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post #61 of 210
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Originally Posted by Oski
LoL...actually it's my own wishful thinking as I won't be dropping the coins like you guys on an AE, but am very much considering getting the EMP, so I'd like to think maybe I'll be getting a relative bargain?
Question.. What if your power supply went or you lost it or how much would that charge you for a new one? lol..
post #62 of 210
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Originally Posted by chrisfromalbany
Question.. What if your power supply went or you lost it or how much would that charge you for a new one? lol..
I called Hart about getting a U.S. power supply, as I was considering buying Edison's EMP which has the European 230v. He quoted $200!

I can't even imagine with the AE power supply would cost. It may be interesting to swap out the 3-pin plug of the EMP for the 4-pin to get the better power supply though.
post #63 of 210
Thread Starter 
I think the reason for Mr.Brocksieper not selling a new better design for its Anniversary version, is because there is already nothing to do with the circuit, maybe it is also restricted by the shape and sign. But as I can hear the Anniv. has no background noise, more powerful, controlled and speedy sound must be benefited from the improvement of the power supply. There is no doubt on it.
post #64 of 210
Thread Starter 
Ray,
give me some more time. I will post the differences based on your suggestion.

Edison
post #65 of 210
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisfromalbany
Question.. What if your power supply went or you lost it or how much would that charge you for a new one? lol..
hopefully, there would not be any troubles on the power supply.
this is a big case, treat them equally, both the amp and the power supply.
post #66 of 210
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Originally Posted by Oski
Again, I implore you to make the comparison using the same tubes in both amps...the tubes will impart their character to the amp, so it won't be apples to apples.

My theory is that the AE has the same circuitry as the EMP, except an improved power supply, nicer piano finish, and high end NOS tubes. Of course they go with the 4 pin Lemo plug on the AE instead of the 3 pin on the EMP power supply so you won't be able to do a perfect head to head. However, with the same tubes at least we'll eliminate a large variable.
I've done this (my stock EMP to Stevieo's AE, when I had a stock unit). With similar tube sets, the tonal balance of the amps is very similar. However, the stock EMP cannot match the speed, image size, or smoothness of the AE, even with the same tube set. The stock EMP simply sounds sluggish in the comparison.
post #67 of 210
Thread Starter 
The anniv. with EMP stock tubes:
a little bit more fuzzy than stock tubes,
a little bit more thick than stock tubes,
a little bit slower but still fast,
bass is a little bloomy but it is controlled,
high is less extension,
still provides energy, and sound is powerful,
do NOT have the warm and sweet as EMP's with this stock tubes,

I prefer this tubes with EMP.


The EMP with anniv. stock tubes:
mid and high is more clear and bright than with its stock tubes,
still no high extension compare with anniv.,
lose the extremely warm and sweet,
still less energy than anniv.,
bass is uncontrolled, bass is less than with the stock tubes,

I prefer this tubes combining with anniv. And I prefer the special warm and sweet that EMP with the stock tubes provides.


If the anniv. with stock tubes is worth 10 point, I will vote when it goes with the EMP's stock tubes a 6.5 point.
If the EMP with stock tubes is worth 10 point, I will vote when it goes with the anniv. stock tubes a 10 point also, or even lower.



I hope I didn't confuse you guys...
AS you can see, the improvement of the anniv. is not just about the tubes. I may say that the improvement is benefited from tying in the tubes and the rest parts of the amp. The anniv. can NOT provide the same warm and sweet as EMP, although it's with EMP's stock tubes.

PS: testing are under 1616M, tara air 1 cable and AD2000.


post #68 of 210
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Originally Posted by Nomad
I agree with Jahn. I would keep both if they are providing different and enjoyable sound signatures. If you can afford to keep them both, that is. You might discover later on that with the right tubes the EMP AE can sound like the EMP, then you can sell it if you want. Still, the small footprint of the EMP makes it the perfect amp for a secundary setup (work, bedroom...)

edisonwu, I think you got to contact the designer, isn't it? If that's the case would you mind to ask him for the original tubes intended to be used with the EMP AE? I'm really curious about this.

