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post #2866 of 3070
Hi.
I have two questions regarding the e1...
How does it perform on Mac and Osx? Does it have all functionality?

For the same price or cheaper, is there a better option of DAC, and headphone amp combo?

Cheers!
post #2867 of 3070
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Originally Posted by gdourado View Post

Hi.
I have two questions regarding the e1...
How does it perform on Mac and Osx? Does it have all functionality?

For the same price or cheaper, is there a better option of DAC, and headphone amp combo?

Cheers!


From memory e1 sounded the same on both OSX and win7, however win7 needs drivers and ASIO, where OSX is more plug-&-play.

 

For a better option? that depends on what version of E1 your referring too, for standard edition it's on par with a bunch of dac's around that price range, Plus edition is slightly better with more options but I don't think plus edition is worth the money, Muses Edition is definitely the better of the three, however Standard edition upgraded to muses edition is the better option for SQ, and works out cheaper

post #2868 of 3070
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Originally Posted by Gandah View Post
 


From memory e1 sounded the same on both OSX and win7, however win7 needs drivers and ASIO, where OSX is more plug-&-play.

 

For a better option? that depends on what version of E1 your referring too, for standard edition it's on par with a bunch of dac's around that price range, Plus edition is slightly better with more options but I don't think plus edition is worth the money, Muses Edition is definitely the better of the three, however Standard edition upgraded to muses edition is the better option for SQ, and works out cheaper

 

Hi.

I am relatively new to this world.

Could you point a few options around the price range like you mentioned?

 

Thanks! :)

post #2869 of 3070
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Originally Posted by gdourado View Post
 

 

Hi.

I am relatively new to this world.

Could you point a few options around the price range like you mentioned?

 

Thanks! :)

Fostex, Woo Audio, Schiit Audio, Audio-gd

post #2870 of 3070
I just ordered another 4 muses-01 from mouser electronics.com. Should have them late next week to complete the transformation of my E1 standard into a full fledged Muses unit can't wait.
post #2871 of 3070
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Originally Posted by Dionysus View Post

I just ordered another 4 muses-01 from mouser electronics.com. Should have them late next week to complete the transformation of my E1 standard into a full fledged Muses unit can't wait.

WHOA!? Youre buying those from Mouser at $75 a piece?! LINK

post #2872 of 3070
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WHOA!? Youre buying those from Mouser at $75 a piece?! LINK

Uhm no, I did not, I paid $65.00 ea.

 

They allowed me to negotiate the price down some. But more importantly they are the real deal Muses-01, Mouser is an authorized reseller for NJR/JRC. So if you want to buy the Real Muses then this is the right place, if you want to take a risk with the endless pages of eBay resellers who are selling knock offs go right ahead.

By the way these opamps change the SQ of this Amp/DAC to the next level.

post #2873 of 3070
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Originally Posted by Gandah View Post
 


From memory e1 sounded the same on both OSX and win7, however win7 needs drivers and ASIO, where OSX is more plug-&-play.

 

For a better option? that depends on what version of E1 your referring too, for standard edition it's on par with a bunch of dac's around that price range, Plus edition is slightly better with more options but I don't think plus edition is worth the money, Muses Edition is definitely the better of the three, however Standard edition upgraded to muses edition is the better option for SQ, and works out cheaper

I confirm, +1.

post #2874 of 3070
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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post
 

WHOA!? Youre buying those from Mouser at a piece?! LINK

Please update us with your finding.

I would like to see how much difference would changing the whole opamps to Muses, make.

post #2875 of 3070
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Please update us with your finding.

I would like to see how much difference would changing the whole opamps to Muses, make.


You mean Dionysus's findings right? Im not buying those things. In fact my ASUS E1 is up for sale.

post #2876 of 3070
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You mean Dionysus's findings right? Im not buying those things. In fact my ASUS E1 is up for sale.

Just curious Ben what's with the, I'm not buying those things? Are you not happy with your E1? Are you unhappy with how much the opamps are? I mean I don't understand any of the comments you left on this thread. In other words I'm trying to get the point of the comment you left on this thread?
Edited by Dionysus - 1/23/14 at 2:04am
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post #2878 of 3070
I wouldn't trust anything on eBay, way too many fakes out there,but that's just me.
post #2879 of 3070
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Originally Posted by Dionysus View Post


Just curious Ben what's with the, I'm not buying those things? Are you not happy with your E1? Are you unhappy with how much the opamps are? I mean I don't understand any of the comments you left on this thread. In other words I'm trying to get the point of the comment you left on this thread?

E1 sounds good to me though I do not like the headphone amp at all so Im selling it to go with a dedicated DAC. I just think the MUSES01 are ridiculously overpriced. They're WAY overpriced at $40 a piece, and for any more than that they are just silly. There might be more expensive ones, but I dont know of any other op amps going for those prices, even the ones used in much higher priced DACs. So whats so special about MUSES? Probably nothing to actually justify the cost. Its probably just the illusion that since the buyer paid so dang much for them they MUST sound better. But alas, since I wont be buying them, I guess Ill never know for sure. Ill just rack it up with all the other gear I have bought only only to find very little difference if any and then half the time its JUST different, not better, or worse, just different.
 

 

Didnt mean to "go off", but you asked for clarification :)

post #2880 of 3070
Ben, headfi is probably the wrong place to talk about overpriced hardware. tongue.gif
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