Originally Posted by vert
Interestingly, the guy who sold me his Tera had a DX100 that he thought sounded better. I've listened to the Tera for a couple of months now with my Phonak 232s, and I've completely stopped looking for another setup. It's that good
. I'm baffled that he sold the Tera.
Once you hear it, you really don't care if there's anything else better out there, and better in this case would mean a full blown audiophile home setup. I had a Leben/Naim DAC setup, and I'm considering not investing money to put that setup back together. The Tera has an organic rightness/purity to it similar to the Leben that makes it addictive.
I do consider my DX100 to be a superb instrument that scales very well with many headphones, but IMO, the Tera just reproduces instrumental timbre and vocals with such a lifelike purity that it has become my favorite DAP for long-term listening. Using the Tera as preamp feeding my Sensation M451 with tube buffer, my HE-6 headphones have never sounded better.
My only point of criticism of the Tera-Player is that when Random play is selected, it seems to repeat the same selections quite often, whereas the DX100 is truly random.
I do find that my battery run-time is considerably longer than 14 hours.
The phones that sound best so far to me are Sony F-1, ES3X and PK-1, all of which have been recabled.