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Would someone who owns this please give me an opinion? I like to think of myself as an audiophile, but I don't go in for esoteric stuff and I'm convinced that there is a lot of nonsense floating around about sound quality, like the notion that $1,000 speaker wires made from silver mined by deaf monks at the base of the Andes will change my listening experience from mundane to mind-blowing. Now that I have put that out there, I own a low end McIntosh amp and pre-amp and it does sound better than anything else I have, so I can tell the difference between an Emerson table-top imitation of a Bose Wave radio and a good system. What I want to know is, where would you folks put this integrated amp on the spectrum? Clearly it's not esoteric good, but is it better than appliance store junk? Is it "Hi Fi?" Mid Fi? I would like something clean and well-built to connect to my office computer for everyday listening, and I'd like something compact to put on the desk right next to the phone, and I am willing to pay what I have to for something that pays me back by being as good as it can be without getting irrational. I currently run some cheapo but very pleasing Polk Monitor 60s as my main computer speakers, but it is quite likely that I will swap those for any number of others, such as NHT bookshelf models, DCM monitors on stands, or vintage National Electronics speakers (Panasonic), two or three times before a year passes.
I own it. I'm not an audiophile. It sounds great to me. I appreciate its small footprint, quality build, and style. I wish the "loudness" button was not just a feature on the remote. Maybe there are better headphone amps out there as some have suggested, but it sounds great to my road-weary ears. I pair it with some Micca MB 42X, an AKG 7XX set of phones, and the Sennheiser HD 6XX phones for showing off. I can fill not just my desktop, not just my room, but my whole house with clean sound right from my computer desktop, or I can isolate myself from my teens and twenty's with the cans.
I'm glad it has sub-out, as having great sound in my life again lets me miss some resounding bass. I'll be adding a Dayton 8" sub when I can.
This cool little unit has brought critical listening back into my life, all within reach at my desk, and that's reason enough. Price is right, device is right, music is right.
Hi, what's is the Ohms of your headphones?? I have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 250 Ohm, I would like to pair with this TEAC device. Thanks!
62 Ohms on the AKG's, 300 Ohms on the Sennheisers.