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post #46 of 513
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

 

You lucky guy.  Did they have it for sale too? 

 

No the Sony showroom in Ginza is only a showroom, no retail afaik.

post #47 of 513
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I went to Sony Ginza to try PHA-1 today.
The size of PHA-1 was about the same as DX100.

 


What was your impression of the PHA-1?

How about vs. DX100?
 

post #48 of 513

I got comments from a friend and he said they sounded average for the amount you have to pay. Said to be 'Nowhere close to Fostex HP-P1'. Not sure, He thinks if it was like 300USD or so, it would be good but I haven't heard it myself.

post #49 of 513
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What was your impression of the PHA-1?

How about vs. DX100?
 

It is a sound like WM8740 very much.
I have made a reservation immediately.

post #50 of 513

i'm pretty interested in how this compares with the hp-p1.

post #51 of 513

Anyone already bought this DAC/AMP? I'm interested go know the performance comparison among Sony PHA-1 DAC vs Fostex HP-P1 vs Go-DAP X.

post #52 of 513

Is Wolfson WM8740 DAC the best DAC chip?

post #53 of 513
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Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

Anyone already bought this DAC/AMP? I'm interested go know the performance comparison among Sony PHA-1 DAC vs Fostex HP-P1 vs Go-DAP X.

 

It is only available on 10th of October in Japan.

post #54 of 513
These are the pictures from Sony PHA 1 :

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post #55 of 513

The strap for holding on the DAP is innovative, but it doesn't look too functional.

post #56 of 513

I still can't get over the fact that the DAC is useless with their Sony's own DAPS.  WTF is the logic behind that?

post #57 of 513
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Originally Posted by WayTooCrazy View Post  I still can't get over the fact that the DAC is useless with their Sony's own DAPS.  WTF is the logic behind that?


They're conceding an economic reality. Far more people use iPods than their own DAPs. Besides, you get a Sony LOD.

post #58 of 513

One bad thing about Sony PHA-1 DAC, it does not allow user to bypass the amp. portion unlike Fostex HP-P1.confused_face.gif

post #59 of 513

What's interesting about this portable DAC/Headphone amp, is that it does both iDAC & PCDAC.

And I reckon that why they aren't offering digital out from their own DAP's is to imply —from their point of view— that their DAP's actually do sound good, already having a decent DAC & all.


Edited by the wizard of oz - 9/10/12 at 1:37am
post #60 of 513

With the right price it will be a great success, what is holding it back is DAC/price ratio. Anything over 350 USD it will be hard to sell this simply because technically the fostex is has a better sounding DAC chip as well as better features. (Both DAC/amp and USB to optical convertor)

 

For the focus in Australia there is no plan for sony to release this. While we are at it they are not even planning to release the new F series to Australia, bummer! 

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