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post #16876 of 20176

Yeah, it's got some interesting hocus pocus behind it. The price is higher than I remember though. Currently 1680Euro... which at today's exchange rate is 2266 usd :blink:

post #16877 of 20176
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

Yeah, it's got some interesting hocus pocus behind it. The price is higher than I remember though. Currently 1680Euro... which at today's exchange rate is 2266 usd :blink:


It's been on the market long enough that some of the newer full-featured players from AK, Hifiman, etc. might beat it out, so I'm not sure I'd put down that kind of money without doing a head-to-head first.

post #16878 of 20176
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It's been on the market long enough that some of the newer full-featured players from AK, Hifiman, etc. might beat it out, so I'm not sure I'd put down that kind of money without doing a head-to-head first.

It is a great player, but IMO limited by the amplifier side of the package in that it can only drive certain headphones well.

 

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Yeah, it's got some interesting hocus pocus behind it. The price is higher than I remember though. Currently 1680Euro... which at today's exchange rate is 2266 usd :blink:

He had a big price increase a while back (almost double IIRC). Offered to sell at original price up until the increase...

post #16879 of 20176
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Recently acquired a Schiit Modi as a late christmas present (woo a real DAC now!) and an old laptop which I intend to integrate into my bedroom speaker setup. I'm gonna run foobar on it with Wasapi, I know that much already. I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for an app/program so that I can actually control Foobar/the laptop with my rooted Galaxy S4??? It would be really nice to be able to control the music from my bed.

Theres a simple app called foobar2000 controller. It works great.
post #16880 of 20176
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It is a great player, but IMO limited by the amplifier side of the package in that it can only drive certain headphones well.

 

He had a big price increase a while back (almost double IIRC). Offered to sell at original price up until the increase...

 

I'm surprised he hasn't just made a non-amp version. Was there a reason given for the big price bump?

post #16881 of 20176
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I'm surprised he hasn't just made a non-amp version. Was there a reason given for the big price bump?

1) He thinks it is perfect as is.

2) People complained that it was so expensive for a little player... so he increased the price.

post #16882 of 20176

Slight change to the desktop...

 

Echo Audio - Echo2 usb

 

Swapped out the big Wadia121 for this little doodad. The Echo Audio Echo2 USB (who names their product the same name as the company? So confusing). It's a pro audio 2in/4out device, and I actually like it better in this particular pairing with my dual Nuforce HA-200 pumping the HE-6.

 

I had to build a pair of short TRS-->XLR cables. Just simple neutrik jacks and shielded mic cable that I already had (accidentally) cut for a different project. A far cry from the thick Furutech cables I made to connect the Wadia.

post #16883 of 20176
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1) He thinks it is perfect as is.

2) People complained that it was so expensive for a little player... so he increased the price.


1) Or maybe someone needs to crack it open and tap the lineout before the amp. Or just feed it directly into another amp. Considering how finicky the other details were, I'd imagine that the amp portion is matched specifically for the dac output (this is utter conjecture on my part, I really have no idea what went into it).

 

2) From a normal business standpoint, that's silly. From an audiophile view... Brilliant!

post #16884 of 20176

 

 

Sadly need to find better speaker placement


Edited by gibbro - 1/31/14 at 6:35pm
post #16885 of 20176

Do any of the regular suspects on Head-Fi even own a Tera Player, or are they just vaporware like the H2+?

post #16886 of 20176
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

Slight change to the desktop...

 

Echo Audio - Echo2 usb

 

Swapped out the big Wadia121 for this little doodad. The Echo Audio Echo2 USB (who names their product the same name as the company? So confusing). It's a pro audio 2in/4out device, and I actually like it better in this particular pairing with my dual Nuforce HA-200 pumping the HE-6.

 

I had to build a pair of short TRS-->XLR cables. Just simple neutrik jacks and shielded mic cable that I already had (accidentally) cut for a different project. A far cry from the thick Furutech cables I made to connect the Wadia.

 

Nice looking ensemble. The Echo Audio Echo2 USB - even typing their name is fun :p - returned memories of my first head-fi rig. I used an E-MU 0404 USB with a regulated power supply. A whole lotta bang for the buck! Your rig is very interesting and I look forward to your continued updates.

post #16887 of 20176

The Tera player is a scam for the price a long lengthy technical discussions on diyaudio on it by folks smarter than Altman himself. Funny thing is he states it can do something the Philips DAC isn't even capable of. 

