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NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

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Is there someone in Europe France wanting to sell one? Thanks! Si quelqu'un en vend un , faites moi signe! Ob jemand ein stuck verkauft, bin ich da...!
For anyone interested, these have same dimensions as Emotiva DC-1 They take lot of desk space
I bought two units but only one arrived. Anybody else has the same concern?
karl2007
You already received one from the last drop ?, I just got tracking info 14hrs ago but DHL isn't showing anything yet
Mine came with the box checked "EU". I had to move the voltage switch to 115. Make sure that you check which location the switch is in before plugging yours in.
Can someone explain if this will work in the UK. it mentioned detachable cord North american plug... and what about the voltage. apologies if it was already covered in the previous discussion. I have Onkyo digital player and desperate to try to run it with my balanced Oppo PM2s HeadphoneS.
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Volume knob does not have any indicator. How are we supposed to match volume when running two of these in balanced mode
mahee
Set both to max, and use a pre-amp. Or use your OS volume sliders.
Can someone please help me. What pre amp/dac goes well with this in monoblock config. I was looking at this one: http://www.nuprimeaudio.com/product/dac-9/ This is a sister company of nuforce. Can someone please give me some advice for this hookup. Thanks
MD - bring this back plsss. Running headphones on some Class A mono blocks is my top priority in life right now
mahee
Are you interested i bought 2 still new
I missed this drop, if anyone joined the drop and decide to sell it, please let me know.
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I assume you are in the US, I don't want to deal with international shipping
Nemanja737
Sorry dropped this from my radar, still want to sell?
Is there any chance this is coming back before Christmas?
Brian47126
I have 2 i bought still new if u r interested
How about using M9xx as DAC for HA-200 ?
What is the drop price on these? does it drop often?
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mahee
I believe is was 180, but they had a thanks giving sale a few days ago and it was only 130 usd.
Z0d1Ac
I thought i saw $120 on last drop, but it could be thanksgiving special
I hope everybody who bought this to run in a mono-block config has a balanced dac.
Missed it. Hope it comes back before Christmas
Can I monoblock these for balanced if I use RCA left on one and right on the other? Do I need a balanced DAC?
silverbot01
This works in monoblocks only with XLR input. So you need a balanced dac.
From the picture it looks like this is 120V only. Was just wondering if this supports 220V? Thanks
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Thanks, saw the switch but wasn't sure if you were able to switch it over to 220. Just wanted to confirm. Was too worried about this so cancelled my order :'( and drops ended now. Guess I'll try my luck next time
Tomomo
( sad story bro. I was looking for 220v as you, but i was lucky to google if it support's 220v before I canceled my order. MD definitely should be much more clear with this power supply options in product descriptions.
I have considerable hearing loss in my left ear and being able to adjust volumes to just the left channel if two of these are connected in balanced mode appears very attractive. Can someone provide some details as to how two of them can be connected as such and what type of headphone I would use? I expect to only use RCA input from a computer for the time being. Also, any recommendations on using a DAC in such a configuration would be very beneficial as well.
twindynasty
This needs input from a balanced dac. You can only use a single amp if you use only RCA
I don’t get the point… I would need to get 2 of these so that I can have two volume controls, one for each ear…. why??? Plus the whole concoction of cables and adapters. I might just plug the setup to my car, ride to 88 mph to 1985, make a pit stop in 2001 and HAL will ask… why??? HAL just called and said to simply get a Jotunheim, and to remember what happened to Dave… when he couldn’t keep it simple.
Those looking for an amp to pair exclusively with the 6xx, think about going to Eddie Current ZDT Jr. Early reviews seem really positive for that.
This is a pretty decent amp. I don't have a monoblock config. I use this with my HD6xx and K7xx and sometimes even with my HE560. It just barely powers the 560 though. The best part is, I don't sense any distortion anywhere even at full volume. The amp becomes reasonably hot to touch after a around an hour of use. It has a pretty decent sound quality. Has a very relaxing sound signature. Slightly rolled off bass & treble. Sound stage is pretty wide and lacks depth. Still somehow manages to do a decent job layering sound. This is not a power monster, beware. What it does give, it gives without distortion (that I could detect).
trybeingarun
Thank you for sharing your experience and suggestions..quite helpful!
Would this amp be suitable for Sennheiser Massdrop HD6XX's, and what would be a good DAC combination for it
AbhiramC
SecondedE
Since I have my tx0 laying around unattended not having an amp powerful enough for it, will this do the job?
KIMI_KIMI
check out the Topping A30. Its outputs some serious power, and one of the few amps ive used that can output enough power fro my Fsotex T50rps mk3s. It has more power output than the Shiit Uber series amp! And its only like $120 too.
jbar97
between this and the topping which is a better investment?
EDIT: nvm just joined the drop, its 130usd so if things aren't to my liking It's not too much of a loss.
