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post #256 of 482
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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post

 

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Beyerdynamic T 5 P is different class to Fostex TH 900 

with Fostex Hp P 1 sound quality with Sony PHA 1 more fuller sound , more detail and more clarity and has better bass detail .

overall TH 900 more enjoyable than T 5 P 

 

Thanks Rudi. Here in Australia not too far from you I think, T5p is currently half the price of TH900! Maybe T5p is closer to TH600? All the best to enjoy your head-fi gear.

post #257 of 482
I'm interested in buying this dac/amp to use with my iPhone (currently 4s)
My question is; can I answer calls through the PHA, while it's connected digitally to the phone
iPhone>USB>PHA>IEM
Thanks in advance.
post #258 of 482
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Originally Posted by AJHeadfi View Post

 

Thanks Rudi. Here in Australia not too far from you I think, T5p is currently half the price of TH900! Maybe T5p is closer to TH600? All the best to enjoy your head-fi gear.

You are welcome AJHeadfi

i don't have TH 600 and haven't heard my friend TH 600 .

T5p is very good portable headphone too .

post #259 of 482

Looks like this is coming to the US - it's being advertised for pre-order here.  Maybe I can get an English-language manual...

 

I've been using mine a fair amount, mostly with my MG6PROs.  I like it pretty well.  It took a considerable time to burn in - I thought it was horrible out of the box - but after three or four days it really opened up.  It's definitely on par with the best of my other transportable setups - CLAS/various amps - and much more convenient, which was the point for me of getting it.  Some observations:

 

-very precise but not the widest soundstage - not bad, but not as spacious as the best;

 

-fabulously extended and textured bass, maybe the best I've heard;

 

-iffy handshake with iDevices.  I'm qualifying this because it's VERY sensitive to IC integrity - when I'm carrying it around it's very easy to shift the USB cable and lose the connection.  But right now half the time when I turn everything on I have to disconnect and reconnect the IC.  That always fixes it but I've never had that problem with my CLAS.  I'll play with securing the current cable and maybe trying others.

 

UPDATE:  It's not the firmware, my short Apple/USB cable was losing its connection.  When it's all plugged in properly everything works fine.

 

-the size is just manageable as a transportable, at least the way I use it.  I can slip it in an inside overcoat pocket on the train and it's OK.  It's definitely not going in a pants pocket.

 

-I'm not precise about run-time but with my Touch 4G I'm getting something like five hours or better.

 

-It won't both charge and run in iDevice mode.  When the USB cable goes in it seems to default to computer mode and won't run from the iDevice.

 

-It wants to charge from a lower-power USB source.  I charge a lot of my devices with a 3G iPad charger and most of them take it just fine.  On the PHA-1 the red charge light lights, it takes forever to charge, and then the red light goes to a long on/short off intermittent blink without in fact taking much of a charge at all.  Using a lower-powered source it charges faster, the red light goes out, and it's fine.  This may be addressed in the Japanese manual, but I can't read it...

 

-It's beautifully built, a rung or two above any of the rest of the portable amp/DACs I've seen.  Really impressive.  The rail/rubber strap configuration is really clever and works really well, but won't take too much stress; it's fine for desktop use but the straps will come off in a pocket, so I've got my Touch on dual lock.

 

That's it so far.


Edited by barbes - 4/11/13 at 10:15am
post #260 of 482
I'm excited to get this for my iPhone 5, can't wait to rock it alongside with my ATH-M50. No more Lightning to 30 pin needed, finally an amp that works with just the lightning cable. I would need to find a shorter cable though that is.
post #261 of 482
Looking forward to trying this out too
Placed an order on Amazon with a seller shipping from Japan, now the wait
post #262 of 482

I really want to try this amp, anyone in the UK purchased one yet?

post #263 of 482

How does the dac section compare to the HP-P1, CLAS, and VentureCraft DD1?

post #264 of 482
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I really want to try this amp, anyone in the UK purchased one yet?

I ordered one from japan, 4 more days to wait smily_headphones1.gif
post #265 of 482

perfect with iPod classic and M100 sound wise but like this pic better biggrin.gif

 

 

 

 

Seller, off Amazon, went the extra mile and also sent me a manual in English even though he PHA-1 is a Japan version

post #266 of 482
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Originally Posted by snapple10 View Post

perfect with iPod classic and M100 sound wise but like this pic better biggrin.gif

 

 

 

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Seller, off Amazon, went the extra mile and also sent me a manual in English even though he PHA-1 is a Japan version

How are you liking the sound so far, Snapple?

post #267 of 482

quiet with all the phones and IEMs I have tried with it- hate hiss from amps

Seem clearer - opened up the sound(vocals, instruments), from my brief comparison 

Really never master the terms and knowing different people might have different definitions of terms so I am wary of comparing stuff but I like it so far. 

Trying out, at the moment,a few portable amp/DAC and then will keep the ones I like.

post #268 of 482

so worked great with portable, but when I hooked it up to use with my MacBook Pro via digital in, sounded really bad. I am guessing I need to change some settings on the MAC? and have to turned it way up via audio in 

post #269 of 482
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How does the dac section compare to the HP-P1, CLAS, and VentureCraft DD1?

I've owned the HP_P1 and have a review unit of the PHA-1 that I've used for a few months. I also am borrowing a DD Socket 1 from a friend.

I like them all but at the end of the day, I like the DD Socket 1 for both SQ as well as the fact that I can pair whatever amp I want to it. For those of you who would rather have great SQ in 1 unit, either the PHA-1 or the HP_P1 are both great packages. Their feature sets are slightly different and their SQ are also slightly different but I think the feature sets are more different than the SQ. If you want the optical out, then the HP_P1 is a great unit. If you want the better product design of the PHA-1 as well as the ability to take audio from a computer, then go for the Sony.
post #270 of 482
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Originally Posted by gkanai View Post


I've owned the HP_P1 and have a review unit of the PHA-1 that I've used for a few months. I also am borrowing a DD Socket 1 from a friend.

I like them all but at the end of the day, I like the DD Socket 1 for both SQ as well as the fact that I can pair whatever amp I want to it. For those of you who would rather have great SQ in 1 unit, either the PHA-1 or the HP_P1 are both great packages. Their feature sets are slightly different and their SQ are also slightly different but I think the feature sets are more different than the SQ. If you want the optical out, then the HP_P1 is a great unit. If you want the better product design of the PHA-1 as well as the ability to take audio from a computer, then go for the Sony.


Thank you very much for your impressions. I figured the DD Socket 1 would win out on SQ alone. I've gotten my unit in from Japan, and I absolutely love it so far.

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