Originally Posted by Morph201
haha!! Yeah, that's about 3 levels BELOW drunkenness!!
As I recently discovered after drinking 120 min IPA beer!! Cheers!
The first time I had 120's I had no idea they were that strong and chugged down two of 'em. And then I woke up the next day. what happened???
and to keep on topic:
So I had a wonderful commute in to work today. The super.fi cable behaved the entire way so I had no cuts in the listening experience. With the mirrored sunglasses and skull cap pulled low I was immersed in my own private world tweaking out to some great music.
First off, this amp is quite portable I've decided. I will not even consider looking at a smaller, more portable solution. I think it's actually better than the bithead, although it is heavier. It's body is so smooth and all the connects are up front so I just dropped it in the pocket of my coat and away I went. I couldn't tell any difference with it in the pocket vs the bithead besides the cords are better placed and the alo copper dock is much better aligned. The ipod also fits nice and snugly on top with the four feet as opposed to 3 feet with the bithead. With the bithead sometimes the ALO dock would get a bit of movement that would cause some weirdness over the line. It also didn't line up so well and I had to have the bithead sticking off to one side. That was my fault for not getting the right angle plug.
On to the music. All apple lossless. If the e500 perform better than the super.fi do with this amp I'm in for a treat! Yes, they sounded great on the bithead, but now it's like the amp slapped the super.fi in to submission and said, listen, you are going to play this how I want and this is how it goes. The bass was tighter with more punch and much heavier hitting. The vocals seemed to come out more in the rock songs I tested, and the cymbals were rattling my brain with the powerful classical selection I listened to.
I started with Tool - Vicarious which to me always sounded a bit muddy in the vocals with the super.fi. With the hd595 that is not the case. The vocals were cleared up a bit but still not as good as the hd595...but MUCH closer to them now. The guitar sounded a bit more alive and the music, in general, was just more. Quite satisfying!
After that I switched to Radiohead - Kid A and listened to a few songs. I was able to understand the lyrics a bit better and generally it was just more detailed and alive sounding.
And Finally I listened to prokofiev's A battle on the ice. An inspiring russian classical piece that is all over the place as far as lows and highs. 14 minutes of bliss. I was lost in my head listening to this, and had to control myself on the train to avoid any unnecessary outbursts!
I have not even used the gain switch as there is no need with the gear i have.