Originally Posted by dmusoke
But Smarty, is it worth an extra $1,200 more if you already have the BDP-105?
Also how do the two compare sound-wise through the headphone outputs? I know the 105 was critized for not having enough drive for low impedance headphones. Apart from this (and assuming its true), how do the HP sounds compare between the two players?
For some people, the 105 will be sufficient enough, but the HA-1 does have some features that the 105 doesn't.
Like high gain for headphones that require more power, analog audio inputs, Bluetooth, front USB port for connecting a
mobile device directly to the unit, balanced headphone output, DSD128 and DSD256 on the async usb,
and probably a couple more things I can't recall at the moment.
As for how the HP output sounds comparatively between the 105 and HA-1...
Again, the HA-1 has a high gain option as well as the choice of balanced output.
I think the unbalanced headphone outputs will be very close to the same, but the balanced will sound quite a bit better.
It also of course depends on what headphones you are using. You will need some very high quality cans like the PM-1 or PM-2 to hear the difference.
As always, the monetary investment is subjective. If the differences are worth it to you, then it may be worth the price paid.
Personally I have never owned a dedicated HP amp. The HA-1 is a 1st for me and thus I went from nothing to spoiled very quickly, lol.
The HA-1 is just a magnificent piece of kit as they like to say in this industry.
I have also not used the HP amp in the 105 very much in the past, but since I will now have the HA-1 right in my office next to my PC,
it will get lots of use while I work and play on my computer.