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post #1996 of 3016
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

Glad you liked it! I've polished it a bit and used it to write my first formal head-fi review, so it won't get lost in this big thread: http://www.head-fi.org/products/asus-xonar-essence-one-muses-edition/reviews/8824

 


I've always been a big fan of your tune, ever since it got released.....I've even listened to it hundred more times than I would be willing to admit, hah.

 

And yeah, without you this review would have never been made possible so thanks again for all the logistical help tongue.gif

 

 

 

Awwww thank you leeperry! - I'm melting right now... :*D

 

By the way, your review just got highlighted by Asus http://www.facebook.com/xonar.asus?hc_location=stream

Congrats mate :)

post #1997 of 3016
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

Glad you liked it! I've polished it a bit and used it to write my first formal head-fi review, so it won't get lost in this big thread: http://www.head-fi.org/products/asus-xonar-essence-one-muses-edition/reviews/8824

 


I've always been a big fan of your tune, ever since it got released.....I've even listened to it hundred more times than I would be willing to admit, hah.

 

And yeah, without you this review would have never been made possible so thanks again for all the logistical help tongue.gif

 

 

 

Great review, I have also upgraded my current Essence Once with the Muses01 op-amps and I'm loving the sound coming out of them. Definitely a big improvement over the original NE-5534 op-amps. 


Edited by midnightfox - 4/20/13 at 7:25am
post #1998 of 3016

Great review.  Asus Xonar Essence One Muses is amazing.  I still get awed by how good it sounds.  I'm surprised it's not as popular on headfi or at least it doesn't seem like many members own it here.

 

I've never heard music presented so realistically as the Muses does it.  The instrument separation is amazing, you can just hear every detail in a very musical way.  Everything just has a 3D sound to it.  I don't know how much better a DAC can get.

 

For the people that think Asus is just another company that makes computer motherboards, etc.  They need to give the Muses a trial.  It's an amazing DAC.

post #1999 of 3016
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Originally Posted by dynamics View Post

 

For the people that think Asus is just another company that makes computer motherboards, etc.  They need to give the Muses a trial.  It's an amazing DAC.

+1

 

Cannot agree more!

post #2000 of 3016

You're right, I've polished the discussion on SS and jitter in my review a bit as review websites usually compare it to much cheaper gear.......the DP1 is the current benchmark on several aspects in many ppl's opinions(including mine) so I had to make things a bit clearer normal_smile%20.gif

 

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Originally Posted by dynamics View Post

 

I don't know how much better a DAC can get.


There's always something "better" sounding out there but the law of diminishing returns quickly kicks in. The nasty flip side of the coin is that once you've heard better, downgrading hurts (a lot) ph34r.gif

 

I know some people who have heard the 10K€ TOTALDAC in an even pricier surrounding rig and to them everything else sounds like a Realtek now, hah!


Edited by leeperry - 4/21/13 at 4:34am
post #2001 of 3016

Has anyone purchased from this seller?  He has MUSES01 priced at $140.60 for 3 pieces and free shipping which comes out to a little less than $47 each.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330884009547?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
 

post #2002 of 3016

Potentiometer schematic, for you who wants to change with a better one...

 

Here...

 

Do at your own risk... I just put the picture from above link ;)

 

Hope it's gonna be useful ;)

 

Thanks.

 

post #2003 of 3016
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Originally Posted by Basic View Post

Hey guys,

Where is it cheapest to buy a regular essence one right now?

All i see on google are ones in the $500+ range.


Australia seems to be cheapest, have no clue why. We talked about this a few pages back if your interested

http://www.shopbot.com.au/pp-asus-xonar-essence-one-price-354854.html

 

Good luck

 

~Steve

post #2004 of 3016

I received my new Muses Edition with fixed gain jumper.  It sounds amazing!  It is much better than the one with the high gain.

