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A dedicated addict.....er....enthusiast!It works really well thanks to your IDA-8. It might work with an IDA-16.Last year, my espresso maker/grinder took up a lot of room in the bed of my Tacoma, but they are in Taiwan now, so there's more room!
I wanted to post a very brief update. I've had the IDA-16 for nearly five months. It has been a pleasure to own and use. Something that doesn't get a lot of attention on integrateds and pre-amps is the volume control. The IDA-16s volume control is fantastic. The precise control you have in adjusting volume is great. Once you experience that it's hard to go back to something less.The sound coming from the IDA-16 is dynamic and balanced with very good tone. Whether listening to music or watching a movie I don't find myself analyzing the sound. Everything is there and I enjoy whatever is playing.Anyway, a quick post for those interested. There's a lot of competition out the in the integrated amp game. With 200 powerful watts and a great DSD capable DAC For $2k; I believe the IDA-16 is hard to beat.I'm one happy camper.Cheers, Scott
That's awesome, good for you. I still have an ida8 and I like the sound and ida16 seems like the next logical upgrade. I just wanna say that volume does not get enough attention as you said. After how the amp actually sounds, volume is the single most important feature for me. Comes before any other feature. Many nice sounding and nicely priced tube apps suffer from cheap volume pots and that's a shame.
DAC chips have become so good that there is no audible difference between ESS 9018, 9028 and 9038 for example. We find 9038 too sterile and decided not to use it.
If you find the 9038 too sterile sounding, then that would be an audible difference.
Is it true that you can't see what volume you're playing at unless you are actively using the volumeadjuster? I guess this also is the same on DAC10 ond DAC9. I dont really like this, seeing what volume you are using is extremely helpfull.
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