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CIAudio VHP2 initial & final impressions

post #1 of 29
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Future review originally promised here has been canceled, see my post #28













post #2 of 29
Looks like a very nice little SS beastie

Congrats on the score !!!!

I look forward to your impressions of this amp

Is the push button a gain switch ?


Peete.
post #3 of 29
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Yes, that's a gain switch.
post #4 of 29
Asr, I probably missed it somewhere, and if I have, I apologize, but why are you ending your reviews on head-fi? I will miss them thoroughly.
post #5 of 29
needs about 200 hours of burn in and then the sound begins to change for the better.
post #6 of 29
Ya, a little bit o' burn-in, and you're set for Neutral Central! Power up!
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Originally Posted by greggf View Post
Ya, a little bit o' burn-in, and you're set for Neutral Central! Power up!
Neutral? Interesting... Have you compared them to Headamp's Gilmore Lite or GS-1? If so, which do you find more neutral?
post #8 of 29
Never compared them to the GLite or GS-1, sad to say. Wish I had.

There's a review here by someone who did do a GLite/VHP-1 (I don't think it was the 2) comparo; I don't have the link. I think he pretty much liked them both.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by Drumonron View Post
Asr, I probably missed it somewhere, and if I have, I apologize, but why are you ending your reviews on head-fi? I will miss them thoroughly.
Writing reviews is something I don't want to do anymore. After the Pico will be the Klipsch IMAGE/UE triple.fi and this one for the VHP2, nothing further after that.

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Originally Posted by coldkeith View Post
needs about 200 hours of burn in and then the sound begins to change for the better.
I don't believe in burn-in much when it comes to amps so the most I'll be putting on this amp will be 100 hours!

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Originally Posted by ZephyrSapphire View Post
Neutral? Interesting... Have you compared them to Headamp's Gilmore Lite or GS-1? If so, which do you find more neutral?
Well I owned both of those before and while I won't be able to make a direct comparison, I did get long-term experience with them.

In terms of the customer-buying experience, I can also say that CIAudio is better than HeadAmp. I waited at most hours for response to e-mail, and only 1 day for the amp to ship.
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post
Well I owned both of those before and while I won't be able to make a direct comparison, I did get long-term experience with them.

In terms of the customer-buying experience, I can also say that CIAudio is better than HeadAmp. I waited at most hours for response to e-mail, and only 1 day for the amp to ship.
Crossing my fingers that you do a comparison!

Good to know that the customer service is great.

I've been reading and reading head-fi for almost a year now and have yet to pick what would be my first home headphone amp. Hopefully, after your review, I might just decide
post #11 of 29
sorry, I thought I was going to read a review. I guess a little build up never hurts.
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Originally Posted by ZephyrSapphire View Post
Crossing my fingers that you do a comparison!

Good to know that the customer service is great.

I've been reading and reading head-fi for almost a year now and have yet to pick what would be my first home headphone amp. Hopefully, after your review, I might just decide
the down side about the VHP2 for us Aussies at least, is that you have to buy the PSU as well as the amp to use it in Australia ):
post #13 of 29
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the down side about the VHP2 for us Aussies at least, is that you have to buy the PSU as well as the amp to use it in Australia ):
Yep, I know that. I don't really mind since the price is in my budget. Well anything summing up to less than AUD$1000 is in my budget. Taxes and stuff.
post #14 of 29
Oh man, I would really like to hear how VHP2 fairs against Gilmore amps. Waiting...
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WOOT! Looking forward to it! What's the MSRP of those beasts?
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