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post #826 of 2487

How about a laser pointer and pedometer? :p

post #827 of 2487



After looking at this box I might have to re-adjust my price.
Edited by Cecala - 11/26/13 at 10:35pm
post #828 of 2487

This is first time I've seen the back of the HA-1 unit. Looking at the back there's an antenna that's useful for something - like maybe wireless TX/RX signals? With either 802.11g/n/ac or bluetooth 4.0 implementation, it might be possible to stream from PC/moble/tablet device to the built in DAC. There doesn't seem to be any wired ethernet port.

 

The analogue output has both balanced and RCA to amp/speaker set-up. I'm assuming the +12V trigger output would be used to turn on the amp + speakers.

 

Analogue inputs are interesting. If one has a better DAC, it can be the source to the HA-1. I can see the Oppo BDP universal players or your favorite player being used to connect to the HA-1. 

 

The digital inputs are standard.

 

The power plug for AC in indicates a universal voltage! That means it will work around the world and one doesn't need lug a voltage transformer.

 

Would be interested in the DAC being used in the HA-1, suspect is the ESS Sabre DAC that's been used in Oppo's current universal players. Also curious about the headphone amp implementation.

 

Steve

post #829 of 2487

 

That design looks very much like the Weiss 202. 

post #830 of 2487

The closest thing to the HA-1 unit would be the Lynx Hilo which is also a A/D converter designed for pro applications.

 

 

 

 


Edited by john57 - 11/27/13 at 8:30am
post #831 of 2487

Both the Weiss and the Lynx are from the pro audio world, and I have to say that the Oppo has a similar 'function over form' appeal. Ultimately, the only thing that really matters is the sonics, but its great to see Oppo embracing our little universe (albeit an increasingly large slice of the audio pie) so comprehensively.  The growth, nay, explosion in this hobby over the last 5 years is nothing short of phenomenal.

post #832 of 2487
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post
 

Both the Weiss and the Lynx are from the pro audio world, and I have to say that the Oppo has a similar 'function over form' appeal.

Hmm, I think that Oppo amp/dac looks SUPREMELY cool and I hope that it will sound just as good and will not be priced higher than Hilo...

post #833 of 2487

I'm curious how they might compare the the he400's. I could also use some new orthos :)

post #834 of 2487

Here is another page regarding the Oppo PM-1 and HA-1. Best viewed with Chrome browser for auto translating:

 

http://www.stereosound.co.jp/review/article/2013/10/30/25871.html

 

Of particular interest is:

 

"First, it's configuration that HA-1 of the was planned in response to the popularity of analog output and headphones BDP-105 is a BD player, inherited the characteristics of the BDP-105. Devotes the ES9018 of ESS Technology, Inc. to the DAC chip, corresponding to the native playback of DSD signal at DoP from the USB port. Of course, the PCM signal system corresponds to a high resolution of up 192kHz/24 bit. In addition, this unit also equipped with input and output terminals of the analog voice, I can also be used as a preamplifier. It is said that you plan to year 2014 release date.

 PM-1 of one of the plane's headphone-driven. That's because this system is determined to be the best in sound quality according to Christopher Mr. Vick is an Oppo's product manager who came to Japan for the purpose of explanation. This one said, that will be expected to launch at the end of 2013.

 

 Price is undecided both, but it is expected that given that the prevailing price of the BDP-105JP that ¥ 160,000 before and after, the price of HA-1 and might become the same price range with the BDP-105JP."

 

¥ 160,000 Japanese, about 1,554 US dollars

post #835 of 2487

Man, these are incredibly sexy. The kind of sexy that has me saying "God I hope these sound good, because I really don't want to drop that kind of money on looks alone, lest I be compared to Beats users."

post #836 of 2487
Any more info on release date?
If Jan-feb then perfect for me and I won't say why because if oppo find out they would increase price lol.
post #837 of 2487

It does sound more like that HA-1may retail at $1600 and using the ES9018 DAC chip. For my studio the Lynx Hilo built in the USA may be a better choice especially for its A/D convertor. The latest trend in DAC chip technology is not to use a dedicated DAC chip at all but use a FPGA instead. Therefor the FPGA can be reprogrammed as needed for future standards. The Lynx Hilo already has a interchangeable card slot and already has a Thunderbolt option available.  Just wanted to point this out. For me I brought the Emotiva Mini-X  $169 for my DAW station and it is very cost effective for my needs. That is all I am going to say about amps in this thread just waiting to hear more on the Oppo headphones. 

post #838 of 2487

I would like Oppo to offer a rebate if you buy both the headphones and the amp together (are you reading Oppo? ... guess not but eh).

post #839 of 2487
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Originally Posted by Aurion View Post
 

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 Price is undecided both, but it is expected that given that the prevailing price of the BDP-105JP that ¥ 160,000 before and after, the price of HA-1 and might become the same price range with the BDP-105JP."

 

¥ 160,000 Japanese, about 1,554 US dollars...

 

That estimated price has turned me off HA-1 completely. Will wait and see the estimated price for PM-1 is going to be, but if it's in a similar range - count me out.

 

Steve

post #840 of 2487
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Originally Posted by jghead View Post
 

I would like Oppo to offer a rebate if you buy both the headphones and the amp together (are you reading Oppo? ... guess not but eh).


I think that may be quite possible for Oppo to offer a package deal.  

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