Having nothing better to do after work today, I prepared to check in with the Reference Amp to see how it was developing and then an idea came over me. Why not figure a way to let people actually hear this amp (at least to some degree). So I plugged my Imod into the amp and then ran a mini to mini out into my computer's sound card. I then recorded 60 seconds of 3 different musical selections with the output from the Reference Amp and my Imod. The cable from the Imod to the amp was an ALO cotton mini to mini and the cable to the computer from the amp was an RnB Diamond Reference. Having done this, I thought, "well let's record the output from other amps so people can hear the differences to the degree recording the output will let them." I then recorded the same material from 3 other amps, the Xin Micro, The SR-71, and the portable TTVJ Millett. I encoded them to high quality VBR mp3s and compressed them into a self-extracting zip file, which you can get from my server here, http://vorlon1.com/ampcomparo.exe
The file is about 13 megabytes and has 12 one minute cuts. WIth each of the four amps there is a Bach Violin Concerto, Eva Cassidy's, "Tall Trees in Georgia," and Diana Krall on her Beatles cover, "And I Love Him." Each mp3 file is named for the artist and the amp for easy identification, such as KrallMicro or EvaSR-71.
I loaded these one minute cuts back on my Imod and listened to them through my home system on a Canamp and K 701. While not sounding precisely the way they do direct from the amp into your headphones, they do capture the flavor of each amp and some of the subtle differences, in my opinion. These differences are more pronounced when heard directly, but this is an attempt to let people hear the subtle differences between these amps for yourselves in the way this medium allows. I hope you guys find it interesting and enjoyable. I have downloaded and tested the file and it is working fine. You may have to make some volume adjustments as I wasn't able to get the volume from each amp exactly equal.