Originally Posted by mannp
Many thanks Simon for your detailed response.
Generally just frustrated with Sony, in that they bring out the two devices in the UK UDA-1 and ZX1, but the Sony WMC-NWH10 is not available. So the best use cannot be used unless you've bought your device from Japan.
I'd like the PHA-2 but its not available yet in the UK.
I already have some expensive old missions that 'may' sound great with the DAC, but its expensive to try when all the other HiRes devices are showing up.
Its 5% off today, so I am dithering about whether to buy or hold out until Sony show their hand with the other HiRes devices, so I can choose the one that suits my needs.
I mainly listen via headphones, but something that could do both and improve the Sony DA2400ES (don't laugh) sound that I have today, which I am sure it will do.
You are most welcome mannp,
I understand what you mean... unfortunately Sony play this kind of game in all countries, probably except the Japanese market.
Funny you mentioned about the PHA-2, I actually imported that from Japan together with the ZX1. But unfortunately out of all the inputs, the only one which was the reason I bought the PHA-2 i.e. the hi-res connection between the ZX1 to the PHA-2 through the "special" PHA-2 stock cable; did not work. I had to send it back to my Japanese friend and she is helping me to sort that out.
If I do not recall wrongly from my memory, I was very pleased with its capabilities. At that time, I did not have the LCD-3, so it was mainly driving my HD700 for a brief time; the music sounded more meaty.
Well, the missions speakers are on my wishlist :-),,,
It is your call mannp, but, still I do have a feeling that the Oppo Digital HA-1 Headphone Amplifier can be a great affordable surprise. Suggest you to do some research starting from here: http://www.oppodigital.com/future/HA-1_Headphone_Amplifier.aspx
Not laughing at all... Sony DA2400ES even if it is not the latest and the greatest, it does its job pretty well.
Nevertheless, good luck!!!