Originally Posted by jpelg
I returned my EC/SS (newest batch).
Found it a bit slow in the transients, and a bit "thick" in the midrange. Lacks sufficient instrument separation. Relatively flat soundstage too.
Perhaps an ok match for the RS-1, but not the GS-1000's, and definitely not for my Ultrasone Prolines. No synergy, no magic. Not much of anything particulary exceptional nor distinctive. I couldn't be satisfied downsizing to this amp.
I'm having the exact same problem with my MS-2i's and recently purchased EC/SS. It's slightly better than my Headfive in some ways but worse in others.
- The bass is a little tighter than the Headfive but there is a LOT less of it.
- as jpelg mentioned, the midrange is blurred. There are maybe a couple of songs where I can hear details more clearly than with the Headfive, but many other songs where details that were perfectly clear with the Headfive are recessed or missing.
When it came to choosing amps it was between the HR-2 and EC/SS; I chose the EC/SS because it was half the price and had been compared favourably to the HR-2 with regard to Grado/Alessandros. The only negative comment I found was jpelg's, and since I prefer a warmer sound I thought the smoothness might appeal to me.
All in all I'm pretty disappointed - I'll give it a few more days of burn-in but I'm strongly considering sending it back.