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#1 USAudio

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:58 PM

Hello!
Please let me know which you would prefer and why:

1) The CIAudio VDA-2 DAC and VHP-2 headphone amp, both with VAC1 power supplies.

OR

2) The HeadRoom Balanced Desktop. This model is now only available with the Home Modules and Home DAC.


I will be feeding the DAC's optical inputs via a SqueezeBox Classic.
Headphone suggestions welcome. Is going balanced worth the hassle of recabling headphones?
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Thanks for your feedback!

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 07:01 PM

no.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:36 PM

vda2 in balanced mode feeding headroom balanced desktop.

http://tinyurl.com/5buh74http://tinyurl.com/552ctlhttp://tinyurl.com/6pfxp3
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#4 USAudio

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 12:02 AM

vda2 in balanced mode feeding headroom balanced desktop.

Thanks hYdrociTy! So I take it you don't think much of the HR Balanced Desktop's built-in DAC? Anything in particular you don't like about it?

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:07 AM

Wait a minute the dac is non optional now on the hr amp...:confused:

I guess you should stick to the dac/amp solution by headroom then. I still think you're better off getting an older desktop balanced without the dac, then using the vda2. It's a separate dac with a separate power supply, simple discrete output, yada yada... In my opinion the vhp(single ended, unless you buy two and then fiddle with cables and adapters) is just not in the same league as the hr balanced desktop for very obvious reasons...

I listened to the vda2 sans power supply with my own amp and hd580(single ended), and also listened to the hr balanced desktop with balanced hd580(at a meet) and would be happy with either. To be honest the vda2 is one of the few dacs in the world I would actually buy myself, and also the hr balanced desktop.

So basically, if you can, scout for a used amp only hr balanced desktop, and then get the vda2 and run the dac in balanced mode, otherwise having just the headroom combo isnt too shabby either. I just prefer both :P

http://tinyurl.com/5buh74http://tinyurl.com/552ctlhttp://tinyurl.com/6pfxp3
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:12 AM

I think there's a HR B-stock Balanced Desktop for sale right now that is a pretty good deal. Yes, it has the DAC, but it has the stepped attenuator option too.
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#7 hYdrociTy

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:18 AM

^ Thats a great deal!, and think of it this way, you can use the dac(which is not bad at all) on the headroom amp and then see if you can nab a used vda2 and you can compare and then see if you want to keep the vda2 or just use the dac on the headroom unit.

http://tinyurl.com/5buh74http://tinyurl.com/552ctlhttp://tinyurl.com/6pfxp3
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#8 USAudio

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 01:05 PM

I already have the VDA-2 for my speaker system so I will be able to compare the 2. Though the HR amp has the added advantage of mobility.

BTW, very cool Audio Alchemy system you have linked there in your signature Hydrocity!

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 03:26 PM

love the VDA2 (and it's great! esp. with VAC1) but don't have the VHP.

or should I say "yet"?

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 11:39 PM

love the VDA2 (and it's great! esp. with VAC1) but don't have the VHP.

or should I say "yet"?


I decided to go with the VHP2/VAC1 since I already had the VDA2/VAC1 and have read nothing but great things about the VHP2 ... especially for the price!
I've been very happy with it so far. It's dead quiet and sounds terrific. I'm happy so far with my choice. ;D

#11 socrates63

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 01:27 AM

You can get a second VHP2, and connect two VHP2's to the VDA2 if you want the balanced experience. I haven't tried it but I am aware of at least one person who did do it.




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