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post #16 of 37
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You certainly put together an extremely clean build Mazuki. Nice job.
Thanks Ech0
post #17 of 37
Sort of an out-there question, but how would the Opus compare to something like the KECES 151? Are they available as pre-built units, or would one purchase the components and have someone DIY it?
post #18 of 37
Great review indeed!
post #19 of 37
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Originally Posted by DemonicLemming View Post
Sort of an out-there question, but how would the Opus compare to something like the KECES 151? Are they available as pre-built units, or would one purchase the components and have someone DIY it?
It's almost a joke comparing a WM8040/WM8041 DAC to a PCM270x-based solution. The OPUS will win by a huge margin, like HUGE.

They're available as built and tested modules, you wire them and do casework.

Skylab: Nice review, thanks.
post #20 of 37
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It's almost a joke comparing a WM8040/WM8041 DAC to a PCM270x-based solution. The OPUS will win by a huge margin, like HUGE.

They're available as built and tested modules, you wire them and do casework.
Interesting. Are there any companies or members who do the wiring and case stuff? I've never touched a soldering iron before, and I'd be afraid to make my noob mistakes on something other than junk parts.

Now I wonder how an Opus would sound with a DV336....hm....
post #21 of 37
Excellent write up, Skylab. I've been enamored with the B22 for quite some time, and the Opus is a very interesting piece of hardware that I'll have to look at more closely.
post #22 of 37
I was hoping someone else would ask, Mike, but did you adhere strictly to the AMB specs, or did you change a few things?

FallenAngel, when can we expect your take on the Beta?
post #23 of 37
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I was hoping someone else would ask, Mike, but did you adhere strictly to the AMB specs, or did you change a few things?
Exactly as AMB intended. The power supply transformer is 100VA though.
post #24 of 37
Nice write up. I'm building a b22 so i can't wait to hear how i compares to my John Broskie valve amp, graham slee solo ampand my modded x-can v3. I'm also getting an opus dac so i can compare it to my beresford dac and zero dac. I should have an interesting write up to follow the build.

I would also expect the opus to sound better than your dennon's dac. I can't wait to hear how it compares to the beresford. The beresford is great for it's price range!
post #25 of 37
Thanks Skylab for another great review I know this is very late post I just found this review, I’m curious to know what config the B22 was either 2 or 3 board? The links in Ech0’s post 13 are dead, so I can’t see.

It’s interesting how people perceive sound differently, I’ve replaced my DV 337 for a AMB balanced M^3 (B22’s little brother). The M^3 for me was in whole different league, although the bass is not as big as the 337, which I now feel maybe on the heavy side of neutral. Just throwing this out there, but maybe the Senn HD6** might be a better choice of phones for the B22. I know your not a Senns man But for me, armed with my 650’s the choice for me would definitely be the AMB M^3 over the 337.
post #26 of 37
nice review, this beta 22 looks so different from other which i have seen
post #27 of 37
Thanks for the impressions. I am have Maxed out Supra SDS and two B22 with a GS-X amp. I thoroughly enjoy both of my B22s. I agree that they do the midrange quite well too. I'm glad you got to hear one
post #28 of 37
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Thanks Skylab for another great review I know this is very late post I just found this review, I’m curious to know what config the B22 was either 2 or 3 board? The links in Ech0’s post 13 are dead, so I can’t see.

It’s interesting how people perceive sound differently, I’ve replaced my DV 337 for a AMB balanced M^3 (B22’s little brother). The M^3 for me was in whole different league, although the bass is not as big as the 337, which I now feel maybe on the heavy side of neutral. Just throwing this out there, but maybe the Senn HD6** might be a better choice of phones for the B22. I know your not a Senns man But for me, armed with my 650’s the choice for me would definitely be the AMB M^3 over the 337.
I am really not sure about the # of boards. If it wasn't clear, this B22 was a loaner, not mine personally. So while you may be right that Senns may be a better choice for a B22, that isn't really relevant for me personally. I have owned HD600's and 650's before and don't really care for them. But the B22 was "just passing through" anyway
post #29 of 37
Oy! Where can i start looking for an unbalanced b22 -set to buy, since I'm not a DIY guy myself.. Should i just contact some of the guys who generally make them? Might be tempted in the near future..
That integrated opus-dac sounds good too.. Hmm..

Great review, i must say, though afterwards
post #30 of 37
So, is the B22 the best solid state amp you have ever heard?
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