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post #166 of 225
First I would not pay that much attention to someone who boasts their credentials, the most genius are the humble ones besides a computer major is no electrical engineer and now there are so many specialties that you'd have to deal with someone who spent his lifetime building audio equipment using the latest technology and not someone who has done the same thing every year over a forty year span.

I would agree that the folks at Oppo definitively know something about the field, their specs are great and the price quite reasonable and they are already sold out. I'd be very surprised you are going to see any new purchased HA-1 for sale for a little while, but if you do you know how to contact me. biggrin.gif
post #167 of 225

I am now using Oppo PM-1 headphones from the Oppo BDP-105.  I am not sure I would gain anything from the Oppo HA-1.

post #168 of 225
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Originally Posted by avraham View Post

I am now using Oppo PM-1 headphones from the Oppo BDP-105.  I am not sure I would gain anything from the Oppo HA-1.

HA-1 probably has a better headlamp. How is the 105s amp?
post #169 of 225

It drives the PM-1s at about the mid volume setting for most inputs (SACD, RBCD, DVD-A, FLAC files, DSD files).  I am very happy with this very simple setup. 

post #170 of 225
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I am now using Oppo PM-1 headphones from the Oppo BDP-105.  I am not sure I would gain anything from the Oppo HA-1.

I can tell a slight difference between the HA-1 and BDP-105, with the HA-1 being the better of the two.
However I would never give up the 105 for the HA-1 based on that alone. The 105 still has an awesome headphone amp that surprisingly never got much press.
My setups will have the HA-1 in my office and the 105 in my media room... the best of both worlds.
I don't often listen with headphones in the media room though, but when I need to it's nice to have the 105 for that.
post #171 of 225

I want comparisons...

 

How this DAC compares to Yulong Audio Sabre DA8 for example?

 

In audio quality of course.  In options I already know which wins.

post #172 of 225

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+1

 

Originally Posted by Gradius View Post
 

I want comparisons...

 

 

post #173 of 225

Forbes's preview.   (Doesn't contain anything information we don't know)

 

"Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amp Preview"

http://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreymorrison/2014/05/11/oppo-ha-1-preview/

post #174 of 225

I have read the Oppo HA-1 manual and don't see any way to get a DSD track from my source Oppo BDP-105 player to the HA-1 to take advantage of the DACs in the headphone amp.  There is no HDMI input on the HA-1.

post #175 of 225

DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 through Asynchronous USB only. You will need to connect a computer and use software like JRiver if you want to listen to DSD through the HA-1 with the HA-1 doing the DAC. Otherwise, you will connect the BDP-105D with analog and have the player convert DSD to analog (not PCM conversion) and the HA-1 will act as the amplifier.

post #176 of 225
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Originally Posted by HasturTheYellow View Post
 

DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 through Asynchronous USB only. You will need to connect a computer and use software like JRiver if you want to listen to DSD through the HA-1 with the HA-1 doing the DAC. Otherwise, you will connect the BDP-105D with analog and have the player convert DSD to analog (not PCM conversion) and the HA-1 will act as the amplifier.

As I said in my 1st post, I see no advantage in my using a HA-1, to drive my PM-1s, over my continued use of the BDP-105 as source and headphone amp.  I can run several different sources (digital & analog) through the BDP-105, taking advantage of the inboard DAC and headphone amp.  At this point I think I just saved $1200.  I think the HA-1 is a great product just not for my setup at the present time.

 

Thanks for the feedback, I now have a clearer picture of the HA-1.

post #177 of 225
Kind of like a BDP105 less a disk drive and video processing for the same price.......
post #178 of 225

I'll just throw this into the stream for anyone who might be interested relating to non-audio/SQ aspects of my experience.

 

When I ordered my unit (as soon as they sent out the notification that HA-1 was available), I put in the wrong expiration date for my credit in my rush to place the order. Obviously it didn't go through, so I gave Oppo a call. They answered promptly, were courteous, and seemed like the wanted to help. There wasn't much they could do in this situation as I had triggered a fraud alert on my card (and it was a new card, so no surprise there) until I called my bank to clear the first attempt.

 

Another point I'd like to make is that the drivers worked great on two separate Windows 8.1 64-bit machines I've used the unit with. Yes there's a download involved, but to me it's more important that the drivers actually work.

 

//TB

post #179 of 225
Guys I am going on the line here to say that I don't believe the BDP-105 or any player in this price range can hope to match the oppo in terms of clarity due to the obvious design priorities.

We tend to forget what some may consider small difference due to bias or other aspects..

It is actually a larger difference for those who actually focused on headphones alone,
and thus purity of sound is of paramount importance regardless of how significant or important it may or may not be to others.

This unit is sold out and no one is saying anything here yet but I can guarantee that there will be a tidal wave because of this amp being THAT GOOD (!)


Edited by Maxx134 - 5/14/14 at 4:16pm
post #180 of 225

Hey guys a newbee so...but don't forget one of the main uses for my HA-1 is using it to play all DSD/DXD files thru either my Auraliti PK-90USB or Bryston BDP-2 DAP both of which work extremely well thru USB and AES/EBU inputs. The AES/EBU of course maxing out at 24/192 but the USB able to play my DSD64/128 files perfectly. I do not have any 256 files to test as of yet.

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