It's hard to compare such a different setups. First of all take my impressions with a grain of salt. I don't have a 600 with me right now but I'm quite familiar with it. From my memories with the 600 and the way the 580 and 595 sounds with the EMP AE I would say that the Baby Orpheus is in another level. However you will need around 3-5 hours (playing music, not only having it switched on) in order to appreciate it. During the first two hours the 600-EMP AE will be better. And right from the start, no matter the EMP would need 30 mins to warm up.

But still... it's like to compare apples and oranges. It really depends on your tastes:
Baby Orpheus is fast(hyperfast actually), bright, detailed and airy(although not as the HE90).
HD600-EMP AE would be (a bit)slow, fuzzy, warm and thick (all this in a good way. Don't get me wrong. Very enjoyable and addictive too).
I was saying that the HE60 is in another level as it really sounds more "refined" but I can see some people preferring the 600-EMP AE over the Baby Orpheus.
I prefer the EarMax AE/HD 650 to the HE60/HEV70, and I prefer A LOT the EarMax AE/L3000 to HE60/HEV70 and to the EarMax AE/HD 650...

The Baby O. is fast, detailed, very clear sound, impact... but not so musical and envolving as the dynamic setups, I think more fatuinging for a long section of listening... The Baby O. is much for those who like the analyse of the CD and of the music; the dynamics setups are more for those who like listen music with a very pleasure and envolving experience... (IMHO).

Best!
Nicola
post #69 of 210
I had the pleasure of demoing the EarMax PRO with a pair of RS-2's and I was very impressed. There was a lot of synergy and the sound was extremely smooth and warm. I thought the low-end was a little weaker than through the RA-1. YMMV.

Wow, Audio Advancements is in NJ! I have been considering the EarMAX AE.

Anyone have any comments about a EarMAX AE/Qualia combo? I would be very curious. What's the level of detail you can get out of this evil valve setup?

Trogdor
post #70 of 210
Well, my EMP/Telefunken (not AE) is up and running and I'm impressed. Using my w1000 headphones. Liquid, smooth vocals. Saving my pennies for the AE.
post #71 of 210
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Originally Posted by Trogdor
I had the pleasure of demoing the EarMax PRO with a pair of RS-2's and I was very impressed. There was a lot of synergy and the sound was extremely smooth and warm. I thought the low-end was a little weaker than through the RA-1. YMMV.

Wow, Audio Advancements is in NJ! I have been considering the EarMAX AE.

Anyone have any comments about a EarMAX AE/Qualia combo? I would be very curious. What's the level of detail you can get out of this evil valve setup?

Trogdor
Yes, I have tested the Qualia even with the EarMax AE... but not the same synergy as the Grados cans (RS1 fro example), but the Qualia is so complicated to be used correctly that I do not know if the problem was fit and size on my head. With the HD 650 the combo is also very, very good! Still very good with the DT 880 and AD 2000...

...BUT the very best synergy I find with the L3000 + EHg tubes... AMAZING !

Best!
Nicola
post #72 of 210
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Originally Posted by Nik
...but the Qualia has so complicated to be used correctly that I do not know if the problem was fit and size on my head.
To digress slightly, yes, I think its a size issue. I think Sony screwed themselves without making the band adjustable and the sizer they use for these headphones. For example, I was borderline medium and small but in reality was clearly a small. In fact, some of the reviews I've read were using a medium size pair. I'm wondering if they retried it with a small they would be open up to them. I think the airy swooshing sound complaint I've read about is due to improper fit. YMMV.

Trogdor
post #73 of 210
The Qualia needs to be really sealed to the listener's head. I think that this is not so good for too thin/bony person (as I am...).

Best!
Nicola
post #74 of 210
I remember reading a post by Bangraman saying he was looking in to sourcing a different headband assembly - anyone heard any more on this?

Col
post #75 of 210
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Originally Posted by Nik
The Qualia needs to be really sealed to the listener's head. I think that this is not so good for too thin/bony person (as I am...).

Best!
Nicola
Eat to the Beat (Blondie album title)
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