I think so- I'll try it with my Mum's this weekend to confirm.Can you use the Oppo with a 160gb IPod Classic?
The spec is better on the Oppo but the Arcam is a little more forgiving and flexible. Depends what you want really. The AirDAC in particular has a radically different feature set so I can see them appealing to different people.This is a really good review in terms of portable music but the review seems to postitive that this could make a decent DAC for a static PC...any chance of a rough comparison Vs the usual suspects in a sentence or two Arcam DACs etc?
Used Galaxy or HTC? Big screen, recent OS, SD slot and probably not that expensive.Unless anyone can suggest a suitable (and much cheaper) device that could be used as a transport to be used in conjunction with one of these little Oppo gems?
The IE800 look to have a 16 Ohm impedance so not much higher than the SE846's. Considering the massive price increase on your other comparisons (Hugo/AK120), high regard indeed and worth a risk at the price.There's really very little difference between the HA-2 and the Hugo on the move (so the Hugo is now part of my home setup). I also prefer the 6+/HA-2 to the AK120.
I can't bare background hiss and don't have any if I use my Shure SE846's with iPhone 5S/6 or Note4/S6.
Do you experience any background noise. I can't demo locally and Amazon not selling directly to try/return.
Is it a decent improvement on the Note 4 headphone out?
I did send an email to Oppo:
I see the headphone out has a low impedance of 0.5 Ohm but reading conflicting reviews/opinions regarding noise level (hiss).
I use low impedance Shure SE846 IEM's (9-16 Ohm) and currently get no hiss with iPhone6/Note4/S6 smartphones but have with Xperia Z3 and NWZ-A10 Walkman.
Will I be able to detect hiss with your AMP/DAC connected to PC/Smartphone ??
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The ability to hear low level hiss is really up to your hearing when using IEMs. Even with the same IEMs, one person to another may hear the hiss, while another will not. Most customers will not be able to hear the low level hiss in the high frequencies due to the extreme sensitivity of the IEMs, but if you hearing is very good, you may be able to detect it.
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Why the Onkyo app over USB Audio Player Pro (or is that Android only).Yes it really is excellent. I alos bought blind, having been so impressed by my Oppo PM3's. I always found my 846's a bit harsh directly off of the phone, so I suspect the HA-2 will really make them sing.
As the review states the beauty of this approach is that you get the strengths of each device, the phone GUI, Tidal support and hi-res (I use the excellent Onkyo app from the app store) and the amp/dac of the Oppo. I also love the fact that the volume attenuation is analog, so no loss of bitrate.............
Good isn't it!OK, sound is so good I'm keeping it and have set my Note 4 (with 128GB microSD) as my dedicated music player and started using my new S6 as my phone/portable player.
Seeing as the only "safe" way to keep the phone/amp together is with the elastic bands, the Note 4 is actually ideal because you can shrink the screen display so not blocked by the bands (see photo).
I have a cheap remote/mic cable for my Shure SE846's which is excellent for mobile use and to my ears I've not noticed improvement with expensive cables.
Full display shrink and centred to avoid bands.
No way! Love my SE846's and won't be spending that kind of money again soon.Good isn't it!
I see your a Gardot fan as well - good taste.
My only suggestion now is to chop the 846s for ie800 which to my ears are a lot better, especially I've now found some snug fitting comply tips to use with them....
my forza-audioworks cable annoyingly has to be returned for repair as a strand has come loose. Dislike the memory wire on stock cable but better than nothing. Thinking of blind buying the Danish "linum" cable, as also used by ACSI have a cheap remote/mic cable for my Shure SE846's which is excellent for mobile use and to my ears I've not noticed improvement with expensive cables
Excellent review as always ed, thank you for that. Forgive me for asking you some basic questions but need some guidance