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post #16891 of 19202
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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 #16892 of 19202

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.

post #16893 of 19202
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

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.


I remember it well. I was using the Ego sys Wami Box in pcmcia at that time:)

post #16894 of 19202

I miss the pcmcia stuff (granted, my only experience with them were with the IndigoDJ and a wireless adapter), but I never had any issues with them. The usb sound cards and wireless adapters I was using at the time always had the occasional hiccups, and with audio there was always the interference with other devices and latency blips. Hmm, I don't even remember if we were up to usb2 back then... seems so long ago.


Edited by Armaegis - 1/31/14 at 9:41pm
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post #16896 of 19202
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I miss the pcmcia stuff (granted, my only experience with them were with the IndigoDJ and a wireless adapter), but I never had any issues with them. The usb sound cards and wireless adapters I was using at the time always had the occasional hiccups, and with audio there was always the interference with other devices and latency blips. Hmm, I don't even remember if we were up to usb2 back then... seems so long ago.


PCMCIA was just breathing it's last gasp as USB 2.0 was gaining ground. It was my first mobile media platform with CF cards in a PCMCIA adapter. Back when megabytes were king:)

post #16897 of 19202

Just having an audio device that could operate without sharing a usb bus with other devices (like mice) was a big plus.

 

But alas, sometimes marching forward with technology feels a bit backwards sometimes.

 

And hey, I used to pay $4/megabyte back in the day (well, it was more like $2 per 720kb... the high density 3.5" disks weren't out yet :rolleyes:). I can't remember what I used to pay for the 5.25" disks. Then again, my first computer was an ADAM that hooked up to my Coleco to play games, and that thing used cassette tapes for storage!

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Edited by Silent One - 3/25/14 at 11:02am
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post #16900 of 19202
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Nice clock....timing those listening sessions? :biggrin:

post #16901 of 19202
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I keep seeing this combo:   Crack + HD650

 

:D

 

I'm really looking forward to receiving the HD650 next week (for use with my solid-state Crack - the Bushmaster MkII).

 

Mike


Edited by zilch0md - 2/1/14 at 7:32am
post #16902 of 19202
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Nice clock....timing those listening sessions? :biggrin:

 

 Just wrapped up an 11 hour session over night... I'd best get to bed now. :normal_smile :

post #16903 of 19202
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Nice. Here's mine:

Bad camera. MK-50 to be replaced with Model M2 soon.

 


Edited by tupi3 - 2/1/14 at 8:43am
post #16904 of 19202

Here is mine.  Headphones (not shown as they were on my head) are Grado HF-2.  The Mcintosh integrated really does have a good headphone section at least for Grados.

 

post #16905 of 19202
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Lookin' Good Jay!!

 

Here is me today. In a transition state..

 

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