Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Rotijon, Nov 23, 2015.
I do, and I will be comparing them side-by-side this weekend.
What DAC are you using? I will try the SE outputs on my Yggdrasil, but I wonder how the Bifrost Multibit and the Gungnir Multibit will sound with the Pass Labs HPA-1. Since it is a SE only amp, will the Bifrost Multibit (SE only) sound as good as the other two Schiit balanced DACs (using their SE outs)?
Any conclusions yet re the solid state Pass Labs HPA-1 (SE only) amp... after last weekend's audio meet or this weekend at home?
Just posted my review in the TTVJ thread on HF.
TLDR: The Pass Labs HPA-1 is a solid debut from Pass Labs. It sounds clear, punchy and neutral. It was a very nice pairing with the Sennheiser HD600/650/800 trinity. I could live with the HPA-1 as my only amp. Biggest con is the price, which is just too darn expensive for what it is. That being said, fans of solid state amps should definitely give this one a listen.
Steve’s review is up, as expected he compares it to a product which is 35% of the cost and to another which is 800% of the cost!
Buy the new Mercedes E Class! It is quite a bit better than the Civic I tested a few months ago but not quite as good as the Rolls Royce Phantom……….
I wonder how many auto journalists would keep their jobs with such reviews.
He didn't even compare it to the Ragnarok, which he just gave a component of the year award to 4 months ago...
Do you think he even remembers? He just seems to rave about every new toy, the more expensive the better of course.
My Armageddon endgame amp right there!
How well does the HPA-1 drive the HD800(S)? For me, no SS amp has done a better job of driving it than the BW does.
based on their review? you do realize that they get paid by Pass Labs right?
Based on my love for all things Nelson Pass ... and I know Papa did not design this one himself but it bears his name and I'm sure a lot of his design philosophy. And I've got a thing for big knobs
can't argue with that
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