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    Oppo HA-1

    A new contender in the arena?

    OPPO Digital - HA-1 Headphone Amplifier

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    Thanks for the link!
    It looks like it has everything you would want from a DAC/ headphone amp. It seems it is using analog volume instead if the ESS digital control, the display is killer, has balanced headphone drive and xlr for amps...it Bluetooth audio as well. What its not clear is of will have network connectivity. Still to me it looks very impressive and expensive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selarom View Post
    expensive!!
    Expensive? It is supposed under 1.000$/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esprit View Post
    Expensive? It is supposed under 1.000$/
    I said it looks expensive... It still does... Didnt know there was pricing estimate yet... If its at that price is USA it will be a good value given performance expectations

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selarom View Post
    I said it looks expensive... It still does... Didnt know there was pricing estimate yet... If its at that price is USA it will be a good value given performance expectations
    I was thinking that it'll actually be high quality and inexpensive, if Oppo is smart.

    Its DAC circuitry is based on their well-regarded BDP-105, and while it adds some features to that product (dedicated headphone amp, DSD USB Streaming), it subtracts a LOT of others (everything associated with universal disc playing, video & upscaling, surround, etc).

    I'm expecting it to sell for less than the BDP-105. That would be a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k6davis View Post
    Its DAC circuitry is based on their well-regarded BDP-105, and while it adds some features to that product (dedicated headphone amp, DSD USB Streaming), it subtracts a LOT of others (everything associated with universal disc playing, video & upscaling, surround, etc).

    I'm expecting it to sell for less than the BDP-105. That would be a great deal.
    It also has a lot less market appeal ... the economies of scale pay a huge part in audio equipment.

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    It is designed better than the 105

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    Now let's see when they would make a DSD-capable multichannel DAC with similar price tag as BDP-105...
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    They made the HA-1 as amplifier for the Oppo PM-1.
    We are interested to it as DAC (about MCH PCM & DSD, we will see...).

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    Sure seems to be a lot going on in there for it to be less than $1,00.00. That said, I have no clue what I'm actually looking at, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miska View Post
    Now let's see when they would make a DSD-capable multichannel DAC with similar price tag as BDP-105...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miska View Post
    Now let's see when they would make a DSD-capable multichannel DAC with similar price tag as BDP-105...
    Yes,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selarom View Post
    Thanks for the link!
    It looks like it has everything you would want from a DAC/ headphone amp. It seems it is using analog volume instead if the ESS digital control, the display is killer
    Actually I don't like the display. It's not user friendly (but granted... no worse than any other DAC). Only geeks want to know if you are connected to coax, USB dac, xlr, optical, bluetooth, etc. I want to know if I am connected to my apple tv, SACD player, bluray player etc. Also, don't show any options that are not connected. So would be nice if the fancy labels and digital display are user programable.

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    So, this piece is now available with an unusually expansive feature set and a very low price of $1,199 IMO.

    I'm not in the market for it since I'm content with the system at the moment (lucky me, rite!?), but if this piece has sound to match its features and specs, I think it has the potential to shake up the industry at that low price.

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    Got one yesterday, along with the Oppo headphones. It's a solid hunk of audio jewelry, to be sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Part-Time Audiophile View Post
    Got one yesterday, along with the Oppo headphones. It's a solid hunk of audio jewelry, to be sure.
    ... and the sound?

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    Such shocking price for such features and stuffs.

    I would not worry about sound since they are the guys who made BDP-103 and 105.

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    Please do update on the sound aspect. It looks like 1 serious piece of gear to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k6davis View Post
    So, this piece is now available with an unusually expansive feature set and a very low price of $1,199 IMO.

    I'm not in the market for it since I'm content with the system at the moment (lucky me, rite!?), but if this piece has sound to match its features and specs, I think it has the potential to shake up the industry at that low price.
    Same here. Already have a Headphone amp. But I did recently add the Geek Out 1000 and Sony HAP-Z1ES Music Server to my office system. Both are nice additions !

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    I find it curious that they are calling the unit a "Headphone Amplifier".

    No disrespect to headphone enthusiasts, but this thing is a fully balanced, Sabre DAC, DSD256 (??), DXD, mulitple digital input, analog volume controlled, Bluetooth enabled, Apple compatible, home theater bypass, stereo digital preamp with a physical remote, plus an Apple/Android remote app... that has a Class-A headphone section.

    Not to mention that it's easy on the eyes - depending on what you do with the display. LOL

    For $1,199.

    No wonder it sold out in (apparently) one day.

    In terms of features and value, it's obviously something special. I'm curious to find out how close its sound quality comes to the much more expensive units out there.
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    Sound, from the balanced headphone output (it shipped with a balanced cable for the PM-1) is really quite good. Way better than the output on the headphone jack on my BDP-105. And by way better, I mean more nuanced. I thought the BDP-105 headphone jack was a little soft, especially down low, and this is not. Baby got back. Top end is not fatiguing. Good detail.

    So far, I like it. Kinda wished it was a bit more "inclusive", though. Streaming support from a NAS, or a service like Pandora, would have been extremely welcome. It's not like Oppo can't do that -- it's built into the BDP-105. But there's no networking support on there at all, I don't think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Part-Time Audiophile View Post
    Sound, from the balanced headphone output (it shipped with a balanced cable for the PM-1) is really quite good. Way better than the output on the headphone jack on my BDP-105. And by way better, I mean more nuanced. I thought the BDP-105 headphone jack was a little soft, especially down low, and this is not. Baby got back. Top end is not fatiguing. Good detail.

    So far, I like it. Kinda wished it was a bit more "inclusive", though. Streaming support from a NAS, or a service like Pandora, would have been extremely welcome. It's not like Oppo can't do that -- it's built into the BDP-105. But there's no networking support on there at all, I don't think.
    Well, it means it would had included Ethernet port and/or wireless, and it would had been like $2K product. Not to mention it would overlapped with other Oppo products too much.

    The prime focus of HA-1 is being a good headphone amplifier (discrete Class-A full balanced does not come cheap. For a price comparison, Schiit's Mjolnir, an literally balanced-only amplifier, costs $749. Everything else, even DAC section, is really icing on cake IMHO.

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