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post #361 of 2545
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I don't know why people expected this to be cheap... I think it will definitely retail at more than 1k.. Looks good and Oppo knows their stuff

 

Yeah we like to dream :]

I mean wouldn't it be nice to have a stylish, good maggie under 1K or even 500?

Years ago, it was rather common.

Now it's harder and harder :/

post #362 of 2545

I'm thinking $1000-1200 for headphones, $1600-1800 for the dac/amp.   The dac/amp is loaded with features and looks like it will have some serious power too.   Plus the screen?  Man.  I haven't been this intrigued in a while.

post #363 of 2545
Yeah, the HA-1 should cost at least $1000. Weird that they call it a "headphone amplifier" given that it could function as a Sabre-class DAC, preamp, USB/bluetooth transport for mobile devices, and maybe even as a network streamer like their blu-ray players. This is not your typical audiophile headamp with just RCA inputs, no display, and no remote. smily_headphones1.gif
post #364 of 2545
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post


I don't know why people expected this to be cheap...

 

Hope. That's why.

post #365 of 2545
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Late 2013, sweet!

 

I wish it would be early 2014 because 2013 has totally sucked!

post #366 of 2545
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Late 2013, sweet!

 

I wish it would be early 2014 because 2013 has totally sucked!

:tongue:

post #367 of 2545
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Originally Posted by gevorg View Post

Yeah, the HA-1 should cost at least $1000. Weird that they call it a "headphone amplifier" given that it could function as a Sabre-class DAC, preamp, USB/bluetooth transport for mobile devices, and maybe even as a network streamer like their blu-ray players. This is not your typical audiophile headamp with just RCA inputs, no display, and no remote. smily_headphones1.gif

From the OPPO web site.

 

"Line level analog inputs and outputs are provided with both RCA and balanced XLR sockets."  Sounds like a good chance it will have XLR inputs as well.

 

 "It is a desktop component housed in an aluminum chassis, and the familiar volume and source selection knobs are aided by a 4.3-inch screen for easy operation. Depending on your preference or even the mood of the music being played, you can choose between a classic VU meter, a modern spectrum display, or a simple informational summary on the screen. A supplied IR remote and a smartphone app via Bluetooth provide complete control and convenience."

 

I agree this much more than a typical headphone amp.

post #368 of 2545

From the detail page at OppoDigital.com, the PM-1 should have a decent field from two banks of neodymium magnets.  The multilayer diaphragm/armature with its spiral conductor(s) could very well drive the price to on or around $1000.00; multilayer printed-circuit sheets are quite expensive to produce and, until recently, the reject rate was a bit highish.

post #369 of 2545

Multilayer thin coatings are very hard to make like photo conductor for copiers. If one layer did not get added correctly like the last layer, the entire production run with the successful previous layers gets turn to scrap. But again who knows for sure how successful they are going to be.

post #370 of 2545
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My jaw dropped when I saw the pic on the landing page. That is dead sexy.

Doesn't look cheap now.

post #371 of 2545
Let's hope Oppo doesn't go bloated and win some hearts with a great sounding set at an affordable price.
post #372 of 2545

I'm really hoping this will retail for ~US$500 but doesn't seem likely after looking at everything we know so far :(

post #373 of 2545

I hope the combo won't be priced out of most people.

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post #374 of 2545
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

I'm thinking $1000-1200 for headphones, $1600-1800 for the dac/amp.   The dac/amp is loaded with features and looks like it will have some serious power too.   Plus the screen?  Man.  I haven't been this intrigued in a while.

That's how I see it. After all the marketing lingo and images, the sub-$1000 talk just went out the window.

This now looks pretty pricey. My interest just disappeared.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/19/13 at 11:34pm
post #375 of 2545
If you do a feature comparison with their flagship bluray player, the amp would seemingly play in the 1k price point. Sincerely hoping this would be sub 1000. This would then be a really interesting proposition. Afterall, it wont have to do 4k upscaling and does not have all the IO of its bluray progenitor.

If the phones and amp cost less than the TH900 and A8C dac/amp, and sounds as good or better for the price then I'm sold. smily_headphones1.gif
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