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post #1576 of 3014

Going to order some OPA2111KP's. They are listed as "recommended" on the Asus manual.

From what I've read they seem to have a really good bass, soundstage and a somewhat lower treble - which is exactly what I'm looking for.

Does anyone already had the chance to try them out?

 

Update: Also going to check out the OPA2227's


Edited by Kenion - 2/16/13 at 5:55pm
post #1577 of 3014
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Originally Posted by cssarrow View Post

I have the HE-500.

The muses Essence One outputs plenty of power for it.

Sounds a lot better than everything else that i have listened with, that's including a Schiit Asgard and LYR.

 

I'm going to my friends house today to strip naked his Essence One MUSES and compare it to mine side by side to check for changes.

 

Tim

 

You tested with a biftost+lyr and bifrost+ asgard and prefer the Muses? How would you say the sound compared to the Schiit stacks?

post #1578 of 3014
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Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR View Post

 

You tested with a biftost+lyr and bifrost+ asgard and prefer the Muses? How would you say the sound compared to the Schiit stacks?

 

Correct.

 

Perhaps it was a little bias, as i dislike tube amps, but that doesn't explain it with the Asgard.

the LYR i'll admit could have had better tubes, but once i don't like something in the beginning i choose to ignore it entirely, thus was why i sold it.

 

The Essence One sounds loads better the the Schiit Modi/Magni.

I bought that due to affordability and only use it at work.

 

For under $900, the Essence One is a "must get" DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp.

That is, if you are looking for a 3 in 1 combo.

 

If you want something a little more over the top, getting a NuForce DAC-100 paired with a balanced headphone amplifier would most likely be better, but more expensive.

 

Tim


Edited by cssarrow - 2/16/13 at 6:25pm
post #1579 of 3014
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Originally Posted by cssarrow View Post

 

Correct.

 

Perhaps it was a little bias, as i dislike tube amps, but that doesn't explain it with the Asgard.

the LYR i'll admit could have had better tubes, but once i don't like something in the beginning i choose to ignore it entirely, thus was why i sold it.

 

The Essence One sounds loads better the the Schiit Modi/Magni.

I bought that due to affordability and only use it at work.

 

For under $900, the Essence One is a "must get" DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp.

That is, if you are looking for a 3 in 1 combo.

 

If you want something a little more over the top, getting a NuForce DAC-100 paired with a balanced headphone amplifier would most likely be better, but more expensive.

 

Tim

 

 

Cool, thanks for the reply. I tried the original E1 and I wasn't that impressed I guess those $50 opamps really do the trick huh?

post #1580 of 3014
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Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR View Post

 

 

Cool, thanks for the reply. I tried the original E1 and I wasn't that impressed I guess those $50 opamps really do the trick huh?

I don't like the stock NE5532 one bit.

 

It's only good once you incorporate it with other op-amps.

You'll have to go through some intensive work to find the right balance.

 

MUSES did it for me.

I was going to return the Essence One after hearing the stock NE5532 as they sounded worst than NuForce HDP.

After switching to MUSES01's, i sold the HDP so that tells you something.

 

Tim

post #1581 of 3014
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Originally Posted by turokrocks View Post

That is why I decided to get the Audio-gd Compass 2 (or the NFB-27 if Asus reimbursed me) with Sabre ESS9018, which is known for its neutral and revealing signature.

To be honest, we need to enjoy music, as we are not a Studio recording or something, as long we have something that makes me smile for hours.

If this setup was open/clear and revealing , I would tell you , the HD800 will sound really bad with this setup, and most of who owns the HD800, loves how it sounds with it.

I agree, life is too short to not enjoy. I did crack open the unit last night, and as everyone reported, no Gain switch, which actually closes out the only other reason I would have kept it. Maybe when they finally ship ones built with the correct boards. Asus is going out on an dangerous limb here, first sending out samples to get reviewed, with no supply to fill the demand, then shipping European configured lunits (non of the power cords we use in North American homes), then this.

 

Asus is a well, well, well respected company in the motherboard business, maybe even better than Apple in its stellar position, so these missteps are odd to say the least. On to something else....

post #1582 of 3014

I had to RMA a few Asus Nexus 7 because of screen lift on one side never did get one with out it, cant say I would be happy to get a Muses Edition with a missing gain switch, assuming I still have my hearing when it finally makes an appearance in the UK tongue_smile.gif

post #1583 of 3014

Still waiting for any update from Asus!

post #1584 of 3014
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Originally Posted by Whit3Rav3n View Post

No, i just did some measurements it cuts the high frequencies also on usb.

 

 

 

The meausurement is made with onboard line in so it does not represents the actual  quality of the frequency response but it is good enough to show the high cut.

Interesting Whit3Rav3n,

I'll have to test mine again. I thought the USB was OK on mine...

 

Nonetheless, for sure the TosLink and coaxial's are being lowpassed when upsampled below 15kHz which is AUDIBLE and IMO a significant firmware bug when playing 16/44 audio.

 

ASUS - PLEASE FIX THIS BUG WHICH HAMPERS THE USE OF THE UPSAMPLING FEATURE!!!

 

Thanks...


Edited by Archimago - 2/17/13 at 11:49pm
post #1585 of 3014
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Originally Posted by turokrocks View Post

Still waiting for any update from Asus!

 

 

HQ just got back today and are setting something up for this as we speak. For now, send me your details via PM and I will forward them.

post #1586 of 3014

Great.

 

Hopefully this gets solved soon.

I would love to use the upsampling function, however when i use it, the frequencies seems to drop, and everything becomes overly smooth/blended.

 

Would be a great attribute for treble heavy songs.

Should roll off some of the harshness and make MP3 more enjoyable.

post #1587 of 3014
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Originally Posted by ASUSXONAR View Post

 

 

HQ just got back today and are setting something up for this as we speak. For now, send me your details via PM and I will forward them.

PM sent with details.

 

Your help in this matter is really appreciated & thanked, and I am sure Asus will never disappoint.

post #1588 of 3014

Hi ASUSXONAR,

 

Fist of all thanks for your input on the forums as I'm sure most us appreciate when companies get involved and provide support and input within the community.

 

In regards to my query, I'm thinking of upgrading my Essence One and I'm curios to know if ASUS have any plans to sell OP AMPS like the MUSES01 through there distribution channels to the general public as its fairly difficult to obtain the recommended MUSES01 OP AMPS. 

 

Currently it's only available through Digy-Key if purchasing 100 + units or an eBay seller that is selling it for an inflated price directly from China.

 

Any input on this subject would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Cheers, 

post #1589 of 3014

Hi Midnightfox,

 

 

Sorry, there are no plans for us to distribute the op-amps on their own.

 

 

Regards

post #1590 of 3014
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Originally Posted by ASUSXONAR View Post

 

 

HQ just got back today and are setting something up for this as we speak. For now, send me your details via PM and I will forward them.

PM also sent.

 

Thank you Asusxonar for your help in this matter.

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