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post #76 of 94
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

I organized a meet the other day and had a chance to compare the HA-200 (monoblock config) vs the Emotiva Mini-X. Listening was done primarily with the HD800 and HE-6, fed from a Yulong DA8. I think it is fair to suggest that the source and headphones used were of acceptably high calibre for such a comparison.




Well, I can safely say that the HA-200 loses out in terms of sheer volume... but for everything else, the Nuforce monoblocks smacked the Emotiva around like an *insert appropriate euphemism here*. Simply no contest at all. Yeah ok it's $220 vs $700, so cost is 3.2x higher*. Would I say it's 3.2x better? You know what... absolutely it is. Even if you can't afford two units for mono, even in single ended use it sounds better. (*coincidence: the gain of the HA-200 is 3.2x). The only hiccup is that if you're trying to push something like the HE-6, you'll need a dac with high output to get sufficient headroom (I suggest 4V).

As much as I like the HE-6, I do think the HD800 is a better pairing (if you twisted my arm to pick one). Actually, in my experience so far I find Nuforce gear tends to mesh really well with the HD800 and gives it a really nice impact in the bass.

I am also finding now that the HA-200 is letting me pick out differences in dacs much more easily.
Have you tried comparing the DA8 amp (single ended) performance vs DA8 as pure DAC + 2 Nuforce HA-200?
post #77 of 94
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Originally Posted by TominJapan View Post


Have you tried comparing the DA8 amp (single ended) performance vs DA8 as pure DAC + 2 Nuforce HA-200?

 

 

 

I've just posted my review. That should answer any questions about the DA8...

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/724153/review-nuforce-ha-200-the-affordable-monoblocks

post #78 of 94

Hi, i know theres quite a price difference but how do 2 ha200s compare to the Questyle CMA800r?

post #79 of 94

I haven't heard the CMA800r... I'd be really curious to hear if anyone else has. I know Project86 has had them running as monos and has a review pending, so I'm looking forward to reading his impressions there.

post #80 of 94

Thanks, ive read his review on the single CMA800r, sounds good, look forward to the review on two of them, i would expect them to sound better at 3 grand compared to 700 for the nuforces.

post #81 of 94

One would hope so when you move up into a whole new tier.

 

My rule of thumb is to not spend more than a mortgage payment on gear... so clearly I'm not going to be getting Questyle monos anytime soon :tongue:

post #82 of 94

Same here, might just get these nuforces for my HD800s. :)

post #83 of 94
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Originally Posted by TonyRoma View Post
 

Same here, might just get these nuforces for my HD800s. :)

 

Did you get Nuforce for HD800 ?

post #84 of 94
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post
 

 

Did you get Nuforce for HD800 ?

Hi, yes they arrived yesterday, havent had a long listen yet but what ive heard so far sounds very good.

post #85 of 94

And today I learned how to create a product page on head-fi. Huzzah!

http://www.head-fi.org/products/ha-200-high-performance-single-ended-class-a-headphone-amplifier-black

post #86 of 94

I have just added a SPL Volume 2 to the HA200s, all i can say is this set up will be hard to beat at the price and even higher.  :L3000:

post #87 of 94

What are you using as a dac?

post #88 of 94
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

What are you using as a dac?

At the moment Yulong D200.

post #89 of 94

Have you ever had a chance to compare the D200 vs the DA8?

post #90 of 94
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

Have you ever had a chance to compare the D200 vs the DA8?

I havent, although i was thinking of the DA8, i was wondering whether its worth the extra outlay

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