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post #46 of 128

Well Asus makes alot of high quality products, and actually the asus xonar essence stx is really good for it's price :) I think this would sound good, but didn't expect that price haha.

post #47 of 128
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Originally Posted by TheManko View Post
 

The STU looks tiny in comparison to the E3. Looking forward to the reviews. I just know I'm going to break down and sell my Muses Edition and get an Essence III.

 

Wait a bit, the OPPO HA-1 is a competitor to the E3 with some more features and maybe with a lower price.


Edited by mino - 11/27/13 at 11:16am
post #48 of 128
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It isn't a competitor unless it sounds as good. And since the asus isn't released we don't know how it sounds.

Also, the pricing put up seems BS.

It is likely 1600 euros in Europe which usually means around $2000 in USA.
post #49 of 128
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Originally Posted by mino View Post
 

 

Wait a bit, the OPPO HA-1 is a competitor to the E3 with some more features and maybe with a lower price.

If it is priced in the €1600 range like the E3 it'll be good to see multiple products out there which I assume will obsolete many of the current super high end dacs that cost way more. For some paying this amount of money for a dac seems nuts, based especially on some of the reactions to the E3 in the Essence One thread. But in a way the E3 and HA-1 are still providing good value for money, though you have to take a step back and look at the market they're aiming it at to see it.

 

Personally I'm still leaning on the E3 since I like the Essence One Muses Edition quite a bit. They've given me confidence that they'll deliver the kind of sound I want. The extra features on the Oppo seem a bit excessive for my use, as I have no interest in controlling the volume with my phone. I thought the E3 was already packing in every feature imaginable, but obviously I wasn't thinking big enough. I'm sure both are going to be great, though we will only know which is the best sounding once someone reviews them.

post #50 of 128
Is this new dac chip AD1955 much better than theTI PCM1795 in the e1?
post #51 of 128

the mini xlrs ruin this imo :(

post #52 of 128
I wonder why they've changed from ti to ad dacs
post #53 of 128

The Essence III is now in stock at a store here in Sweden. Price is 15990 SEK including 25% sales tax, so the price is right in the €1600 ballpark as expected. I had a look around various stores here and none of the usual computer retailers that sell the Essence One are selling the Essence III. It's (so far) only at the hifi stores, so that definitely is another indicator of the intended market for the product.

post #54 of 128
Hmmm... With that sort of price I wonder how much sales they will get. Perhaps I should see if I can source one from Taiwan. Might be cheaper directly from there ;p
post #55 of 128

For that price it should accept 32kHz too (but it doesn't), from old (but very nice and rare) audio equipment.

post #56 of 128
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Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR View Post
 

the mini xlrs ruin this imo :(

I heard the package comes with mini xlr to xlr converters.

post #57 of 128
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Originally Posted by Gradius View Post
 

For that price it should accept 32kHz too (but it doesn't), from old (but very nice and rare) audio equipment.

What equipment is this? I've never heard of a digital consumer format that was 32khz. 

post #58 of 128
Anyone know where to buy the essence 3?
I search in Italy online store but nothing...
post #59 of 128
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Originally Posted by TheManko View Post
 

What equipment is this? I've never heard of a digital consumer format that was 32khz. 

 

DAT, MiniDisc, sound generation, musical instruments, etc.

 

So the price is $1999? :P

 

Waiting for a review and comparisons.


Edited by Gradius - 11/29/13 at 10:02am
post #60 of 128
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Originally Posted by techboy View Post

E1 has a dac which is comparable to $1000+ DACs like v800 and conductor dac
E1 has an avg headphone out which does an okay job. Much better than stx. But not in the same league as burson or violectric amps
As a whole unit it looses to ha-160d due to the poor amp compared to the burson but does come close. With a better amp it blows away conductor or v800 etc.
Basically a near revelation for its price tag considering everything but the dac is free of charge.

 

On STX depends a lot.  I did a complete mod with full Bursons OPamps + high precision clock.  I can say is worth $3000 as sound quality, perhaps even more.   My HD650 shines everytime I hear something with it.   But now I'm looking for a external solution, my only question if this DAC (USB) would act as "sound card" for games too, even if limited as I do with my STX.

 

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Originally Posted by DMax99 View Post

Lol.. Excuse me?!! I'm a proud owner of the E1 and I certainly didn't pay over 1000 for it!

I enjoy my e1 that's why I'm interim the e3 but I'm afraid it's out of my budget lol

 

They were talking about the MUSE edition, not the regular one.

 

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Originally Posted by mino View Post
 

 

Wait a bit, the OPPO HA-1 is a competitor to the E3 with some more features and maybe with a lower price.

 

Super cute!  Can't wait for reviews and comparisons.  This puppy is UNDER $1K !

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