Boy this 812v2 thing, where to start.....it is realllly good. So good I can't stand using anything else now. The non-portable fullsized amp is sitting there getting mad at me now making me feel guilty for ignoring it.
I keep telling people it is like it grabs your headphones, scolds them for misbehaving, and puts them in their place like it is exercising complete contol over them. Don't know how else to describe it. The internal amp is something else quality wise.
No need for any extra amps at all which is exactly what I was after.
Interface is ridiculously easy it took about 10 seconds to figure out the buttons.
Nice that it shows a whole pile of albums on screen at one time rather than what i was used to on the C3. Going back to the C3 while this is charging, well it's not that fun.
There was mention that this digs deep without being overbearing and pulls out some of the smaller stuff in tracks, yes it sure does.
Been using this during a ridiculous amount of T50rp mod tunings, and at low gain setting with volume near max it is just fine probably just at the edge of that zone where you shouldn't listen that loud for too long ( if you are responsible that is ).
Normally I use a fullsized Victor/JVC A-X55 Dynamic Super-A amp for mod tunings but the sound on this I would say is at par with that or so darned close I can't tell offhand here. A direct A/b is in order
. That's why I am confident in using it during various trials. This was also mentioned before in here but i really think it needs reinforcement on that aspect of sound quality.
I really have no need of all the fancy extras on the 960 but if it is slightly better in the sound department then it's going to be hard to refuse that next no-brainer step "up".
If you are simply interested in sonic ability and have decent headphones ( some do not show much obvious difference, most of mine do ) and iems , and do not mind a simple ui with just the right amount of basics this is something you need to at the very least explore as an option.
Anyone used to a C3 functionality will find this so much more easy.
It is also a fair bit lighter than it looks and speaking of looks i enjoy the utilitarian/industrial style in this build here. Awesome.
No problem sticking it in a jacket pocket ( the included velvet pouch works great also ).
Going to pull out the insides next and apply a Screenpatronus silicone screen protector.
Now to see about that 960.
Appreciate all the insights in the thread so far, this has been one of the best audio purchases I've made in my entire time in this place.
Big thumbs up to project86 and everyone else here.
Thanks so much.
Edited by nick n - 2/1/14 at 1:56am