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post #2881 of 3014
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Originally Posted by Swolern View Post

Ben, headfi is probably the wrong place to talk about overpriced hardware. tongue.gif


Ha ha yea I know. I have spent quite a bit because of this place, so I guess I carry that baggage with me whenever I hear about more stuff to buy. The sad thing is that hearing is SOO subjective, 99% of what you read about on here only applies to that person, their ears, and what they are convinced of in their mind. So you have three choices, buy whatever people are ranting and raving about and be done with it, buy everything and compare it all for yourself, or gracefully bow out and never come back here.

post #2882 of 3014
Lol so true. For me being a Person that does not have deep pockets rather then spending a ton on a new Dac/Amp, I chose to go the route of upgrading the Opamps still expensive but the lesser of the two evils.
This might not be my end game but it is for the foreseeable future. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2883 of 3014

Well from what i have seen the E1 is one of the best bang for the buck amps/dac for high-end headphones out there. :gs1000smile:

 

Hopefully i can find some great deals on some authentic muses01s.

post #2884 of 3014

Anyone compared the E1 (any version) to the Schiit Bitfrost (preferably with the Uber Analog Upgrade)?

post #2885 of 3014
The muses make a huge difference in the upgrade path of the E1, as for deals I couldn't find a one and believe me I've been patient.
unless you can find one from a fellow headfier selling here on the boards it's going to be hard.
The most difficult as I have mentioned before is finding authentic ones that's the biggest challenge.
post #2886 of 3014

So as I posted earlier in this thread, I've been keeping my eye open for ages for the muses edition to appear in the UK, and I've just noticed Amazon UK are advertising them at £556 which is a pretty good deal for a UK price considering you get six Muses.

 

Sold by Amazon with free delivery, not available until 31 of January though.

 

Just though I'd mention it in case anyone was still looking in the UK

post #2887 of 3014
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Originally Posted by 4Real View Post

So as I posted earlier in this thread, I've been keeping my eye open for ages for the muses edition to appear in the UK, and I've just noticed Amazon UK are advertising them at £556 which is a pretty good deal for a UK price considering you get six Muses.

Sold by Amazon with free delivery, not available until 31 of January though.

Just though I'd mention it in case anyone was still looking in the UK

The E1 can be had here for 340 euros.
The muses, bought from amazon and payed in euros will be double that...
Is it worth it?

Cheers!
post #2888 of 3014
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Originally Posted by gdourado View Post


The E1 can be had here for 340 euros.
The muses, bought from amazon and payed in euros will be double that...
Is it worth it?

Cheers!


You mean the standard edition right? where exactly is it € 340 ?

 

In any case standard edition € 340 your price, plus 6 x MUSES 01 € 358, Total price € 698

 

That's still works out slightly more expensive and you don't get the gain switch which I'm after.


Edited by 4Real - 1/24/14 at 4:12pm
post #2889 of 3014
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Originally Posted by 4Real View Post
 


You mean the standard edition right? where exactly is it € 340 ?

 

In any case standard edition € 340 your price, plus 6 x MUSES 01 € 358, Total price € 698

 

That's still works out slightly more expensive and you don't get the gain switch which I'm after.

 

On Pixmania-Pro.com

From an economy point of view, it is worth it, but what about in a sound point of view?

Is the Muses that much better?

Or let me ask another question.

My desk setup is currently my Macbook Pro to Fiio E17.

Will the Xonar One be a big upgrade from the Fiio in regard to SQ?

And then, will the Muses be a big upgrade from the standard One?

 

Cheers!

post #2890 of 3014
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Originally Posted by gdourado View Post
 

 

On Pixmania-Pro.com

From an economy point of view, it is worth it, but what about in a sound point of view?

Is the Muses that much better?

Or let me ask another question.

My desk setup is currently my Macbook Pro to Fiio E17.

Will the Xonar One be a big upgrade from the Fiio in regard to SQ?

And then, will the Muses be a big upgrade from the standard One?

 

Cheers!

Pixmania-Pro's price doesn't include VAT, with VAT included it would cost me £332 without delivery.

 

I've only ever seen the Muses Edition available twice in the UK and it was priced at £700+

 

There are loads of reviews comparing the Standard and Muses Edition, not to mention in this thread as well.

post #2891 of 3014
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Originally Posted by 4Real View Post

Pixmania-Pro's price doesn't include VAT, with VAT included it would cost me £332 without delivery.

I've only ever seen the Muses Edition available twice in the UK and it was priced at £700+

There are loads of reviews comparing the Standard and Muses Edition, not to mention in this thread as well.

That's correct. But if I buy as a company client and not individual client, I buy vat free.
post #2892 of 3014
Just one more thing...
How does the standard Essence One goes against the O2+ODac combo?
They cost roughly the same. The e1 might be 50 more expensive if much.

Cheers!
post #2893 of 3014
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Originally Posted by gdourado View Post

Just one more thing...
How does the standard Essence One goes against the O2+ODac combo?
They cost roughly the same. The e1 might be 50 more expensive if much.

Cheers!


I had the O2+ODAC. Prefer the E1. This  depends on your headphones. Both are fine DAC/AMPS. The E1 can do lot more than the ODAC/O2. (inputs and outputs).


Edited by Poleepkwa - 1/26/14 at 8:06am
post #2894 of 3014
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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post
 

Anyone compared the E1 (any version) to the Schiit Bitfrost (preferably with the Uber Analog Upgrade)?

Ya Ben, 

 

my room-mate recently got the schiit bitfrost with uber analog.

 

i have a plain jane E1 with stock op-amps.

 

The bitfrost is noticably better sounding to me.  I'm debating upgrading my op-amps or just selling my E1 and moving to an op-ampless DAC like bitfrost.

 

any advice out there internet?

post #2895 of 3014

Has anyone tried rolling OPA827 or 627 op amps in E1?

 

Any harmful oscillation or other issues while using them?

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