Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp
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How does it compare to Zhaolu D2.5A or D2.5C with upgrade headamp?
 
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How would you describe the soundstage with this amp? perhaps i missed that in the review?


Even with the "stock OPA2604" Opamp, the sound stage is very nice. Not too wide, not too far away. I just finished up checking again with the LM4562 and the sound stage was improved in clarity. Very nice Opamp indeed!!
 
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How does it compare to Zhaolu D2.5A or D2.5C with upgrade headamp?


To be honest, I have no idea. Comparative reviews are problematic because you never have enough of the right equipment to compare too.
Now that the price has dropped $139+ship, maybe more Headfi'ers will purchase one and give up their impressions. I am truly impressed with this Zero unit and hope to read more impressions soon. Good Luck!!
 
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How do you think it would compare to the beresford? Home HIFI

Especially concerning the headphone amp.
 
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How sensitive is the volume knob of the Zero DAC with the headphone amp? I've heard reports of how the amp of the Zhaolu D2.5 had fairly high gain, and even with cans like the HD580 it was difficult to use the whole knob?
 
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Your unit seems to have the same problems as my chinese built dac. TONS of cold solder joints.
 
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Your unit seems to have the same problems as my chinese built dac. TONS of cold solder joints.


are you talking about the OP's DAC?
 
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are you talking about the OP's DAC?


I was wondering that too!
 
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How sensitive is the volume knob of the Zero DAC with the headphone amp? I've heard reports of how the amp of the Zhaolu D2.5 had fairly high gain, and even with cans like the HD580 it was difficult to use the whole knob?


I had my HD-580s up around the 1:00 position, but I can't imagine listening to it there for long.
 
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How do you think it would compare to the beresford? Home HIFI

Especially concerning the headphone amp.



I also would like to know this.

If it is better and includes a better headphone amp that would be good. I'd sell my Mk3.
 
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I also would like to know this.

If it is better and includes a better headphone amp that would be good. I'd sell my Mk3.



There are many fans of the beresford, and this in no way discounts their investments in that unit. It appears the Zero has better Specs, but less connections. I would love to do a side by side on them, but my budget keeps me from taking one for the team.
I wouldn't be quick to sell a MKIII to be replaced by the Zero, instead, I would keep the MKIII and use it in conjunction with the Zero. I'm doing this with my MKIVse and the sound is wonderful.
 
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Well, despite my best efforts to get the addendum's finished and posted, Murphy bit me on the rear this weekend! The power supply in my desktop PC blew up in a fantastic electrical show with plenty of stinko to fill my home office!
I have a replacement coming 2 day from Newegg, so I should have it up and running before Friday (7th) and then I will post the updates to my review of the Zero.
 
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How can I get use of this with a laptop as a source?
 
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