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What Amp to go with W1000?

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Hello all~~
Can some W1000 owner give me some tips on Amp?
What kind of amp will go well with W1000? Tube or SS?
Thank you
post #2 of 41
try an Antness Gilmore Version 2. ss.
post #3 of 41
What's your price range? This will help narrow down some advice down to a little over 4-5 amps that you can choose from. Do you need portability, or just for home use?
post #4 of 41
Thread Starter 
I hope the price will be under 800, for home use only.
I listen to all kind of music, but classic cello is my favorite.
The amp I am concidering right now is RKVII or Gilmore v2. They all seems to be very good amps.
By the way, anyone tried the black beauty alp or DACT mod on Gilmore? How is it affect the performance?
Thank you all
By the way, I find my W1000's bass is not really low... but at least it's tight. Will SS amp solve this?
post #5 of 41
Well, you can eliminate the RKV since it costs about $900 alone, plus another $200 for the Impedancer to run low impedance cans like your W1000.

Nothing will fix the low end response of a set of cans, unless the problem is that they're not being fed a strong signal at the lower end. In general, SS amps go lower than tubes, but the RKV is one exception.

Under $800 you have several really wonderful options:

Berning MicroZOTL - not as good in the bass dept as the RKV, but as good in about every other respect. Cost: $700 or so new.

Antness Gilmore V2 - new, unheard of yet. Special pre-order price by him can be found at Mall Fi here. Costs: about $500 I think.

Sugden Headmaster - great SS amp. Really strong contender in the SS realm. Costs: $650.


If I had that kind of money to spend right now, the ZOTL and Gilmore V2 would be the highest amps on my list. Other may mention others that I forgot, so keep looking!
post #6 of 41
SE,
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Nothing will fix the low end response of a set of cans
An amp with a high damping factor (like the RKV) cetainly helps, as would a lot of big ol' caps in the power supply, and some nice fast, slow recovery diodes.

MoLtoSoLo,
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classic cello is my favorite
Come guys, help this guy out. What do you Cello types use? Tubes for sweetness or solid state for transparency?
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post #7 of 41
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Nothing will fix the low end response of a set of cans, unless the problem is that they're not being fed a strong signal at the lower end. In general, SS amps go lower than tubes, but the RKV is one exception.
How much burn-in time do you have on the W1000? I found that for the deepest bass you need quite a bit of time.
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post #9 of 41
I've owned the W1000's older brother (W2002) for quite a while, and if the two headphones are anything alike, I'd personally stay away from tubed amp designs.

I have had excellent results from a Sugden Headmaster, however. One nice thing about the Sugden, is that as good as it is with the 2002 stock, mods can be done to it that really open it up quite a bit, and make it even better.

FWIW YMMV

Good Luck!
post #10 of 41
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The W1000 being at only 40 ohms really don't need a big strong exspensive amp. A META42 would be great for them. And would not cost that much money for a real good one. I think the bigger more exspensive amp are great for much bigger ohmage like the senn. at 300 ohms.
You are wrong. Take a look at how many different uber expensive amps people have been using with the CD3000 and the R10, which are only 32 ohms IIRC. Just because you didn't have a good experience with a more expensive amp doesn't mean that no one else will. Also, since you lied to me and the forum about that, I don't take anything you say seriously anymore anyway.
post #11 of 41
Well, my Corda Blue matches very well with them, so based on a review which stated that the Blue sounds very much like the Corda HA-2, I'd suggest the HA-2. Or the HA-1 with KurtW's mods, making it into a Corda Blue.
post #12 of 41
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Originally posted by radrd
You are wrong. Take a look at how many different uber expensive amps people have been using with the CD3000 and the R10, which are only 32 ohms IIRC. Just because you didn't have a good experience with a more expensive amp doesn't mean that no one else will. Also, since you lied to me and the forum about that, I don't take anything you say seriously anymore anyway.
I see that a career as a diplomat is probably not your thing, is it?
It all depends on your source, and I mean what's upstream from your amp. No amp can notch up a source's raw output in terms of quality and most DIY amps between 2-300 dollars I would think do more than enough justice to mid-fi componentry, so if you don't have an expensive source, there's no need for a megabuck amp if you have budget bits behind the amp. Some phones need specialised amping in order to make them sound anywhere near good. As you're undoubtedly aware this is not strictly the case with the W. Unless Moltosolo's source (is it the Pioneer still?) gets an upgrade I don't really see the point of a hugely expensive amp.
Moltosolo didn't give a budget but I would say the META's probably aren't a bad place to start. I haven't listened to them yet (soon, soon!) but if they are anything like the A1000 then I would say interesting results are obtainable with both tubed and SS amps. They don't lean so much towards SS amping like the W2002 does, so it will depend on what kind of character you want.




I'm just making an addendum to this post because I realised that Moltosolo did mention a budget and I wasn't reading .
post #13 of 41
Listening through the Sugden Headmaster (ss), the w1000 definitely became more pronounced and alive to my ears. They also benefited a good deal from the wheatfield ha-1 (tube), but i did not do an in depth comparison between the two. to many ears at the most recent california bay-are meet, the sugden/w1000 combination was a real winner. from my experiences with the sugden, that is the number one amp on my list... but in terms of audio upgrading, it falls a very far second to upgrading my source to the phillips 963sa.

the mapletree ear+ has also caught my attention... quality tubey goodness at a reasonable price. i'd like to try it out some day. at $125 for the DIY kit, it's be quite an interesting and affordable project.
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post #15 of 41
I am Curious George. What caused this rift?
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