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What is the best / most economical way to obtain an HDP-R10 (Japanese-version DX100) in USA?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Can someone tell me the best / most economical way to obtain an HDP-R10 in the USA, please?

 

I see they are listed on Amazon.com, but they seem overpriced.

 

Any advice much appreciated!

 

Cheers.

post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 

Anyone?  Come on, there must be some HDP-R10 owners here on Head-fi!  I'd really appreciate your help smile.gif

post #3 of 11

First of all, sign up here and take a look at their guide

 

http://www.tenso.com/en/guide/buy/index.html

 

After that, place an order here from Amazon.co.jp and get that delivered to your unique Tenso address in Japan

 

http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B008OEXAN8

 

Finally, pay them a fee plus international shipping to US and the total should be more reasonable than other options IMHO. Most likely that should be the most economical yet relateively safe way to get everything done without that many problems to deal with.

 

Not too many online shops in Japan are willing to take foreign credit cards except largest ones such as Amazon etc.

post #4 of 11

thats not economical, better if you know someone in japan or in head-fi to buy it for you and have it shipped as a defective usb sound card (like ibasso) to avoid custom taxes and duties

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dyaems View Post

thats not economical, better if you know someone in japan or in head-fi to buy it for you and have it shipped as a defective usb sound card (like ibasso) to avoid custom taxes and duties

The risk here is that you cannot insure for more than the declared value, so if the package is lost or damaged in transit, it is out of your pocket. A big company can assume the risk, but for an individual, it would be a financial bomb if the worst happens.
post #6 of 11

if you really want one, you can ship it to my husband, and I can then ship it to you after.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thankyou Mischa, that's really very kind of you.

 

I'm currently torn between getting an HDP-R10 or a Studio V (smaller, longer battery life, still decent sound...), and it's not at all an easy decision to make (I have previously owned a DX100).

 

I'll PM you when I've arrived at a decision, either way.

 

Thanks again, I really do appreciate your kindness.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ooops! Sorry, where are my manners?

 

 

In my haste to post and rush out of the door, earlier, I neglected to also thank the rest of you for your helpful input, so seeteeyou, Dyaems. & HiFlight, thankyou for taking the time to help; it's much appreciated.

 

Cheers.

post #9 of 11

Out of curiosity what benefits does the HDP-R10 have over the DX100?

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by KT66 View Post

Out of curiosity what benefits does the HDP-R10 have over the DX100?

 

 

Well, the main reason for my interest is that the HDP-R10 operates at half the voltage of the DX100, which yields a bit more battery life, plus, to my mind, it's a little safer to use Lithium cells in that manner, rather than as a series pack (albeit with iBasso's assurance that they use a protection circuit to ensure even charging and discharging of the cells).

 

Also, iBasso hide what opamps they use in the DX100, whereas the HDP-R10 explicitly uses the 627.

 

Unlike the DX100, the HDP-R10 offers native playback of SACD .DSD format files.

 

The HDP-R10 also now has Google Play stripped out of the firmware. To some, this would be a disadvantage, but to me it's an advantage - the DX100 and HDP-R10 both lack serious processing power, so the leaner the firmware the better the chance of stability and slickness of operation.

 

So, no major difference, and indeed some people may prefer the DX100 (owing to the double voltage battery pack, it might, perhaps offer a bit more voltage swing at the output, but I don't actually know if this is the case in reality).

post #11 of 11
I was in your shoes and then I just got it from Amazon Japan. BTW, I was trying to charge the HDP-R10 via USB and it does not work.
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