Oppo HA-2SE DAC & Headphone Amp Review & Comments

psikey

Distinguished Member
Thanks for review.

Having had Mojo, HA-2, HA-2SE and Dragonfly I'd still say the Dragonfly Red has the best compromise between price/size/weight/performance.

The Mojo has the better audio quality while the HA-2SE is great for Apple devices as no need for the Camera Connection cable but you can't beat the DFR connected to a small phone for portability, especially if also used with a Fiio RM1 BT Remote. DFR using same DAC as HA-2SE but sounds more refined to my ears.

Z5 compact/Dragonfly Red/SE846's (Total weight of Z5c/DFR/Case/USB OTG is only 185g)

 
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larkone

Member
Is it the same price as the old model, couldn't see a price in the review
 

dBrowne

Active Member
Nice review. Please correct me if I've misunderstood you, but the parsing of the following sentence might not have conveyed what you meant to say.
"The good news is that nothing the HA-2 did well has been lost, ameliorated or otherwise adversely altered in the change to SE spec."
Why wouldn't having the things the HA-2 did well being ameliorated be good news?
 

McCol

Well-known Member
would you say it is a bright sounding dac?
My experience of both the HA2 and the SE version is that they are fairly neutral sounding maybe even veering towards a slightly warm signature, wouldn't class them as bright sounding.
 

DJ Dave

Active Member
Somebody has told me that he can't tell the difference when playing music from an iPhone to a pair of Oppo headphones with or without the Oppo DAC connected. This was the SE too!
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
The Oppo units are really nicely made but imo their difference is perhaps too soft and other units do more sound wise at a lower price such as the dragonfly

Would still maximise headphone / iem before dropping couple hundred on an oppo all day
 

Yakima

Novice Member
Hi. Newbie who’s just joined in the hope someone can identify with, and possibly offer a solution to, an inherent problem with this and its predecessor the HA-2.
While I cannot bring into question the superb audio quality of the HA-2 or the HA-2SE I recently stumbled on the following by accident.
The instructions clearly state that it can be connected to a Mac and that the supplied micro-b usb to usb cable is used with the selector on position B. The Mac does not require a driver, unlike a pc, and correctly identifies the device to route the audio to. The device’s green led flashes to show power charging in progress, but alas with the headphones plugged in there is NO AUDIO. This state of affairs applies to both models. An electronics friend of mine posed the notion that the Sabre chip may indeed require a driver despite the Mac not requiring one.
Would appreciate any constructive feedback or if anyone else has noticed this woeful state of affairs.
 

muljao

Well-known Member
Hi. Newbie who’s just joined in the hope someone can identify with, and possibly offer a solution to, an inherent problem with this and its predecessor the HA-2.
While I cannot bring into question the superb audio quality of the HA-2 or the HA-2SE I recently stumbled on the following by accident.
The instructions clearly state that it can be connected to a Mac and that the supplied micro-b usb to usb cable is used with the selector on position B. The Mac does not require a driver, unlike a pc, and correctly identifies the device to route the audio to. The device’s green led flashes to show power charging in progress, but alas with the headphones plugged in there is NO AUDIO. This state of affairs applies to both models. An electronics friend of mine posed the notion that the Sabre chip may indeed require a driver despite the Mac not requiring one.
Would appreciate any constructive feedback or if anyone else has noticed this woeful state of affairs.
This may or may not help- depending on the software I use on my (PC) computer, the software may require the sound to be routed through the dac connected or the computers own soundcard. Could this possibly be similar on your mac (ie settings issue)
 

Yakima

Novice Member
Thanks for your reply. The routing is done automatically when you select which audio output device you require. When the device is connected it gets added to the selectable list of available devices. Further refinement can be made by going to the Audio/Midi setup to select from various bit rates. I’ve tried numerous permutations but it still won’t play sound through connected headphones.
 

muljao

Well-known Member
That does seem odd.

If I were you I'd start a new specific thread in the headphone/portable player section. Likely it would get more hits than this ageing thread
 

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