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Just ordered. I am expecting great things!
Very nice. Im looking to order soon also.
It should be here today! I have my Holo Spring L3 KTE and Singxer SU-1 at my office so I should know pretty quickly how well I like the iHA-6. Ultimately it will be used with a Schiit Bimby with Gen5 USB, but I have that in my home stereo right now while the Holo sits temporarily in my office.
Nice, should make for a great setup either way.
What headphone are you running?
The iHA-6 has arrived. Cold, right out of the box, and after the first note I can see that this is a winner. I'm very happy. The headphone I have is a Focal Elear with Norne Audio cable and angle lambskin pads that the previous owner of the Focals installed.
The bass is just a little bit light, but I do not mind this. I think it could be from the Holo Spring DAC, or maybe that the amp is cold and/or not broken in. I will see over time. I will use my Schiit Bimby with this headphone setup anyway, and now that I have spent some time with the BImby in my home stereo (Focal Electra 1028Be2) I find that the Bimby is pretty bassy. So hopefully this will even out when I bring it back to the office and connect up to the Cayin iHA-6.
As far as bass light - I definitely find the iHA-6 in the same camp as Auralic Taurus mkII, Pass Labs HPA-1, and HeadAmp GS-X. They all have a neutral sound without added warmth or coloration down low. It might take some getting used to, but I think you'll enjoy it once you do. And yes, tuning via DAC pairing is useful.
How is it that we don't have more people gushing over this amp!? I love this thing!! I am not a tube guy... but I am very intrigued by how the iHA-6 might compare to the HA-1A MKII. I'm pretty sure my curiosity will force me to pick one up in a few months.
...and when you do, pray share your opinion! I wa t to believe I saved a pretty penny with IHA6, and may consider buying another one for my secondar setup...
I'd love to hear your full impressions. From every review i've seen its been great. I wonder why the community hasn't really picked this up.
How does the Schiit Jotunheim compare to the iHA-6?
Ive not used a jotunheim.
Where do I find or purchase this and the iDAC-6 if I live in NYC? Is there a local dealer near/in Manhattan?
Checkout MusicTeck, they are in New Jersey.
Because I have used iDAC-6 as the front-end of both HA1Amk2 and iHA-6 as one demo setup in a lot of shows, I asked the iHA-6 vs HA-1Amk2 questions very often, I can tell you that show visitors prefer HA-1Amk2 most of the time, kind of like 2:1, the general comment is iHA-6 is more versatile and transparent, but the HA-1Amk2 is more addictive and musical. However when I asked which unit will they consider buying, the iHA-6 has more supporter, they love it handy and being able to stack up with iDAC-6 (and iDAP-6) as a system, trouble free, and have the peace of mind that it can handle very demanding headphones pretty amazingly. I have HE6 or Abyss in my demo desk most of the time.
still no word on full output power specs of the iha6 at xxx Ohms?