I have to admit I'm not much of a believer of burn in with components that do not contain moving parts and I already notice more and more improvements over the dacmagic after just an hour of listening. So colour ignorant but how do certain sounds are better than others or burn in?
Let's just say there's capacitor burn-in also, but I don't think that's the case with the Octave. Your case is pretty simple to explain really. You're starting to notice the improvement - though subtle - over the DAC magic. Or it could be your ear is familiarizing itself to the Octave. That raises another point about comparing DAC at meet has no meaning; and that's why I always do my "dac battles" late at night + volume matched.
About the Octave, it's a very strange case of burning-in and you may notice. The Octave right out the box sounds "lively", or you can call it exciting/hot. However after like a week the sound starts to mellow out.
Originally Posted by zenpunk
I also use a Topping TP60 with my HE-6. How does it compare to the Emotiva?
Also curious about your thoughts about the Qute/ Octave...
I prefer the Topping =p. I've been wanting to move to bigger amps, but as you can see, my table is quite a mess already. The missus would kill me if I'm to move some big ass class A amp to our room (that and moving 20-ish kg box through narrow stair). Also thanks to you and nigel (spudharris - bought my toxic cable from him), that I've come to know the Topping Tp60. Originally I was pretty set on the Emotiva due to the rave reviews. However, seeing I can get the Tp60 from an UK-based seller with 30d return, I decided to take the plunge and was not disappointed. Still need to try the Trends 10.2 though .
Regarding the QuteHd vs the Octave, they have different presentation (and flaws). Let me just say that the QuteHD on USB and no linear PSU is (much) better than the Octave with AP1. If there's some interest I may do a review, but this is the Octave thread and I don't want to derail it. DAC battles are frustrating and fun at the same time.
Edited by khaine1711 - 3/30/13 at 2:58pm