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Yes, of course, you're right. But mine is special. I put 70/100 on original DA8 with IC-OPAs and 88/100 with discret AZP OPAs.. So I expect a very nice improvement with HE-560. I have a Gold Grado SR-325i and the gap between IC-OPAs' ans discret OPAs' is "as deep as helm's deep"...
Thank you again and best regards...
Yes, the DA8 internal amp drives the HE-560 adequately, no worries
It was the A18 amp fed by the Ciunas .
My DA8 was resting at home.
Edit: or was there another DA8 in the room?
They both drive it competently, I have no issues with either and have been joying the DA8 + A18 combo a lot lately.
My OR5 should come back today so I can test the HE-560 with the Audio-gd stack: OR5 -> SA-2 (i2s) -> SA-31SE
we are not going to change anything with the pads other than the width of inner circle. We have spent a lot of effort and time to get where we are with the pads (well...except hiring a tester with large ears ^_^). not going to screw up a good thing. :-)
I'm probably in the ~6.5 - 7cm ear size (need to measure accurately) but the pads are a non-issue for me.
My ears slip under the pad perfectly with no annoyance.
The pads are awesome. Comfort in general is great.
I'm crossing my fingers that it will be the former. Although in the worst case scenario, I wonder if Hifiman will offer both sizes?
Did you find the DA8/A18 combo quite better than the DA8 alone?
I did not compare them in the same setup. I used the DA8 with USB input from the traditional "burn-in" process, for few days.
I am now using the DA8 fed by the Ciunas Converter (coax) with the A18. The bass is more extended, treble is less raw but this could be due to the Ciunas being better than the DA8's USB input.
I didn't feel like I was missing a lot from the DA8's internal headphone amp, honestly. It has no particular flaws that I could notice.
The A18 sounds bigger and more extended (keeping in mind the Ciunas thing), which is the typical improvement with better quality gear. It sounds warmer, too.