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Thanks Rob, much appreciated
I am in process of selling my old Zana Deux headphone amp to a lucky buyer and needed to check it before sending as had not used it for over a year. I hooked the line out from the same DAP (Questyle QP1R) that I use as a transport via optical out with my DAVE/Mscaler to the ZANA Deux and for fun listened with my Utopias and was blown away by how good it sounded. I was surprised and a bit disappointed that when compared to my DAVE/Mscaler, the base and sub base on the Utopias was much better with the Zana Deux!? So should I sell my DAVE and get a TT2 for better low end performance with the Utopias? This unexpected. However, the transparency, microdetail and acoustic dimensionally was better was Dave.
I too have Utopia and DAVE/Blu2 but rarely use it now in favour of my speaker setup.
I would rather try another headphone directly driven by DAVE than go to TT2.
The Meze Empyrean would be top of the list. There may be better headphones out there but they would need an amp.
I would say, try Empyrean and Stellia. Maybe also HEK SE if you do not mind Hifiman's business practices (short upgrade cycle etc.).
Curios, are you driving speakers with DAVE? What is your speaker set up?
Direct drive Voxativ 9.87 with stereo pair REL G1 Mk II's
Stupid question ... is there a way to use Dave's headphone output from an analog signal from a phono stage?
What you need is a chord Davina.
Nope. Digital input only on all Chord DACs.
Hi Rob. If you happen to see this question,
If one were to use an AES to SPDIF converter, can Dave/Qutest(or even mojo for that matter) understand AES-3 over S/PDIF?
For connecting DAVE to Chord TToby amp to drive speakers is there any advantage to using DAVE balanced output as opposed to the RCA output?
In practice there is no real difference between AES3 and SPDIF as far as the data protocol is concerned so you are OK, all products will work fine - it just needs to be via the optical or coax inputs.
Wow, thanks for getting back at me so quickly! Cool, no problem then
I recall @Rob Watts saying a long time ago that the noise level via RCA is slightly lower than Balanced but ultimately, it’ll depend on your setup and the amp design. And I don’t recall @Mojo ideas stating whether one connection method is better than another.
That said, if you can afford it, you should really give the Etude a listen. The case work matches your DAVE and it sounds superb. I have only listened to older Chord amps so I’ve never listened to the TToby generation of Chord amps but I do think Etude is a leap in performance level and one of the top amplifiers out there with great neutrality and musicality.