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Originally Posted by jasonl View Post
 


The DAC in DAC-10H is similar to IDA-16, but it is not like we remove the amp and then packaged it as a DAC.  A lot of work has gone into improving the performance for preamp, lower the noise, power supply, and headphone amp. If you have a high-end speaker and headphones, then it is worth getting DAC-10H with ST-10.

 

Thanks for posting, Jason

 

I have no speakers and never was interested in them, I am currently using speaker amp Krell KAV-400xi with HE-6, recently had a chance to try IDA-16, at my home for few hrs. However I was able to audition only the amp section, as dac driver did not install on my Win8 laptop :confused_face_2:

 

I really did like IDA-16 as amp, transparency was awesome. I am not keen on other headphones, if I get IDA-16, will using only with HE-6 directly from speaker tabs. 

As I will be using IDA-16 only with HE-6 do you suggest IDA-16 or ST-10.

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In that case IDA-16 is suitable for you.   Oh, we updated the USB driver (version 4.20) so it should work for Windows 8.1 now.  

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I would be curious to see how the HE-6 pairs with the IDA or ST-10. I used to power my HE-6 from an STA-100 and did a mini-shootout between it and a couple other small desktop amps: http://www.head-fi.org/t/666077/

 

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In that case IDA-16 is suitable for you.   Oh, we updated the USB driver (version 4.20) so it should work for Windows 8.1 now.  

post #1654 of 1659
If you want to power headphone with speaker amp, wait for the IDA-8 $995 by end of May. It is going to be shockingly good. I seldom don't use such description, may be never.
post #1655 of 1659
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If you want to power headphone with speaker amp, wait for the IDA-8 $995 by end of May. It is going to be shockingly good. I seldom don't use such description, may be never.

 

Thanks a lot, for suggestion, I will wait for IDA-8, already big fan of NuPrime after hearing IDA-16. I was not able to find info on IDA-8 features on web, one last question, will it be an integrated amp or power amp?

post #1656 of 1659
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

I would be curious to see how the HE-6 pairs with the IDA or ST-10. I used to power my HE-6 from an STA-100 and did a mini-shootout between it and a couple other small desktop amps: http://www.head-fi.org/t/666077/

 

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Originally Posted by jasonl View Post
 


In that case IDA-16 is suitable for you.   Oh, we updated the USB driver (version 4.20) so it should work for Windows 8.1 now.  

 

I found IDA-16 big step up from Krell KAV-400xi. However I was able to try it only for 15-20 mins or so.

 

Edit: other amp I was able to try was I32 integrated amplifier from Primare, it was not impressive. IDA-16 has amazing transparency.


Edited by musicinmymind - Yesterday at 12:58 pm
post #1657 of 1659

My current big amp is a NAD C390dd but I'm not sure if it meshes they way I want in my system (also way too big for my table). I just recently had a guy offer a Krell 400xi in trade but I'm not sure if I want to take it. I'm curious about the NuPrime options though.

post #1658 of 1659
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

My current big amp is a NAD C390dd but I'm not sure if it meshes they way I want in my system (also way too big for my table). I just recently had a guy offer a Krell 400xi in trade but I'm not sure if I want to take it. I'm curious about the NuPrime options though.

 

Krell is really good believe me, if not for that nasty 50Hz frequency lock I would have never replaced it. My job requires me to travel a lot, sometimes more than 6 months at a stretch. As my office takes care of travel exp, I take all my gears along (away from family more time for hobby :dt880smile:) but Krell frequency lock is a deal breaker, does not even allow me to use it with stepdown transform. 

 

I am looking for something more portable, powerful without losing class. NuPrime looks very interesting, there are other options, but I really liked the sound from IDA-16. Not saying it was more refined from top to bottom, over Krell, transparency was top notch. While I agree the IDA-16 is more articulate it is also a little bit colder sounding, bass on the IDA-16 is tighter too, but 400xi's slightly looser bass as I think it allows the HE-6 to "let go" a bit more. 

 

Overall IDA-16 was a big step up from Krell, but Krell is not a bad deal with HE-6 at all. Both drive HE-6 with authority.

post #1659 of 1659

Now what I want is something with that kind of authority, but maybe the size of a textbook.

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