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post #166 of 424

Can somebody compare Opera with headroom's desktop amp?

Hi,

Is there someone who can compare the Opera with headroom's desktop amp (with home or max module)?

I am very curious.

Thank you in advance.
post #167 of 424
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Any further explaination would be awsome.

Thanks

Lou


The CD Player (Marantz SA-17S1) in linked to the Opera. The speakers (which have their own amp section) are linked to the Opera's preamp output.
Before getting the Opera, the speakers were linked to the Marantz's analog output, while my headphones were linked directly to the player's headphone's out.
post #168 of 424
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I tested the Opera now considering his USB capabilities. I was really impressed. To be honest, I am currently not sure what is the better source. My modified Cambridge (using the Dig out) or my computer (using WAV files).
post #169 of 424
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I tested the Opera now considering his USB capabilities. I was really impressed. To be honest, I am currently not sure what is the better source. My modified Cambridge (using the Dig out) or my computer (using WAV files).
Agreed. Spent quite a bit of time this week listening to Apple Lossless music in iTunes via the Opera's USB DAC, and it's impressive sounding. In this regard it is a MAJOR step forward from the Aria.

The Opera is terrific machine. I've now sold my Sugden Headmaster, I'm trying to sell my DIYEDEN USB DAC, and my Aria looks pretty lonely over in the corner, but I can;t bring myself to sell it
post #170 of 424
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Agreed. Spent quite a bit of time this week listening to Apple Lossless music in iTunes via the Opera's USB DAC, and it's impressive sounding. In this regard it is a MAJOR step forward from the Aria.
All we need now is a complete noiseless sub-laptop.
post #171 of 424
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All we need now is a complete noiseless sub-laptop.
My Sony Laptop is basically noiseless. The 500GB hard drive that houses my iTunes library, however, is not.
post #172 of 424
Just when I thought I had escaped from headphonia, JaZZ calls me for a mini-meet on Sunday to listen to his Opera. I'll try not to relapse, especially since some serious high end cans, which I haven't had the privilege to hear yet, will hopefully be present as well. I'm also curious how the Opera's DAC compares to my Apogee Minidac.
post #173 of 424
anyone test the Opera with a pair of ath2000s??? Also anyone use the coax input for the dac from either a computer soundcard or Usb-S/pdif convertor? Want to buy an amp in the next few days. Thanks
post #174 of 424
I'd really appreciate some detailed impressions of the Opera as a pre-amp. I'm looking for a warm/rich sounding ss pre-amp, and would be interested how it perfoms.
post #175 of 424
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Originally Posted by Richter Di View Post
I tested the Opera now considering his USB capabilities. I was really impressed. To be honest, I am currently not sure what is the better source. My modified Cambridge (using the Dig out) or my computer (using WAV files).
Which model do you have? I have the Azur 640C v1 (stocK). If you have the 640C then how do they compare now that the Opera has been used abit more?

Also bump to others for additional impressions since by now the Opera should be burned in very nicely.

thanks.
post #176 of 424
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Which model do you have? I have the Azur 640C v1 (stocK). If you have the 640C then how do they compare now that the Opera has been used abit more?

Also bump to others for additional impressions since by now the Opera should be burned in very nicely.

thanks.
I have the Cambridge azur 340C completely modified by http://www.hoer-wege.de/. Hoerwege states that the actual cd-drive of all models is the same and that only the electronic differs. He modifies everything from capacitors to the power supply.

As I have not found not a lot time recently I have not done any additional comparisons.
post #177 of 424
Well, now that my Opera is fully broken in, I spent some time this past weekend doing some additional comparisons. And I am now convinced that the Opera is the best headphone amp I have ever had in my home. It is a little warmer than the HA-2 mkII/SE, but for every headphone I own except the Darth Beyers, this little bit of warmth is very welcome, as it doesn't come at the expense of detail or transparency. The Opera has gobs of detail, and is completely transparent. It's a pleasure to listen to - deep, powerful, well defined bass; lush, inviting, transparent midrange, and airy, delicate, extended, smooth, detailed treble.

This is the extent to which I will be reviewing it - there really isn't the need for me to say more. I've started selling off amps. I'm have 4 home (or office)headphone "rigs", and I'm keeping 4 home amps. That's it. Having the Opera has given me the last piece I was missing.
post #178 of 424
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That's it. Having the Opera has given me the last piece I was missing.
I understand you fully! It is just great.
post #179 of 424
Just heard the Opera this weekend. Before I say anything stupid, can impressions from a 90-100 hour burned-in Opera to be taken seriously (with all things regarding meet conditions considered)?
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Just heard the Opera this weekend. Before I say anything stupid, can impressions from a 90-100 hour burned-in Opera to be taken seriously (with all things regarding meet conditions considered)?
Mine sounded good out of the box, but much better after 150 hours.
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