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post #1126 of 1163
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

Awesome... Something I've always wondered... is the Super 2, basically a low power EL84-Hammond 119DA coupled speaker amp (with common grounded outputs)?

Dr. P includes schematics with manual: https://hollowstate.netfirms.com/manuals/HDSuper2usersmanual.pdf

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post #1127 of 1163
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

Dr. P includes schematics with manual: https://hollowstate.netfirms.com/manuals/HDSuper2usersmanual.pdf


Yep....got the instructions , manual and schematic for mine.

 

it says mine even has the auricap and blackgate signal capacitors, and hexfred ultra high speed rectifier diodes


Edited by whirlwind - 6/8/14 at 6:58am
post #1128 of 1163
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Yep....got the instructions , manual and schematic for mine.

it says mine even has the auricap and blackgate signal capacitors, and hexfred ultra high speed rectifier diodes
Mine came with a flux capacitor too - I had to pay extra for that. 😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜
post #1129 of 1163
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Mine came with a flux capacitor too - I had to pay extra for that. 😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜


Inflation  :veryevil:

post #1130 of 1163

They were normal price back in 1985 though (or was it '55? :tongue:)

post #1131 of 1163

I bought a used MAD Ear+ last week and received it on Thursday. I’ve been using it a lot with my RS1is and thought I’d pop in with some impressions.

 

This is an older model with only one headphone output. My DAC is the Emotiva DC-1 and I have some brief comparisons with the headphone amp built into that unit. I am using stock tubes in the Ear+

 

The things that stuck out for me:

 

The mid bass on the Ear+ is slightly more rounded and a little heavier than the DC-1 headphone output. so there’s a bit more weight to cellos, bass guitars, etc. I don’t really notice a difference in bass kick, though. Depending on one’s viewpoint, you could call the DC-1 output thinner or simply more flat. I know that with the RS1i, I prefer the sound down low with the Ear+. I can’t notice a difference in detail down here, though.

 

The highs are less piercing on the Ear+. They’re not quieter, exactly, but that edginess of the RS1i is softened on the Ear+. It’s still aggressive but hotly mastered tracks are worse, to my ear, on the DC-1.

 

The kicker -and what makes me appreciate the Ear+ - is that I notice is greater clarity and three dimensionality with the Ear+. For example, I was listening to a song with a lot of crashing, rolling cymbals and the difference between the two headlamps was that, on the DC-1, they sounded papery and slightly one-note. All I heard was the high frequency tizzing. But on the Ear+, it was possible to hear some more subtle, lower frequency notes underneath the crashing, giving the cymbals more body and dimensionality. 

 

I’m not saying I hear the same thing across all frequencies - my ears and source material may not be good enough - but for any vocals and instruments with a lot of HF information, I found the Ear+ presented them with more realism as I could hear more subtle notes under them. And this, in turn, makes entire tracks sound more lifelike and a little better imaging.

 

For my ears and my brain, it’s not a night and day difference. Some other people might say it is since standards are different for everyone. But I do think the Ear+ is better than the DC-1 headphone out and it really does gel quite nicely with the RS1i’s natural sound.

 

I’m glad I have the Ear+ and RS1i combo. It makes the RS1i sound about as good as I’ve heard it - I’ve had one in the past and used it with a variety of amps so the DC-1 isn’t my sole reference point - and I’m looking forward to buying  a few tubes to replace the main Sovtek. 

post #1132 of 1163
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post
 

I bought a used MAD Ear+ last week and received it on Thursday. I’ve been using it a lot with my RS1is and thought I’d pop in with some impressions. 

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This is an older model with only one headphone output. My DAC is the Emotiva DC-1 and I have some brief comparisons with the headphone amp built into that unit. I am using stock tubes in the Ear+

 

The things that stuck out for me:

 

The mid bass on the Ear+ is slightly more rounded and a little heavier than the DC-1 headphone output. so there’s a bit more weight to cellos, bass guitars, etc. I don’t really notice a difference in bass kick, though. Depending on one’s viewpoint, you could call the DC-1 output thinner or simply more flat. I know that with the RS1i, I prefer the sound down low with the Ear+. I can’t notice a difference in detail down here, though.

