post #46 of 61
4/20/08 at 6:45pm
Meanwhile I am listening to Sugden Headmaster. Sorry to disagree with Mr. fcklo, but in my opinion, the Headmaster sounds superior to the Solo. It is nicer (a bit in the direction of HP4), less harsh and more profound. It is situated, on the harmony-dissonance scale, between the Solo and the HP4, which qualifies it for balance, prudency and, I'd dare to say, maturity. I also found its operation as a preamp adequate and unobtrusive: it caused no deterioration of sound in my system. So, I decided to keep the Sugden as well.
I am afraid, my Solo has to go nearby my TV-set. It served me so well,,, And even if I could notice, that it were in some respects equal to the Sugden (perhaps, it is as analytical?) - it won't be enough to keep it with my system. I must say, that it is good for the price and excellent for the dimensions, thought. An excellent amplifier to go travelling with.
You mentioned that the HP-4 failed after the first hour. This is something I heard first time. Can you describe the failure - was it a blown fuse, or pop & smoke, or channel unbalance .... ? Was your HP-4 a new one ?
There's an HP4 on Audiogon right now for $2222! I saw it yesterday and thought for sure it would've been sold by now but it's still available...
AudiogoN ForSale: EAR HP4
If I was looking for a high-end dynamic tube amp I would've been all over this! Someone buy it before I do something rash and completely not thought out! I know someone will save me from my wallet doom! I almost want it but I have to save towards other stuff!
Ultimate dynamic tube amp for low-impedance headphones right there folks, I'm sure whoever buys it will love it!