Sounds like a very interesting mod. I guess I will be getting the version 2 since I will be getting mine in January after the holidays are over.
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12/9/05 at 10:22pm
Originally Posted by boodi
I'm still waiting for an Hornet to arrive so I can't express with confidence about the matter
but to tell the truth I find the new mod-thing bit weird too ; I mean , i didn't see a lot of unsatisfied members , and I've read many good things about the amp too . I've seen some hornets for sale but really not many given the incredibly high number of unit oredered and sold , and not so many for justifying changing the sound signature of the little amp , which from what I've read from the very beginning , it was not intended to be an sr-71 in a smaller form - but another portable amp , whit a smaller size , and a choice for a nice personal (different) character ; that could even compete with some higher class amp .
Originally Posted by Elephas
I also feel it is strange that the Hornet's sound signature is being changed. It seems that the "new" Hornet, or revision 2, will sound more laid-back.
Originally Posted by Romanee
As was said, it has the rock solid and beautifully crafted look and feel that the SR-71 has, does have a built in charger, will fit in a jeans pocket and a tiny bag whereas the SR-71 will absolutely not fit in a jeans pocket (unless you wear super-baggy farmer jeans) — and the lo-hi-med gain switch will definitely serve you well with the span of phones you noted.
The SR-71 is portable, but considerably bigger than the Hornet. In quiet surroundings (at home.....) it provides the more lucid, airy, spacious, nuanced and elegant sound — but you'll lose much of that in the noisier environs where a portable amp would likely go.
The Hornet's more forward and aggressive sound, faster attack and detail are perfectly suited to cut through ambient noise clutter. I've used it very happily with my Senn PXC300s in midtown Manhattan … on our absurdly noisy streets, subways, buses and chatty offices and it sounds great (of course the noise-reducing circuit helps cut down the background growl so I can hear the music better, but the Hornet presents really enjoyable music around town under very challenging conditions).
Also, the Hornet's tiny volume knob (with a much firmer resistance than the SR-71) may have you wishing for a bigger, more ergonomic one at home — but in transit it's a big plus since once set it won't easily be changed by accidental friction in pocket or bag.
When in a quiet place the Hornet still performs beautifully if less airy and expansive than SR-71. It is a different sound from the SR-71, but with its own pluses as well. Besides more midrange energy and more vocal "presence" and closer-up intimacy, it also has more bass energy and is capable of pushing some incredible bass out of the HF-1s (for example) if the information is present in the recordings and can present bass with more punch than the SR-71 (which has good bass extension but it's less robust or muscular). It's overall sound seems bigger, faster, more muscular and close up with less open air and a bit less spacious dimensionality than its elder sibling. Don't be fooled by the small size and single 9V power … the Hornet is a big sound and will power the big Senns and AKGs, and may really surprise you with the HF-1s.
Originally Posted by Ray Samuels
Truly, the Hornet should have been kept the way it is made, with out any mod as it does not need one at all, I had 4 Hornets returned to me only & that was just because they were not being given enough time for burn-in process & the owners were just worried about the 7 days return policy that I have on the RS-1A pre-amp that has nothing to do with the Hornet.
I thought 100 hours were enough to get the Hornet to come alive, but I was very much wrong with that. The prototype was running day & night & hours were countless on it & was taken to many meets & be compared to many amps. I found out my 4 production Hornets were not sounding like my prototype even after 100 hours burn-in, at 200 hours they started to come alive, now all 4 of them have more than 300 hours of real burn-in time. Now they are ready to be heard. This reminds me of the post by a headfier "Munkong" in Thailand, where he posted that after 300 hours the Hornet has changed dramatically & settled. He was right with that, I believe the long time of the burn-in is due to a very little use of the energy stored in the 15000mf filter which prolongs the burn-in period of the amp. Once the amp is settled, the vocal is very well balanced in comparison to the background, it really is not forward as described by many when they got their amp new. Impressions should be taken with a grain of salt, once the amp is burned-in then the impressions should be written. In fact a very new Hornet with only few hours of use was compared in a meet with another amp with hundreds of hours, that by itself would give the wrong impression to many as to what the outcome would be. I am a big believer in the burn-in process, I found few on these threads make fun of that & that is very sad.
This is not an advertisment to the Hornet but stating facts to questions asked of me.
Originally Posted by Edwood
Meh, it's more like Hornet Option 2. Nice that you have a choice now. -Ed