Originally Posted by Mindless
When I said digital circuit I meant the two digital outs and the DAC.
Why dosen't it make sense? Of course it's just speculation, but I think it would fit into his list of different amplifiers perfectly.
What do you consider unnecessary features in the Opera? I am very curious about this. How can you pay too much for something that is great?
The Opera is one of the most versatile headphone amplifiers I've seen in this pricerange. You can use it for your stereo as a preamp, and as a DAC for a CD you're just using as a transport. Add to that the fact that you can plug it into your USB port in your computer and skip all the unnecessary circuitry there and just have pure music (technically). The two headphone outputs offer great versatility too. One headphone might be more suited for use with the 120ohm output, whilst another may be better with the 0ohm output.
Tell me how that is "paying $2-300 more than needed". If you feel like that, why did you buy it in the first place?
Whoa Whoa! hold on there dude! We're on the same team! Team-Meier!! remember!?!!?! Bahaha!
I LOVE THE OPERA! Trust me! It sounds awesome and NO WAY am I saying it's overpriced nor overrated! As a matter of fact I don't think it's hyped ENOUGH compared to some other amps and (lesser amps ...Achoo-Heed-ooo!!!).
What I was TRYING to say, and probably failed because I am working off of 4 hours sleep in 1 week is... Because I wanted to SQ of the Opera and the internal DAC (at the time), I was forced to get the 120 ohm jack (which I don't need) and preout option which I also don't need, I would prefer to purchase an integreted amp separately. And also the 2nd RCA jack. Due to the fact that it was part of the package. I'm not sure how much it added to the final price, but it would be awesome (and A LOT to ask for) for an a la carte selection to choose what I needed. Perhaps if I bought from Dr. Meier directly that would be the case. So can you understand my frustration if I thought (based on what the OP said) the Cantante would have offered that at a reduced price? But, once again, I tried to quell things by saying we're speculating and until Dr. Meier completes the Cantante and posts the info we don't know. So pop a xanax and some wine and relax!