutral amp that keeps the K701s sounding exciting. Sounds like the Opera is playing to the strengths of this headphone without adding colouration. Guess I'll have to add this to the ever increasing pile of potential home amps once I manage to get the scratch. Very informative early review, thanks! I look forward to hearing more about this one once it gets closer to release.
post #23 of 424
Thread Starter 
Jan has published a lot of technical details on his website:

http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

Click amplifiers / Corda opera / technical details.

I will read those stuff about the new technology called "balanced ground" while I am listening to the prototype "I" Hope I understand it
post #24 of 424
i want to hear what the balanced ground has to offer. =T
post #25 of 424
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Originally Posted by Richter Di View Post
Jan has published a lot of technical details on his website:

http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

Click amplifiers / Corda opera / technical details.

I will read those stuff about the new technology called "balanced ground" while I am listening to the prototype "I" Hope I understand it
He's left out the technical detail I'd most like to know.
post #26 of 424
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Originally Posted by Richter Di
As headphones, I regularly use the following headphones (in the order of my personal judgement):
1. Audio Technica ATH W-5000
2. AKG K-1000 (cabel Stefan ArtsAudio hardwired)
3. Sennheiser HD 650 (with Cardas cabel)
4. Shure E500 PTH
5. Grado RS-1
6. AKG K701
I use these six headphones regularly, and the W5000 is also my favorite. You must be my long-lost twin! Do you also like weisswurst and weissbier?

I would rank them differently, though, and my K1000 is stock. I don't don't use them much due to lack of amplification. I thought the Prehead MkII SE, or any other headphone amp I tried, didn't drive the K1000 well.

I also have the Opus 3 Test CD 4, and have noticed the vocalization on the left side on the 2nd track. The "vocals" are very obvious on my system and are quite loud in some sections.

I hope I'll get the chance to hear an Opera. If it's better than a Prehead MkII SE it will be very hard to resist. I'm still hoping for a Prehead MkIII, or at least an amp that continues to use the black cases. I really like the minimalistic look of the switches and the case.
post #27 of 424
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Elephas View Post
I use these six headphones regularly, and the W5000 is also my favorite. You must be my long-lost twin! Do you also like weisswurst and weissbier?

I would rank them differently, though, and my K1000 is stock. I don't don't use them much due to lack of amplification. I thought the Prehead MkII SE, or any other headphone amp I tried, didn't drive the K1000 well.
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I hope I'll get the chance to hear an Opera. If it's better than a Prehead MkII SE it will be very hard to resist. I'm still hoping for a Prehead MkIII, or at least an amp that continues to use the black cases. I really like the minimalistic look of the switches and the case.
Sure I like Weisswurst and Weissbier!
The Opera is IMHO clearly better than the Prehead MK II.
And its able to drive the K-1000, although there might be better solutions.
post #28 of 424
Jan certainly has said that the Opera is better than the Prehead.
post #29 of 424
Thanks for the insightful review, Reiner!

I just ordered an Opera for myself. I know Jan's amps quite well, have played the beta tester for the Prehead MkII, the Aria's amp section and the DAC that comes with the Opera, so I'm sure to not be disappointed. Actually I'm quite optimistic that it will be the ideal amp for me -- and Reiner's review has confirmed me in this respect.
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post #30 of 424
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Originally Posted by JaZZ View Post
Thanks for the insightful review, Reiner!

I just ordered an Opera for myself. I know Jan's amps quite well, have played the beta tester for the Prehead MkII, the Aria's amp section and the DAC that comes with the Opera, so I'm sure to not be disappointed. Actually I'm quite optimistic that it will be the ideal amp for me -- and Reiner's review has confirmed me in this respect.
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So when it comes to the new amp with integrated vacuum cleaner "Opera House" you will be the Beta tester again.
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