The long awaited release of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier was today. It doesn't look like there is an impressions thread yet, so I'll open one up. Let's keep this to impressions only please.
There are a few beta testers out there that have heard the unit starting back last year.
EDIT AND UPDATE - As noted later in the thread - The beta testers are not necessarily the first to receive retail units, so our impressions may trickle in. Of what I've seen so far, I personally do not have much more to add, yet. I want to hear the retail version before I say too much.
I'll try and keep this first post for a table of contents - if people shoot me links to posts with impressions, I'll add them as I have time.
I'll reserve the next post for just in case (maybe my review or some photos, etc.)
As mentioned, Impressions only, and please try to be civil.
As a caveat - I was a beta tester. In the interest of disclosure - if you were a beta tester, please disclose this in your first post, and in your impressions or reviews.
Oppo has allowed me to keep the beta unit until the silver retail version is released, and then will provide me with a retail version. I am immensely grateful for this generosity. I will almost guarantee that it will have a positive effect on my perception of the unit. That said, I did not know of this generosity until today. I have already formulated the opinion that this is a technical and operational tour de force - it is one heck of a piece of equipment. More later….
Review Links (Planned for reviews within this thread for convenience - not sure if head-fi will allow press reviews here):
OK - Starting to post impression links. If you have written one you would like posted here - shoot me a PM!
Edited by aamefford - 5/10/14 at 6:13pm