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Originally Posted by Andreeas1978 View Post

Hm... It's not clear if they talk about listening through the DAC section or just AMP, there might be the Sinergy problem between HPA and different headsets and the burn in thing that generates so much argue, and then the human factor, tastes etc. I don't know what to say. I use mine with HD800 and sometimes with JBL S700. I'm totally good with it! I'm no expert but I use only WAV up to 192khz and sometimes I can feel when for instance a track has bad masterization or bad compression. It just sounds screechy or congested. Many times I load the tracks in Adobe CC to see what's going on and you can see if it's compressed and mastered like a big chunk of wood with all freqs up on the same level and then cut like with a knife.

 

Yes, reviews are unclear. All that IS clear is how the HPA-2 sounds to you (think you're talking about the HPA-2). As Duke Ellington famously said, "If it sounds good, it is good."

 

My HPA-1 has no DAC. My DAC is the Audio GD NOS 19. That makes evaluating the HPA-1's inherent sound a little easier: I used it as a preamp and sometimes as headphone amp. I have other headphones amps, one of which is also a preamp, so I can compare the HPA-1 to other quality units. For example:

 

HPA-1 vs Burson Soloist (the big/powerful one, not the SL model)--as both a preamp and a HP amp: The Burson is larger, clearly more powerful, but much harder to actually use because it's stepped potentiometer has relative few steps (21 or 22 total). The Burson has slightly greater extension at both ends and the bass hits like a hammer. It's probably "technically" better than the M Stage, but I actually prefer the HPA-1 for its easy-to-use volume pot and listener-friendly qualities of warm and slightly elevated bass.

 

HPA-1 vs Lake People G109A (as HP amp): These 2 sound rather different, but in very subtle ways. The G109A is more powerful, relatively flat, with a hint of warmth and smoothness. It doesn't exaggerate treble (any frequency, really). I call it a "truth-teller," but it's not fatiguing at all. The HPA-1 is slightly looser, less of a grip on everything, but somehow is fun & friendly--a somewhat warm, bass-rich sound. 

 

The HPA-1 should fail in comparison to these more powerful headphone amps, but it doesn't. It always sound good and has plenty of power for any of the headphones I've used: I use it on the lowest gain setting and can't get the volume pot up even halfway w/o going deaf.

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Originally Posted by Andreeas1978 View Post

melodies with high pitch trumpets scratch my ears and brain like crazy no matter how good or expensive the hardware is

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/413900/how-to-equalize-your-headphones-a-tutorial :wink_face:

post #5028 of 5031

Thanks, leeperry, I know the thread, a good one!

Pharmaboy, yes I have the HPA-2 DAC version, sorry for not being clear!  I was talking only about the AMP section, I have the DAC version but it has 2 different lines which you can select. Either usb-dac-amp either whatever input I want RCA-AMP only section. In this regard it is the same build like the non DAC version, but with one of the input lines replaced by usb input. Most of the times I do not use the DAC. 


Edited by Andreeas1978 - 11/28/16 at 10:20am
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This seems just a bit fishy but it's the best deal in town for one of these. Has anyone had any experience with this dealer before?

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This seems just a bit fishy but it's the best deal in town for one of these. Has anyone had any experience with this dealer before?

I'm actually pretty sure that's where I got my HPA-1 about two years ago....

Edit: no problem whatsoever with the transaction btw
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I'm actually pretty sure that's where I got my HPA-1 about two years ago....

Edit: no problem whatsoever with the transaction btw

 

I agree.

 

I didn't buy either of my HPA-1's new--purchased both used from different sellers on AudioMart--but when I researched sellers for new HPA-1's, "coolbaby11" kept popping up as a longtime/OK seller on ebay. I remember seeing 1-2 other positive comments about this seller, either in Head-Fi or the computeraudio board.

 

So I can't say this from personal experience, but it does seem this seller is OK.

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