Pros: Very neutral
Cons: Not found
Coming from Tascam US-144 to Audio GD .. Here is the story.
A few years ago I discovered the magic world of listening to headphones. The reason for that is the ease of computer hifi.
I started with a Sennheiser HD650 and a Tascam US144 and was a happy man.
After a year I decided to buy a Denon D7000 and a Violectric V200. What a wunderful combo
I like to review the new Audio GD Master 9 headphone/preamp, but here is the other stuff first.
Computer with Windows 7. Foobar 2000 wasapi event style. I use the following VST. For testing the 112db redline preamp and I bought the TB Isone plugin.
I use Sommercable Epilogue XLR cable and Apgee Wyde Eye S/PDIF Cable. The powercords are from Supra.
The hardware is a Audio-GD Reference 7 DAC + USB / Coaxial and a Master 9. The headphone is still a Denon D7000.
The Master 9 came new to me a few days ago and was very well packaged. It was sealed with tape and I opened the box with care. Because it is very cold in the Netherlands I waited two hard hours to connect the equipment and started listening. First impression (cold) was that it was already a bit better than my Violectric V200. I disconnected my V200 and used the Master 9 a few days.
I discovered that it took a whole day to reach its current temperature.
Saterday I connected the V200 again and Sunday I started listening to the differences. Be ware, this is my opion.
The Master 9 is in almost all possible definitions a winner!
I very much much like the speed of the amp. Listen to a base drum and you go crazy. Staging is also fantastic. Abolutely no match for the V200.
The thing is however that I possibly reached the maximum quality of the Denon D7000. The mid for me is a little to pronounced to my liking and the reality of instruments is a bit off. I think the Violectric V200 and Denon D7000 are soulmates and I think it is a wunderful combo.
Me however: I think I have to save some money and may be next year go for an Audeze or the liking.