YULONG D200 Impression : ES9016 Balanced DAC + Class A Single End Headphone Amp + Balanced Pre-amp - Page 14
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Yes, this is a good amp to pair with D200, I suggested you checked it out while you were in China, but didn't plan to go into it in more detail as an product independently, esp. When the product is not available here and therefire not relevant to moat readers. I did make myself clear on this practise previously (please refer to post #76).
Or if you really need help on this, we can resort to PM.
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The Auralic Bugatti SE can actually be imported directly from at least a couple of sites that I have found:
I feel somewhat tempted...
At those who have experienced the D100 MKII / A100, would you say that the older combo has emphasized highs and the D200 the more natural? It does exactly that to my ears but it could also be explained as the D200 having slightly rolled off treble response. School me.
Depends on your ears, and the music, and your mood at the moment.
I've gone back and forth between each of those perspectives.... I thought the original D100 was pretty damn neutral. Then D100 mkII went and made the original seem kinda bright. Then along comes the D200 and makes the D100 mkII seem a little emphasized up top. Other times I think it's the D200 being a little smooth and "analog" sounding.
This is an argument that's gone on for years - Krell versus Naim versus Esoteric versus McIntosh versus Conrad Johnson et al. Some are smooth which fans call "natural", others are more detailed and sharp which fans would call "more accurate". Ok, maybe the D100 mkII and D200 are not all that different from one another, but you get the idea.
That's real helpful on my Head-Fi journey. Clears things up quite a bit. I expected characteristics of gear to be more black and white but this once again confirms the highly subjective nature of the hobby.
As far as the D200 goes, I pretty much stand by my previous broad impression. Most obvious to me is the what I would describe as a more linear (no or very controlled dips and peaks) approach and the smoothness on top. The D100 MKII and A100 could sound peaky at times. Good thing is there's still pretty much all of the sparkle. I also feel it is slightly less transparant. This lost transparence seems to fit in with your description of a generally ''analog'' signature but not sure if my brain tricked me on that one.
Edited by moriez - 6/18/14 at 5:47am
I have yet to crack open the D200 case and check out the amp section. From pics it look somewhat different. Plus there are power supply differences which could be significant - more so for the amp portion than the DAC section.
I haven't tried yet - intended to do that this morning but ran out of time. The prior models were pretty good but not quite absolutely silent.
I have tried a few, Flat4-Kuro, EX1000 and ER4S, they all work great with the D200, all three IEMs are dead silent to me when driven by D200.
The Flat4-Kuro actually sounds so good that I find it difficult to turn back to my DAPS (Fiio X5 and iBasso DX100), so think twice before you tried this out.
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I'm using the D200 and DA8 only as "pure DAC" to active monitor.
IMHO the DA8 is a better DAC