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post #121 of 419
Haha! I do some of my best shopping with a beer buzz... Or after a couple of shots of Jack! It also helps to achieve the same levell of drunkiness when explaining the purchases to my wife!!! Bahaha!

I think you're righ though, with this amp, decent cans (not IEMs) are required!
And I thought I was done buying crap! it doesn't stop!!

Hey, are you still listening to it??? Tell me more!!!
post #122 of 419
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Originally Posted by Morph201 View Post
Haha! I do some of my best shopping with a beer buzz... Or after a couple of shots of Jack! It also helps to achieve the same levell of drunkiness when explaining the purchases to my wife!!! Bahaha!

I think you're righ though, with this amp, decent cans (not IEMs) are required!
And I thought I was done buying crap! it doesn't stop!!

Hey, are you still listening to it??? Tell me more!!!
I didn't listen much after. I'm going to take it in with the IEM's today. shall see how that goes. I must admit, it looks pretty svelte with the black cable, ipod and case. i used 4 velcro circles from the bithead to stick the ipod up top. works great.

I think I need some high impedance phones to try now! I've been eyeing the beyer dt880 or the akg 701 at my local superstore...or the 650s. they are all roughly the same price!
post #123 of 419
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Haha! I do some of my best shopping with a beer buzz... Or after a couple of shots of Jack! It also helps to achieve the same levell of drunkiness when explaining the purchases to my wife!!! Bahaha!
"drunkiness", I love that, sounds so much more delightful than plain old drunkenness!
post #124 of 419
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"drunkiness", I love that, sounds so much more delightful than plain old drunkenness!
haha!! Yeah, that's about 3 levels BELOW drunkenness!! As I recently discovered after drinking 120 min IPA beer!! Cheers!
post #125 of 419
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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.
post #126 of 419
Been using my new X1HA-ECP for many hours now since receiving it a day and a half ago, and loving it! Full, rich, crystal clear, luscious sound all the way.
Since my primary source is my Mac Powerbook, I had originally set my sights on something with a USB DAC; folks were saying that connecting an amp via the 'phone jack on one's computer just won't cut it.
But after reading about the new Xenos, I was sufficiently seduced into giving this one a try. There's a 30 trial period so if it didn't work out I could return it.
Well, this new Xenos really rocks with it connected via my Powerbook's 'phone jack, no USB DAC needed!
I've been listening through my K-701s and my early generation DT-770 Pros (600 ohm impedance) and it's been heavenly. With the latter, activating the X1HA's gain control puts the Holy Spirit into those cans and just blows me away! Incredible!!
Folks have been saying that running an amp off of AC provides more "oomph" to the listening experience over using a battery. Well, I can detect absolutely no difference whatsoever between AC and battery, none, and I've listened very critically and intently.
A X1HA feature that has me scratching my head, though, is the Stereo Field Simulator Control. With it activated, there's a slight loss in certain sound dynamics, that's all. I could detect no other effect, nor any benefit to using it. I just don't know why one would choose to use it.
Well, this baby is definitely a keeper.....I'm so totally satisfied with it.......YES!!!!!!!
post #127 of 419
Ok, that's it! I am NOT reading anymore of this thread until I get mine! *sigh* still says processed on their site!!

Hey, Nightbird, the stereo field simulator detracts from the audio??? Is that because of your setup? Spooky, you get the same result? After I get the answer to that question I'm done!

PS: Yeah, I can see where having 2 120min IPAs would hurt you, it's ~20% acohol by volume!! in beer!
post #128 of 419
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Ok, that's it! I am NOT reading anymore of this thread until I get mine! *sigh* still says processed on their site!!

Hey, Nightbird, the stereo field simulator detracts from the audio??? Is that because of your setup? Spooky, you get the same result? After I get the answer to that question I'm done!

PS: Yeah, I can see where having 2 120min IPAs would hurt you, it's ~20% acohol by volume!! in beer!
I've not tested the SFS so can't help ya. I just turned it on before playing the first song. I'll play with it this weekend with the big cans to see if I can tell a difference. With the bithead I could tell a pretty big difference.
post #129 of 419
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Hey, Nightbird, the stereo field simulator detracts from the audio??? Is that because of your setup?
Don't think so; I've tried using sources other than my Powerbook, and different genres of music, but the issue with the SFS exists with all of them. There's always the possibility that the SFS on my 1HA is defective, but I just don't know.
I really have no experience with Stereo Field Simulators so I don't know how they're supposed to effect the music. I just emailed ATP Systems support with this issue so I expect to have this matter sorted out before too long.
post #130 of 419
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Don't think so; I've tried using sources other than my Powerbook, and different genres of music, but the issue with the SFS exists with all of them. There's always the possibility that the SFS on my 1HA is defective, but I just don't know.
I really have no experience with Stereo Field Simulators so I don't know how they're supposed to effect the music. I just emailed ATP Systems support with this issue so I expect to have this matter sorted out before too long.
It's possible you just don't like it. It changes the soundstage. I prefer it, but I am a big Crossfeed fan in general.
post #131 of 419
anyone else that has this amp , please share your observations be they simple or detailed. And can anyone give any feedback as to how this amp holds up comparatively with any other amps?
post #132 of 419
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MaN227 View Post
anyone else that has this amp , please share your observations be they simple or detailed. And can anyone give any feedback as to how this amp holds up comparatively with any other amps?
I am confused by your question: how does the amp hold up
compared to other amps? It has only been released this month. I got mine the first week of January and I am s/n 4
It is a bit early to analyze durability if that is your question.
My observation of it is quite simple: it is on par with the more
expensive Headroom Microamp, and a notch below the more
expensive Hornet (so I am told about the Hornet). It will
greatly please those that spend the 219 to add a "portable" amp to their system. It is so well constructed that the weight and heft may make it seem less portable than some (like the Microamp). I am using it right now
connected to a laptop in a hotel watching The Sopranos DVD and it has me hopping periodically with sound effects
and clarity (gun shots etc).
post #133 of 419
Andrea put it on par with the hornet\tomahawk:

direct quote:

"Good choice, much more subtantial than the Tomahawk - I mean, with a glance at the inside, I know I wouldn't throw more than $100 on a Tomahawk. I just don't like to be cheated as to the real value of things. I'd place even the 1HA-EPT above the Hornet or Tomahawk. Enjoy the 1HA and be confident that it is a honest product"...

We still correspond, I miss his posts!
post #134 of 419
Thread Starter 
send him my regards (dw6928). we have a long history in these forums together
post #135 of 419
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Originally Posted by Morph201 View Post
Andrea put it on par with the hornet\tomahawk:

direct quote:

"Good choice, much more subtantial than the Tomahawk - I mean, with a glance at the inside, I know I wouldn't throw more than $100 on a Tomahawk. I just don't like to be cheated as to the real value of things. I'd place even the 1HA-EPT above the Hornet or Tomahawk. Enjoy the 1HA and be confident that it is a honest product"...

We still correspond, I miss his posts!
From my understanding, Andrea has NEVER even heard a Hornet or a Tomahawk.
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