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  1. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Did you get the 6n multistrand silver Litz or the 5n solid core version? I found a brief comparo on another forum - the Axios was one of the cables preferred by that listener. I note the comparo is from 2017 and the Lavricable Grand is now offered with a silver Litz - which may be better or...
  2. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    @Mh996 What about focus and clarity of images vs the stock cable? Is everything kind of 'bigger' at the expense of focus? Asking because I'm thinking there may be some choice between the warmth and focus/clarity. My recollection of the Heimdall 2 cable - which had no spreading warmth - was of...
  3. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I think you meant to write 'agreeable', can't see where @Mh996 mentions the word aggressive - but I take it to mean the opposite of aggressive, so maybe that's where your mind substituted the words.
  4. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    @MacedonianHero I also have the HPA4 with the Utopia. I've mostly been using my speakers for listening recently, but I'm now revisiting the HP setup and wondering what I might gain from a cable upgrade. I used to own the Heimdall 2 years ago and liked it, my memory is of a precise and spacious...
  5. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    I have the older, thicker, Benchmark remote. I don't have to point it directly at the unit to work - off at an angle usually works fine. Having said that, if I use my Harmony 'One' remote (programmed with Benchmark commands) I can point it pretty much anywhere, even at the rear wall (ie the...
  6. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    From the focal website:
  7. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Its some time since I switched from the BHA-1 to the HPA4, so probably my most reliable thoughts are those from the direct comparisons while I had both: Post #152 of 663 In addition to the SQ improvements noted above I'd also say that the HPA4 is a very versatile device. I had both the Bryston...
  8. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    I'm coming up to 2yrs ownership of the HPA4 and the Utopia has been my primary headphone over that time - superb sound IMO. My Sennheiser HD600 and 58X headphones also sound great with the HPA4, but don't get that much use due to the Utopia. I can't make any comparison to the GSX Mk2, but...
  9. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    That will be an interesting comparison. I preferred the HPA4 to the Bryston BP-26 I was using previously.
  10. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Yes speakers are an entirely different game for soundstage and realism IMO.
  11. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    FWIW, I got a Qutest (on approval) and compared it to the DAC3L in my HPA4/AHB2 setup. I used the Chord with with its Incisive/neutral filter and various software players via usb - switching back and forth with the DAC3. The Qutest is a very nice sounding dac, detailed/spacious/refined, and in...
  12. Tobes

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    My concern with LPS 1.2 would be current output. Uptone states the LPS has "Maximum guaranteed output current" of 1.1A. Although you report good results, the plug pack supplied with the Qutest is 5V/2.1A. However I don't know what the actual power requirement is for the Qutest (not specified) -...
  13. Tobes

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    I'm a new Qutest owner only had it 4 days and still experimenting. My setup is in the signature below and I've done some comparisons with the Benchmark DAC3 using various setups with either Roon or Audirvana players on my Mac Mini. Since I already owned an iFi 5V iPower plug pack, I started...
  14. Tobes

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    Indeed. I've found generic upsamplers to be of dubious benefit with well designed dacs. All I'm saying is that there is no harm in experimenting, especially if one already owns a sophisticated upsampler/filter software like Hqplayer.
  15. Tobes

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    Chord seem to think prior upsampling is beneficial, at least with their M-scaler, I would definitely experiment - particularly if you had something like Hqplayer.
  16. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    I have the DAC3L with the HPA4 and AHB2 monos, but the Qutest is a DAC I'm interested in trying - the user/review feedback seems excellent. The Hugo TT2 is of course a very different product to the HPA4, since it is a digital only preamp (no analog inputs or analog domain volume control). Think...
  17. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Great response John - and thanks for your candour regarding this issue, that's the mark of an excellent company IMO.
  18. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Yeah, I thought it was 4 or 5 yrs in the US(?)
  19. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    You are joking right? Surely you don't suggest that I cycle my $5K(in Australia) headphones every 2yrs just to get some peace of mind? Maybe you have $1000's to burn on such a plan, but I don't.
  20. Tobes

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I love my Utopias but it's concerning that these faults still keep coming up. Who knows if QC has improved or not, Focal seem to be less than forthcoming in regard to exactly what the root cause(s) of these faults are or which model numbers are effected (or all?). Not really confidence...
  21. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    FWIW, mine measures differently - but not as it should according to @jsiau. I'm getting 500K ohms between any of the the SE input shields and the earth pin. Between the respective SE L&R channel shields I measure 0 ohms. Between SE shields of input 3&4 I measure 10K ohms. My s/n is 18230148-0...
  22. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Sounds amazing with the Utopia headphones. I know John Siau already stated there is no measurable break-in with the HPA4 - but it seems to sound better the more you listen. The HPA4 will sure let you know what your transducers can do. Up until a week ago I was using the HPA4/AHB2 with Harbeth...
  23. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Congrats. I'm a bit peeved that mine hasn't arrived yet - especially since I paid my Australian dealer in full on June 4th. When I contacted the dealer this week he told me the importer was waiting for shipping info from Benchmark - not sure if that means its shipped or still waiting to ship...
  24. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Thanks for the comments. Since I was purchasing the HPA4 I decided to save some $'s and got the slightly cheaper DAC3L without the HP amp. I'll be comparing the HPA4 with my Bryston BHA-1 so that should be interesting. I haven't yet received any shipping info from the Aus importer so looks like...
  25. Tobes

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Nice. Looking forward to hearing my Utopia's through the HPA4 when it arrives. Have you been able to assess the differences between the DAC3 DX's headphone amp and the HPA4?
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