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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

Welcome to the HP-A8 bandwagon! It's actually quite a decent DAC/Amp. What firmware are you on?

 

Thank you :)

 

I upgraded to 1.31. I wish it would remember which source I was listening to when I powered down. 

 

Having spent a bit more time with it I am pretty impressed. There is texture in the music that I missed before with other gear. For the first time ever I am questioning if I need to "upgrade" my music instead of my equipment as its picking up such subtleties that I am worried the MP3 format has impacted on.

 

Anyways Im really enjoying it and think the money spent was worth it. (I went from Violectric V100 & NFB3.2 combo).

 

The Violectric has more power, but I would not want to listen to music at such loud volumes.

post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by navii View Post

 

Thank you :)

 

I upgraded to 1.31. I wish it would remember which source I was listening to when I powered down. 

 

 

 

With Firmware 1.31, I think you can function it to remember now.  

 

In the MENU command, select Sub Menu "--> IN/VOL MEM".  The "Default" is "Disable".

Then you either choose "Input, Volume or Input+Volume".  Now your HP-A8 can recall the last source or volume level as well.

 

In addition, I prefer the sound from the change of Digital Filter to "MINIMUM DELAY" and Master Clock to "XTAL" (external clock in HP-A8 or TCXO).  If anyone has never changed anything from "default" setting, highly recommend you to try!

 

Have fun ^^

post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by jimmy8269 View Post

 

 

With Firmware 1.31, I think you can function it to remember now.  

 

In the MENU command, select Sub Menu "--> IN/VOL MEM".  The "Default" is "Disable".

Then you either choose "Input, Volume or Input+Volume".  Now your HP-A8 can recall the last source or volume level as well.

 

In addition, I prefer the sound from the change of Digital Filter to "MINIMUM DELAY" and Master Clock to "XTAL" (external clock in HP-A8 or TCXO).  If anyone has never changed anything from "default" setting, highly recommend you to try!

 

Have fun ^^

 

Cheers for the tip. What am I looking for with the Digital Filter & Master Clock? I've changed it and it's not immediately obvious to me (i.e. kinda sounds the same!).

post #34 of 44

thanks for the tip jimmy

post #35 of 44

do you think these have better synergy with your  Fostex TH-900 than the pres?

post #36 of 44

i had just pulled the trigger on this dac/amp and currently pairing it with HD800

the sound blows away all my portable set up

post #37 of 44

Hi, just wondering if anyone has tried jh13pro fp on the HPA8? I'm interested in a desktop dac/amp that is compatible with this ciem.

post #38 of 44

Does it take aw

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Originally Posted by lightningfarron View Post
 

i had just pulled the trigger on this dac/amp and currently pairing it with HD800

the sound blows away all my portable set up

I am interested in using this dac/amp with the hd 800 too. Is this combination fatiguing at all? Any other dac/amps you got as reference?

post #39 of 44

I bought the hd800 and the hp-a8 a few months ago... amazing, this is my first dive into audiophile equipment, coming from an STX soundcard and dt770 before. I've never heard anything else to compare to though.

 

Stunning!!

post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by DanTheMan1 View Post
 

I bought the hd800 and the hp-a8 a few months ago... amazing, this is my first dive into audiophile equipment, coming from an STX soundcard and dt770 before. I've never heard anything else to compare to though.

 

Stunning!!

 

I wonder if used with a HD-800 what amp gain setting you're using.

post #41 of 44

Just got the Fostex in and I really can't complain... I just wish it would play .DFF & .FLAC files via the SD card slot but hey... I just have to re-encode using dbpoweramp...

 

 

 

Methinks I'm going to take it to work and use it there without connecting to my office computer...

 

 

 

I may have to get another to keep by my bedside...:wink_face:

 

All in all a very liberating experience... CUT THE CORD!!!!!

 

 

P.S. Don't mind the dark Oppo HA-1 in the pic... The SoundStage on the Fostex made it close up shop for the time being...

 

Peace...:L3000: 

post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by Herueyes View Post
 

Just got the Fostex in and I really can't complain... I just wish it would play .DFF & .FLAC files via the SD card slot but hey... I just have to re-encode using dbpoweramp...

 

 

 

Methinks I'm going to take it to work and use it there without connecting to my office computer...

 

 

 

I may have to get another to keep by my bedside...:wink_face:

 

All in all a very liberating experience... CUT THE CORD!!!!!

 

 

P.S. Don't mind the dark Oppo HA-1 in the pic... The SoundStage on the Fostex made it close up shop for the time being...

 

Peace...:L3000: 

Any comparison between the oppo and the fostex? I don't know through what heaphones you hear them though. I am more interested pairing them with the HD 800

post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by D4rkst3EL View Post
 

Any comparison between the oppo and the fostex? I don't know through what heaphones you hear them though. I am more interested pairing them with the HD 800

The Fostex is at work..... I'll bring it home and saddle up the HD800's... Hard to beat balanced output but I'll give her a twirl...

 

SE to SE the Fostex might win but Balanced to SE might go to the HA-1 Methinks...:blink:

 

 

Peace...:L3000:

post #44 of 44

I would like to know also Fostex or Oppo with HD700s.

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