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post #91 of 951
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HOLY MOLY I just got my Anedio for 30 minutes and from my previous Ibasso D10, I knew there would be a improvement, but I didn't think there would be THIS MUCH improvement. My W11R already had really great soundstage, but now they literally sound like open headphones.

 

One thing that I was worried about with increased soundstage was losing impact in rock songs. My worries were put to rest with the first rock song I put on. The impact was all there, but now everything is just more enjoyable. Cymbals have MUCH more accurate timbre. Guitars and bass hit just as hard.

 

I'll need more time, but if it doesn't give me any problems, I know I'm not sending this back.



I just saw your FS post for the W2002, and thought "Hey, that's an Anedio D1 in the picture!". Glad you are enjoying it. That Woo sure looks nice sitting next to the D1 and the beautiful AT cans, more pics please!

 

 

 

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I dont have a problem with K702's bass. rather i want a clean and neutral source+AMp to drive them .

 

I just wanted to know weather the D1 's amp will have enough power for the K702.


Clean and neutral is exactly how the D1 sounds with the K701/K702. Plenty of power and gain; I usually don't go above volume setting 50-60 out of 99. The K701 is one of the reference headphones that the designer at Anedio uses, so it is a very good match.
 

post #92 of 951

Hi

 

That was a very lengthy and comprehensive review.

 

I was wondering, since you live in Ca, how you came to find out about James' small DAC company in NJ?

 

USG

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Hi

 

That was a very lengthy and comprehensive review.

 

I was wondering, since you live in Ca, how you came to find out about James' small DAC company in NJ?

 

USG



Thank you.

 

I stumbled upon the Anedio website while researching the Logitech Squeezebox Touch. I came upon this page:

 

http://www.anedio.com/index.php/article/squeezebox_touch

 

Which is very interesting. I am not aware of any other place that has measured the Touch in this way. It would be interesting to see similar measurements for the rest of the Squeezebox lineup.

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Thank you.

 

I stumbled upon the Anedio website while researching the Logitech Squeezebox Touch. I came upon this page:

 

http://www.anedio.com/index.php/article/squeezebox_touch

 

Which is very interesting. I am not aware of any other place that has measured the Touch in this way. It would be interesting to see similar measurements for the rest of the Squeezebox lineup.



 



That was a pretty expensive risk to take, buying a completely unknown component with virtually no HeadFi resale value.

USG
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That was a pretty expensive risk to take, buying a completely unknown component with virtually no HeadFi resale value.USG


Not as much as it would seem. I had planned to get an ESS 9018 based DAC for a while anyway, and was considering the Eastern Electric and Wyred 4 Sound models. After exchanging lots of email with Anedio I felt I had just as good of a chance with them as I did with those others.

 

Plus HeadFi is far from the only place to resell gear. A mint used $1k DAC on Audiogon is practically considered a bargain and would likely sell fast. Plus I know lots of local people in the hobby and we frequently buy/sell/trade with each other.

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Not as much as it would seem. I had planned to get an ESS 9018 based DAC for a while anyway, and was considering the Eastern Electric and Wyred 4 Sound models. After exchanging lots of email with Anedio I felt I had just as good of a chance with them as I did with those others.

 

Plus HeadFi is far from the only place to resell gear. A mint used $1k DAC on Audiogon is practically considered a bargain and would likely sell fast. Plus I know lots of local people in the hobby and we frequently buy/sell/trade with each other.



It's only a bargain if the DAC has a track record and a following.  Even on Agon, most people buy by name. I think it would quite unusual to find someone who wants to shell out$1k for a used dac they never heard of.

 

I don't mean this as a slam against your decision making process, but not all ESS dacs are going to sound the same, or even similar just because they use the ESS chip.

 

This problem of trying unknown expensive equipment has always bothered me.  I think it's courageous to be an early adopter. 

 

USG

 

post #97 of 951

Nothing ventured, nothing gained !

 

I am happy that he went for Anedio D1.

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I am happy that he went for Anedio D1.


Well shucks singh, I'm happy that you're happy!

 

USG

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Well I am so impressed with the D1, I'm going to demo his A1 power amplifier.  I'll be getting 2 of them to try in biamp mode.  I know these are for speakers, so I won't hijack the thread too much.  James has been great, he is shipping me the amps for 2 weeks without me paying a dime so I can compare them to my XPA-1 monoblocks.  He said this is because I am an existing customer - man talk about great customer service.  I definitely do not regret buying this DAC. 

 

Will keep you posted!

post #100 of 951

Now it looks like they ship this unit outside of U.S, i got an reply that they do ship too Europe from Anedio costumer service and a fast an polite responce too it looks like they a really service minded from reading this thread and my little expirience with them.

