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Has anyone heard anything about the Oppo HA-1 balanced headphone amp/DAC?

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Thread Starter 

I've been trying to find out about this product, which is listed on the Oppo website, but has received very little attention so far.  It's a DAC from a company that's done well re) price/value IMHO, and it's also a BALANCED headphone amp too!

http://www.oppodigital.com/future/HA-1_Headphone_Amplifier.aspx

 

Anyone heard anything?  Pricepoint?  Projected release date (other than "2014")?

 

 

post #2 of 61

Three's some discussion about it, along with a pic or two of the internals (looking good) over on CA :http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f6-dac-digital-analog-conversion/oppo-ha-1-a-18033/

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Thread Starter 

Thanks, I did see that just the other day.  It looks sturdy and well-made.  :)

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Just stumbled upon this on the Oppo website as well.  Looks interesting.  Just hope it's fairly priced.  As in, much less than the similar Fostex HP-A8C is at $2000.  Right around $1000 would be nice.  The insides certainly look heavy duty though.

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It was confirmed to be under $999.

 

Unless someone was too high.

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Ok, this unit is REALLY interesting!

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Just found this picture from the AKG K812 thread. Virtual power gauges - I like! :)

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/685339/new-akg-flagship-k812-first-impression/345#post_10083742

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This looks like something that can finally replace my DacMagic Plus.

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In http://www.head-fi.org/t/685704/oppo-pm-1-a-new-planar-magnetic-headphone/825 it seems that they are projecting the price to be around $1,500.

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Wait, this can be used as a digital preamp, correct? The volume knob can be used to control the XLR outputs?

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It looks like both an analog and digital preamp, accepting balanced or single ended inputs and providing the same for outputs.  I have been tracking this as best I can and I don't recall any good source on pricing as of yet, so I wouldn't jump to any conclusions.  But it looks like the following:

 

1) Just about any digital input you can think of, including USB and blue tooth...

2) Single ended or balanced analog inputs

3) Single ended 1/4" TRS or balanced 4pin headphone jacks

4) Normal or high gain switch for headphone amp

5) Analog volume control, probably a remote control as well

6) No digital output

7) Single ended or balanced analog outputs

8) Most likely variable analog outputs, but if there is a way to fix them at a set level to just be a DAC that would be cool (but not needed in my opinion, variable makes more sense for this product)

 

Best set of pics I have seen so far are here:

 

http://www.hd.club.tw/thread-168674-1-1.html


Edited by Greggo - 12/23/13 at 7:01am
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I was also waiting for this, but two days ago I saw this new DSD DAC from Matrix and I had to order one. Price only £324! Maybe I'll upgrade to this later... :)

 

http://www.matrix-digi.com/en/products/59/index.html

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It looks very nice, specially the silver one, it has the Yulong looks, but the screen seems to do a bit more with the audio spectrum display, not to mention balanced and single output on the front.
And of course the ESS 9018.
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