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post #871 of 1571
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

Do you guys think that it is worth the extra cash? I'm intrigued by the possibility and it seems like a ton of fun, but at $271 after shipping...wow, that's so much more than an E12. 

 

I haven't spent any significant time with the standard E12, but can confirm that the DIY punches well above the $271 price tag, even when only using the supplied op amps and buffers.

post #872 of 1571

Nice solid case that will last forever, very transparent amp section that is great in all areas of the musical spectrum. As mentioned, well worth much more money. 

post #873 of 1571
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

Do you guys think that it is worth the extra cash? I'm intrigued by the possibility and it seems like a ton of fun, but at $271 after shipping...wow, that's so much more than an E12. 

I've got both and find myself using my E12 DIY more.  Just ordered some additional opamps to try :L3000:

post #874 of 1571

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Just received my opamps and buffers.. could not wait till the weekend and tested both Muses with the BUF634.  I really was expecting more (no WOW factor :eek:yet) So far the MUSE01 is my choice.


Edited by Chefano - 2/26/14 at 6:45pm
post #875 of 1571

The stock AD8620 can be slightly underwhelming at first, but do wait till you tried other opamps before making up your mind. They do open up a new dimension.

post #876 of 1571
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
 

The stock AD8620 can be slightly underwhelming at first, but do wait till you tried other opamps before making up your mind. They do open up a new dimension.

 

Do you mean the AD8620 needs significant burn-in?

post #877 of 1571
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Do you mean the AD8620 needs significant burn-in?

 

No, given I don't put much stock in solidstate burn-in. I mean at first listen, AD8620 in E12DIY isn't quite as impressive as how the amp can sound with other opamps.

post #878 of 1571
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
 

 

No, given I don't put much stock in solidstate burn-in. I mean at first listen, AD8620 in E12DIY isn't quite as impressive as how the amp can sound with other opamps.

 

Oh, yeah, couldn't agree more!

post #879 of 1571

Hey Clieos: For with sensitive iems and low impedance headphones, where the power of the E12 isn't essential, is the C5 a better choice or can the E12 DIY w/ the right opamp best the amps in your sub-$200 comparison? I saw some of the trade-offs the regular E12 had with some of the other amps in the list. I like neutral but want silence in the EMI and hissing. Thanks! 

post #880 of 1571
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

Hey Clieos: For with sensitive iems and low impedance headphones, where the power of the E12 isn't essential, is the C5 a better choice or can the E12 DIY w/ the right opamp best the amps in your sub-$200 comparison? I saw some of the trade-offs the regular E12 had with some of the other amps in the list. I like neutral but want silence in the EMI and hissing. Thanks! 

 

With the right opamp, I think E12DIY can compete toe to toe with even O2 without an problem, and definitely just a little better than C5. E12DIY is different from regular E12, EMI is actually not a problem at all. If you like total neutral and transparency, get NJM5532 (or NE5532 if you can't find NJM) and HA-5002 and it is pretty much just as clean and as good sounding as an O2. If you want the cleanness with a bit more kick, LME49720 (or LM4562) and BUF634 is a good combo.

post #881 of 1571

Now I have a WOW factor!

Loved LT1010 (pigback)

post #882 of 1571
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Originally Posted by Chefano View Post
 

Now I have a WOW factor!

Loved LT1010 (pigback)

 

Can they fit inside the case with a bit of grinding?

post #883 of 1571
My BUF socket are low enough that they don't need any mod to fit DIP8.
post #884 of 1571
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post

My BUF socket are low enough that they don't need any mod to fit DIP8.

 

So they're a little lower than the op amp socket or is there variance between models?

post #885 of 1571
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

So they're a little lower than the op amp socket or is there variance between models?

 

Dunno. Why not try an opamp in the BUF socket yourself? As long as the amp isn't turned on, no harm will be done. If an opamp fits, so will a DIP8 buffer.


Edited by ClieOS - 3/1/14 at 4:12am
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