Originally Posted by zeppu08
Hi soren, what ciems will you be using on the comparison?
The Noble K10 and the 8.A. Might even plug in my HD595 just for kicks
Originally Posted by musicheaven
Someone is getting some fancy stuff
I was thinking of doing the same but target the Oppo HA-1 when it'll come out, also an ESS 9018 Dac. We'll see if I am going to go there.
Let us know how this combo pans out.
I don't plan to use the M-DAC with headphones (other than for testing purposes) but for my speakers it is absolutely sublime. Balanced XLR variable lineouts and a remote control combined with the INSANE sound quality and detail retrival makes for a very enjoyable setup with the equally brilliant active Adam speakers! That OPPO HA-1 looks like a beast tho! I wonder if the lineouts are variable?
Sorry for the image quality and going a bit off-topic, but this is the Sabre rig I'm comparing the DX90 with.
Speakers: info here and here. (The DX90 feeds them pretty damn well!)
Desktop DAC: info here and here.
If anyone is curious, the bluray playing is here. Staggering sound quality from an amazing live performance. Very, very highly recommended.
Plugging the mighty Noble K10 straight into the DX90 I don't feel like I'm missing anything from the speaker rig at home. Off course, listening to speakers is a different kind of experience but it's not like I feel anything is left out of the music when I'm on the portable rig.
Due to a horrible accident* my PB2 is out of commision while I wait for parts. This leaves me running my CIEMs straight from the HP out instead of the topkit'ed PB2 and I'm impressed by how well the DX90 is doing on it's own. I'm missing a slight bit of soundstage and a bit of low-end weight, but that's it.
*An idiot dropped the Lowepro bag with my DX90+PB2 and the PB2 input broke. The idiot was me.
Edited by Sorensiim - 5/6/14 at 5:07am