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Its not as clean as similarly priced or even cheaper amplifiers. I have personally noticed channel imbalance at times (especially in the lower 1/4 of the potentiometer) and it is likely due to the pretty inexpensive potentiometer that isn't calibrated properly. I know other manufacturers who use these on portable amps and even they have to test them all and usually only half pass the mark. Price is high enough to justify an Alps Blue or reasonable clone, honestly. Output impedance is VERY good and the balanced output is so much stronger than the 1/4' that is a joke. Amp actually runs better in short sessions with less distortion when its relatively fresh than being left on a few days which is weird because the amp is not warm.... For a DAC, I am running a fully balanced dual-mono unit from TEAC which reveals some flaws here. The very top end gets shrill. I LOVE sparkle, but this is not sparkle and unlike any other amp I have. Perhaps, the design was compromised by cost-cutting or QA here as Cavalli is generally known to produce nice stuff. Save money and get an Aune X7s. This sounds no better than many of the dual TPA chip balanced amps that can be had for half the price. I had high hopes, just disappointed given the pedigree. Its not horrible, but it isn't great and its certainly not "a great $$$ deal". I might rip the thing open and see if replacing a couple parts fixes anything. 🤷♀️ Meh.
I completely agree with you on it not being clean.
It honestly has a weird distortion in the volume pot, where the sound will be grainy. It’s really evident on Hd 600s.
my dap never makes noise that badly.