|Originally posted by Phlosopher
JMT or Jude...how does the sound compare to the total airhead? I just sent back my TA today, decided I wouldn't use it that much. HOw much would you charge to make one?
My take on the Total Airhead versus Altoids amp and JMT#4 (see below) is this (I have all with me now):
All these comments are with TA's crossfeed off. The TA has more rolled-off highs than the Altoids amp and JMT#4 (which is the fourth cmoy/Hansen/Apheared-type amp JMT built me, powered by eight AA batteries). With some of my music, I like this roll-off better (like with most of my crappily recorded/mastered 1980's-era rock CD's -- like Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking
album -- that are too edgy sounding). The TA seems to have lower bass extension than the Altoids amp (could be some mild accentuating happening down there with the TA, but I'm not sure) , and a bit lower than JMT#4, so I like using it with bass-heavy music, like the Gladiator
soundtrack. I also tend to like the TA with most of my rock albums (but not all).
The Altoids and the JMT#4 do have what sounds to be a more ruler-flat treble response. This detail is appreciated for me with more delicate music, like a lot of my piano CD's and some of my more delicate jazz recordings. I tend to use the JMT#4 (and likely now also the Altoids amp) with most of my classical CD's and a good portion of my jazz CD's. I also like it for my pop/rock CD's that are generally warmer sounding (like David Gray's White Ladder
These are generalizations, but I hope it helps you somewhat. A couple of other generalizations: I tend to use my MDR-7506's (and/or MDR-V6's) more with the JMT amps -- to me, these 'phones sound better with the JMT amps than with the TA. My HD-600's sound better to me on the TA in general than with my JMT's. I use my V6/7506's just about every bit as much as my HD-600's. Given how picky I can be, it's not unusual for me to swap entire combinations here at the office depending on which CD's I want to listen to.
For example, at my office (where I don't have my Max), Eva Cassidy's Songbird
sounds better through my V6's and JMT#4 (and now the Altoids amp) than the TA. However, Rebecca Pidgeon's The Raven
sounds better to me through the HD-600's and TA.
Tough call, man. But I do
so love having choices, as I can usually find just what I'm looking for.