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post #271 of 3489
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

I may be getting two xpa-100 monos for my HE-6, but I'm having big doubts that it would sound better than me vintage Sansui Eight Deluxe.

 

I'll let you guys know in the holidays after exam sessions

 

 

If your going to go that route.  Also take a llok at the new XPA-1-L.  The first 30 watts is pure class A.

post #272 of 3489
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

I may be getting two xpa-100 monos for my HE-6, but I'm having big doubts that it would sound better than me vintage Sansui Eight Deluxe.

I'll let you guys know in the holidays after exam sessions

I was doing some listening last night with my 5LE's connected to speaker taps out of my Eight Deluxe - sounded great. The only con was there was a definite noise floor/hiss out of the 8D - either due to its aging components or, who knows, maybe it was always that way due to design or early 70's component availability. The totally black background is one thing that's appealing about the Emotiva - just not sure I want to spend the $.

I have a Hifiman EF5 already - can anyone comment on how Emotiva compares to EF5?
post #273 of 3489
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Originally Posted by benzoylmethyl View Post

 

Well, aside from $800, I doubt very seriously there is much difference.  I listen almost exclusively to hip hop and electronic (dubstep, d&b) when I work--which is where I do the bulk of my listening--and the DA150 performs excellently.  There is very little difference between it and the TP21, little enough that it would come down to nothing more than form factor if I were forced to choose between them.  From everything Mal said it seems he feels the same way about the Emotiva. 

 

Seriously, for this little of an investment ($150 for DA, $80 for Topping, $200-ish for Emotiva) you guys should really just give them a shot.  Personally, I'm a gigantic cynic who thinks the hype words that are used to justify spending $1000+ on an electronic device that literally does nothing more than amplify an analog signal are a bunch of hyperbolic crap.  Find a decent DAC (by chip, not by name brand or price), buy a reasonably priced amplifier that delivers enough power and doesn't have a bunch of junk in the signal path, then blow everything else on an outstanding pair of headphones.  Since you're in this thread, you've either already done or are considering the latter. 

 

Quit your worrying over whether or not a $200 amplifier is going to do the trick--it will--and start thinking about how much booze $800 will buy.

 

I was considering the Soloist for two reasons. First, I wasn't about to drop retail on it, I was going to get it for much cheaper :) Second, I might be getting a LCD-2 in the future, and have heard pretty good things about the Soloist + LCD-2, and just wanted to make sure about the HE-500 as well. It seems you guys like it a lot. I might just give in and end up ordering this

 

Has anyone tried the Emotiva with LCD-2 or any other speaker amps.

 

Anyone here from Canada that ordered the Emotiva mini and know roughly how much it costs to ship and if there are any surprise customs at the door or anything? Hopefully they can declare low value, like Hifiman does.

post #274 of 3489
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Heya,

 

The bass is well controlled, plenty of texture, extension goes all the way. I do find it a touch faster on the Emotiva, there's more black space.


The adapter for a banana speaker tap to whatever termination should only be like $40 or so from multiple different makers, it's not expensive unless you get into a full cable with multiple adapters and mini-xlr and all that. If you keep it simple it's very inexpensive and just as functional.

 

Very best,

 

Thanks Mal. Looks like I don't have to worry about the Lyr. My O2 is well controlled, fast and has full extension. Usually for dubstep, stuff like Bassnectar, it's almost perfect, but for trance, and house like material, it just doesn't have the punch, especially in the mid-bass area and a sense of overall full power. In fact, the lack of mid bass punch that's characteristic of trance and house was the one shortcoming of the D2000. While the HE-500 had more of a punch, the O2 didn't do much. In fact, straight out of my E10, the HE-500 had more punch to it. Judging by what you are saying, the Emotiva should deliver that.

 

Good to know about the cables not costing a fortune, as I haven't really got custom cables done before.

post #275 of 3489
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

I was considering the Soloist for two reasons. First, I wasn't about to drop retail on it, I was going to get it for much cheaper :) Second, I might be getting a LCD-2 in the future, and have heard pretty good things about the Soloist + LCD-2, and just wanted to make sure about the HE-500 as well. It seems you guys like it a lot. I might just give in and end up ordering this

 

Has anyone tried the Emotiva with LCD-2 or any other speaker amps.

 

Anyone here from Canada that ordered the Emotiva mini and know roughly how much it costs to ship and if there are any surprise customs at the door or anything? Hopefully they can declare low value, like Hifiman does.

 

Now sure how it will be in Canada.

