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Originally Posted by CJG888 View Post

Recently, I bought a PHA-1 from a Chinese online audio store advertising on TMall. The price was approximately the same as the MSRP in Japan (i.e. not the usual crazy "import markup", but not stupidly cheap either). The DAC came in the correct box, marked "Chinese market only", and all the expected accessories were supplied, including Walkman LOD and spare iPod straps. On the underside of the unit there is a serial number and a product information label in Mandarin. It sounds the same as the one which I tested at Jaben.

After about six months of light use, the print on the side panel, around the gain selector, has worn away. All other print is robust. Is this to be expected, or should I suspect my PHA-1 of being a fake?


I don't think that there are fake sony PHA-1s around. So you can be safe on that side, if you are really suspicious you can always open the unit and check if the pcb looks like the ones you see online.

 

But to be honest I doubt very much this is the case, this is not the kind of item that are easily copied, too many specific extras and odd shaped corners on manufacturing. 

 

Paint on aluminum can be a function of many factors, if the humidity or temperature where not correct when your batch was done it can result in not that good adhesion. 

post #512 of 517
Mine started wearing off too, with a light rub it was all gone. Now I tell people it's the awesome switch, lol.
post #513 of 517

Question everyone, it seems like on the back there is both a full size USB cable and a micro usb slot. 

My question is, which one would I plug into to use the DAC component on an android device? Do I need a Micro to micro cable, or will a Full Size A to Micro B cable work for use as a DAC?

EDIT: Man I feel really dumb....a micro usb OTG cable will plug into the Big side of a regular micro usb charging cable to complete the connection.....d'oh


Edited by jonvply908 - 10/22/14 at 10:31pm
post #514 of 517

In the end of the day, can you use it with a android device? And using what port? Im actually curious now... 

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In the end of the day, can you use it with a android device? And using what port? Im actually curious now... 



You can to a degree, some Samsung devices are supported and maybe Nexus. 
You use the OTG cable to get a female side on your phone and plug a micro into the PHA-1 then switch the selector on the back to the right.

Alternatively some other phones may work using this bit of software I've read.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extreamsd.usbaudiorecorderpro&hl=en

The PHA-1 will only work for 5hrs as a portable DAC, infinitely out of a laptop / PC port.


Edited by Mickice - Today at 4:36 pm
post #516 of 517
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You can to a degree, some Samsung devices are supported and maybe Nexus. 

You use the OTG cable to get a female side on your phone and plug a micro into the PHA-1 then switch the selector on the back to the right.


Alternatively some other phones may work using this bit of software I've read.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extreamsd.usbaudiorecorderpro&hl=en


The PHA-1 will only work for 5hrs as a portable DAC, infinitely out of a laptop / PC port.

Just too late... I just posted a review on my pha-1 like 20 min ago... I didn't know what to say about android users...

I'll update later... Thanks...
post #517 of 517

Thats cool, I don't think many will go that route as most myself included simply strap a Walkman or iPod onto it and just amp.
I only use it as a DAC via PC, even then this is only sometimes as I need my Creative Sound Blaster USB HD Soundcard to run my record player.


Edited by Mickice - Today at 6:51 pm
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