 

Back on topic.

post #16888 of 20176
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Nice looking ensemble. The Echo Audio Echo2 USB - even typing their name is fun :p - returned memories of my first head-fi rig. I used an E-MU 0404 USB with a regulated power supply. A whole lotta bang for the buck! Your rig is very interesting and I look forward to your continued updates.

 

I nearly picked up an 0404 early on in my headfi days, but shortly after I got a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB which I still use in my desktop rig.

 

I was really surprised when I plugged in the Echo2. I was fully expecting the Wadia121 to be the better sounding dac, but wow the Echo2 caught me off guard. Ok I shouldn't say "better", but I like it more. The Wadia+HA200 felt too much like the Schiit M&G stack to me ("heavy pressure" midrange). With the Echo2 it almost felt like a veil lifting. I thought it was a volume difference at first, but I nope it was just a better clarity that made it feel louder without pushing into my head. If you look closely at the pic I do actually have the Echo2 plugged into a tiny wallwart. It's not necessary since it can run entirely off usb (unless you need phantom power for mics), but plugging it in takes the usb power out of the equation. I haven't tested it extensively so I can't pick out the differences there yet, if any.

 

Do I think the monoblocks is better than the diminuitive Icon2? That's hard to say yet. The ministack of LPS/HDP/Icon2/adapterbox isn't too far off from the Echo2/HA-200x2 in terms of size, and pricewise they're in the same rough ballpark.

 

Just listened to some Daft Punk (Tron Legacy and Random Access Memories). Really digging the groove and thump tonight with my HE-6.

 

 

 

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The Tera player is a scam for the price a long lengthy technical discussions on diyaudio on it by folks smarter than Altman himself. Funny thing is he states it can do something the Philips DAC isn't even capable of. 

 

Back on topic.

 

I think it's the same guy who has the mother of tone website... take that for what it's worth...


Edited by Armaegis - 1/31/14 at 8:59pm
post #16889 of 20176
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

 

I nearly picked up an 0404 early on in my headfi days, but shortly after I got a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB which I still use in my desktop rig.

 

I was really surprised when I plugged in the Echo2. I was fully expecting the Wadia121 to be the better sounding dac, but wow the Echo2 caught me off guard. Ok I shouldn't say "better", but I like it more. The Wadia+HA200 felt too much like the Schiit M&G stack to me ("heavy pressure" midrange). With the Echo2 it almost felt like a veil lifting. I thought it was a volume difference at first, but I nope it was just a better clarity that made it feel louder without pushing into my head. If you look closely at the pic I do actually have the Echo2 plugged into a tiny wallwart. It's not necessary since it can run entirely off usb (unless you need phantom power for mics), but plugging it in takes the usb power out of the equation. I haven't tested it extensively so I can't pick out the differences there yet, if any.

 

Do I think the monoblocks is better than the diminuitive Icon2? That's hard to say yet. The ministack of LPS/HDP/Icon2/adapterbox isn't too far off from the Echo2/HA-200x2 in terms of size, and pricewise they're in the same rough ballpark.

 

Just listened to some Daft Punk (Tron Legacy and Random Access Memories). Really digging the groove and thump tonight.

 

 

 

 

I think it's the same guy who has the mother of tone website... take that for what it's worth...


Echo 2 was fairly cheap wasn't it? I heard they sold out.

 

Re Altman. Hostile dependent goes into business who'd have thought. I always found it somewhat telling that the ultimate audio player in the entire uberverse is recommended by it's kreator as best served by the Koss Porta Pro. While I love the Koss PP SP 75 series, given unlimited budget they would not be my first choice for ultimate phones.

post #16890 of 20176

There was a recent price drop. They used to be $400ish and now just a shade under $300. I'm not sure if that was a "clearing inventory" price drop or just lowering prices to boost sales. It's a relatively new product though, so I'd assume the latter, but who knows. I've read the company is focusing more on AVB streaming gear these days.

 

Years ago I used to have the Echo Indigo DJ, which was a pcmcia audio card for laptops (who remembers that format?). By far that was one of my favourite interfaces, but sadly my newer laptops no longer supported the card. I was very tempted to pick up the DJx later on, but I had too many other toys at the time. Just before picking up the Echo2, the Traktor Audio 2 has been my DJ card.

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