The PHA... 3? http://bbs.imp3.net/thread-11179547-1-1.html
Not sure what to make of the balanced output with separate L/R jacks.
Probably taken the idea from pro-audio where two mono 6.4mm plugs are used for balanced signal, then just swap it to 3.5mm mono.
Yeah, Resonessence does the same thing with the Invicta but with 6.3mm plugs. With this setup, they'll need to manufacture balanced cables with the "airplane adapter" style heads, which are big and non-rotatable, or go with a split cable. I guess Sony just likes to do things differently.
This would be my comparison.
I dont normally get too worked up over aesthetics but is that really something Sony would be happy to slap their brand on ? All the work they put into their HT and desktop 2-channel offerings, not to mention their phones and Walkman line, then they let something like this loose at a show ? I'm hoping it's just some wag having a little fun with Photoshop.
I like the old look better as well, but it is more from a practical POV as having nearly one side of the volume knob blocked is not my idea of being practical. At least in the old model you can still reach it by the finger tip.
Just a question, it might have been answered a long time ago, sorry if it has.
But can the PHA-2 be used as a DAC while charging from the pc? ie. charge and play through the micro-usb?
I might have read that it cannot be used as an amp while charging.
You read that correctly - the amp needs to be turned off to allow charging. Sony's engineers clearly envisioned that PHA-2 users would simply put their units on charge overnight - every night given the relatively poor battery life. The upside is that it sounds fantastic - from comments on Sony's desktop music servers it would seem that there is a similar trade-off between design idiosyncrasies and sound quality.