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Given the current conversation, what is a good thread or site discussing and comparing OpAmp offerings? I get this banner ad on Head-Fi all the time advertising Burson "Ultimate Opamp," but as good as Burson's reputation is I detect a fair amount of marketing hype and I suspect the opamp won't fit inside many enclosures.
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Given the current conversation, what is a good thread or site discussing and comparing OpAmp offerings? I get this banner ad on Head-Fi all the time advertising Burson "Ultimate Opamp," but as good as Burson's reputation is I detect a fair amount of marketing hype and I suspect the opamp won't fit inside many enclosures.

 

I usually just dig around the DIY forum for information.

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Is the JDS Labs C5 significantly better over the Fiio E12? I'm considering buying one of the two but as you may know, the C5 costs $60 (at $190) more than the E12.

P.s I would consider the Fiio E12DIY but I don't think it will go down from $250. And as for the Fiio E12A, how does it compare at $160?

Also I will be running a Sennheiser HD 558 (possibly with foam mod) off it.
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Is the JDS Labs C5 significantly better over the Fiio E12? I'm considering buying one of the two but as you may know, the C5 costs $60 (at $190) more than the E12.

P.s I would consider the Fiio E12DIY but I don't think it will go down from $250. And as for the Fiio E12A, how does it compare at $160?

Also I will be running a Sennheiser HD 558 (possibly with foam mod) off it.

 

I won't say it is 'significantly' better, but it is noticeable if you are a critical listener. I'll however rate E12DIY to be better of C5 and on par with O2. Given E12A's performance is very close to that of E12DIY, I'll rate it better than C5 as well.

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I won't say it is 'significantly' better, but it is noticeable if you are a critical listener. I'll however rate E12DIY to be better of C5 and on par with O2. Given E12A's performance is very close to that of E12DIY, I'll rate it better than C5 as well.

Well that makes it a difficult choice since I can get a Fiio E12 for $130, a JDS C5 for $135 (refurbished), and a Fiio E12A for $160 frown.gif
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Well that makes it a difficult choice since I can get a Fiio E12 for $130, a JDS C5 for $135 (refurbished), and a Fiio E12A for $160 frown.gif

Hi there,

 

Why dont you consider the Cayin C5? It costs around 150$ and has excellent feedback from all Head-Fi members.
 

Sonic performance is excellent, is almost neutral and as transparent as Objective2. The C5 also has lot of output power and includes other features like power bank and bass boost as well. 

 

Check it out :smile:

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Hi there,

Why dont you consider the Cayin C5? It costs around 150$ and has excellent feedback from all Head-Fi members.

 
Sonic performance is excellent, is almost neutral and as transparent as Objective2. The C5 also has lot of output power and includes other features like power bank and bass boost as well. 

Check it out smile.gif

I've heard that the Cayin C5 and Fiio E12A have are equal in terms of sound quality. The problem with the Cayin C5 is that it's too vintage looking and the sound of the Fiio E12A interests me more. At 17 vintage isn't exactly my taste and when paired with a Sennheiser 558, a narrower soundstage won't be too much of a problem.
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