Originally Posted by xenithon
One more quick question - has anyone used the Havana with an OTL amp? I have read about some hum issues with the Havana and Paradisea which has been attributed to impedance mismatches with certain amps.
I don't know if it was an impedance mismatch exactly but I did have a level of floor noise that for me was uncomfortable. It was only really audible when the volume was off.
Since getting the 840C I can tell you that I am amazed by the sound. 2 months ago I was still using a Beresford MKIII. The Paradisea was an amazing upgrade and I thought the detail and musicality of the unit was perfect for my ears.
Fortunate for me (unfortunate for the pocket book) I found a great deal on an 840C. Since the upgrade I can say that I am in love with the CDP. Not only because of the CDP but because the of DAC that I can run from my PC.
It is more detailed than the Paradisea w/ Bendix 6385. The floor is dead silent. I only have to turn my MPX3 up to around 9 o'clock to reach my comfort level (11 or 12 w/ the Paradisea). The oversampling provides exactly what I was looking for with my upgrade cycle. Some might call the sound analytical because it is very accurate but I find the sound to be very enjoyable. I have about 50 hours on the unit now and I feel that it is worth every penny I paid for it. Deep accurate bass with transparent musical highs. The 840C is a winner.