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post #31 of 410
I too found it surprising that there are no quick impressions other then size,

How does it compare with your other portables? I am greatly interested in how it stacks up with your other gear!
post #32 of 410
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Originally Posted by raisin
bubblewrap
there's something to be said for minimalist packaging, ala grado!
post #33 of 410
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Originally Posted by Romanee
I'm amazed.....

I thought new recipients of the Hornet(s) would be foaming at the mouth to express their first impressions.

It seems that they're all so overwhelmed with the look and feel of it that they've forgotten to plug them in an listen!
Ray does no factory run-in on the SR-71 (batteries!), and i don't remember him mentioning a different policy on the Hornet. I guess the most conservative impressions won't follow till next week.
post #34 of 410
Wow, that's one nice looking amp. So who is going to post impression and comparison with XR-71?
post #35 of 410
Can't wait for some impressions.
post #36 of 410
Let's have sme impressions please........ i have to decide if i am going to have one at the discounted price. Very Interested in how it sounds against the SR-71
post #37 of 410
I want the listening impressions.











Do you hear me, I want the impressions!
post #38 of 410

my kingdon for an interconnect...

there is, of course, a certain irony in that this thread began with photos and now everyone is demanding listening impressions...

i just checked my mailroom at work and bam, i've got myself an impressively small box straight from skokie. i really wish i could comment on something besides how beautiful and small and feeling-quality-made the amp is, but (moron that i am) i forgot to bring an IC to work. i've got my ipod line out, two pairs of headphones, and all the time in the world to rock out...but no 1/8th inch cable.

i'll have to swing over to the local rat shack during my lunch..

oh yeah, it's number 15.

-james
post #39 of 410
Be sure to give us some impressions in the sound as compared to the SR-71. That's what I've been waiting for!
post #40 of 410

It's a winner

Okay, I do not own an SR-71 to compare to, and I'm at the moment at work so can't compare to my Ear+ HD, but I can type that the Hornet sounds simply phenomenal.

Initial impressions, based on 20 minutes of listening. The midrange is forward but ultra smooth and organic sounding, similar to my tube amp. Bass is full, textured, fast, and detailed, and the high end is sweet without a hint of glare or harshness. Cymbals have the right shimmer and decay, and I get a sense of weight from the hits. I also get an overall sense of three dimensional space and perfect instrument separation.

I'm using my modified Nano (iMod Nano) as a source and pumping Apple lossless through my HF-1s and my Sensaphonics 2X-S. I'm hearing home system quality sound from a package that is in total, 2 x 3.5 x 1.25 inches. Stoked!

I'll snap a few pics for the appropriate thread, but will end by typing, hold on, you are in for a real treat!
post #41 of 410
nice.. from your short description definitely it seems it can be quite the perfect match for my hp-2 for quality listening on transport ..
I can't wait for mine to arrive and to give it a run ..

looking forward to read some comparo with other full size amp , and to read how does it match with some of the most blasoned headphones too.. just waiting for them to appear now
post #42 of 410
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Originally Posted by drp
Okay, I do not own an SR-71 to compare to, and I'm at the moment at work so can't compare to my Ear+ HD, but I can type that the Hornet sounds simply phenomenal.

Initial impressions, based on 20 minutes of listening. The midrange is forward but ultra smooth and organic sounding, similar to my tube amp. Bass is full, textured, fast, and detailed, and the high end is sweet without a hint of glare or harshness. Cymbals have the right shimmer and decay, and I get a sense of weight from the hits. I also get an overall sense of three dimensional space and perfect instrument separation.

I'm using my modified Nano (iMod Nano) as a source and pumping Apple lossless through my HF-1s and my Sensaphonics 2X-S. I'm hearing home system quality sound from a package that is in total, 2 x 3.5 x 1.25 inches. Stoked!

I'll snap a few pics for the appropriate thread, but will end by typing, hold on, you are in for a real treat!
dang, that is a tiny setup you have (w/sensaphonics and not the hf-1, of course)...

the tubiness is consistent with original reports of similarities to the raptor, no?

man, i'm looking forward to this...
post #43 of 410
Mine was waiting when i came home for lunch, can't wait to get it running!
post #44 of 410
Just got mine, initial thoughts:

It's a little better than the 5G iPod headphones out but not a major improvement. I am currently using Pocketdock line out and Cardas interconnects.
post #45 of 410
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Originally Posted by rx7_fan
Just got mine, initial thoughts:

It's a little better than the 5G iPod headphones out but not a major improvement. I am currently using Pocketdock line out and Cardas interconnects.
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