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Originally Posted by Suopermanni View Post

Does anyone know if the which version of the Essence One comes with the gain jumpers? I'm hoping all of them do as I can just fit the MUSES01 opamps to a standard Essence One and save at least

This version "should" be the only version that comes with the gain:

 

http://www.asus.com/Sound_Cards_and_DigitaltoAnalog_Converters/Xonar_Essence_One_MUSES_Edition/

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Ah, so that's part of what they meant when they said they altered the internals of the Essence One. Hmm...this is going to be expensive as the Muses Edition isn't available in Australia. I have to import from the US.

 

I'm assuming with the gain jumpers thing that you can change the gain levels?

post #2058 of 3016
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Originally Posted by Suopermanni View Post

Ah, so that's part of what they meant when they said they altered the internals of the Essence One. Hmm...this is going to be expensive as the Muses Edition isn't available in Australia. I have to import from the US.

 

I'm assuming with the gain jumpers thing that you can change the gain levels?

Yeah, and to my ears I preferred the non gain version.....its a matter of personal taste:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/542563/asus-essence-one-headphone-amp-dac-cebit-2011/2040#post_9393460

post #2059 of 3016
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Originally Posted by turokrocks View Post

Yeah, and to my ears I preferred the non gain version.....its a matter of personal taste:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/542563/asus-essence-one-headphone-amp-dac-cebit-2011/2040#post_9393460

Funny, I have heard the same opinion from a few people now.

post #2060 of 3016
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Originally Posted by Suopermanni View Post

Ah, so that's part of what they meant when they said they altered the internals of the Essence One. Hmm...this is going to be expensive as the Muses Edition isn't available in Australia. I have to import from the US.

 

I'm assuming with the gain jumpers thing that you can change the gain levels?

 

Great if you import one and the gain jumper is missing :(

 

I'm about to take my money else where, been waiting months for the muses edition to appear in the UK.

 

Its been on their UK site for months but you cant get it anywhere, stupid angry_face.gif

post #2061 of 3016
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Originally Posted by 4Real View Post

 

Great if you import one and the gain jumper is missing :(

 

I'm about to take my money else where, been waiting months for the muses edition to appear in the UK.

 

Its been on their UK site for months but you cant get it anywhere, stupid angry_face.gif

What other products are you interested in?

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A couple of days ago I received 6 Muses01 purchased on ebay from http://www.ebay.com/itm/330884009547?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649  and installed them in my Gen1 E1 and I can't believe the difference (I output to my preamp/amp/speaker system - not headphones)   The sound is so much warmer and relaxed it sounds like I have a new system.  Most noticeable are cymbal crashes ... before they actually sounded like crashes (cymbals dropped on the floor or something) now with a cymbal crash you can hear the stick hit the cymbal, the cymbal reverberate and build to the point at which is begins to decay and then decay.   The same for other instruments you can hear the attack, sustain and decay that brings the instruments alive.  Everything just sounds more musical!  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 

Previously I had AD797BR's in IV and thought they were great but all I can say is I wished I never bothered with any other opamp and went straight to the Muses. 
 


Edited by endeeinn - 5/7/13 at 9:32am
post #2063 of 3016
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Originally Posted by endeeinn View Post

A couple of days ago I received 6 Muses01 purchased on ebay from http://www.ebay.com/itm/330884009547?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649  and installed them in my Gen1 E1 and I can't believe the difference (I output to my preamp/amp/speaker system - not headphones)   The sound is so much warmer and relaxed it sounds like I have a new system.  Most noticeable are cymbal crashes ... before they actually sounded like crashes (cymbals dropped on the floor or something) now with a cymbal crash you can hear the stick hit the cymbal, the cymbal reverberate and build to the point at which is begins to decay and then decay.   The same for other instruments you can hear the attack, sustain and decay that brings the instruments alive.  Everything just sounds more musical!  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 

Previously I had AD797BR's in IV and though they were great but all I can say is I wished I never bothered with any other opamp and went straight to the Muses. 
 

Another happy user....Congrats and thank you for sharing...biggrin.gif.

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I picked up a Muses last week.

 

In terms of outputs through speakers, through Foobar, the ASIO output sounds better than KS and then DS to my eyes. There's a discernable difference in the treble to me.

 

As far as upsampling, SoX oversampling is better than the onboard upsampling.

 

I haven't opened it yet to check the A10 pot or the gain jumpers.

 

I feel like a lot of the "testing" I'm doing, I end up focusing on whether or not I can hear the air/atmosphere behind the notes. Is that similar to anyone else's experience?

post #2065 of 3016
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I feel like a lot of the "testing" I'm doing, I end up focusing on whether or not I can hear the air/atmosphere behind the notes. Is that similar to anyone else's experience?

That's what I meant by saying you can hear the attack, sustain and delay.   You just don't hear the note, you hear everything around the note. 

post #2066 of 3016

I saw some people mention the little hiccups you get in the beginning of tracks when you switch tracks (but not when you let foobar simply follow to the next track).

 

Anyone figure out how to fix that click? I think it has to do with foobar waiting for I/O?

post #2067 of 3016
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Originally Posted by endeeinn View Post

A couple of days ago I received 6 Muses01 purchased on ebay from http://www.ebay.com/itm/330884009547?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 
 

How confident are you that what you received are the genuine article?

 

I own the Plus edition and am in two minds as to whether I upgrade or not.


Regards,
 

Dan

post #2068 of 3016
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Originally Posted by dannyhc View Post

How confident are you that what you received are the genuine article?

 

I own the Plus edition and am in two minds as to whether I upgrade or not.


Regards,
 

Dan


They are the real deal, I have rolled quite a few opamp combos and the Muses01 off ebay sound the best by a rather large margin, SQ really says it all

post #2069 of 3016
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Originally Posted by dannyhc View Post

How confident are you that what you received are the genuine article?

 

I own the Plus edition and am in two minds as to whether I upgrade or not.


Regards,
 

Dan

The price break might lead one to worry about them being fakes but who is to say the ones on eBay selling for $59 aren't fake.   I admit I was concerned as the seller just started selling these and there was no feedback one way or the other on these items but I figured PayPal would make it right if I wasn't satisfied.

 

I have no way of knowing if they are the real deal or not and I don't know if anyone knows without some pretty sophisticated test equipment and knowledge.   If they aren't the real deal then they are one hell of an improvement for a fake.   Real or not I'm really happy with the sound and wouldn't return them if I found out they were fakes.  I wish they were cheaper, but cheaper didn't sound as good.  Most telling is the fact that I don't feel to need to do anymore opamp rolling searching for nirvana.

post #2070 of 3016

Can someone please recommend from their own experience reputable NA store that ships official "proper" Muses edition with the gain switch, not too noticeable channel imbalance issues, etc? Amazon has a few sellers, but the price seems higher than retail (1000 instead of 900). Newegg out of stock.

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