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post #196 of 483
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

Is this good for desktop DAC/amp with a Mac?  Will it sound better than DragonFly?
Yes, please, can someone compare the usb dac from pha-1 with Dragonfly, Dacport, Pico, etc.
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post #197 of 483

Here is the box

 

Notice the embossed SONY logo on the top

 

Fits my palm

 

Havent had much chance to use it with a walkman. Connected it to my Sony VGC RB-30 (2005 model & my first desktop), it just brought the sound alive. Was using it (desktop) with the Audioengine D1. Cant really compare it due to the price difference.

 

I dont believe in burn-in. So lets see if the sound changes.

 

Through tthe USB, the sound is just more clear & actually the detail is more clear.

post #198 of 483

omg... that is sexy. 

post #199 of 483
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Originally Posted by MrViolin View Post

omg... that is sexy. 

 

+1

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post #200 of 483

this works with iPhone 5 with Lightning to 30 pin Dock adaptor? 

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post #201 of 483

Yes, it does but it only gives around a 'pathetic' 4 - 4.5 hours. that means more charging and less battery life. Portability wise I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

 

With a desktop, its great.

post #202 of 483
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

this works with iPhone 5 with Lightning to 30 pin Dock adaptor? 

Actually you don't need the adapter. This is iDevice ready and will work with lightning to usb direct. Sony has the MFI certification and hence it costs a bit more.

post #203 of 483
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Originally Posted by awtryau89 View Post

Actually you don't need the adapter. This is iDevice ready and will work with lightning to usb direct. Sony has the MFI certification and hence it costs a bit more.

 

so the stock Lightning to USB cable that came with the iPhone 5 will work straight into the USB input on the Sony?  It will be a digital or analog out from iPhone 5?


Edited by HiFiGuy528 - 2/1/13 at 10:21am
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post #204 of 483
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so the stock Lightning to USB cable that came with the iPhone 5 will work straight into the USB input on the Sony?  It will be a digital or analog out from iPhone 5?

Yes. It will be digital and the PHA-1 will process as a DAC and amp. Same as the GoDap X or the CLAS. As reported the battery life is less but if Sony would get this thing down into the $300 range they could own this market. Its already down to $449 on Amazon but that's still too high. We need some manufacturer to bring the price down on these things. The MFI license adds cost but could easily be made up with volume from just Head-Fiers if the price were right.


Edited by awtryau89 - 2/1/13 at 11:21am
post #205 of 483

Thanks for answering my questions guys.  You ROCK!

 

I just ordered one and I am very excited.  Coming from Japan so it may take a few weeks.

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post #206 of 483

I was excited initially but now the product is going back.

 

Not worth it for me.

 

Hope you enjoy yours!

post #207 of 483
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Originally Posted by AUDIOBREEDER View Post

I was excited initially but now the product is going back.

 

Not worth it for me.

 

Hope you enjoy yours!

Did you buy from Amazon? If it shows up in the Warehouse deals for a nice discount, I may be tempted.

post #208 of 483

mine finally shipped.  Yay!!!

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post #209 of 483
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Originally Posted by awtryau89 View Post

Did you buy from Amazon? If it shows up in the Warehouse deals for a nice discount, I may be tempted.

 Yes.

 

I found it quite strange, because I didn't notice much of a difference in sound when using it as amp. The sound didn't change drastically as compared to even the Digizoid ZO2. As you turn on the ZO2, you can immediately hear a 'boom' in the music.

 

Paired with a walkman, the walkman as is, sounded better without it!

 

About 4.5 hours using 'digital in' was the breaking point for me!

post #210 of 483
I have tried it a few times. I found the sony unit to be weak sauce compared to my fostex.
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