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post #31 of 59
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Originally Posted by minimus
I received my Original Master amp by mail five days ago and have been using it with the HD650. I have to say, I am totally blown away by this setup...for a total cost of around $550, I have entered sonic bliss (and I am only using a humble iPod as my source.) Unless the amp blows up in a week, I can't imagine that I will regret this purchase. I highly recommend this amp.

I also suspect the amp was "sounded" with the HD650, since that is the headphone that the US sales rep was using at his demo table at the national meet.
woot glad your happy with it also! Yeah i really get the feeling that they're more matched to sennhesiers somewhat than grados. or tube source.. because i mostly really like the amp but there are a few things i dont like about it, but they're mostly to do with the extremes of grados. with a somewhat mellower source/cans they'd remove the few things that i dont like about them
post #32 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by minimus
I received my Original Master amp by mail five days ago and have been using it with the HD650. I have to say, I am totally blown away by this setup...for a total cost of around $550, I have entered sonic bliss (and I am only using a humble iPod as my source.) Unless the amp blows up in a week, I can't imagine that I will regret this purchase. I highly recommend this amp.

I also suspect the amp was "sounded" with the HD650, since that is the headphone that the US sales rep was using at his demo table at the national meet.
Happy to know you are enjoying your new amp . May be later on you could add a nice DAC (or the Original CD player) to your set up and enjoy it even more.
I do agree it sounded very nice with the HD650 at the meet, but best of all I liked it with my W5000 (also they were the only cans giving me enough isolation from the huge noise).

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Originally Posted by hugz
In USA their distributor seems to be: http://www.aaa-audio.com/ . Many people have bought from them and had good opinions and i think that was who was at the meet
Yep, that is the correct contact. The guy to speak to is Ping Dong, really nice person.


BTW should receive mine next week, it took longer because of the UK power supply. I will post my impressions. Can't wait
post #33 of 59
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Originally Posted by minimus
I played my iPod through the Original amp at the meet and I thought it still sounded pretty good. Not as good as the Original CD player, but IMO better than the iPod played through a few of the portable amps at the meet, which were more expensive than the Original.
I certainly agree with this. Whath I heard from the Original could not even remotely compare to any of the portables, just another league
post #34 of 59
How unlucky could this be? I sent the money via Paypal the the US importer for the Master and immediately after I checked my mail and found an email from Ping Dong saying that they are out of stock in China at the moment.
So now I am really stuck
post #35 of 59
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Originally Posted by Vic
How unlucky could this be? I sent the money via Paypal the the US importer for the Master and immediately after I checked my mail and found an email from Ping Dong saying that they are out of stock in China at the moment.
So now I am really stuck

Give coemaudio.com.au an email, I visited them on the weekend and they still had stock.

[edit] it might be a problem to buy from coemaudio.com.au because all there products are 230-240v...
post #36 of 59
I don't know if this is already posted but Soundstage made a review of this little amp.

http://www.soundstage.com/allinyourh...inyourhead.htm
post #37 of 59
Finally received mine this morning!
It took much longer for the 240v power supply and because they were out of stock at the factory.

It looks really great and ATM is spinning non stop with a pair of SA5000 for burn-in. I will post first impressions soon.
Anymore impressions from recent owners?
post #38 of 59
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Originally Posted by Vic
Finally received mine this morning!
It took much longer for the 240v power supply and because they were out of stock at the factory.

It looks really great and ATM is spinning non stop with a pair of SA5000 for burn-in. I will post first impressions soon.
Anymore impressions from recent owners?
Woot glad that yours has arrived. I look forward to hearing your impressions with the SA5000
post #39 of 59
Mine arrived last week and i've been burning in/listening, will let you know how it sounds =)
post #40 of 59
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Originally Posted by hugz
Woot glad that yours has arrived. I look forward to hearing your impressions with the SA5000
Hugz,
I have a very long thread going at the moment comparing W5000, SA5000, HD650 and K701 with different sources and different amps.
Next week end the Original Master will step into the arena

http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=180573
post #41 of 59
a shot of the internals for anyone who wanted to see. this thing is quite well put together, the case is actually all metal, and then shiny acrylic sandwiches it on top bottom and front and back only the sides are still metal. the construction is solid otherwise, took me ages to disassemble it completely as i'm rather cautious of breaking anything



i've only had a z-audio mu (battery powered portable) before this so i don't have a lot to compare it to, but i can definitely say the original master is a significant improvement. the amp initially was a little harsh on the highs the mids were smooth and the bass didn't go too low, this is all relative to the mu which is quite a warm amp and a little bass heavy.

anyway, after using it for a while (1 week or so) the highs seems to have become more bearable and the mids are still smooth as but bass is nicer now and goes down low like i'm used to.

the amp is a lot more detailed than the mu and seems like its frequency range goes higher to and so using them on my MS-1s is a little tiresome sometimes i think i just need my ears to adjust on this headphone, but on my DT770 Pro/80 and my ATH-AD700s it's much better and especially smooth vocals with the AD700s. The bass with the 770s is good, but i think that this may be more due to the headphones, but in either case it matches well.

just for kicks i attached the 1/8" to 1/4" jack from my MS-1s to my KSC-75 and had a listen it was actually quite enjoyable, but like the MS-1s the highs are be a bit fatiguing
post #42 of 59
I have posted my review of the Master with HD650 in this thread:
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=180573

The ones with SA5000 and W5000 will follow soon, maybe tonight
post #43 of 59
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
... Yes, you read that right. I got a free upgrade from a $698 player to a $898 player, and on top of that, I'll be getting a free upgrade on my upgraded player, which of course was free to begin with! Ping is my new best friend, I tell you.
LOL, you lost me there for a moment, Wayne.

I think the Master looks very classy, quite a bit like $$$$ ASR gear (the Emitter line of amps, they've been around for 20 years).

With 6SN7 prices surging, I am lusting for a nice SS amp to drive my W5000. Maybe the Master is just what I was looking for....keep the review coming Vic.
post #44 of 59
Where is a good place to buy this amp in the US? This is pretty much exactly what I have been looking for.
post #45 of 59
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Originally Posted by jmanlp
Where is a good place to buy this amp in the US? This is pretty much exactly what I have been looking for.

US 110v versions can be purchased from http://www.aaa-audio.com/
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