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post #2506 of 3069
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Originally Posted by Mach3 View Post

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

I've had the HDVD 800 for ~4 months and I don't think I'd end up saving enough to make it worth the hassle going to the HDVA 600 instead. The price difference between the two isn't that big, and I guess that's where the problem with the HDVD 800 dac comes in. They cheaped out on it compared to the amp.

post #2507 of 3069

There really isnt much out there on the HDVD 600. I wonder why it seems like no one buys it. Did it just recently make it to resellers or something?

post #2508 of 3069

Yeah I believe it only just started showing up in stores. It wasn't released at the same time as the HDVD 800.

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Nice to read more comparisons of the Essence One. For me this is the most underrated piece of gear in the audio world ever and easily tops DACs costing way north of 1000$ (i actually did the comparisons...). The headphone amp is also a very capable performer though nowadays i only have low to mid impedance headphones and no planars to test it with.

post #2510 of 3069
Hi folks
 
Forgive the rather beginner question but id like to play vinyl through the unbalanced left/right output on the essence one. So when I'm not playing digital files from the computer through the usb I can be listening to records through the same amp, however I'm struggling to see whether or not the original essence one actually has a pre-amp on it or not. 
 
Do I need to run it through a separate pre-amp unit in order to accomplish this and if so what would be the best ideal setup for such a kit?
 
I'm running the lcd-3 headphone and all i want the vinyl component for is for a bit of random 80s synthesizer music crossed with some jj cale from time to time :) 
 
Thanks, folks
post #2511 of 3069
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Originally Posted by Boomeh View Post

Hi folks
 
Forgive the rather beginner question but id like to play vinyl through the unbalanced left/right output on the essence one. So when I'm not playing digital files from the computer through the usb I can be listening to records through the same amp, however I'm struggling to see whether or not the original essence one actually has a pre-amp on it or not. 
 
Do I need to run it through a separate pre-amp unit in order to accomplish this and if so what would be the best ideal setup for such a kit?
 
I'm running the lcd-3 headphone and all i want the vinyl component for is for a bit of random 80s synthesizer music crossed with some jj cale from time to time :) 
 
Thanks, folks

 

The Essence One does not have an analog input. I wish it did...

post #2512 of 3069

Anyone know how the E1 compares to the Anedio D2 or Matrix X-Sabre? I'm looking for a good DAC to pair with a Phonitor when I eventually get one... So i'm wondering if I should put the money into MUSES upgrade for my E1 (currently on LME49720s and LME49710s) or save up for a better DAC.

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Originally Posted by Averruncus View Post

Anyone know how the E1 compares to the Anedio D2 or Matrix X-Sabre? I'm looking for a good DAC to pair with a Phonitor when I eventually get one... So i'm wondering if I should put the money into MUSES upgrade for my E1 (currently on LME49720s and LME49710s) or save up for a better DAC.

Safe to say MUSES upgrade....

post #2514 of 3069

This is really awesome to  see so many people liking the E1 muses edition and even liking it better then the HDVD 800. I've been putting off getting one for a time now just to see what others think of this dac hopefully this xmas I'll be joining you guys in owning one.

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Originally Posted by abvolt View Post

This is really awesome to  see so many people liking the E1 muses edition and even liking it better then the HDVD 800. I've been putting off getting one for a time now just to see what others think of this dac hopefully this xmas I'll be joining you guys in owning one.


Definitely a good investment for under 400 bucks
post #2516 of 3069
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Safe to say MUSES upgrade....

Wow... that's surprising to hear. Asus really outdid themselves with the E1.

post #2517 of 3069

Just want to make things more clear when I said this a page back "I don't know of any dac under 2k that's better than E1 muses "SQ alone"

 

I was referring to the  Muses Edition, or Muses upgrade, not standard or Plus edition or for any other opamp combo

 

Sorry for any confusion my previous post has made, hopefully this post is now crystal clear.....

post #2518 of 3069

In my opinion the muses edition is more of a different flavour than a technically more capable DAC vs the standard edition.

post #2519 of 3069

Well, as long as it stacks up with the competition I'm happy. The E1 is an absolute beauty especially compared to the other 1k range DACs. Well... time to save another few hundred for the op-amps...

post #2520 of 3069
I was thinking of getting a Fostex TH600 to go with essence one muses upgraded DAC, anyone have experiences of their synergy?
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