Questyle's New Headphone Amp launch leaked
Sep 23, 2021 at 7:11 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 19

CMA Fifteen

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http://www.schezade.co.kr/goods/g_detail.html?gid=4816

Hi, I live in Korea.
Recently, information about a new headphone amp has been leaked from questyle's official distributor site.

It's called 'CMA Fifteen' and it's scheduled for release in October 2021.

I think it will be released in CANJAM 2021 period.

I'm using CMA Twelve right now, but I'm very excited about the new one!
 
Sep 24, 2021 at 10:56 AM Post #3 of 19

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Darn, looks like it’s going to be another integrated DAC/Amp then if it follows in the CMA 12s steps.

I hope they eventually release another pure amp that doesn’t have any DAC built in.
 
Sep 24, 2021 at 11:52 AM Post #4 of 19

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Hope you bring back some of the dna from the Cma 600.
It was a real shame that they didn't see anything of it in the Tweleve and discontinued the Cma 800.
It would have been my dac/amp if it was still available at the time.
And the leap from the Cma 600 to the Twelve wasn't exactly big enough to justify the price of the Twelve.
 
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Oct 11, 2021 at 12:37 AM Post #5 of 19

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Seems to be an ESS maintenance version of the Twelve with added MQA at first (that logo would'nt have to be so prominent)...
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...but at the back there seems to be a much requested change: the return of the analog input!
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(found no specs yet)
 
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Oct 11, 2021 at 6:17 AM Post #6 of 19

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At least I learned a little bit about analogue input.
I would have preferred to see the CS chip instead of the Ess.
In terms of price, it will probably be in the same range as the Twelve, but rather more expensive, I think.
It's also a pity that there's only the cma400i as a starting point, which is getting on in years and will probably be discontinued soon due to the Akm fire.
 
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Seems to be an ESS maintenance version of the Twelve with added MQA at first (that logo would'nt have to be so prominent)...
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...but at the back there seems to be a much requested change: the return of the analog input!
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(found no specs yet)

Found some specs on it here.

Power output looks great into higher impedance loads, disappointing into medium/low impedance loads, looks like it's power-supply/current limited.
 
Nov 7, 2021 at 2:46 AM Post #15 of 19

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I was very impressed with CMA Twelve. Hopefully Fifteen performs better considering the price hike.

Some interesting new features:

1. The stupid proprietary wireless connection on 12 was finally updated to LDAC BT module. Now one doesn't need to buy their two thousand dollar DAP in order to stream wirelessly (What a joke back on 12).

2. New TOTL ESS chip. The old AKM chip on 12 was not the best one available at the time and many wondered how much a bottleneck that might be.

3. RCA input. Good if the amp section is worth using as a standalone. Not available on 12 and glad it is now here.

4. USB C input. Can be useful when connecting to smartphones.

5. MQA. A bit controversial but I guess some might find this either a must have feature or a must avoid MQA tax. Seems like the audio industry are buying into more snake oil altogether.
 
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