Emotiva XDA-2 as a dedicated headphone amp
Jan 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

ematthews

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Looking at the Emotiva XDA-2 DAC. It says that it has Audio File grade headphone amp. Specs are
 
 
  1. Headphone Amplifier Output
  2. Output Power:
    1.9 VRMS max into 10 Ohms @ 
    < 0.02% THD (360 mW)
    2.25 VRMS max into 47 Ohms @ 
    < 0.015% THD (100 mW)
    2.25 VRMS max into 100 Ohms @ 
    < 0.01% THD (50 mW)
    2.25 VRMS max into 300 Ohms @ 
    < 0.01% THD (16 mW)
    2.25 VRMS max into 600 Ohms @ 
    < 0.01% THD (8 mW)
  3. Signal to Noise Ratio:
    > 105 dB (ref full output)
 
I am hoping to get this and it would work for my Phones
Senn HD650
hIFIMAN HE400
Grado PS500
 
Here is the link to the Emotiva product page
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/processors/products/xda2
 
 
 
Jan 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM Post #2 of 6

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I have xda-2.  It has a truly wonderful DAC, but only after swapping the cheap power cord with something reasonable.  It's headphone section isn't a slouch either, however I find it lacking in terms of pure power to drive phones.  I'm mainly using it with Beyer 770LE.  Although it gets very very loud, I still feel it's missing some driving power.  
 
Again, as a DAC/preamp, xda-2 is truly wonderful.. clear, organic and 3d.
 
Jan 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM Post #3 of 6

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It comes with good features, but the headphone amp section seems weak (according to specs) people use it mainly as a dac. 
 
Feb 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM Post #4 of 6

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XDA-2 headphone amp definitely doesn't sound as good as Schiit Asgard 2.
 
Mar 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM Post #5 of 6

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blasjw, I'd certainly like to hear more of your impressions about the XDA-2 compared to the Asgard 2. Which headphones, which types of music, and how would you describe the differences? I like the Emotiva's price point ($400) compared to a Schiit suite at $600. Thanks!
 
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Quote:
blasjw, I'd certainly like to hear more of your impressions about the XDA-2 compared to the Asgard 2. Which headphones, which types of music, and how would you describe the differences? I like the Emotiva's price point ($400) compared to a Schiit suite at $600. Thanks!

Sorry, I've been really busy with work and refurbishing first gen. PS3s on the side.  I finally got one with 3.55 F/W for SACD ripping to DSD.  
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Also, I didn't finish putting my A2 back together after black anodizing the case.  I'll try to do a more in depth comparison between the XDA-2 & A2 when I have time.
 

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