Pass Labs HPA-1

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Rotijon, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. TMoney

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    I do, and I will be comparing them side-by-side this weekend.
     
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    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)?
     
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    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?
     
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    Just posted my review in the TTVJ thread on HF.

    http://www.head-fi.org/t/795255/pass-labs-hpa-1-loaner-program/15#post_12334992

    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.
     
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    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.

    Sigh.

    http://www.cnet.com/news/extreme-performance-the-pass-labs-hpa-1-headphone-amplifier/
     
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    He didn't even compare it to the Ragnarok, which he just gave a component of the year award to 4 months ago...
     
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    Do you think he even remembers? He just seems to rave about every new toy, the more expensive the better of course.
     
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    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.
     
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    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 ;)
     
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    can't argue with that :D
     

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