I would like to offer some feedback on this product. I Bought one off ebay a few months back as an open box new item for $150. I figured it was worth the risk and I could always sell it if I din't like it. I also picked up a Schiit Asgard 2 because I had read good things about it. I have several sets of headphones including AKG 702, Sennheiser HD 580, HiFiman HE-400i and Audio Technica ATH-M50X . I prefer the AKG 702s ever since I did the mod to extend their bass just a bit. The HiFiman HE-400i is a nice set but I like it with certain types of music. They may need more break in time though. Anyway, I also own a couple other headphone amps but consider the Nuforce my favorite for it's slightly warmish sound. I don't consider it a powerhouse amp but it does do very well as a single ended amp. Used in a balanced configuration with a second amp will likely make for a great setup for other harder to drive headphones. I like the Nuforce so much I decided to sell off the Asgard 2 because I simply did not enjoy it as much as the Nuforce. As I stated I have a few other amps that include an O2 from JDS Labs, an Ocean tube amp from Bravo Audio and an XDuoo X5. Of them all I prefer the Nuforce's sound. It just sounds fuller and richer to me. I've bought all kinds of audio gear in the last 5 years and have researched various ideas of what good sound is supposed to be like. In the end I have decided that no one else can tell me what I am supposed to like. Only I can judge what sounds great. My physiology, age, acoustic environment, the recorded medium and many other aspects in the audio delivery chain to my brain have an impact on what I actually hear. To have some audio snob tell me I should pursue neutral uncolored audio gear is doing me a disservice. Follow your instincts and take all reviews with a grain of salt. If there are a lot of positive reviews for a given product and it fits your budget then you stand a pretty good chance that the product will satisfy your expectations but that is not always the case. This one exceeded mine so even though I may experiment with other amp selections going forward, I will most likely keep this one as a secondary if not my go to daily amp. The real question is whether a second amp in a balanced configuration really will make an improvement in the overall sound. I'm not fully sold on the idea of balanced headphone gear. If I find myself with a spare few hundred dollars to burn I make pick up another HA-200 and a balanced cable for my cans maybe I'll give it a shot. Oh, wait! I have to have a balanced DAC to go with it. Well shit, there's another several hundred dollars I'll have to spend to achieve a proper balanced system. Maybe a better set of cans would be a wiser use of my 600 dollars. Who knows? It's a roller coaster ride on the pursuit of audio nirvana.
This morning i've had the chance to hear the nuforce ha200 with my Grado Sr80 in a store at Madrid, Spain. Here the price is 380 euros (447 $) for one nuforce. The improvement is amazing: softer treble eliminating the annoying wheezing/sibilance of the Grado Sr80; better balance, separete and distribution between frequencies. Fixes the defects that has the Grado in my opinion.
i've had the chance to hear with Akg 712 from the store also. Very very good combination too, better than the Grado. I'll think about buying the Akg soon.
I'm sure, I've finally found the sound I've been looking for with the Nuforce. Good choice for my taste of a warm and colored sound: powerful but controlled basses avoiding that they invade and smother the rest of frequencies, clear and very present mids, soft trebles without stridencies. In my case better sound one unit than two in balanced mode. And a lot of power with only one.
Great buy! Thanks.
Racatan
Same here with Aune x7s, I think grado sr80e can scale up beautifully, the k7xx not so much.
Hello everybody! Here you are a fantastic review in spanish with excelent photos: https://auricular.org/review-nuforce-ha200-dual-monofonico-balanceado/ Headphones benefit: akg 702-712-7xx, sennheiser hd 700-800, hifiman he 400i, Beyerdynamic 990,...
ONLY ONE UNIT: " lo mas parecido que he probado en estado sólido a un amplificador de válvulas ( de buena calidad)." the most similar thing that tested in solid state to a valve amplifier (of good quality).
" su sonido es cálido  y profundo, con unas voces  cálidas  y unos agudos tirando a suaves, que no suenan nada metálicos. aparte tiene un sonido muy abierto, es un amplificador que puedes escuchar horas y horas, no cansa nada. " its sound is warm and deep, with warm voices and sharp tones to soft, which do not sound anything metallic. apart it has a very open sound, it is an amplifier that you can listen hours and hours, it does not tire anything.
TWO BALANCEATED UNITS: "El sonido ahora, usando un amplificador en mono, para cada canal, 100% Balanceado, se convierte en un amplificador totalmente neutro y equilibrado,  Fiel a la grabación. Muy HI-END. se vuelve muy detallado, con mucha mas dinámica y una mejor separación de canales ... sonido neutro, equilibrado, relajado parecido al del audio-gd nfb-28 en baja ganancia, (Sin coloraciones) pero con la potencia y volumen que da este mismo nfb-28 en alta ganancia. Impresionante." The sound now, using a mono amplifier, for each channel, 100% Balanced, becomes a totally neutral and balanced amplifier, faithful to the recording. better separation of channels ... sound neutral, balanced, relaxed similar to the audio-gd nfb-28 in low gain, (without colorations) but with the power and volume that gives this same nfb-28 at high gain. Awesome!

