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post #196 of 565

Pretty much every other iDevice dac/amp on the market gives better battery life so not really that amazing

post #197 of 565

Sony PHA-2 and F887 impressions from Japan.

http://kinoppyinfo.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2013-10-19

post #198 of 565

right angled lod and usb connectors sony  PLZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!

"let's make a great design with no weak point, and never once consider that there will be cables taking a huge amount of place and making everything fragile. "

done!

post #199 of 565

Yesterday I have a chance to try PHA-2 for a while on my iPhone 5S. It's sound quite nice. Details and clarity are very good. Background is completely black and no popping sound when turn on/off. I'm also comparing it with my soundroid typhoon (MUSES01) with my ipod touch 5G. Both of them sound quite nice while typhoon doing slightly better on trebles.

post #200 of 565
MTTF, so the PHA-2 is warm?
post #201 of 565
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MTTF, so the PHA-2 is warm?

Not warm, since my Typhoon have MUSES01 in it at that time. To bad that I didn't have my full rig with me to compare. I was attending a conference at U of Tokyo for two days, so I just bring the minimum rig with me.

post #202 of 565
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Not warm, since my Typhoon have MUSES01 in it at that time. To bad that I didn't have my full rig with me to compare. I was attending a conference at U of Tokyo for two days, so I just bring the minimum rig with me.

Nice.  I have the MUSES02 in my SDT and have yet to try out the 01.  BTW, I am under the impression that everyone over there are crazy excited about Todai, so how does it compare to the likes in the US like Stanford? I am from Carnegie Mellon btw.

post #203 of 565
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Nice.  I have the MUSES02 in my SDT and have yet to try out the 01.  BTW, I am under the impression that everyone over there are crazy excited about Todai, so how does it compare to the likes in the US like Stanford? I am from Carnegie Mellon btw.

It's probably equal to MIT.

 

I'm from Penn State btw. :D 

post #204 of 565
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It's probably equal to MIT.

 

I'm from Penn State btw. :D 

Close.  Have fun in Japan!

post #205 of 565
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Yesterday I have a chance to try PHA-is really for a while on my iPhone 5S. It's sound quite nice. Details and clarity are very good. Background is completely black and no popping sound when turn on/off. I'm also comparing it with my soundroid typhoon (MUSES01) with my ipod touch 5G. Both of them sound quite nice while typhoon doing slightly better on trebles.

Hi Mtthefirst,

I have now switched back to using the Muses02 on my Typhoon as I like this setup with the DD Limited edition using 627SM. I find there is a slight difference using optical vs line out but both are very nice sounding to my ears.

Good to know that the PHA-2 is nice sounding and does not have the pop sound. Thanks for your input on it vs the Typhoon. I find the Typhoon to be quite a good sounding and versatile dac/amp.
post #206 of 565

The PHA-2 is a DSD 'friendly' type DAC, it can play 64 and 128's with ease using the ASIO driver from Sony Japan website. The sound quality beats the KORG DS-DAC-10, principally due to the battery...more power. The USB powered only KORG could not drive LCD-3 for love or money, the PHA-2, can to my ears anyway, with plenty of power to spare. Sample rate switching is automatic from DSD to Redbook easy as, no clicks, pops (using JRMC 19.0.54). 

 

Clever details like cymbal decay and echoes are handled very well, nice and sharp. The PHA-1 has boomy bass, the PHA-2 corrects this, tight. Vocals for something so small have incredible detail and intimacy. It's very difficult to stop listening to this DAC, it makes portable listening, not so much of a compromise anymore, it's up there. Highly recommended.

 

Price YEN50,000, shipping now.

 

post #207 of 565

Saw it up on Pricejapan. Will play post xmas-game as want to get new iPad mini with Retina first :tongue: And that will allow for reviews, at least from Asia-based buyers or importers

post #208 of 565
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Originally Posted by One and a half View Post
 

The PHA-2 is a DSD 'friendly' type DAC, it can play 64 and 128's with ease using the ASIO driver from Sony Japan website. The sound quality beats the KORG DS-DAC-10, principally due to the battery...more power. The USB powered only KORG could not drive LCD-3 for love or money, the PHA-2, can to my ears anyway, with plenty of power to spare. Sample rate switching is automatic from DSD to Redbook easy as, no clicks, pops (using JRMC 19.0.54). 

 

Clever details like cymbal decay and echoes are handled very well, nice and sharp. The PHA-1 has boomy bass, the PHA-2 corrects this, tight. Vocals for something so small have incredible detail and intimacy. It's very difficult to stop listening to this DAC, it makes portable listening, not so much of a compromise anymore, it's up there. Highly recommended.

 

Price YEN50,000, shipping now.

 

 

How many hours do you get with a single charge? Website says 14hrs or something (I could be wrong). Is there any difference in sound compared to PHA-1 (if you owned it previously)

 

Sorry too many question and yet not out of breathe!

post #209 of 565
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How many hours do you get with a single charge? Website says 14hrs or something (I could be wrong). Is there any difference in sound compared to PHA-1 (if you owned it previously)

 

Sorry too many question and yet not out of breathe!

From what I have gathered 14 hours is in case if you want to use the pha-2 as an amp, with idevices it will last around 6.5 hours. What I am not sure is how long the battery life would be if we are to feed it high rez files. 

post #210 of 565
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Originally Posted by AUDIOBREEDER View Post
 

 

How many hours do you get with a single charge? Website says 14hrs or something (I could be wrong). Is there any difference in sound compared to PHA-1 (if you owned it previously)

 

Sorry too many question and yet not out of breathe!

 

As far as the hours go, I can guarantee at least three hours working, haven't had the DAC that long, I could try in the next few days to see when the battery goes flat.

 

The sound quality compared to the PHA-1 is like cassette and DSD that much of a difference. The DAC section is very, very detailed. See more here

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