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Hard to say. I am not sure how demand there really is. The price would be high unless there was a real demand and that I am not so sure of in this niche market. I like my iRiver with the optical out with lossless or WAV to a balanced dac to a balanced amp. Or even a good balanced amp, as I have done this with my home system where I could have all balanced from source on and I found my balanced pre and amp did an excellent job. 


An optical/coax out from a source doesn't need to be balanced since it is digital. So any digital source into a DAC that accepts digital is good then the DAC has a balanced analog output into an amp that has a balanced input.

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Perhaps, but I am sure someone will give it a try. DAPs with built in balanced out is probably still years away.


I prefer a digital out from any DAP that bypasses its internal DAC (optical, coax or usb), then feed it to a portable DAC/amp with a balanced out to an hp/iem.

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I prefer a digital out from any DAP that bypasses its internal DAC (optical, coax or usb), then feed it to a portable DAC/amp with a balanced out to an hp/iem.

 

That would be the ideal. That's something I have posted about earlier, but the only DAPs on the market with digital out is HIFIMAN HM-801 and those two WAV players on sale on Ebay. I want a FLAC player with digital out.

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That would be the ideal. That's something I have posted about earlier, but the only DAPs on the market with digital out is HIFIMAN HM-801 and those two WAV players on sale on Ebay. I want a FLAC player with digital out.


The old iRiver iHP-120/140 have optical out. They can even be easily converted to coax out. Rockboxed, they support all lossless format.

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An optical/coax out from a source doesn't need to be balanced since it is digital. So any digital source into a DAC that accepts digital is good then the DAC has a balanced analog output into an amp that has a balanced input.

I know. I am trying to figure out what people are talking about. The iRiver, which I use all the time, has digital out via the optical, which will work great and be near the same size as the balanced amp and dac. 

 

FLAC can be used on the iRiver. Too bad they aren't made any longer. Having something produced in quantity really brings the price down. 
 

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OT, but the Zune HD w/ dock pulls (FWIR) a bit-perfect digital signal and uses an optical out on the dock. Not really portable, but something to be noted.

 

Definitely a good thing that iBasso has decided to design a balanced DAC in conjunction with the amp so we can get the best of both worlds.

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...and if it's anything like their last offerings; the D4 and T3 we are in for something special...they raised the bar with those...and perhaps blowing up the building with these!
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iBasso PB1 Toucan released.

post #39 of 612

Hey! It's here (the amp at least): http://www.ibasso.com/en/products/show.asp?ID=60

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Damn thats a nice looking little amp!! $229!!! daaaaamn! when the DAC comes out aswell this could be something i will def look into.

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This may be a dumb question, but how do you make your headphones accept balanced signals? Do you need to recable them with a certain cable? Or can you just use a 3.5mm jack with some sort of adapter?

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You can usually recable the headphones... but some people have adaptors made up that you can use a 6.5mm jack into a female socket which then splits into balanced output plugs.

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I am anxious to receive this. Looking forward. 

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Up to 1.4watts/channel. I wonder if that's on either single-ended or balanced.

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Either way, that seems like more than enough to power even really hard-to-drive cans...

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