From another website: "Move the Sennheiser HD800 like no other amplifier you have tested in your price range. The Nuforce HA200 is possibly the most economical amplifier I know to move these headphones well." "As for its sound, the Nuforce HA200 is warm and quite musical. The Sennheiser HD800 cuts that wide and unreal scene that has and makes it much more credible and also gives a boost to the bass that is precisely what I personally miss the Sennheiser HD800. It has enough power to give the volume needed to enjoy non stop Sennheiser." "The main feature of this amp is that it has a sound very close to a valve. Very soft at high frequencies for my taste. I understand that it can go very well with certain profile of headphones, type Grados, HD-700/800, AKG, that have some treble raised for some tastes."
Is there someone here who would be able to tell me how a stack of these would compare to the LCX amp? I plan on using an HD 6XX. I understand there will be a lot more power coming out of 2 of these amps in balanced vs the LCX, but how would that exactly change the sound? Also, If I do happen to get this or the LCX, what would be the best cheap balanced DAC? I am open to any suggestions.
MrMotion
MrMotion
I don't run my ha-200 in balanced mode. Currently my setup is Mac (Audirvana) -> Fiio X5ii -> Ha-200 -> Hd6xx. I did not expect it to do well, given that Fiio X5ii doesn't have much texture. Surprisingly, ha-200 + HD6xx sounds pretty decent; the low end is reasonably deep and controlled; the highs are good too. I have coin-modded my HD6xx, so the mids sound a touch too aggressive to me. I can't personally attest to how the amp performs in a balanced setup. If you haven't bought 2 already, why not test it with just one first?
I'm new to this audio game. What type of headphones would benefit from this device?
Edman
imho mainly middle impedance (64-150 ohm) and rater bassier headphones. This amp is very clean and linear, but you could consider it a little boring/analytical with linear headphones, such as AKG K553.
Mynny
Ok, thanks for the info! Appreciate it.
Buy all three. It's good for the economy! Then report to us on your listening comparisons. :-)
Ok so I'm really confused about everything with this thing. How do you actually connect this to anything you can listen to music with? I thought you could connect it somehow to a PC or something but clearly I was wrong on that account
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Zippa
Basically, in order to hear the music you need three things: a source (something that can store and play your digital audio files, like a computer or a CD player), a digital-to-analog converter (a thing that converts digital data from your source into analog data, that can be played by your headphones), and an amplifier (a device that makes the analog signal from the DAC loud enough, so you can hear it when you plug in your headphones.)
You can also connect it to the "line-out" of a portable player. The player acts as a DAC in this case. (You can also connect to the audio line-out on your PC if it has one. This may or may not be the highest quality audio source... depends on the PC.
Has anyone else received a defective unit from the last drop? Thanks
Hi Massdrop...any update on the delivery of these amps?
My 2x HA-200's were originally supposed to be delivered by the 7th July '17, but that didn't happen; I received a standard Massdrop email describing a 'problem' and delay, and nothing since.
I personally invested in two of these amps as part of creating a reference headphone system, so please update here and via email to all purchasers on what is going on as soon as you can.
Thank you.
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Thanks dude!
No idea about measurements, and NwAVGuy has been MIA for a long while now (so much so that JDS Labs and others have taken their own approaches to the O2 Objective project, superseeding it in some cases).
A lot of users who have these amps seem happy, I am one of them, and I think that they are killer, but I myself have no testing equipment (and lack knowledge to create any with reasonable quality results).
In my case, I recommend the amps, but this is obviously my personal opinion. I would say a single-ended iFi amp (pick one) would better a single HA-200, but not at this price. However, I would save up and go for iFi Audio. If you are gunning for two HA-200 amps, I do not know of anything on the market that can better such a setup at this price, at all, nor performance. The value/performance/actual deal cost is insane, so, GO FOR IT (if you want to of course)!
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- The Next Day (24 bit/96 kHz) by David Bowie, - Onkyo DP-X1 Balanced (BTG Out, High Gain, Variable Volume Out, Digital Filter: Short, Max Volume Limiter). Using as master volume, - Double Helix Cables (DHC) 2.5mm TRRS to 2x 3-Pin XLR pure silver cable, - 2x NuForce HA-200 monoblock amplifiers in balanced mode, - DHC Complement4 2x 3-Pin XLR to female 4-Pin XLR pure silver cable adapter, - DHC Prion4 18.8AWG pure silver balanced headphone cable terminated in 4-Pin XLR, and dual 3.5mm earcup connectors, - 2x DHC Zync EL-8 (Audeze connector) adapters to DHC Prion4 cable, for use with Audeze EL-8 Titanium.
Accessories are from MCRU.co.uk (2x MCRU No.14 UK mains power leads, 3x large oak feet, small MCRU acrylic isolation platform with 4x sorbothane isolation feet).
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TheOneInYellow
Hello. Is there a chance you could give me some of your listening impressions now that you have had some time to listen to these (Post is a couple weeks old ;P)? Would love to know what you think of them. I am currently considering either getting a pair of these or the LCX. Would most likely use with the HD 6XX as well as some other HPs in the future.