 

The highs are less piercing on the Ear+. They’re not quieter, exactly, but that edginess of the RS1i is softened on the Ear+. It’s still aggressive but hotly mastered tracks are worse, to my ear, on the DC-1.

 

The kicker -and what makes me appreciate the Ear+ - is that I notice is greater clarity and three dimensionality with the Ear+. For example, I was listening to a song with a lot of crashing, rolling cymbals and the difference between the two headlamps was that, on the DC-1, they sounded papery and slightly one-note. All I heard was the high frequency tizzing. But on the Ear+, it was possible to hear some more subtle, lower frequency notes underneath the crashing, giving the cymbals more body and dimensionality. 

 

I’m not saying I hear the same thing across all frequencies - my ears and source material may not be good enough - but for any vocals and instruments with a lot of HF information, I found the Ear+ presented them with more realism as I could hear more subtle notes under them. And this, in turn, makes entire tracks sound more lifelike and a little better imaging.

 

For my ears and my brain, it’s not a night and day difference. Some other people might say it is since standards are different for everyone. But I do think the Ear+ is better than the DC-1 headphone out and it really does gel quite nicely with the RS1i’s natural sound.

 

I’m glad I have the Ear+ and RS1i combo. It makes the RS1i sound about as good as I’ve heard it - I’ve had one in the past and used it with a variety of amps so the DC-1 isn’t my sole reference point - and I’m looking forward to buying  a few tubes to replace the main Sovtek.

 

 

nice write up ,

what surprised me the most about my mad ear+, is it's pretty goodwith the other headphones have tried with it too. sure there are some trade off's here and there, which is why i have the bryston too,

post #1133 of 1163

Yeah, nice review

 

I bought mine pretty much for my RS1i....but like jay, mentioned.....this amp is stellar with many headphones.

 

The tube rolling, for the most part...does not break the bank either......this kit is stellar  :beerchug:

post #1134 of 1163

For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+

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For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+


 



I saw it.....looks very nice
post #1136 of 1163
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For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+

 

 

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For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+

 



I saw it.....looks very nice

 

i keep looking at it, staring, it's calling to me ................      :blink:

post #1137 of 1163
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Originally Posted by narrow bights View Post

 

For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+





 



 



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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

 
Quote:

Originally Posted by narrow bights View Post

 

For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+





 






I saw it.....looks very nice



 



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Sell T1....buy mad ear :-0
post #1138 of 1163
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Originally Posted by narrow bights View Post

 

For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+

 

 

 

 

 
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

 
Quote:
 
Originally Posted by narrow bights View Post

 

For all you MAD enthusiasts, I have an HD300 in the for sale forum.  It is a suped-up, limited edition of the EAR+

 

 






I saw it.....looks very nice
 

 

 

i keep looking at it, staring, it's calling to me ................      <img src=

 



Sell T1....buy mad ear :-0

buy the mad ear, sell the lyr ??

post #1139 of 1163

I'd be very interested to read a comparison of the Mad Ear+ and a Lyr (2).

post #1140 of 1163
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I'd be very interested to read a comparison of the Mad Ear+ and a Lyr (2).

i haven't heard the lyr 2 yet

but i can comment on the lyr(1)/ ear+ comaprison, i had both at the same time , side by side.

the differences to me were kinda what i was expecting, the lyr was better with dynamics, pace, attack PRAT

the mad ear+ had a larger soundstage, wider, more air. 

what surprised me the most about the mad ear was how well it worked with headphones other than grado's , 

the alpha god, the lcd x were wonderfully driven by the ear+.

the lyr to me proved even more flexible, and given the right tubes to work with can be top notch with most any headphone, i'm a sucker for power

and the lyr does have that

 

its quite possible that i'll get another mad, i love grado's, and grado's love the ear+


Edited by jaywillin - 10/19/14 at 5:10am
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