Originally Posted by estreeter
My advice is to quit while you're behind. Trying to mask a poor source by rolling opamps is just bonkers. I dont have a problem with the OP using a Fuze as his source - it reportedly measures very well - but I wanted to make the point for anyone who sees a portable amp as a cure-all : that just hasnt been my experience with anything other than the ZO2.
I get your point. But life is not a bed of rose whereby you could always have a good source - e.g., when I need to listen to a track recorded by my friend that was recorded badly and was encoded in 96kbps MP3 format. Not everyone is an audiophile or sound engineer, we live with normal common people who don't really care about SQ.
If we could, no one will choose a bad source over a good source. But under a constraint, we can be rest assured that we can opamp roll the P4 so that it will not emphasize the weakness even more and make the listening even more unbearable.
If you enjoy to listen to every single flaws in a poorly recorded tracks, then go ahead with the most detailed sounding and revealing opamps. No one's going to stop you. But it is wrong to say that P4 will bite you on poor source because certainly it will not when you can choose a set of other opamps to mask the poorness of the source.
It is not like using an ESS Sabre chipset DAC on songs recorded in the audio podcast format. It will surely make you cry because it will be better to just unplug the DAC and listen direct from the PC.
Edited by uelover - 12/17/11 at 4:02pm