Discussion in 'Hot Deals' started by BumbleBee, Jan 21, 2014.
it's well made.
it's got a Burr-Brown PCM1793 D/A converter, brushed aluminum chassis, Alps pot, Wima caps, Elna caps, NE5532 op-amps (Amplifier), OPA2134 op-amps (DAC), B649/D669 Transistors, Electro Harmonix 6922 tube for buffer. the power supply is basically a brick with a toroidal inside it and it comes with a USB Type A to B cable.
this looks awesome.
Say I were to get one of these. I would want the 110v one for the USA?
Hmm... I wonder how this would work with my HE-400 vs my E9 or Denon AVR....
I've read some good things about those and have been wondering if I could improve my overall audio experience with a better DAC than my Auzen Forte's...I would miss the Creative EQ...
you can EQ with a USB DAC.
you get to free up a slot, precision analog volume control and the T1 headphone amplifier has more driving power. I would buy one over a Essence or Titanium card.
I got one to upgrade from my azuntech prelude myself. Best sound I have experienced. I only have jvc rx700's though for headphones.
Does it come with an EQ? Or do I need to use a different system eq? I suppose just EQ-ing my music wouldn't be a bad idea...most games have enough bass, etc.
How about compared to my FiiO E9? I know it's not the greatest HP amp, but the E9 cost me around $100 years ago...and this Amp/Dac is close to that with this sale. I don't know about the tube stuff...and I have an approx 4" area on my desk where an amp can go atm. I need to look up dimensions. If It'll improve my sound I can justify (maybe) getting it. I am interested tho! I really, really, really enjoy my HE-400's on my current setup...if this will add to that I'd be game. I don't plan on "tube rolling" and it's a shame it doesn't come with the bassy tube it recommends for that...how's the bass with the stock tube? Will I hear any distortions because of the tube?
you use the EQ in Foobar2000 or JRiver Media Center. each time I played with the Aune T1 i'm pretty sure it was a different tube. a tube isn't going to cost more than $10-20.
I believe thats the stock tube.
Preferring bassier sound should I get a different tube if I go for this? I may have sold my FiiO E9 already. A quick google search for the tube on that mass page comes up to $85+ when I looked it up...no thanks at that price. 10-20, yes please! Though I suppose I could just EQ too...
I am really interested...it'd be nice to enjoy a higher quality DAC without killing the bank. I could retire the Auzen or sell it. I would lose digital out to my receiver, but next question are the outputs on this locked at 2v or does it change with the volume pot?
I can't seem to find anyone comparing output of this to the E9...I know the E9 has power, but it lacks in quality fwir. I wish I could afford more...but I am about to start riding my bike again...so I can salvage some fuel $$ for this purchase.
i'm pretty sure the line out is fixed.
meaning you need to plug it into a device that has a preamplifier like a pair of active monitors with a volume pot or computer speakers. don't ask it to make you bacon because it won't. I also forgot to mention there are gain controls (dip switches).
That's good that it's a steady voltage, it'd need to feed sound to my receiver...I don't need two volume pots controlling the same output to my speakers. I did verify the output is fixed, that's a good thing for me.
Seems the DAC is better than what I currently have...by how much seems to be up to the listener. The power ratings seem decent, yet I can't find anyone with a clear answer vs the E9. Some like these with the he-400 and some say not enough bass...try different tubes or amp...I don't mind EQ-ing. I'll have to sleep on it...not quite sold on it.
it will drive 1 watt into a 32 ohm load. tube rolling gets addictive even with a small unit like this. some tubes will give you punchier bass.
oh i'm sorry you mean how does it stack up against the Fiio E9? I have no idea but this is the cheapest Tube D/A converter I know of which is why I bought one the other night.
Aune T1 $180 (has headphone amplifier)
Maverick Audio D1 $199
Maverick Audio D2 $249
Grant Fidelity TubeDac-11 $389
MHDT Steeplechase $399
Musical Paradise MP-D1 $480
Scott Nixon TD2.2 $485
Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III $499 (has headphone amplifier)
Music Hall DAC25.3 $595 (has headphone amplifier)
after that it starts getting into exotic ones.
Hmm... well I'm still debating it. I just don't want to spend $130 on a side-grade. I don't mind having a sound card, I do like the Creative EQ that affects all system sounds (for those tinny movies and youtube music vids she likes to karoke to, etc). I know i can get an APO EQ though so that's not a HUGE deal.
The DAC should be an improvement, but I am hoping I lose minimally on Bass. It would be nice to have a USB solution that I could use on any future system because I am planning to possibly downgrade my case and MB to a smaller form-factor using a Fractal case so fitting a sound card would be an issue then. Hmm.....
Good guys, My eyes are pleased...
meanwhile my lazy behind is putting this together...
I just got mine and am playing with it. It is not a side grade but not a huge upgrade either. It certainly sounds better. It sounds cleaner, seems to have a wider sound rage, and there is a lot more punch to bass. This is just with my lowly jvc rx700's. I too am trying to move to a smaller form factor and this is my step towards that. I like having the controls the prelude gave me but the drivers were crap.
I am not sure how to explain this, but my prelude sounded crisper if that makes sense. The annoying thing about getting this is now I want to upgrade my headphones. I also want to try out some other tubes too.
I missed out on the sale, but got one with an extra tube for $100 shipped.
I lost some punch, but with the APO EQ + 31 band EQ it's pretty good. Without an EQ I am super disappointed with the sound, it's flat, thin and meh. My Auzen sounds crisper but I do like the EQ'd sound of the A1. I had to pop on the mid-gain switches because it wasn't driving my HE-400's nearly as well as the E9..still doesn't but it does sound clean. I'm still undecided on my favor of it. But it's nice to not need a sound card, I am planning on going to a smaller MB and Case in the future.
For the price it's good...but I can't say I am ready to sell my Auzen or E9. That combo is better at some songs and the T1 is better at others. I haven't tried other headphones yet but will this weekend.
I always left my EQ flat because I game more than music. That is one thing I have not tried is gaming with these yet though. I am keeping my azun prelude because I got a killer deal on it and it is really great. So you agree on the "crispness" which I thought was odd myself.
Here are some impressions from head fi. Would it be worth trying one or two of these out down the road?
A Phillips E88CC came with my T1...I tried the stock tube for a bit and tossed this one in. Tames the hi's a bit....adds a little bass I suppose. Both that and stock tube need an EQ bass boost big time at least imo. But my auzen isn't any better with a flat EQ. I'd say there's a duller sound to the T1 vs the Auzen when both are at flat EQ. Maybe that's what makes me feel the Auzen is crisper.
Maybe I expect too much bass...but these HE-400's deliver so well! I don't dislike the T1...just gotta keep convincing myself. Considering it's doing what was taking 2 parts to compete. It's easy to A|B..except for the 30-second heatup...I'm ready before then.
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