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post #16 of 2774
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Originally Posted by PinkFloyd
I know exactly what you mean you get the feeling "shall I or shan't I?" when it comes to telling people what it sounds like, if you say it sounds great and everyone else says it sounds shyte then you become an instant member of "team deaf bastard" I'm pretty confident in my ears abilities to tell a good one from a duffer so I just come straight out with the lowdown and to heck with the consequences. Plus I really don't need to rely on other people's ears, usually a recipe for disaster, always best to use your own ears and form your own judgement before buying anything. Hopefully people who hear the HEED will agree it's a damned fine splendid amp but you never do know

Is this a Digital amp(ClassD)?

Cant believe your running it with those cheap microwave oven caps!
post #17 of 2774
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo
I read the impressions in Rock Groto: http://rockgrotto.proboards39.com/in...ead=1151507228 Then I did a bit of research and found the USA Distributor whom I contacted. The USA Distributor found a USA Dealer willing to send me one of their units for me to test and voila!

This amp keeps on getting better and better, at only 12 hours of burn in it sounds amazing. Since I feel funny when I read about an amp being touted as the greatest I am coordinating with two fellow Head-Fiers for them to listen and get their opinions. I am sold on this little "wonder-box"

Some additional internal pictures of the amp follow (I hope it does not void the warranty ) Click on the pics to make them HUGE!


As a side note I am working with the Dealer to get a face plate like the one on PinkFloyds Heed CanAmp.

I'll stick with my tubes! its not a true sound but I like it!
post #18 of 2774
"Put 100 head-fiers in a room with 10 amps to choose from and it's almost certain that they won't all choose the same amp as their favourite"

We recently had 10 headfi'ers in a room with at least 12 amps, 2 solid state, the rest tube. At least 9 out of 10 headfi'ers brought tube amps with them, either purchased or home made. We never really asked for a consensus but 10 out of 10 thought tube head amps sound better than SS head amps. I haven't heard a $2000 plus SS head amp but I have heard a $2000 plus tube amp, very nice. My $300 SS Pimeta sounds better than a $600 production SS head amp but my $500 Woo 3 tube head amps kicks the crap out of both of them put together. I would love to hear the HEED but doubt that it sounds better than a $400-500 tube head amp. If it does, I will most certainly buy it.
post #19 of 2774
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Originally Posted by BennyBoy
Is this a Digital amp(ClassD)?
Pure Class A

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Originally Posted by BennyBoy
Cant believe your running it with those cheap microwave oven caps!
Not for long

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We have just currently run out of stock, after a sudden (in 1 day) massive spike in sales.
Classic

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Until this week, it was our slowest moving piece...someone must have gotten the word out


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Please don't stop posting because of my silly joke.
If only it was that easy
post #20 of 2774
Thread Starter 
I took another session with the Heed CanAmp and my AKG K340 (modded by Larry at Headphile including Black Gold cable). The source is the HeadRoom Micro Dac via an optical cable from the Philips DVP642. As you can see with the exception of the AKG K340 most of the components are not top end and I did that for a reason.

Sound: I can not get over what I am hearing! I used the CD Between the Sheets by Fourplay and I heard things for the first time. For example I could hear the opening and closing of the Hi Hat, also the vibrations of the chains under the snare drum crystal clear as if the drummer was there in the room besides me.

For a while I have been a big proponent of the X-Can V3 specially after being modified "a la" PinkFloyd. I still think it is a wonderful amp specially if you purchase it used for about $300 But the Heed CanAmp is in a totally different league even though it has only 20 hours of burn in.

It would be great if a third Head-Fier had a chance to listen to one and comment here. It would be a good counterpoint to PinkFloyd's and my listening experience.

I will use my Grado RS-1 for my next listening period.
post #21 of 2774
I'd be interested to hear how it stacks up with the K701. Seems like the 3D layering would be a great combination with the spacious soundstage of the K701.
post #22 of 2774
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thank you for your interest in the CanAmp. We have just currently run out of stock, after a sudden (in 1 day) massive spike in sales.
I called Blue Moon Audio around 1 PM eastern time and ordered one, and he said he had some in stock at that time.
post #23 of 2774
Thread Starter 
I have been listening to the Heed CanAmp with the AKG K701 on and off for the last couple of hours. I have been using the same setup as I described on post 20 with the only variable being the K701 instead of the K340. I have been listening to Rosa Passos' Amorosa CD.

Since I first turned on the Heed CanAmp there is a quality in the sound that I have not been able to express. I believe that now I have an anology to put into words what I am hearing, hopefully the anology will not offend. Here it goes: The sound flows effortlesly regardless of volume or headphone. Other amplifiers can produce similar or even higher volumes but they sound like they are struggling. I equate those other amplifiers to being on "The Throne doing #2" and trying to speak. The sound comes pushed, un-natural, artificial, lacking in depth and dynamics.

You will not hear anything like it on the Heed CanAmp, it simply flows with a depth and width like I have never heard before. While listening to Rosa Passos I can place the various instruments right in front of me just like if I was at a live show. Truly amazing.
post #24 of 2774
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo
I have been listening to the Heed CanAmp with the AKG K701 on and off for the last couple of hours. I have been using the same setup as I described on post 20 with the only variable being the K701 instead of the K340. I have been listening to Rosa Passos' Amorosa CD.

Since I first turned on the Heed CanAmp there is a quality in the sound that I have not been able to express. I believe that now I have an anology to put into words what I am hearing, hopefully the anology will not offend. Here it goes: The sound flows effortlesly regardless of volume or headphone. Other amplifiers can produce similar or even higher volumes but they sound like they are struggling. I equate those other amplifiers to being on "The Throne doing #2" and trying to speak. The sound comes pushed, un-natural, artificial, lacking in depth and dynamics.

You will not hear anything like it on the Heed CanAmp, it simply flows with a depth and width like I have never heard before. While listening to Rosa Passos I can place the various instruments right in front of me just like if I was at a live show. Truly amazing.
So what you're saying is other amps sound constipated by comparison...
post #25 of 2774
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Originally Posted by PinkFloyd
Pure Class A
That's pushing it a bit. The voltage gain is a push/pull IC isn't it, with a class A SE discrete output stage?
post #26 of 2774
I been in contact with Bob Clarke (US Distributor). He will send a demo unit to me through my local HiFi shop. In few days I hope to report back with my impression as well. I hope it gets to me before my long business trip to Asia next month:-( Bob is aware of this Head-Fi thead and I am sure he will order more from the manufacturer as soon as he can.
post #27 of 2774
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Originally Posted by TheSloth
That's pushing it a bit. The voltage gain is a push/pull IC isn't it, with a class A SE discrete output stage?
Correct. First stage (V-Gain) IC, power gain stage single ended pure Class-A.
post #28 of 2774
Thread Starter 
I have spent the last hour going back and forth between the Mapletree Ear Purist + HD and the Heed CanAmp driving the RS-1. I then asked my wife to listen and give me her opinion.

We both agreed and preferred the Mapletree with the RS-1. Granted the Heed CanAmp has only 43 hours of burn in. I will check back in a couple of days to see if the additional burn in changes the sound. At that time I will check with the other high impedance cans as well.
post #29 of 2774
The mapletree amp costs $600. The Heed costs $400.
post #30 of 2774
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Originally Posted by educator
The mapletree amp costs $600. The Heed costs $400.
Do you have a point?
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