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post #61 of 175
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Originally Posted by Loftprojection
So my guess on your "problem" with the Sig30 is a question of matching the right components together. It could well be that the combinations you use (source and/or IC) fits perfectly with the F1 amp but with the Sig30 it's not the best match. Changing either or both source and IC could become a match made in heaven and sudenly the Sig30 would loose all the sibilance you don't have with the F1.
Interesting. And thanks for your comments. I may try some alternative ICs and see what happens.
post #62 of 175
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore
Interesting. And thanks for your comments. I may try some alternative ICs and see what happens.
Try to stay in the same "price" range of ICs otherwise you might penalize one setup. In my setup and the tests I've done, the two ICs that I tested are of similar "quality/price range" (around $2-300 each). So the difference is just that one is a better match with my CDP setup while the other fits better with my SB2/DAC setup for some reason. Probably has to do with silver, copper, oxygen free tightness, and so on, you know, the usual marketing BS!
post #63 of 175

Thank you!

Hi Kent (Alwayswantmore),

I want to say thank you very much for taking the time to evaluate the Signature 30 with your K1000s

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I found the Sig 30's warmer sound signature was a benefit with everything I tried.
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As far as resolution and soundstage, (IMO) the Sig 30 is closer to the F1 than Srajan's comments may lead you to believe. And (IMO) the Sig 30 provides more front-to-back depth.
I am very happy to read all of this and that you really enjoy the Sig 30 / K1000 combo. I am glad that you decided to keep it!

If anyone has any questions about the Signature 30, please feel free to email me at vinnie@redwineaudio.com

Thanks again, Kent!

Sincerely,

Vinnie Rossi
Red Wine Audio
post #64 of 175
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Originally Posted by Vinnie R.
Hi Kent (Alwayswantmore),

I want to say thank you very much for taking the time to evaluate the Signature 30 with your K1000s

I am very happy to read all of this and that you really enjoy the Sig 30 / K1000 combo. I am glad that you decided to keep it!

If anyone has any questions about the Signature 30, please feel free to email me at vinnie@redwineaudio.com

Thanks again, Kent!

Sincerely,

Vinnie Rossi
Red Wine Audio
You’re welcome Vinnie.

Thank you for building such a great sounding product (and a great value!).

Thank you also for putting up with my multiple e-mails during the selection and setup process

Today I tried connecting my 2 ch monitors: Decade old Acoustic Energy AE-1s via Audioquest Cobalt 2 bi-wire. Damn they sounded good from the Sig 30!
post #65 of 175
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore
....Today I tried connecting my 2 ch monitors: Decade old Acoustic Energy AE-1s via Audioquest Cobalt 2 bi-wire. Damn they sounded good from the Sig 30!
Sounds like I may keep both the FirstWatt F1 and the Signature 30, if the Sig 30 is that versatile. The story just keeps getting better!
post #66 of 175
is it over? did you keep the rwa sig 30?

i need closure!!! heheh
post #67 of 175
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Originally Posted by choariwap
is it over? did you keep the rwa sig 30?

i need closure!!! heheh
Still waiting for my Sig 30 to arrive. There is a five week wait to get one.
post #68 of 175
Edit: no longer relevant.
post #69 of 175
Personal preference may come into play here, but after the 6moons review Srajan never made it clear whether or not the Sig 30 replaced his F1 to drive the K1000's.
post #70 of 175
tmarshl any update on F1 vs Sig30?
post #71 of 175
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Originally Posted by J-Pak
tmarshl any update on F1 vs Sig30?
Haven't received my Sig 30 as yet. Anxiously awaiting
post #72 of 175
Thread Starter 

I'm a Happy Camper!

After a few weeks, I'm still very pleased with the Sig 30, and find it hard to imagine finding a better amp for my needs (maybe an expensive SET?). The sound is natural, warm, full, detailed, open and VERY easy on the ears. There are times I find myself repeating the same cut 2-3 times, just to hear a piano rif or saxophone solo one more time.

Update on earlier my comments...

Wadia Setting

I'm running my 830 on the middle internal gain setting (1 Volt RMS). I listen with the 830 at or near its maximum digital volume. At these settings, the Sig 30 runs between approx. 12:00 and 2:00 depending on the source.

K1000 Driver Angle

With my V-3, I used my K1000s fully open (toed-out). With the Sig 30 I now listen with the drivers closer to my ears (about 40% closed). I find this setting helps improve the image, and adds a wee bit more detail.

Warm-up

Unless I'm imagining things, the amp appears to be more transparent with sufficient warm up. So I let my unit run for about an hour prior to critical listening.

Isolation

I'm using three Ayre myrtle wood blocks under both the Sig 30 and my CDP ($5 each).

I'm also using two large Mapleshade brass weights, placed directly over the wood blocks (the two wood blocks on the transport end of my Wadia) ($29 for set).

Sub Woofer

I am very satisfied with the bass, and don't even think about the need to use a sub.

2ch Speakers

Earlier I reported a favorable initial impression using the Sig 1 with my AE1 monitors. After additional experimentation, I've concluded that the AE1s need more power to really come to life on a wide spectrum of music. Based on my experience, speakers with 90 db or greater efficiency will probably work fine (AE-1s = sensitivity: 84dB/W/m).

Bottom Line

The Sig 30 was my cure for Headfi. I now spend most of my free time listening, and very little time on this Web site.
post #73 of 175
enjoying the music is the point. have fun kent
post #74 of 175
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Originally Posted by tmarshl
Haven't received my Sig 30 as yet. Anxiously awaiting
Just heard from Vinnie Rossi. My Sig 30 should ship this week!
post #75 of 175
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore
Bottom Line

The Sig 30 was my cure for Headfi. I now spend most of my free time listening, and very little time on this Web site.
This is the most important message of all! Hope it works for me as well.
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