However, I am from Europe and thus know that Emotiva will NOT declare a lower value for customs, just like Audeze unfortunately.

In this regard, HIFIman rocks :D

post #276 of 3489
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Originally Posted by benzoylmethyl View Post

Seriously, for this little of an investment ($150 for DA, $80 for Topping, $200-ish for Emotiva) you guys should really just give them a shot.  Personally, I'm a gigantic cynic who thinks the hype words that are used to justify spending $1000+ on an electronic device that literally does nothing more than amplify an analog signal are a bunch of hyperbolic crap.  Find a decent DAC (by chip, not by name brand or price), buy a reasonably priced amplifier that delivers enough power and doesn't have a bunch of junk in the signal path, then blow everything else on an outstanding pair of headphones.  Since you're in this thread, you've either already done or are considering the latter. 

 

Quit your worrying over whether or not a $200 amplifier is going to do the trick--it will--and start thinking about how much booze $800 will buy.

 

The implementation of the DAC chip is mighty important :)

post #277 of 3489
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

 

Now sure how it will be in Canada.

However, I am from Europe and thus know that Emotiva will NOT declare a lower value for customs, just like Audeze unfortunately.

In this regard, HIFIman rocks :D

 

Thanks for that info about Emotiva. Here in Canada, the customs process can be annoying, especially through UPS.

 

I always assumed Audeze would declare a low value. Guess I was wrong. Gotta love Hifiman in this regard, they declared something like $5 or $10 for HE-500.  

post #278 of 3489
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

 

Now sure how it will be in Canada.

However, I am from Europe and thus know that Emotiva will NOT declare a lower value for customs, just like Audeze unfortunately.

In this regard, HIFIman rocks :D

Very true. I got stung with an extra £150.00 ($240) on my Audeze shipping them to the uk... angry_face.gif

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Yikes, that's hefty.
post #280 of 3489
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Yikes, that's hefty.

Yup, it's a shame... Duty fees are outragous these days and not fair. Its not the suppliers fault but I think they would probably get more business if they played the game a little and not declare the full amount. After all, anyone who isn't an audiophile would probably not believe a headphone could cost that much!  

post #281 of 3489
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Yup, it's a shame... Duty fees are outragous these days and not fair. Its not the suppliers fault but I think they would probably get more business if they played the game a little and not declare the full amount. After all, anyone who isn't an audiophile would probably not believe a headphone could cost that much!  

 

Tell me about it. I was originally also considering the Audeze, but the time I realized I would pay either +300 bucks extra, or would have to go Dollar=Euro way, I just gave up. This is when I opted for the Hifiman and the Audio GD stuff. I would say that generally, Asian companies dont have problems with declaring lower values for customs. Whereas American companies like Schiit, Audeze, Emotiva,... simply dont wanna do it... Its a shame as I would love to buy some of the Schiit products, try the Audeze headphones... But as is, its a no go as I would end up paying almost 1/2 more than the asking price... Which is quite ridiculous, or go the similarly obscure dollar=euro way. Not that I am disappointed so far with the Chinese folks :D Tremendous value/performance in case of these two :)
post #282 of 3489

Riight :D


Edited by conquerator2 - 11/29/12 at 11:34am
post #283 of 3489

Please go open up a thread on politics and VAT so you can whine there about simplified world economics. biggrin.gif

 

And I don't think we want the Audeze people go to jail either. How are you going to get the phones then?

post #284 of 3489
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Originally Posted by hekeli View Post

Please go open up a thread on politics and VAT so you can whine there about simplified world economics. biggrin.gif

 

And I don't think we want the Audeze people go to jail either. How are you going to get the phones then?

 

I see, thanks for your kind suggestion!

post #285 of 3489
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

 

Tell me about it.I was originally also considering the Audeze, but the time I realized I would pay either +300 bucks extra, or would have to go Dollar=Euro way, I just gave up.This is when I opted for the Hifiman and the Audio GD stuff.I would say that generally, Asian companies dont have problems with declaring lower values for customs.Whereas American companies like Schiit, Audeze, Emotiva,... simply dont wanna do it...Its a shame as I would love to buy some of the Schiit products, try the Audeze headphones...But as is, its a no go as I would end up paying almost 1/2 more than the asking price... Which is quite ridiculous, or go the similarly obscure dollar=euro way.Not that I am disappointed so far with the Chinese folks :D Tremendous value/performance in case of these two :)

Absolutely. The hifiman folks offer great value for money buying direct. The HE500's from uk supplier cost £699. I paid about £420 I think..

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