Pioneer's First Portable Amp XPA-700

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by edric li, Dec 15, 2014.
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  1. talan7

    I got the xpa700 for the balanced out. I'm not going to lie, I also got it because it looks so cool. Once I listened to it I was sold. It's warmer and less clinical than the dap alone, and that's before balanced out. Balanced out its really open and warm but still has the brightness. Separation is phenomenal balanced. I've said it before, if I had to do it over again I'd get the onkyo. I use the pioneer as amp line out. Digital out from dap to amp, while it sounds better, the dap's battery dies out in under 2.5 hours, but yes digital out from dap to amp sounds even better.
     
  2. ilcg1

    I have a dilemma now:
    1. to go the cheapest route and get xpa-700 and use it with my iPhone.
    2. To get chord mojo and again use it with iPhone - very regarded, excellent reviews and looks like sound wise is one of the best portable dac/amp available.
    3. To get Sony pha-3 and use it with iPhone.
    3. To get Onkyo dp-x1 - looks like the best value for money all arounder.

    Have you compared chord mojo to xpa-700?
     
  3. talan7
    If you go amp only, I'd go mojo. I haven't heard if but I read it is the best. The new dacportable by centrance may give it a run. Check it out on indiegogo. If you go dap then onkyo over pioneer. It has balanced out and more power. I have fiio e12, e18, creative e5 (awesome features), xpa700, fireye hdb balanced and xduoo xd05. The one that sounds the best to me is the xduoo. It has the best bass, it's the most dynamic and musical sounding to me, and it's very powerful. Cool looking too. The bass boost is too much though. It already has deeper bass than the other amps without it. I think it's the ak dac that I might love, very musical.
     
  4. ilcg1

    I might do DAC only with either mojo or Sony. I spend 90% listening at the desktop and 10% on the go, so I don't think I need DAP - digital from laptop is good enough.
     
  5. ilcg1

    On the other hand Xpa-700 looks like a really good value for money when you buy it from Japan - balanced out, pretty powerful and has tons of features.
     
  6. talan7

    I think the Sony is overpriced. I'd do mojo. The new iPhone 7 I hear will be available with 256 gigs. If so, then that's all I need. If only it would stream tidal MQA.
     
  7. talan7

    Xpa700 is very cool, but it's not very powerful, powerful enough.
    TBH, I think the xduoo xd05 blows it away. I like the ak dac better than the ess. The amp section is also much more powerful on the xduoo. It's also cheaper. I got mine on mass drop for under $200. It has all the digital filters, plus a screen to view and it's much easier to use for digital signal. It has usb host.
     
  8. Odhie Naguit
    what is the model of your van nuys?
    TIA
     
  9. talan7
    I bought it off of amazon Japan. If you look at all van nuys, you'll see one that says xpa700. I bought that one and the one for xdp100r alone. I studied many of them and read their specs. Many of them are the same.
     
  10. B00MERS00NER
    Where do you guys buy your rsa balanced cables from? I've found a store on ali express but the wait time for shipping is forever to me, I'd like something closer to home here stateside.
     
  11. rhull1973
    Impact audio cables.
     
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  13. B00MERS00NER
    Thank you!

    How long does it take to charge before we can use these? Just got mine in mail today and frustrating no instructions in English, any one have a copy?
     
  14. talan7
    Anyone having issues with your source battery dying out very quickly with the xpa700? I have the charge button down when connected but it still seems like it drains whatever source I plug into it. Should the switch be in the up position?
     
  15. silverfishla
    Has there been any more firmware updates for the Pioneer XPA 700? I know it's wishful thinking but can any one provide a link to the latest firmware? I can't seem to find anything anywhere.
     
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