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$5-6k headphone amp suggestions/thoughts

post #1 of 65
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Well, seeing as how I've been waiting a month now for my Supra XLR *shakes fist angrily at USPS* I need some recommendations for a tube amp around the 5-6k range (for when i actually get my money back through the insurance claim). I've read up on the some highly recommended amps but can't come to a decision so I need some help

The ones I've been considering are:

Singlepower Supra XLR equipped for price range OR Maestro ZR equipped for the price range.
TTVJ 307A (currently leaning toward this from the impressions of CanJam)
RSA B-52

I guess those are the only ones I can actually think of in this range. Anyone have any suggestions or thoughts? (please dont tell me to go electrostats, already planning on building a rig a few months after this)

Headphones I would probably use most often are balanced K340s, balance HD650, K240 Sextett MP, W5000, MAYBE K501/K400 and Edition 9s.

I guess i should also add *shakes fist at Head-Fi*. Other college students would slap me if they knew I'm spending/spent this much already
post #2 of 65
"RSA B-52"


Mitch
post #3 of 65
Of the choices, Supra XLR, but didn't you have one that's lost? I'd resolve that before moving forward.
post #4 of 65
You're probably not going to go for the Woo 6 you already own and $5,000 worth of music...no, ok, never mind....

Tim
post #5 of 65
The EAR HP4 should also be on your list. Have read lots of positive impressions on it and the designer is famed for designs of other non-headphone audio components.
post #6 of 65
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Originally Posted by tfarney View Post
You're probably not going to go for the Woo 6 you already own and $5,000 worth of music...no, ok, never mind....

Tim
Woo 5 :P Took it off the list now actually, forgot Jack told me once that a XLR design wouldn't work with the WA5

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Originally Posted by PFKMan23 View Post
Of the choices, Supra XLR, but didn't you have one that's lost? I'd resolve that before moving forward.
Yep I bought it from someone here on Head-fi but seems USPS lost it or something so hes doing the insurance claim.

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Originally Posted by Asr View Post
The EAR HP4 should also be on your list. Have read lots of positive impressions on it and the designer is famed for designs of other non-headphone audio components.
Ah interesting, thanks. I'll have to read up more on this one
post #7 of 65
I wish I had this problem. However, I would concur to the wise advice of the elder members to not count your chickens until they hatch or put the cart before the hourse, so to speak.

P.S. Take the plunge and get the new TTVJ! :O
post #8 of 65
I wouldn't look to spend $6000, but instead I'd do a lot of listening and then buy whatever I thought sounded the best, whether it was $1000 or $6000.

There's nothing wrong with spending $6000 on an amp, just make sure you buy it because you think it sounds good, not because the price dictates it should sound good.
post #9 of 65
Zana Deux and $3,000 on a turntable. The Zana is wonderful and $3,000 will get you a terrific vinyl setup. That means a lot more music, including stuff that was never released on digital.

If you're bent on spending it all on an amp, have a custom built. I'd recommend going for one of the popular DHT triodes, like the 300B or 2A3. You could even go for Western Electric exotica or cult underground tubes. It'd also be enough to have Electra-Print, Lundahl, or others custom wind transformers for your project. Get the best iron on the market. And spring for the $6 resistors at Michael Percy Audio... he has some pretty nice caps and other goodies, too.

If you're going to spend $5k-$6k, get the best. Don't settle for 12AU7 and 12AX7 tubes. Those were originally engineered for inexpensive consumer products - not high-end audio. You want meaty triodes, at least octal tubes. And insist on point-to-point wiring. For that amount of money, don't settle for anything. $2k can get you top shelf parts for a custom 300B. The rest could be spent at a machine shop getting the exact case you want, a few sets of tubes and a happy, motivated builder.
post #10 of 65
The TTVJ Millet 307A =)

Was a AWESOME amp, the best tube amp i have listened to.

Close second would be the RSA B-52.
post #11 of 65
i have always wanted a B52. that would be high on my list.
post #12 of 65
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
Zana Deux and $3,000 on a turntable. The Zana is wonderful and $3,000 will get you a terrific vinyl setup. That means a lot more music, including stuff that was never released on digital.

If you're bent on spending it all on an amp, have a custom built. I'd recommend going for one of the popular DHT triodes, like the 300B or 2A3. You could even go for Western Electric exotica or cult underground tubes. It'd also be enough to have Electra-Print, Lundahl, or others custom wind transformers for your project. Get the best iron on the market. And spring for the $6 resistors at Michael Percy Audio... he has some pretty nice caps and other goodies, too.

If you're going to spend $5k-$6k, get the best. Don't settle for 12AU7 and 12AX7 tubes. Those were originally engineered for inexpensive consumer products - not high-end audio. You want meaty triodes, at least octal tubes. And insist on point-to-point wiring. For that amount of money, don't settle for anything. $2k can get you top shelf parts for a custom 300B. The rest could be spent at a machine shop getting the exact case you want, a few sets of tubes and a happy, motivated builder.
I wish I could try getting into vinyls but living in Hawaii we don't have many used record shops or that sort of thing. I'd have to order them from the internet and the shipping cost is probably way more than some actual records As for custom built, that is a option though. Not quite sure how to find people who would build something for me
post #13 of 65
I would buy a B52 and get some real nice tubes and then i would enjoy. I agree about the vinyl but if it isn't available well. . It also takes a lot of room and then setting up the turntable right and adjusting it and . . I love vinyl though.
post #14 of 65
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
I would buy a B52 and get some real nice tubes and then i would enjoy. I agree about the vinyl but if it isn't available well. . It also takes a lot of room and then setting up the turntable right and adjusting it and . . I love vinyl though.
Vinyl is pretty lovable. But you have to love it. You have to be addicted to its unique ambiance, and you have to love the tweaking and the cleaning and the shelving and the... - it isn't just a medium, it's a ritual. Once you've gone down the road of a computer as a source, with your entire music collection organized in software, at your fingertips, it is pretty hard to turn that ship around.

Tim
post #15 of 65
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Originally Posted by LeChuck View Post
I wouldn't look to spend $6000, but instead I'd do a lot of listening and then buy whatever I thought sounded the best, whether it was $1000 or $6000.

There's nothing wrong with spending $6000 on an amp, just make sure you buy it because you think it sounds good, not because the price dictates it should sound good.
I'd REALLY WOULD LOVE to have a chance to hear these amps so I could choose the one I like the most but once again, living on a tiny rock in the middle of nowhere, its hard to be able to do so

Still currently leaning for the TTVJ 307A with the B-52 a close second, then a custom built Supra XLR but only because of inconsistent build times that i've heard, and I've heard of some people not getting theres for a year, which scares me. If somehow I could get a guarantee on the Supra's build time of a month or 2 it would be tied with the 307A
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