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post #61 of 128
So the oppo can be as good as e3?
post #62 of 128
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Originally Posted by DMax99 View Post

So the oppo can be as good as e3?

I'm guesting they would be both good, but it hard to say which one would be better as they are base on 2 totally different DAC chip. Both would sound different to one another.


Edited by Mach3 - 11/29/13 at 10:32pm
post #63 of 128
This hungarian shop sells E3s for ~1527 euro.
post #64 of 128

E1 was 385 euros or $600 or 350 pounds

 

E1 muses was 700 euros or $900 or $600+ pounds

 

I guess if this is 1600 euros then it will be around $2000 and around 1200-1500 pounds

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Edited by Gradius - 12/3/13 at 7:33pm
post #66 of 128

This needs to be released

post #67 of 128
Anymore quick impressions?
post #68 of 128

In shop which I mention earlier Essence III is available for order. It cost something around 2300$ (with 23% taxes) and will be shipped in the middle of December.

post #69 of 128

Waiting for reviews and comparison with STU.

post #70 of 128

jesus all those taxes... not that the us is much better...

post #71 of 128
Has anybody compared it to muses edition and/or other sub 3k usd DACs?
post #72 of 128

On one of Polish website about pc hardware appeared review of Essence III: http://pclab.pl/art55483.html

If someone is interested in I can translate some bits (but personally I don't consider this website as 100% reliable also they likes to use very "smart" words which tells absolutely nothing about product).

 

EDIT:

I found another (Polish) review: http://www.highfidelity.pl/@main-1869&


Edited by matthewpl - 12/8/13 at 2:54am
post #73 of 128

It says the dac and amp are both better than nuforce dac 9 (I translated to English using Google Translate) which costs 1095 pounds. Doesn't mean much since this is more than 1.5x what the nuforce costs.

 

Also, headphone amp out impedance is probably 10 ohm again, so orthos and other headphones below 80 ohm won't be ideal. Will be good for 80+ ohm beyers, senn 6xx/700/800 I guess.

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It says the dac and amp are both better than nuforce dac 9 (I translated to English using Google Translate) which costs 1095 pounds. Doesn't mean much since this is more than 1.5x what the nuforce costs.

 

Also, headphone amp out impedance is probably 10 ohm again, so orthos and other headphones below 80 ohm won't be ideal. Will be good for 80+ ohm beyers, senn 6xx/700/800 I guess.

I wonder if the DAC has an internal jumper like the MUSES to remedy this. IMO it should, bloody thing cost and arm and a leg plus a kidney!

post #75 of 128
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Originally Posted by techboy View Post
 

It says the dac and amp are both better than nuforce dac 9 (I translated to English using Google Translate) which costs 1095 pounds. Doesn't mean much since this is more than 1.5x what the nuforce costs.

 

Also, headphone amp out impedance is probably 10 ohm again, so orthos and other headphones below 80 ohm won't be ideal. Will be good for 80+ ohm beyers, senn 6xx/700/800 I guess.


I am reading it now and only thing I found is that it is possible to bypass volume control. Also volume controls have quite big steps which may be a issue (but they should be perfectly balanced).


Edited by matthewpl - 12/8/13 at 8:22am
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