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That makes sense, once damaged warranty goes bye bye smily_headphones1.gif

Glad you got a good price and were able to swap attenuators!
post #2492 of 2965
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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post


Thanks. Huh, I havent noticed any channel imbalance or volume scale issues with mine, but maybe Ill give ASUS a call and see if I can get them to swap it out for me anyway. Has anyone located a source to just buy the A10K pots so we can do the swap ourselves?

If you have been following the thread, you can order the A10K through Taiwan (Alpha) who make them. Only problem is, it minimum 2000 order. Cost are $2.50 each @ 2000 unit. No one else, stocks them. Tried digikey, mouser, rs component, element 14, chip1shop, a few other company. Gave up after they all told me 2000 minimum order and no sample :(

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*Problem solved*


Edited by ozorfis - 8/14/13 at 10:47pm
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Hit up the Head-Fi user ASUSXONAR about getting an E1 with the B10K pots swapped out for a new one and still havent heard back. I had read earlier in this thread that member works for ASUS and has helped others out with that issue before.

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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post

Hit up the Head-Fi user ASUSXONAR about getting an E1 with the B10K pots swapped out for a new one and still havent heard back. I had read earlier in this thread that member works for ASUS and has helped others out with that issue before.

I did the same thing about 5 days ago and have also heard nothing back, I see he has been on a few times since then.

 

HOPE he responds to both of us!!! beerchug.gif

 

edit: in addition to imbalance I am having this exact problem as well http://www.head-fi.org/t/542563/asus-essence-one-headphone-amp-dac-cebit-2011/1710#post_9209002


Edited by miandnan - 8/14/13 at 6:09pm
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How do I know if I have a Muses Edition with the B10K pots ?

Also, is the gains switch an internal switch ?

(I really don't want to open the case )

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Originally Posted by cooltunes View Post

How do I know if I have a Muses Edition with the B10K pots ?

Also, is the gains switch an internal switch ?

(I really don't want to open the case )

 

You have to open the case and look.

post #2498 of 2965
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Originally Posted by cooltunes View Post

How do I know if I have a Muses Edition with the B10K pots ?

Also, is the gains switch an internal switch ?

(I really don't want to open the case )


The case was made to be opened easily. ASUS intended for people to be going in there swapping op amps. So dont worry its very easy and pretty quick too. 12 screws IIRC, 8 in the back, and four up front and the whole things slides on from the front.

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You only need to unscrew four on the front and the two middle ones on the back to open it.

 

Here's a video to show how it's done http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JlMk74Fj6c


Edited by TheManko - 8/17/13 at 11:14am
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Opening and shutting the case is super duper easy. I do it all the time smily_headphones1.gif
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I got my Essence One Muses Edition back and yeah there's no question the dac is vastly superior to the one in the HDVD 800. I only got quick impressions before as I used it for a day before going back to the store with it. When I then used the HDVD 800 again for a week and now went back to the Essence One the upgrade in quality going to the Muses Edition was clear.

 

I'm really enjoying the combination of the Essence One as dac and HDVD 800 as amp. With the HD 800 it feels like the tone of the sound has been nudged in the right direction to make instruments sound completely natural, and if the recording is good enough vocalists just sound amazing. It's without a doubt the best I've ever heard the HD 800 sound in the now 3+ years I've had them. In the coming week I might be getting some more Muses01 op-amps, so it'll be interesting to hear if the Essence One sounds even better with all Muses01 in there.


Edited by TheManko - 8/18/13 at 9:48am
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I would check and make sure the Muses are compatible with the other opamps you plan to swap. It would be a shame if you bricked your Essence One...
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Originally Posted by TheManko View Post

I got my Essence One Muses Edition back and yeah there's no question the dac is vastly superior to the one in the HDVD 800. I only got quick impressions before as I used it for a day before going back to the store with it. When I then used the HDVD 800 again for a week and now went back to the Essence One the upgrade in quality going to the Muses Edition was clear.

 

I'm really enjoying the combination of the Essence One as dac and HDVD 800 as amp. With the HD 800 it feels like the tone of the sound has been nudged in the right direction to make instruments sound completely natural, and if the recording is good enough vocalists just sound amazing. It's without a doubt the best I've ever heard the HD 800 sound in the now 3+ years I've had them. In the coming week I might be getting some more Muses01 op-amps, so it'll be interesting to hear if the Essence One sounds even better with all Muses01 in there.

 

Good to hear. Save me from wasting the money on the HDVD 800. Rather put the money into the HD-800's!

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Originally Posted by TheManko View Post

I got my Essence One Muses Edition back and yeah there's no question the dac is vastly superior to the one in the HDVD 800. I only got quick impressions before as I used it for a day before going back to the store with it. When I then used the HDVD 800 again for a week and now went back to the Essence One the upgrade in quality going to the Muses Edition was clear.

 

I'm really enjoying the combination of the Essence One as dac and HDVD 800 as amp. With the HD 800 it feels like the tone of the sound has been nudged in the right direction to make instruments sound completely natural, and if the recording is good enough vocalists just sound amazing. It's without a doubt the best I've ever heard the HD 800 sound in the now 3+ years I've had them. In the coming week I might be getting some more Muses01 op-amps, so it'll be interesting to hear if the Essence One sounds even better with all Muses01 in there.

Awesome write-up Manko, I agree the E1 muses is hard to beat

 

I don't know of any dac under 2k that's better than E1 muses "SQ alone" which band snobs will never know eek.gif


Edited by Gandah - 8/18/13 at 8:26pm
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Originally Posted by TheManko View Post

I got my Essence One Muses Edition back and yeah there's no question the dac is vastly superior to the one in the HDVD 800. I only got quick impressions before as I used it for a day before going back to the store with it. When I then used the HDVD 800 again for a week and now went back to the Essence One the upgrade in quality going to the Muses Edition was clear.

 

I'm really enjoying the combination of the Essence One as dac and HDVD 800 as amp. With the HD 800 it feels like the tone of the sound has been nudged in the right direction to make instruments sound completely natural, and if the recording is good enough vocalists just sound amazing. It's without a doubt the best I've ever heard the HD 800 sound in the now 3+ years I've had them. In the coming week I might be getting some more Muses01 op-amps, so it'll be interesting to hear if the Essence One sounds even better with all Muses01 in there.

This would put a big grin on XE1 owners face. Two people is not a coincidence.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/666037/asus-xonar-essence-one-muses-edition-amp-dac <<-- original post, selling XE1 to purchase the HDVD 800.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/668406/sennheiser-hdvd-800 <<-- Same seller ended up selling the HDVD 800 and another high end device instead of the XE1.

 

TheManko sell the HDVD 800 and get the HDVD600 instead as it the amp section of the HDVD800.

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