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post #61 of 1953
I've been tempted to send my MPX3 for an upgrade several times but have decided against it each time for all the reasons indicated in this thread. Agree that Mikhail seems to be a great guy (I've spoken to him twice a few years back), but his business practice leaves a bit to be desired.

Myself (being at the lower echelon of the headamp chain) wish that he would just produce a couple of products, i.e. Amp A, B and C and limit building Amp C+.2-8.4.2.B(c)6 for a select few, which cuts into his amp making time for the masses.

I realize he wants a maximum return on his efforts, and just doing a couple hundred dollar upgrade on my amp takes time away from the couple thousand dollar amp he's probably working on...and I understand that; however, as a consumer, I kind of feel cheated and neglected. Boo-hoo me, I know.

It seems that regardless of how good a said product is, and let's face it, SP is pretty great, "customer service" or lack thereof is oftentimes the deciding factor, even for the die-hards...after a while.
post #62 of 1953
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On the NWO, someone backed out so i got lucky. Still have to send it back to get the WiFi board installed.
Ouch, going by APL's recent track record that may take a while... For the record there is no harshness in my 3910 either with standard or gold pin ECC99's, quite the opposite in fact.
post #63 of 1953
it seems that it's gotten to the point where you can't buy a new SP amp anymore. you can still buy used. but if something goes wrong, you are then in the same situation as the buying new people - which is, an indefinite yet guaranteed very long wait with little to no communication or updates.

the amp market is really much smaller than people think.
post #64 of 1953
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Originally Posted by blubliss View Post
Yeah, I got Mikhail's personal ES-2. I was not going to wait again like i did for the SDS-XLR.

On the NWO, someone backed out so i got lucky. Still have to send it back to get the WiFi board installed.
Yeah me too.. that Wifi option is awesome.

Neil
post #65 of 1953
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Ouch, going by APL's recent track record that may take a while... For the record there is no harshness in my 3910 either with standard or gold pin ECC99's, quite the opposite in fact.
Yeah my NWO is the most UNharsh musical amazing <gush gush gush> source I've ever heard. Connecting headphones directly to this thing yields some of the best dynamic sound I have ever heard as well (even out of hard to power HD600, etc..).

I think Andy might either have very sensitive ears or a bad HE90. I personally think, Spritzer, but we'll have to see when I finally get down there, is that your HE90 was especially sensitive and tweaked up on the high end. Since the exact issues he was and is to a lesser degree complaining about, are what you cited you disliked about the HE90.

My HE90 has absolutely no tilt on the high end, and I wouldn't call it sharp or shrill at ALL. But not all HE90's may be the same..after all these headphones are quite old and quite delicate. But I can't be sure until I hear his...

Neil
post #66 of 1953
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Yeah my NWO is the most UNharsh musical amazing <gush gush gush> source I've ever heard. Connecting headphones directly to this thing yields some of the best dynamic sound I have ever heard as well (even out of hard to power HD600, etc..).

I think Andy might either have very sensitive ears or a bad HE90. I personally think, Spritzer, but we'll have to see when I finally get down there, is that your HE90 was especially sensitive and tweaked up on the high end. Since the exact issues he was and is to a lesser degree complaining about, are what you cited you disliked about the HE90.

My HE90 has absolutely no tilt on the high end, and I wouldn't call it sharp or shrill at ALL. But not all HE90's may be the same..after all these headphones are quite old and quite delicate. But I can't be sure until I hear his...

Neil
I tried one of the older HE90's some years ago and it didn't have the same HF extension as my old set but it wasn't all that far off. I do think that the He90 has some Hf hardness (same as the SR-Ω to some degree and the HE60) but they are never harsh. This may be a difference of definition but I tested the phones with 20+ amps and even more sources with cables that wake up the SR-007 from it's dark slumber but we all do hear differently so you should definitely check out the phones.

I do think that there is something going on with the amp circuit as ES-1 owners are getting very different results with the Lambda Pro for instance then any other owners using Stax or 3rd party amps. I do wonder if Mikhail implemented all the oscillation countermeasures Stax has been using since they designed the SRX circuit in the 60's.
post #67 of 1953
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Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
I think Andy might either have very sensitive ears or a bad HE90. I personally think, Spritzer, but we'll have to see when I finally get down there, is that your HE90 was especially sensitive and tweaked up on the high end. Since the exact issues he was and is to a lesser degree complaining about, are what you cited you disliked about the HE90.

My HE90 has absolutely no tilt on the high end, and I wouldn't call it sharp or shrill at ALL. But not all HE90's may be the same..after all these headphones are quite old and quite delicate. But I can't be sure until I hear his...

Neil
I have definitely not ruled out my ears. I may just be sensitive to the high-end.

Spritzer, when did you get these HE90s; i may send them back if I find the problem is with them. I think they are still under warranty for a couple more years?
post #68 of 1953
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I have definitely not ruled out my ears. I may just be sensitive to the high-end.
Just to eliminate one possibility, have you tried different cables in your setup? Most of the known and accepted "high-end" cables aren't really all that good when facing this level of resolution but sound fine in speaker setups.

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Spritzer, when did you get these HE90s; i may send them back if I find the problem is with them. I think they are still under warranty for a couple more years?
Jan sent them out to me between Xmas and the New Years 2005 and I got them in early January so there are at least 2.5 years left of the warranty.
post #69 of 1953
The used market should be very lucrative for owners of Singlepower amps In fact with the long build time frames, used is much more appealing. I have hopes myself, that some headfi'er with a Supra, and plenty of patience to wait on a custom hotrod order comes my way.
post #70 of 1953
Are there really that many people ordering multi-kilobuck home headphone amps that small amp shops can't keep up with demand (much less answer an email or voice mail now and then)? I want to believe that this hobby is widespread and growing, but it seems like an ultra-niche market.
post #71 of 1953
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Most of the known and accepted "high-end" cables aren't really all that good when facing this level of resolution but sound fine in speaker setups.
This is exactly what I discovered with my previous high end power cord and IC. Designing for a lower noise floor with cables is all well and good, but if you're using speakers to test your work, it doesn't tell us much. Luckily I found a PC and IC combo that really does significantly lower the noise floor even on very revealing headphones.
post #72 of 1953
Is this why a used SP amp could fetch a good price ?
post #73 of 1953
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I've been tempted to send my MPX3 for an upgrade several times but have decided against it each time for all the reasons indicated in this thread.
I bought two used SinglePower amps.

Then I asked the sellers to ship them to SP for upgrades. Big mistake.

I've been waiting since Aug. 2007 for upgrades to be made to a Supra-XLR and Sept. 2007 for an ES-1, and I'm still waiting. I agree that Mikhail seems to be a nice guy and is pleasant to talk to, but I don't think he has much credibility when it comes to actually shipping amps.
post #74 of 1953
That is, in a word, insane.

I've lost count of the times when companies have delayed shipments of orders for one or other reason - for example if they shipped something 5 weeks after order instead of 1 week. In many, if not most of these cases, the companies were branded as "crooks" or "scammers"....at least up until the time the products finally arrived.

Here we are talking about not a couple of weeks....but 3, 6, and seemingly up to 10 months delay! And I wouldn't be able to accept the rationale that "SP are artists".
post #75 of 1953
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The used market should be very lucrative for owners of Singlepower amps In fact with the long build time frames, used is much more appealing. I have hopes myself, that some headfi'er with a Supra, and plenty of patience to wait on a custom hotrod order comes my way.
Are you waiting for something like this?
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