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Why can't you order directly from Oppo USA? Will it be cheaper even after customs fees?
 
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Why can't you order directly from Oppo USA? Will it be cheaper even after customs fees?

I worked this out when the HA1 was released and I could have saved about £200 including VAT and admin fees so if you are in no rush that's the way to go. Me personally? I knew a UK supplier who had a limited stock being delivered pretty much day of release. So I bit the bullet! It was worth the extra cash and more.

If you don't have a local supplier, you may as well buy direct and save some cash....
 
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  I bought a 1.8 meter USB cable and the popping and crackling seems to be gone! Thanks for the help, everyone!
 
Great to hear and good for your ears.
 
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The lower the output impedance, the better. If the HA-1 truly has a 300 ohm output impedance on its rear XLR balanced outputs, that would be awesome!
 
One of the engineers told me that for the BDP-105/D and the HA-1 the stereo single-ended and XLR outputs are 100 ohm. I'll make any edits if the senior engineers have any corrections.
 
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Crappy iPad photos. However the new stand.







Very classy. :)
 
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One of the engineers told me that for the BDP-105/D and the HA-1 the stereo single-ended and XLR outputs are 100 ohm. I'll make any edits if the senior engineers have any corrections.
 
Usually the balanced output impedance should be higher than the single-ended (sometimes by as much as a factor of three). 100 ohms sounds reasonable for single-ended, but it sounds way too low for a balanced output. If you could please ask the senior-engineers to verify, I would really appreciate it. Thanks for your help!
 
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  As a previous poster asked, I'm also interested in a comparison with the Burson Conductor.  I'm interested in going balanced and wanted to try to get some assurances (hah!) that I wouldn't be disappointed coming from the Burson. 
 
Quoting my own question, I've come across a review (the only one I could find) that was somewhat critical and thought it was worth sharing :
 
http://headfonics.com/2014/07/the-ha-1-headphone-dacamp-by-oppo/
 
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Usually the balanced output impedance should be higher than the single-ended (sometimes by as much as a factor of three). 100 ohms sounds reasonable for single-ended, but it sounds way too low for a balanced output. If you could please ask the senior-engineers to verify, I would really appreciate it. Thanks for your help!
 
Confirmed that the XLR and single-ended outputs on the HA-1 are 100 ohm.
 
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Quoting my own question, I've come across a review (the only one I could find) that was somewhat critical and thought it was worth sharing :

http://headfonics.com/2014/07/the-ha-1-headphone-dacamp-by-oppo/

Interesting review.

I would agree with some comments. I find the HA-1 extremely neutral. Not exciting. I had a Arcam drDac prior to this. It was a lot warmer. Which I like. However I think this was Oppo's design idea. Go neutral. People can colour the sound with whatever cans suit their taste. It kinda makes sense.
 
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Just picked this up and I really like it. Has enough power and my hd 600s sound really good and the he 500s are driving nice. Great sound!
 
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Just picked this up and I really like it. Has enough power and my hd 600s sound really good and the he 500s are driving nice. Great sound!
Got mine today also, and I have to recommend you get a balanced cable for the 600 if you're not already doing so.  It's another level getting the full power from the balanced headphone out.  Nothing too fancy with cables on my end, I'm using the re-terminated 650 cable from headroom.  
 
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Yea, I need to do that! Just ordered balance cable for 500s and I can't wait hear if there is a difference!
 
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I got the Stand 
 

 
Everything is Great - Excellent - Top Notch - Pristine Packing
 

 
But Wait Wait!!! - What the Hastur???? A Blemish!!!!! 

 

 
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 
 
Words can describe the... $&*%@#!!!!
 

 
 
You feel me Hastur??? I'm Watching YOU!!!!
 

 
Cause you know what they say....
 
 

 
 
NeWayz!!!!! - I'm not Hating nor am I R-M-Aing!!!
 
MeThinks now is the time to order the HA-1 
 
and there better not be any blemishes... 
 
'Cause little by little nick by nick 
 
Somebody is gonna RMA
 
and buy some Schiit!!!
 
Peace... 

 
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