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post #136 of 222
It's already out of stock. frown.gif The specs are definitively very attractive with quite a reasonable price. This sure sets itself to become a favorite.
post #137 of 222
I'm looking forward to impressions and reviews, I don't want to be the one to say it, not having any experience with Oppo products... But I am hoping the HA-1 is a "giant killer" of sorts. The only other brand to my knowledge that consistently delivers solid performance at great values (for upper tier products) is AudioGD.
post #138 of 222
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Yes, DXD is 24/352.8 kHz PCM.

Thanks

post #139 of 222

This looks like a great product, and it's definitely on my wishlist.  Still, there are a few features that I wish had been included:

 

1.  Crossfeed

2.  Adjustable EQ

3.  Phase Invert

 

It looks like Oppo took a purist approach with the analog circuitry, but all of the above features could be implemented in the digital domain.

 

Now what I'd really like to see is Oppo and Smyth Research collaborate on a more affordable version of the Smyth Realizer.  Essentially, a multichannel DAC/headphone amp that can take the multichannel output from an Oppo Blu-Ray player via HDMI and process it to produce convincing surround sound through headphones.  The Smyth Realizer is an amazing product - but it's damn expensive!

post #140 of 222
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So how long did it take you to pull the trigger once you got the news? Lol

I expecting a barrage of orders coming in with everyone being quiet about this obviously excellent choice..
As they sell off their existing setups Lol


How long?   About a six pack of Shiner Bock   :ksc75smile:

post #141 of 222

Oh, looky-here. Guess what just arrived?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

//Tomi B.

post #142 of 222
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It's already out of stock. frown.gif
I knew this was going to happen.
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Still, there are a few features that I wish had been included:

1.  Crossfeed
2.  Adjustable EQ
3.  Phase Invert

It looks like Oppo took a purist approach with the analog circuitry, but all of the above features could be implemented in the digital domain...
What's wrong with "foobar" or another player to do *edit* those things?

Also so can the volume be done in the digital domain.
So if they chose not to do a simple thing like volume, as it would affect and defile the purity of the sound,
I can imagine how horrendous those requested options you desire, would be to the mastery of their pure design. tongue.gif
Edited by Maxx134 - 5/8/14 at 5:47pm
post #143 of 222
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Oh, looky-here. Guess what just arrived?































//Tomi B.
OMG WOW YOU GOT IT FAST!
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post #144 of 222
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I knew this was going to happen.
tongue.gif
What's wrong with "foobar" or another player to do that crap?

Also so can the volume be done in the digital domain.
So if they chose not to do a simple thing like volume, as it would affect and defile the purity of the sound,
I can imagine how horrendous those requested options you desire, would be to the mastery of their pure design. tongue.gif

 

I suppose there's nothing wrong with foobar or similar apps -- if all the music you listen to is ripped to a computer.  But if you just want to pop a CD in a CD player you've connected to the HA-1 via a digital input, your SOL..

 

I don't know why you threw in the bit about digital domain volume control, which I never suggested.  Perhaps you're just one of those people who's always looking for an argument.  Either that or you completely misread my post.

post #145 of 222
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Please post impressions and what you are directly comparing it to.

 

I am requesting a head-2-head comparison with the NAIM DAC V1. The Opps costs about half as much. Thanks.

post #146 of 222
Nice pics! How does the remote feel? It looks rather basic from a construction point of view.
post #147 of 222
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I don't know why you threw in the bit about digital domain volume control, which I never suggested.  Perhaps you're just one of those people who's always looking for an argument.  Either that or you completely misread my post.
Sorry, perhaps I was a little too harsh.

The point I was trying to convey,
Is that this is not a standard commercial grade product.
It is designed to be specialized as a reference headphone amp,

I realize the cool the spectrum analizer can actually make it look less serious than what it is..

No top level amp does what you suggested and would like,
but I understand your request as the display could lead you to believe it must have all signal processing abilities, like a preamp or EQ, etc.

To me, adding much more would either require more electronics or increase the demands of the existing processing, and affect purity of design.

Also, The reference to volume control is very on point, if you read the website about how they chose to stay away from any manipulation of the signal in the digital domain.
That was their choice and I hope to hear how good are the results..
Edited by Maxx134 - 5/9/14 at 8:45am
post #148 of 222
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Nice pics! How does the remote feel? It looks rather basic from a construction point of view.

 

Thanks. The remote is actually "solid". It's got a nice heft to it, and I like the contour on the back that makes it pleasant to hold (similar to the Amazon Fire TV remote). The buttons seem well laid out, and finding the volume buttons should be easy even in the dark. The transport buttons (play/pause/prev/next) control JRiver on the PC when hooked up to USB. The only issue I had, but didn't look into in any detail, was that I had to point it at the HA-1 to get it to respond, but there might have been something else going on since it seemed temporary.

 

//TB

post #149 of 222
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No top level amp does what you suggested and would like,
but I understand your request as the display could lead you to believe it must have all signal processing abilities, like a preamp or EQ, etc.
 

 

There are certainly top level headphone amps that have cross feed.  Not a lot, but there's out there - the SPL Phonitor, my Headroom Desktop Balanced Amp.

 

The Sony HAP-S1 had EQ (basic bass and treble adjustments), though having listend to both that and the HA-1 at AXPONA, I wouldn't choose that over the HA-1 for just headphone listening.  I'll probably end up getting both.

 

I don't know why phase invert isn't included in more DACs.  My Theta Chroma has it.

post #150 of 222
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There are certainly top level headphone amps that have cross feed.  Not a lot, but there's out there - the SPL Phonitor, my Headroom Desktop Balanced Amp.

 

The Sony HAP-S1 had EQ (basic bass and treble adjustments), though having listend to both that and the HA-1 at AXPONA, I wouldn't choose that over the HA-1 for just headphone listening.  I'll probably end up getting both.

 

I don't know why phase invert isn't included in more DACs.  My Theta Chroma has it.

As a FYI we have people who have discussed this type of functionality including people who utilize a SPL Phonitor 2 for example.  Perhaps in a future product. :smile_phones:

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