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Excellent review, Penchum.

Enjoy your new amp!
Thanks for the kind words! I've been trying all kinds of nice things with it. I'm testing it out now with a new simple tube pre-amp. So far, I'm quite surprised at the sound.

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There really is no comparison.
Yeah, that is a considerable difference.
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Yeah, that is a considerable difference.
Out of fairness, I think the Zero Headphone Amp is much better than most built-in amps like it. It is a dual-mono design and is customizable with different Opamps. That says a lot in favor of it, in it's application.

The MKV is totally in a different world, again within it's application. The two devices do compliment each other well. Several times, I have been listening to the MKV, heard something I have never heard before, unplugged from the MKV, plugged into the Zero's headamp, and verified if I was hearing things or not! If I'm working on one of my amps, I'm not left without the ability to listen. I just plug into the Zero and listen away. Very nice flexibility.
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Which is great. Thanks for keeping us updated with these wonderful audio amps.
We do seem to be spoilt for choice these days don't we?
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Which is great. Thanks for keeping us updated with these wonderful audio amps.
We do seem to be spoilt for choice these days don't we?
It's true! I'm just glad there are inexpensive quality alternatives for audio on a budget. I'm keeping a close eye on quality items coming out of China for this reason. So many people who love music, may never be able to afford a lot of audio we read about here, but there are alternatives for them, that come very close to the same satisfaction level, but cost much less. I like that! Now if I just had more funds!
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What's its sound quality like compare to Meier Corda Cantate ?
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They are in sockets, here:



Have a good one!
Interesting,
is that single opamps or dual opamps each? (I don't know dual mono structure),
is it possible to change into 2 x OPA637BP ?
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What's its sound quality like compare to Meier Corda Cantate ?
I don't think there has been a comparison yet. With the MKV being a dual mono design and the Cantate is a DAC/Amp, we may never see a comparison of these two.
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Interesting,
is that single opamps or dual opamps each? (I don't know dual mono structure),
is it possible to change into 2 x OPA637BP ?
I'm not sure. It probably would be better to email Mr. Yang or DavidZ and ask what options are possible in his design.
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Hi Penchum! If you by any chance listened MKV side by side with Heed CanAmp especially on K701 , please let us know about the results.
Thanks!
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Yes, I'm definitely interested to hear multiple comparisons against other amps out there, specially paired with K701.

I used to have Heed Canamp, and wondering does this amp would sound the same?
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Hi Penchum! If you by any chance listened MKV side by side with Heed CanAmp especially on K701 , please let us know about the results.
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Yes, I'm definitely interested to hear multiple comparisons against other amps out there, specially paired with K701.

I used to have Heed Canamp, and wondering does this amp would sound the same?
Hi guys!

I'm pretty sure there are a couple of folks who have the MKV with K701s, but haven't heard from them yet. Hopefully, someone will speak up.
post #88 of 733
Penchum,

I was wondering - Have you listened to the Headamp GS-1?

How does the MKV compare to the GS-1?
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Penchum,

I was wondering - Have you listened to the Headamp GS-1?

How does the MKV compare to the GS-1?
Sorry, I haven't. I did look it up and was kinda shocked at the $850 price tag. I'm sure there are plenty of reasons for it, but that means we probably won't see a comparison between the two. Just looking down the features listing, the big difference is going to be the actual design of each. The MKV is dual-mono design with no gain, to keep noise absent, and the GS-1 is a class A stereo design, with gain circuitry. It would be an interesting comparison, if one ever happens.
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return on my review of the MKV - I've decided to take an alternative tack on the usual review, and that is the following:
I'm used to a relatively expensive amp/speaker system, which if you wanted to buy brand new would be £4000 that's nearly $8000 of amplification (pre amp, separate power supply, 2 monoblock amplifiers) and £3600 of floorstanding speakers (that's another $7000). not to mention the "trick" cabling.

Now I'm using the same source, and feeding this into a headphone amp that cost me £180.

Do I feel disappointed in the sound reproduction?

No

There you have it. £180 of headphone amp keeps me happy, and I normally use amplification alone that amounts to over 20 times the cost.

Well, it's kind of a review .....
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