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That much better?

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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
No doubt that is all very true. The top tier of amps in any given category are very, very good indeed, and very close to each other in overall performance even if they do have specific differences (which they all do).
I realize this is an older thread and you have since sold your ASL MG head. Is the DV337 THAT much better sounding? Have you heard the DV332 yet and would you consider it a better amp than the ASL?(Based on reviews/comparisons by fellow headfiers if you haven't heard the 332 yet.)
post #32 of 46
I think the 337 is noticably better than the ASL, yes, although the ASL is a terrific amp. I have not heard the 332.
post #33 of 46
I would love to hear some comparison between Yamamoto HA-02 vs Darkvoice 337 vs Bada PH-12.
This is would be a high level tubes amp shoot-out.
post #34 of 46
Thread Starter 
Just added the Travagans Red to the rankings. Do not be fooled by the small size, this is a great amp.
post #35 of 46
Your impressions of the RED sound like mine of the Cute Beyond, but though you mention the Cute amps in a positive context you've made no direct comparisons. I've just been comparing the Cute Beyond (with stock op amp) to a Little Dot Mk V and--shock, horror--I preferred the Cute by a considerable margin. Of course this doesn't meant the Cute is the better amp per se, just that to these aging ears, and using Senn HD650s on classical/orchestral music, the Cute sounds more convincing, with better mid-range delineation and--oddly perhaps--better detail overall. I must say I'm a bit surprised by these findings and strongly suspect that it's more a case of synergy than overall superiority, but still, it says a hell of a lot for the Cute that it can compete at this level. Your remarks about the improvements in op amps seem well founded, and frankly, if I seek to upgrade from the Cute again (not likely at this stage) I'll be looking at op amp based designs.
post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by pp312 View Post
Your remarks about the improvements in op amps seem well founded, and frankly, if I seek to upgrade from the Cute again (not likely at this stage) I'll be looking at op amp based designs.
I know this is an old thread, but your last sentence stirred up some thoughts.

I don't understand the bias some people have towards opamp based designs. Opamps were not created as some hacked together half-breed to appease people only concerned with the bottom line. Many brilliant (headphone and speaker) amps use opamps. There is nothing inferior about them and they allow for far simplier designs compared to when opamps are not used.

If people think a non opamp based design is better than an opamp based design purely on the theory of audiophiles, they are wrong.

Ask Headroom. Their best amp seems to run quite well with opamps.
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by odigg View Post
I know this is an old thread, but your last sentence stirred up some thoughts.

I don't understand the bias some people have towards opamp based designs. Opamps were not created as some hacked together half-breed to appease people only concerned with the bottom line. Many brilliant (headphone and speaker) amps use opamps. There is nothing inferior about them and they allow for far simplier designs compared to when opamps are not used.

If people think a non opamp based design is better than an opamp based design purely on the theory of audiophiles, they are wrong.

Ask Headroom. Their best amp seems to run quite well with opamps.
I was formerly biased against op-amps, but have heard good examples. Your point is well taken.

I still prefer amplifier output in class A with zero negative feedback.
post #38 of 46
I was wondering where the Caliente would sit in this ranking since tbonner1 has reviewed it in another thread.
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by tbonner1 View Post
Just added the Travagans Red to the rankings. Do not be fooled by the small size, this is a great amp.
If you had to add the Cute Beyond to that list where do you think it would fall? Just curious how my cute beyond would do against these. Btw thanks for the reviews they're great.
post #40 of 46
Why not include RSA The Raptor??
post #41 of 46
Major cudos!




Nice review.
post #42 of 46
Great work, much appreciated..
post #43 of 46
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Originally Posted by OutdoorXplorer View Post
Why not include RSA The Raptor??
or the hr-2
post #44 of 46
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.

Please keep your ideas coming for what home amplifiers you would like to see added to this comparison.

I have some time to spend on this after I finish the project I am working on and plan to update this review with more amps.
post #45 of 46
thank you! Mod, please make this a sticky if it's not.
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