Opus #2 – The Magic of Music
Opus #2 is the flagship DAP from Opus, a growing company from Korea, known for having brought us some of the best DAPs in the world, like Opus #3 and Opus #1.
Opus DAPs (Digital Audio Players) are some of the best-known Audiophile products around, being famous for their excellent musical and revealing abilities, along with exquisite designs and excellent support. Opus are known to employ some of the most strict quality control procedures in their production lines, leading to long-lasting and reliable products and purchases.
It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with TheBit, Opus or MusicTeck, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by TheBit, Opus or any other company. I’d like to thank Jongwon from Opus for providing the sample for the review. The sample was provided along with Opus’s request for an honest and unbiased review. This review will be as objective as it is humanly possible, and it reflects my personal experience with Opus #2. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in Opus #2 find their next music companion.
It was a beautiful late Autumn day when I received Opus #2. It was already noon when the curier gave me a call and woke me from my deep slumber. It was one of those days when I was back, visiting my hometown of Campulung, a small and traditional-looking town in the Carpathian mountains of Romania.
The courier arrived in about ten minutes from the moment he called, so I barely had enough time to wash my face and change into street clothes. The package was handled with a smile, then the man went on his way to deliver more stories and presents to people who were waiting for him.
I quickly rushed back to my room, ready to unravel the magic of Opus’s flagship.
To my amazement, Opus #2 was packaged quite differently from Opus #3, this time being seated in a fully white box, everything besides the device being presented as white and immaculate. It was easy to tell that this was a very well-made high-end DAP from the construction quality and from the materials used in the box, down to the feeling of opening it. #2 comes bundled together with a genuine leather case, cables, and an extra screen protector.
I charged it a bit, then I plugged in my microSD card and started to listen to the first song that came to my mind – Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?. After the first few seconds, I was stunned by the amazing amount of detail and by the sweetness of the guitars. The way Opus #2 presents music with a a lot of emotion and in a very organic manner left me searching for more, as I really wanted to rediscover the magic and naturalness of every single song I’ve been listening to for years now. I closed my eyes, sat down, then let my mind drift away in a heaven of musicality and emotion, guided by the magic provided by Opus#2.
I couldn’t stop from listening for the next few hours, dazzled by the sweetness of this DAP.
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
Opus decided to go all-out when it comes to their packaging, and dressed #2 in a white package, with everything looking quite elegant and High-End. The unboxing experience is as amazing as it gets for a high end device, but Opus didn’t try to make the box as large as possible, but instead they went with a package that keeps everything together in a tidy place, while still looking sleek and elegant. The golden writing on the outside, along with the fine textures really make the unboxing experience of #2 intricate and impressive.
You can find a whole lot of extras in the box, starting with the genuine leather case, which fits #2 perfectly, the manuals and books on #2, and the Audiophile Grade USB cable for using #2 as an external DAC. There is an extra screen protector in the box, with one applied on #2 from the factory, and it does a great job at protecting the screen, as I’ve noticed after using it for a while.
As #2 is seated in a foam cutout, you can notice from the first moment of owning it that Opus provides and immaculate experience for their customers, with a pearly white package etched with golden writing, a beautifully designed device, along with high quality extras hidden in the box.
DAC – Dual ESS9018KM Chips
Perfect Bit Playback – Yes
Max Decoding – 32bit / 384kHz
USB DAC – Yes, Dedicated Tesycon Driver
Display – 4.0″ IPS (800 x 480) IPS Panel
RAM – 1 GB DDR3
CPU – Quad Core, ARM Cortex A9
Internal Memory – 128 GB
Wifi – 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth – 4.0
Battery – 4000 mAh, 3.7V Li-Polymer
Balanced Output – Yes, 2.5mm
SE Output – Yes, 3.5mm
Weight – 252g
Dimensions – 76 mm x 124 mm x 18.3 mm
Body Material – Full Metal Body, Aluminium
Output Level – 2.3V RMS SE, 2.5V RMS, Balanced
Clock Source – 50ps
Optical Out – Yes
USB – MicroUSB
(Build Quality, Sonic Quality & Usage Next Page)