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post #16 of 247
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I've googled and not found the Opera website...anyone care to point me in the right direction?
Here : http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/opera.htm

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post #17 of 247
My Opera only arrived last Thursday from Todd, and I have been burning it in. Right out of the box, the sound with my Beyer DT880'-250's (2003 version) is all I could have hoped for and it is getting better every time I listen. So far, money well spent.

The sound from the Beyer's is so so good, I have not even tried my ETY ER-4S or my Grado's yet, and am thinking of upgrading my portable amp.
post #18 of 247
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Originally Posted by Bootleg View Post
I've googled and not found the Opera website...anyone care to point me in the right direction?
http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

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I especially do like the voice of the Opera as preamp also; Out to my 30w digital monoblocks driving my klispch stereo speakers, which previously were preamped with the Bottlehead Foreplay in an effort to tame the high freq as well as the shouty midrange... All nicely conditioned now at the source, with the Opera as preamp
post #19 of 247
Should receive mine tomorrow. Will be in Disney starting Wednesday so I hope it doesn't arrive after I leave and get left/stolen off my front steps....whew, glad my address isn't listed on my profile
post #20 of 247
I have been satisfied with the amp portion since the day I first heard it. The DAC is very good and I use it in my bedroom rig, but I have better alternatives at my computer.
post #21 of 247
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LOL!! Once an owner always an owner...
nice strategy. hype up the product then put it back on sale. j/k j/k

just wondering how many of you guys use it with your dap?
post #22 of 247
I received my Opera about three weeks ago.
I am very impressed with the amp section (just as I expected) and quite surprised with the DAC performance which is, to my ears at least, on par with my NAD C542 and Arcam DiVA CD73.

The Opera was supposed to server as headphone amp in my secondary rig but in the end it became my main headphone amplifier, replacing both Ray Samuels Audio Emmeline II "The Raptor" and a fully modified Musical Fidelity X-CAN v3.

As to prons and cons... Well, just pros for me. I can't say I am dissatisfied with any portion of the Opera. It mates well with all of my headphones (AKG K701, Sennheiser HD650, Beyerdynamic DT990) and I think the main feature of this amp are its neutrality and the ability to let the signature of the headphones pass through. It doesn't add artificial brightness to lift the Sennheiser "veil", it doesn't emphasize bass impact to boost the K701's shy bass (apparently, the AKG K701 bass presentation is fine to me), etc.

It seems a lot of you complain about the gain setting... I think you might just be listening too loud. .) I keep mine on low gain (!).

So, a great amplifier indeed, in my opinion.
post #23 of 247
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(apparently, the AKG K701 bass presentation is fine to me)
So the bass must hit you really hard when you swap K701 with 990 , I guess.
post #24 of 247
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It doesn't add artificial brightness to lift the Sennheiser "veil", it doesn't emphasize bass impact to boost the K701's shy bass (apparently, the AKG K701 bass presentation is fine to me), etc.
This is probably why I am sending mine back. Otherwise, it is a great amp. It sounds great with all my headphones, but none sound "magical".
post #25 of 247
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This is probably why I am sending mine back. Otherwise, it is a great amp. It sounds great with all my headphones, but none sound "magical".
IMHO, equipment cannot sound "magical", it is the music you listen to using this equipment that sounds magical.

@Lad27: The DT990 do rock, indeed.
post #26 of 247
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nice strategy. hype up the product then put it back on sale. j/k j/k

just wondering how many of you guys use it with your dap?
LOL! I thought about that after I created the thread, but there's no ulterior motive.. I noticed there was sporadic information here and there, so I figured a thread dedicated to people's experience (instead of waiting for the audition version to travel around), would help to bring this amp more to the forefront, a little faster. I, luckily, realized a flaw in my logic. At certain price points, incremental gains aren't really justified.. and at this stage I can't afford a $3,000+ cdp just to retrieve 'more' details.

I agree with AlterAnthony about the presentation of the amp, there were a lot of posts claiming the Opera to sound boring paired with the K701s. I never found that to be the case also, the K701s are "reference" phones, I wouldn't expect them to be turned into "fun" phones with this particular amp, if you want to hear the K701 as it supposed to be heard then this amp will do that, providing your source is on the neutral side also (I use the built in DAC a lot). The DT990s exhibit a different behaviour when used, instruments seem to have more weight, bass impact is definitely high, but not bloated. What's funny about this amp\dac combo is when you're reviewing it, you're REALLY revewing the CANS!!
post #27 of 247
I own an Opera since January. It suits my equipment perfectly.
I tested its DAC some days ago...while it's very good for sure, it doesn't really displace my source...nor I didn't expect it to do it.
post #28 of 247
I love my Opera since it arrived, I use it as primary head amp at home for my DT880/250(05) and HD650. The gain is a little bit low for the DT880 but I do have no complaint because even I turn the volume to 3-4 o'clock, it still very silent in background 'cause the good design.
post #29 of 247
Quick questions for all you Opera owners...do you use a separate dac with your Opera or the internal one? If you use a separate dac, which one are you using? I'm trying to get an idea of where the Opera's dac places against other stand-alone dacs. And no I don't own an Opera...I only aspire to own one.
post #30 of 247
Hi,

I've had my Opera Analog for two weeks and am delighted with it. It hasd a very cleabn and natural sound with terrific inner detail that makes listening to very well-recorded material a genuine revelation. I run a lab that among othr things masters dialogue for short and feature films and we've been using the Opera in that context, where it has become absolutely essential -- nothing added and nothing taken away. That said, I have when using it at home found it positively exhilerating where the music justified it. I agree that the gain might be higher -- at least with my IMOD -- but I actually find that the high Z output works better than the low for some of my 'phones (Grados). Also, I've tried it as a pre in with my Logan Vantages and it is a superbly quiet and controlled sweet sound that lacks, as you'd expect, a bit of the soundstaging and dimensionality of my tube pre. One odd thing: when I switched off the Opera in preamp mode it still produced sound and seemed to be ramping up the volume as though operating as a fixed line-source. Anyway, one thing not mentioned here because I guess it's assumed when purchasing from Jan is his tremendous customer service. I've asked him at least five inane questions via email each of which he has responded to quickly, graciously and informatively. For me this adds a great deal to the value of this already excellent amp.

best,

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