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post #226 of 319
It more meant about the wording Matvei used. To say the supplied power cable is garbage is a massive exaggeration.
post #227 of 319

Slow down, I never claimed it had any effect on sound quality. I just said that they chose to include a $2 cable with a device that supposedly has an MSRP of 100,000 JPY.

All I am saying is get something that will last a little longer and will have better usability. Something with a ground pin, and preferably cloth wrapped so it doesn't tangle as much if you move your amp around.

post #228 of 319
Well it's an audio forum so you can see where the confusion is when you call something garbage.

Good to have that cleared up.

EDIT: Since you're buying the Japan version, it's normal to get a cable without a ground pin because Japan power sockets only accept 2 pronged power plugs.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2225.html
Edited by A_Man_Eating_Duck - 3/6/14 at 8:52pm
post #229 of 319
I got a ground pin, liking the hpa8 more each week.
post #230 of 319
Quote:
Originally Posted by A_Man_Eating_Duck View Post

Well it's an audio forum so you can see where the confusion is when you call something garbage.

Good to have that cleared up.

EDIT: Since you're buying the Japan version, it's normal to get a cable without a ground pin because Japan power sockets only accept 2 pronged power plugs.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2225.html

Well, obviously. I know that. Although newer construction in Japan tends to include at least a few outlets with ground pins.

Also, it doesn't even include a screw down ground wire like a lot of Japanese products do. So, the input on the HP-A8 has an earth, but the plug they give you has no way to connect it. 


Edited by Matvei - 3/7/14 at 11:18am
post #231 of 319

Update: I changed sources. The USB DAC input apparently isn't quite ready to work miracles from my computer quite yet. My new source is my DX50 player running Rockbox (coax output). Makes quite a difference, I was definitely picking up jitter before which resulted in high frequency noise and fatigue. The DAC's I had previously were the same way...Average to poor performance from the PC USB, but stepped up their game via Coax. I just never liked using the DX50 previously because of the colored sound, now that it is running Rockbox, the sound is pretty much neutral, so that issue is solved. I'm wondering if it's worth adding digital output capabilities to my PC.

 

So far, I've tried it with the internal amp and my Lyr with 70's Amperex tubes on the HD800. Both are as expected, the Lyr sounding fat and tubey and the internal amp sounding tight and detailed with that slight lower mid coloration. Both are extremely musical and enjoyable now, with minimal fatigue. There is some brightness on the internal with the HD800, but it's bearable, especially since the lows and mids are so pretty. The Lyr is not giving me any serious fatigue worth mentioning and I consider it a good pairing with the DAC section, although it's not a clear winner over the internal. I still have to test with my other amps (Nighthawk, V-200 and maybe the Magni), but I'm expecting similar improvements/results.

post #232 of 319

So only difference between HP-A8 and HP-A8C is that "C" includes, 

 

1. international matched voltage

2. the auto power off feature 

3. black side panel for HP-A8C

 

?

 

No sonic differences ? both plays DSD, and support SD card ?

post #233 of 319
One thing you could add to your points is that the HP-A8C comes with an international warranty, but apart from that the items listed are the only differences.

I'm going to say that sonically they are the same, I have the HP-A8 and I have tried it in Japan and in NZ and it sounds exactly the same.
post #234 of 319
Agree the same.
post #235 of 319

Ok thanks guys, I will try to find HP-A8 in Canada, .. everything is expensive in Canada.. :(

post #236 of 319
1599 you may find a discount code occasionally. Thats where I got mine.
post #237 of 319
You should be able to get it much cheaper if you follow Matvei's advice.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/578167/fostex-hp-a8-dac-amp-and-other-fostex-gear/210#post_10332935
post #238 of 319
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Originally Posted by A_Man_Eating_Duck View Post

You should be able to get it much cheaper if you follow Matvei's advice.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/578167/fostex-hp-a8-dac-amp-and-other-fostex-gear/210#post_10332935

Ya if both HP-A8 and HP-A8C are the same make sense to just buy the Japanese version and tweak it.

 

I might just buy the deal package from Sonic Sense for $2295 USD as I need the second TH900 for work.

post #239 of 319
not much difference 87,698 for the HP-A8 and 132,000 for the TH900 = 219,698 ($2,163.81USD)
Edited by A_Man_Eating_Duck - 3/16/14 at 11:54pm
post #240 of 319
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post
 

Ya if both HP-A8 and HP-A8C are the same make sense to just buy the Japanese version and tweak it.

 

I might just buy the deal package from Sonic Sense for $2295 USD as I need the second TH900 for work.


It would appear that Sonic Sense only ships Stateside.

 

You may want to checkout this brick and mortar in Toronto  http://headfoneshop.com/

 

Give him a call

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