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[US] Aune T1 Integrated Headphone Amplifier

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Product Features
  • Frequency response: 20hz-20khz
  • Signal to noise Ratio: >=120db
  • Line out: 2Vrms
  • Suitable headphone impedance: 30 ohm ~ 600 ohm
  • Headphone Amp output: 32 ohm - 1000 mW, 120 ohm - 400 mW, 300ohm - 150 mW
  • Line out impedance: 100 ohm
  • USB decoding support: up to 24bit/96kHz
  • Input jack : analog RCA jack x1, USB jack x1
  • Output jack : analog RCA jack x1, 6.5mm jack x1
  • Contents : T1 24bit tube USB DAC Headphone Amp, 6922 tube, acrylic tube cage, power adapter, PC USB A-B cable, 6.5mm to 3.5mm stereo F adapter, user manual.
$129.99

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/aune-t1-amp-dac-combo
 
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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.

 

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this looks awesome.
 
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Say I were to get one of these. I would want the 110v one for the USA?
 
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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...
 
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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.
 
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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...
I got one to upgrade from my azuntech prelude myself. Best sound I have experienced. I only have jvc rx700's though for headphones.
 

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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.
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?
 
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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.
 
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Electro Harmonix 6922: This thing goes very wide, but the problem is that it doesn't go as deep. This kind of bumerang shaped image doesn't feel balanced to me. Hopefully this issues eases as I get more burn in. Great clarity. Best with electronic, ambient and instrumental atmospheric music. With normal "organic" music there are more musical and engaging tubes. Well, depends on the tastes of course.



Sound stage: ***½

Imaging: **½

Transparency: ***½

Total: 9½ / 15
I believe thats the stock tube.
 

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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.
 
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i'm pretty sure the line out is fixed.
 
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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).

 

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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.

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.....
 
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Good guys, My eyes are pleased...

meanwhile my lazy behind is putting this together...





 
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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.....
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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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?
Genalex Gold Lion E88CC:

Given some time with the Genalex and comparing it to my precious Voskhod, I have to say I’m quite impressed and that I think I’ve found a new favorite tube. The Genalex has many of the qualities of the Voskhod I like, such as intimate mids and vocals, but the Genalex is able to deliver this to me with more clarity and soundstage. The extra clarity does make the T1 sound more digital and less analog than the Voskhod, but I still think it is ultimately a superior sound. At first, I thought the Genalex had punchier bass, but after adjusting to the sound, I realized I was mistaken and that the Voskhod was more tactile in this respect. Then, I thought perhaps a gain adjustment would make a difference, and lo and behold, +8 did just the trick in bringing the Genalex bass up to where I wanted it. Good times!



Russian 6n23p Rocket logo

This tube is intimacy to the max. Warm, but not muddy. Forward sounding. Output volume seems higher than the other tubes I’ve tried. Very musical and engaging tube. It’s a fun listen for sure but it comes at the cost of some soundstage. Has a very punchy midbass but doesn’t have as much presence in the lowest bass notes. Has a kind of addictive tube sound.

Purchased here: http://www.boiaudioworks.com/6N23P



Russian 6n23p-eb

Very nice detailed sound, great soundstage and imaging. Less aggressive than the rocket logo. Has very, very good lower bass presence. Kind of a U shaped sound signature compared to the rocket logo. Overall, very good. Whether or not I prefer this or the rocket logo depends on my mood.

Purchased here: http://www.thecableco.com/Product/Russian-Military-6H23N-EB--Single-



Matsu****a 7dj8

This tube ended up being a pretty big disappointment. Upscale Audio hyped it up majorly, but I found this tube to sound dark, very dark. Lacks resolution and just sounds a little “off.” I do not recommend it. Sounds like I’m listening to a cheapmp3 player instead of a piece of nice audio equipment.

Purchased here: http://www.upscaleaudio.com/products/Matsu****a-{47}-National-PCC88-{47}-7DJ8.html <------this link won't work because head-fi edits out the s-word...lol



RCA labeled Amperex 6dj8/E88cc

This tube is very nice. It’s kind of a middle ground between the two Russian tubes. It’s kind of laid-back in a way that is unlike those tubes, though. This tube is balanced sounding, maybe a little soft in the low end and a tad polite in the treble. It’s pretty natural sounding. Good soundstage and imaging. Overall a nice tube that maybe doesn’t have the addictive character that the rocket logo does and doesn’t have that ultra controlled low bass of the 6n23p-eb, but it does a lot right and sounds great overall.

Purchased from head-fi for sale forum.



Amperex 7308 Gold Pin

Alright guys, I finally got my hands on my Amperex 7308. This tube is the real deal no doubt about it. The first thing that stood out when I popped this tube in was man this thing sounds HOLOGRAPHIC. I've never heard anything have this much soundstage but still retain such smoothness. It's well balanced and dynamic with excellent details in the whole sound spectrum. Despite this, I decided to use the Rocket Logo 6n23p as my primary tube. The Rocket Logo has this addictive aggressive sound that I just can't shake. I believe that out of all of the tube I tried, the vast majority will prefer the Amperex 7308, but for me...Rocket Logo all the way...makes my Magnums rock so, so hard.

Purchased here:http://www.upscaleaudio.com/products/Amperex-7308-vintage-gold-pin!.html
 

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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.