 

And there is no more channel imbalance issue on the speakers side either :O.  I don't know what ASUS did, but the sounds is perfectly balanced on all channels now.  Speaker side and headphone side are running amazing with zero issues whatsoever.  The bass seems to be fuller and punchier too.  It is possible I may have received a defective unit on my first one or that batch the quality control wasn't as good or something.
 

But whatever issues the Muses may have had ASUS has fixed them.  My search for the perfect DAC is over.  This is perfection and running as it should.

 

The only thing I might upgrade in the future is the speakers.  But as far as DACs I don't  see anything anytime soon coming that will tempt me to buy it.  I'm in love with the MUSES all over again.

 

Thank you ASUS.


Edited by dynamics - 4/22/13 at 9:25pm
post #2005 of 3016
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I received my new Muses Edition with fixed gain jumper.  It sounds amazing!  It is much better than the one with the high gain.

 

And there is no more channel imbalance issue on the speakers side either :O.  I don't know what ASUS did, but the sounds is perfectly balanced on all channels now.  Speaker side and headphone side are running amazing with zero issues whatsoever.  The bass seems to be fuller and punchier too.  It is possible I may have received a defective unit on my first one or that batch the quality control wasn't as good or something.
 

But whatever issues the Muses may have had ASUS has fixed them.  My search for the perfect DAC is over.  This is perfection and running as it should.

 

The only thing I might upgrade in the future is the speakers.  But as far as DACs I don't  see anything anytime soon coming that will tempt me to buy it.  I'm in love with the MUSES all over again.

 

Thank you ASUS.

Very cool dynamics, you and leeperry both have no issues with imbalance with the newer unit. Food for thought I think I'm going to contact Asus Australia and see what they can do, even though I have the standard edition, can't hurt, got nothing to lose

post #2006 of 3016
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Originally Posted by Basic View Post


Sadly none of those sites would ship to the U.S.
Over in America the cheapest is around $500 but with tax and shipping.

Bugger

Do you know anyone in Australia that could help you out?

post #2007 of 3016
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Originally Posted by dynamics View Post

I received my new Muses Edition with fixed gain jumper.  It sounds amazing!  It is much better than the one with the high gain.

 

And there is no more channel imbalance issue on the speakers side either :O.  I don't know what ASUS did, but the sounds is perfectly balanced on all channels now.  Speaker side and headphone side are running amazing with zero issues whatsoever.  The bass seems to be fuller and punchier too.  It is possible I may have received a defective unit on my first one or that batch the quality control wasn't as good or something.
 

But whatever issues the Muses may have had ASUS has fixed them.  My search for the perfect DAC is over.  This is perfection and running as it should.

 

The only thing I might upgrade in the future is the speakers.  But as far as DACs I don't  see anything anytime soon coming that will tempt me to buy it.  I'm in love with the MUSES all over again.

 

Thank you ASUS.

 

Glad to know you are enjoying your new E1 MUSES and not having any more issus with the device itself.

I can imagine both the Denon AH D7000 and the MUSES pair very well together. wink.gif

post #2008 of 3016

don't know what's the difference between the lastest muse edition and this

post #2009 of 3016
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Originally Posted by Kenion View Post

 

Glad to know you are enjoying your new E1 MUSES and not having any more issus with the device itself.

I can imagine both the Denon AH D7000 and the MUSES pair very well together. wink.gif


I'm loving it and yes the Denon AH D7000 pairs very well with the MUSES.  It is a very good combo and work great together.

 

I'm pretty sure I had a defective unit and I'm glad I ended up replacing it with one directly from Asus, cause even the presentation is much better on the new unit with bass a lot more pronounced and lush/smooth sound.  Nevertheless, I'm extremely happy with it and resembles a product that's worth $899 price tag or at least it is to my ears.

post #2010 of 3016

Dinny FitzPatrick @ Innerfidelity

Asus Xonar Essence One Muses Edition or Why Actually Listening to Gear is Important: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/asus-xonar-essence-one-muses-edition-or-why-actually-listening-gear-important

 

Can't say I follow him on much of that stuff, but I have not heard the MUSES opamps.

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