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5/15/09 at 8:29pm
BTW: Some of the digital sources I tested and still use, are not very expensive.
The Isabellina dac has 3 digital inputs (USB, coax, and optical). Adding analog inputs will add complexity and cost because I'll need to pass the output of the dac (as well as analog inputs) to an input select switch. Doing all of this gives us a preamp. If you want a dac + preamp with headphone output, I already have this: Red Wine Audio Isabella (add dac + HP options). I know, I know - it is not cheap at $6k. But with the "Isabellina HP" (Isabellina with headphone output), I am hoping to keep the price less than half of that.
So in order to keep the cost down, I was hoping that most people would be fine with the 3 digital inputs, 1 set of volume controlled RCA outputs, and
one 1/4" headphone output. I would appreciate more feedback on this...
The reason I need a analogue input is because the analogue out from my Emm Labs CDSA SE & Nagra CDP is reasonably decent already.
If you already like your sources, maybe you don't need the Isabellina dac. In this case, the Amphora would be all you need?
For the proposed Isabellina HPA, the idea is to just use your CD transport (or computer's USB output) as the source, but let the sound of the Isabellina dac take over
|I have a copyright on "HPA" already - it stands for HeadPhoneAddict. Many people have set a precedent of referring to me as HPA already.
You must now pay me royalties to use that phrase on head-Fi. However, a single payment of one Isabellina HPA will grant a lifetime license to you and your descendants in perpetuity. I believe you already have my mailing address. Thank you for your time.