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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post
It's Official(tm)!

I'm keeping the Havana DAC that MHDT Labs sent me for review:

They didn't go for my "you donate and I donate" bit ...

But they did say I can pay it off as I was able and that there were no pressures or time limits.

Great deal if you ask me ... especially since I'm getting it at a discounted price and especially since it's a whole other order of DAC in regards to sound quality than is the Paradisea+ (which I still love but which simply can't compete with non-OPAMP design and dual Burr Brown PCM56P DACs that the Havana features).
Congrats man!

They're discontinuing it? I had never even heard of it til about a month ago, I assumed it was a new product.

Not much here, just blissful listening. Starting to think about Grado again; the HD580 is awesome, and I am keeping it, but with a lot of my rock and metal the Grado roots that have been instilled inside me cry out for that presentation . Depending on how things go at the meet, I'll probably aim for an RS-2 after the start of the new year.
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post #4972 of 38372
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Congrats man!

They're discontinuing it? I had never even heard of it til about a month ago, I assumed it was a new product.

Not much here, just blissful listening. Starting to think about Grado again; the HD580 is awesome, and I am keeping it, but with a lot of my rock and metal the Grado roots that have been instilled inside me cry out for that presentation . Depending on how things go at the meet, I'll probably aim for an RS-2 after the start of the new year.
MHDT Labs tells me they are discontinuing the Havana DAC due to high costs of manufacturing compared to their other products (I'm sure this has to do with the insanely well built, mostly brushed aluminum chassis and the rather thick acrylic front panel ... it's way thicker acrylic than used in the Paradisea+), more so than with the circuit layout and other components.

I wouldn't be surprised to see them release the same basic design in a more cost affective housing in the future.

BTW:

Re: Grados

Go for the RS1's!!!

If you still had your JVC's .. I'd suggest a 1 week trade but since I've already quite well demo'd the HD580's ... I don't think I could give up my RS1's for that long.



Just kidding.

Give me a PM and maybe we can work out a swap in the next month or two.

Best.

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Any chance we could get some side-by-side comparison shots of the Paradisea and Havana together, s1rrah? I'd love to see the size differences.
post #4974 of 38372
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Any chance we could get some side-by-side comparison shots of the Paradisea and Havana together, s1rrah? I'd love to see the size differences.
They are, roughly, the same exact size ... give or take a millimeter or two:

...



...

That said, the internal circuit design is quite different; namely, the obvious lack of any OPAMP in the Havana and the dual DAC chips:

...

Paradisea+:




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Havana:



...

The Havana is shaping up to be one of those keep-it-forever items.

    
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Damn you Joel!

I don't need to spend any more money, but your recent strong endorsement of the Havana are making me want one...

Thanks being said, I will probably wait until the next upgrade cycle and get into the $1500-$2000 range...
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Damn you Joel!

I don't need to spend any more money, but your recent strong endorsement of the Havana are making me want one...

Thanks being said, I will probably wait until the next upgrade cycle and get into the $1500-$2000 range...


The Havana really is a bit of an upgrade ...

Let me know next month or so and we can trade for a week or so ... (made all the more painless since we live so close to one another) ...

Better yet ... make it before the new year ... that's even better cause you can keep your Paradisea+ while demo'ing the Havana (since I've also got a Paradisea+ here at the house to listen to in the Havana's absence!) ...

The more refined sound of the Havana DAC is more easily heard when doing direct A/B comparisons with the Paradisea+ ...

But I won't have my own Paradisea+ for much longer so let me know something, sometime this year ... and we can work out a swap ...

Happy listening.

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I’m still waiting on my Zero W/OPA627’s and LD I+ with that cute little Xitel MD Port DG2 to come in. No overnighted parts from Japan for this hot rod. I have been trying to get these Denons burnt in though and will say they are slowly growing on me. The top end is still too bright, mids a bit covered up and too far in the background, while the “extreme†low end is starting to loosen up a LITTLE bit. They have about 60 something hours on them now so still pretty new I guess.
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I’m still waiting on my Zero W/OPA627’s and LD I+ with that cute little Xitel MD Port DG2 to come in. No overnighted parts from Japan for this hot rod. I have been trying to get these Denons burnt in though and will say they are slowly growing on me. The top end is still too bright, mids a bit covered up and too far in the background, while the “extreme†low end is starting to loosen up a LITTLE bit. They have about 60 something hours on them now so still pretty new I guess.
Not sure what Denon cans your referring too ... but I think I remember it (from your earlier posts) as the D2000 variety ...

That said ...

At the recent Houston Head-fi.org meet ... I sort of liked those cans ... they were what I'd call "general and nice sounding" headphones ...

Nothing really unique jumped out at me (such as the RS1's notorious detail/speed or the HD650's uber seductiveness) ... but considering they can be had for under 200 bucks ... I thought them a fairly good value ...

Give 'em 200 hours minimum before judging ...

    
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yo s1rrah,

how much did it cost you , and where can i get my hands on one?
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yo s1rrah,

how much did it cost you , and where can i get my hands on one?
We've been discussing everything from headphones to DACs ...

And so, what exactly are you referring too?



Give me word and I'll inform in kind.

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