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    NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    Just starting to break it in, but so far loving it. Much larger than any other headphone amplifier I have had, including the Bryston. But man does it feel like a real piece of gear. Gorgeous design, amazing volume control and it even has a remote. If it had a set of XLR line level outputs I might try it as my pre-amp since I require two sets of outputs (speaker amp and set of subwoofers). But from what I have read in reviews the pre-amp stage is suppose to compete against their evolution series. Same amazing volume control and same power section!

    So far it sounds great but since SimAudio states to give it 300 hours burn in I believe it is not even closer to its final sound quality!
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    Re: NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    Congrats Randy!
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    Re: NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    So far I am loving the SimAudio amp. Such smooth operation and sound quality. The quality of the piece is so obvious making it a pleasure to use. It is the best sounding amp I have ever listened to my Abyss headphones with!

    Who knows, someday I may try it as a preamp, although I think I would miss some of the functionality. I could definitely get by with 3 inputs (4 if you could the 1/8" input on the front), however only 1 pre-amp out is difficult because with my Maggie's I have gotten very used to using the subs .

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    Re: NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    Nice rig, enjoy.
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    Re: NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    Sim makes some quality gear. I've admired their 888 from afar.
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    Re: NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    It seems like each day that I listen to the 430 it gets smoother and fuller. I would simply call it a very musical amplifier! The Abyss seem to be a fantastic match.
    Neil degrasse Tyson - "A great challenge of life: Knowing enough to think you are right, but not knowing enough to know you are wrong."

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    Re: NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    I would try it as a pre-amp. From a review I read the guy had his streamer and CD player hooked up to the S/PDIF connections. He was also using D4 ( USB) to his computer. He loved the sound.
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    Re: NEO 430HA Headphone Amplifier

    My biggest problem with using it as a pre-amp is that it only has one pre-amp output. I would have loved if they had put a balanced and a SE output. I would miss not having my subs with my Maggie's.

    I might try it at some point.
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