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Funny, I went in the opposite direction. Didn't like the C421, and adore the UHA-4.
 

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If it is in fact in a different league from the c421, then it's one hack of a value. I went from a uha 4 to a c421 and find it to be a pretty significant upgrade. Not that I didn't like the uha 4, I liked it a lot. But it was lacking a little too much on transparency and extension. But that was with the stock opamp, so maybe the 209 opamp is more of an upgrade than I thought. I'm now interested.


Then 209 may be your cup of tea as for me it's just too much of a good thing lol. Way too transparent for my tastes. Shows you all the imperfections of your tracks like no other and even digital artifacts..... I love 8610 ;).

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OK I'll ask, what the heck kind of rig is that uelover?????

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OK I'll ask, what the heck kind of rig is that uelover?????

 

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USB Cable --> Stello U3 USB/SPDIF --> Viablue Male-Male RCA Coupler --> Leckerton UHA6SMKII via Coaxial input --> Headphone

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USB Cable --> Stello U3 USB/SPDIF --> Viablue Male-Male RCA Coupler --> Leckerton UHA6SMKII via Coaxial input --> Headphone

 

I'm confused? When you use the coaxil on the UHA6 MKII aren't you using the UHA6 DAC?

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I'm confused? When you use the coaxil on the UHA6 MKII aren't you using the UHA6 DAC?

 

Yes I am using the UHA6MKII's CS DAC.

 

What I am doing is to bypass the USB receiver chip on the UHA6MKII and get the digital signal straight to the DAC. Max input rate is now up to 24bits/96khz (which doesn't matter to me since my files are all redbook) but the sound becomes more detailed with a darker background.

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Noticeable difference?

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I have an xm6 with stock opa134 and was considering getting the mkII and was wondering if anyone could compare them for me.  The thing I don't like about the XM6 is the separate charger and that it is a bit thick to slide in a pocket on the back of my ipod touch.  Sounds pretty good but I am looking for even better sound and am not sure which wins in that case, the xm6 or the mkII.  Also which op amp is preferred, the 8610 or the 627 assuming cost is not important.  I am driving etys on airplanes, t5ps at home and philips L1's at work.

 

To be honest I dont need the dac at all since I have a dedicated desktop dac at home I use most of the time and so if he has a smaller cheaper version of this same amp without dac that would be even better?  I noticed he says it works with the camera kit on an ipad, but does it work with the camera kit on an ipod touch?  If so I would love to be using usb instead of analog in.  

 

At the end of the day I am interested in having the best sound quality in the smallest package. Does the mkII fit within the outline footprint of an iPhone?


Edited by groovyd - 10/20/12 at 7:25pm
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Noticeable difference?

 

Yes, so much so that it makes listening directly via the USB sounds a little muddy.

 

But I certainly won't recommend anyone to get any USB/SPDIF converter just to use it with the UHA6SMKII - USD279 is a sweetspot for the price and adding almost anything to it will simply destroy its excellent performance/price ratio.

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Yes, so much so that it makes listening directly via the USB sounds a little muddy.

 

But I certainly won't recommend anyone to get any USB/SPDIF converter just to use it with the UHA6SMKII - USD279 is a sweetspot for the price and adding almost anything to it will simply destroy its excellent performance/price ratio.


I figured your Stellos DAC would be far superior to the DAC on the UHA6 MKII. Anyway to use the Stello as the DAC and the UHA6 as the amp? Would be cool if you could use your ipod as the transport then connect to to the Stello using it's DAC and then to the UHA6 via line out as the amp section.

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I figured your Stellos DAC would be far superior to the DAC on the UHA6 MKII. Anyway to use the Stello as the DAC and the UHA6 as the amp? Would be cool if you could use your ipod as the transport then connect to to the Stello using it's DAC and then to the UHA6 via line out as the amp section.

 

The Stello U3 is not a DAC. It is purely a USB to S/PDIF converter - it replaces the USB receiver chip on the DAC unit.

 

My desktop DAC is Eastern Electric Minimax and I have connected it to the UHA6SMKII via a RCA-3.5mm cable before and the sound is magnificent. The only downsize is that I lose a bit of the low level volume control when used with my custom since line level output is pretty high for a the UHA6SMKII. With headphones it is fine.

 

My iPod is there in the photo is because I am too lazy to remove it from the strap. Haha.

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The Stello U3 is not a DAC. It is purely a USB to S/PDIF converter - it replaces the USB receiver chip on the DAC unit.

Wouldn't something like M2TECH Hiface make more sense for an affordable portable setup? Or is it that bad?

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Wouldn't something like M2TECH Hiface make more sense for an affordable portable setup? Or is it that bad?

 

The first version of the M2Tech isn't good. Not sure about the Hiface Two. But still, it costs more than half the price of the UHA6SMKII and it certainly won't bring a 50% upgrade to the sound. Unless somebody has one lying around that is used for a full desktop setup, I really can't see any reason to justify the purchase of it just for the UHA6SMKII.

 

One can just add a bit more to get the DACPort LX.

 

My Stello U3 was used for my desktop DAC so I just pulled it over to see the improvement it could bring to the table =)

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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

 

The first version of the M2Tech isn't good. Not sure about the Hiface Two. But still, it costs more than half the price of the UHA6SMKII and it certainly won't bring a 50% upgrade to the sound. Unless somebody has one lying around that is used for a full desktop setup, I really can't see any reason to justify the purchase of it just for the UHA6SMKII.

 

One can just add a bit more to get the DACPort LX.

 

My Stello U3 was used for my desktop DAC so I just pulled it over to see the improvement it could bring to the table =)

DACPort might be a good idea, thanks.

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