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It's only a bargain if the DAC has a track record and a following.  Even on Agon, most people buy by name. I think it would quite unusual to find someone who wants to shell out$1k for a used dac they never heard of.

 

I don't mean this as a slam against your decision making process, but not all ESS dacs are going to sound the same, or even similar just because they use the ESS chip.

 

This problem of trying unknown expensive equipment has always bothered me.  I think it's courageous to be an early adopter. 

 

USG

 


I can't quite tell if I'm being chastized or applauded.... maybe both? I do realize that trying a new product like this is a risk, but I'm glad I did it. I've tried unknown gear in the past and had great results (1964 Ears, Yulong D100/A100, and others). I've also been burned in the past (HD DVD early adopter, local Singlepower-esque tube amp builder who never delivered, etc). You win some and you lose some.
 

I'm aware that the chipset alone does not determine the sound. Rather, I think it might give a bit of insight into the potential of the unit as a whole, but still.... it is only one piece of the puzzle.  



 

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Well I am so impressed with the D1, I'm going to demo his A1 power amplifier.  I'll be getting 2 of them to try in biamp mode.  I know these are for speakers, so I won't hijack the thread too much.  James has been great, he is shipping me the amps for 2 weeks without me paying a dime so I can compare them to my XPA-1 monoblocks.  He said this is because I am an existing customer - man talk about great customer service.  I definitely do not regret buying this DAC. 

 

Will keep you posted!

 

Awesome! Definitely keep us in the loop. Very nice of James to let you give those a try.

 

For those unaware, the Wharfdale speakers that Soulrider4ever has are $6k+ monsters. Easily reference grade and very capable of revealing the quality of the Anedio components.

 

post #102 of 951

No updates yet ??

did someone had the occasion to compare the anedio D1 to other 9018 sabre DACs? EE minimax? peachtree idac? to know if the anedio implementation is a true top notch design ( as it seems to be) or the sabre chip effect ? 

Did one of you lucky guys had the opportunity to finaly hear if the anedio D1 can extract the best out of the audeze LCD-2?

It seems that the anedio D1 is currently beeing reviewed on stereomojo and let's hope it will be online in the following weeks. ;-)

best regards.

post #103 of 951
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I'm not sure what is expected in terms of updates. So far me, user souldrider4life, and user wind016 own the D1 DAC (and perhaps more around here, but those are the 2 I know of). Both of them seem highly impressed from what I've read. Soulrider4ever has very high end speakers, and wind016 has a nice Woo amp and multiple top level Audio Technica cans.

 

I'll compare with another ESS 9018 DAC whenever I get the chance, but I don't know when that will be. I do have the Audio GD Reference 7 coming in a month or so as part of the loaner/demo program, so I'll be sure to compare that. Aside from that, my original post compared some high end Esoteric and MBL DACs. That's about the best I can do though.

post #104 of 951
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I'm not sure what is expected in terms of updates. So far me, user souldrider4life, and user wind016 own the D1 DAC (and perhaps more around here, but those are the 2 I know of). Both of them seem highly impressed from what I've read. Soulrider4ever has very high end speakers, and wind016 has a nice Woo amp and multiple top level Audio Technica cans.

 

I'll compare with another ESS 9018 DAC whenever I get the chance, but I don't know when that will be. I do have the Audio GD Reference 7 coming in a month or so as part of the loaner/demo program, so I'll be sure to compare that. Aside from that, my original post compared some high end Esoteric and MBL DACs. That's about the best I can do though.


Actually I sold the Woo Audio 6SE. I find it more that powerful enough for my Audio Technica W11R which is low impedance. Great all in one package for low impedance headphones at least. The WA 6SE didn't offer much more honestly. Just tube rolling options. I had the Beyerdynamic T1 but stupid me forgot to try it out of the Anedio =/  Maybe someone else will be able to chip in more impressions of high impedance headphones through it.

 

Also, I sold almost all my dynamic gear except for my ATH W11R and my Anedio. I'm going the Stax route with a Stax Omega 2 MK1 after having heard it at a meet.

post #105 of 951

So James has been great to allow me to demo the A1 amplifier.  Unfortunately, these OpusII-3's are CURRENT hogs, and the entire time of demo'ing the A1 amp it sounded strained, which made the speakers sound harsh and fatiguing.  At low listening volumes I could hear some subtle micro details that the XPA-1's missed, so yes these amps are incredibly detailed in bi-amp mode.  So if you have speakers that work well with tubes, then please give this amp a demo, you will be impressed - esp. with a pair in bi-amp mode. 

 

It's well documented that Wharfedale + tube amps are a no no due to lack of current.  The A1 are 10amps peak output current for those who are wondering.  So, I will be sending the A1's back to James, but be sure to reach out to him if you are interested in getting your hands on a pair for demo. 

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