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If you are looking for a DAP, this is a great price for the sound you get. Lots of power to drive most headphones. If you don't mind short battery life and the finicky SD card slots. I have not experienced the software issues mentioned by other reviewers.
Can the opus drive he4xx directly?
It can drive the HE4XX pretty good. The HD6XX are a little harder to drive. They sound okay, but leave wanting a little more.
How long have you had yours? Still running without any issues? I started looking these up. I wonder why there is sale for the #1 instead of the #1S. There are hardly any online sellers for these, discontinued perhaps? I’m returning the Sony NW-A55 so I hope this #1 model is a good upgrade in sound or at least the same as the a55.
I have The 1S model, which might explain why the are no issues.
taki888 just curious, why are you returning the NW-A55? Been looking at that or the A45, seems like in this price range the options for a current DAP are limited. the #1 and the A45 (and even the A55) are essentially all models that are a few years old.
Yes, I agree with you on the limited options in this price range. For my own ears I find the a55 is too clean. I’m not sure why but it was hard to listen to. The a45 I would say warmer and easier to listen to vs. the a55.
I’ve decided to take the risk and go for the Opus #1 here on Drop. It also has a 10 band EQ vs. Sony 5 band EQ.
I don’t know why but both a45 and a55 requires creating a database every time you power up. A55 seemed to take even longer.
I love the Sony’s build and GUI. That I will miss but it really comes down to the sound.
I’ve been looking for that wider sound stage, better imaging DAP
but just can’t convince myself anything over $250.
If you are not too critical and looking for specific sound quality, the a45 is great for the price.