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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by raelamb View Post
Ok guys. A little help here. All my listening is portable. 50% of the time I'm using my Shure 530's, 25% of the time my RS-1's, 25% my ATH-ESW9's. My amp is the tomahawk and so far I've been pretty happy. Both sets of cans are very efficient and I use them on the hi gain switch. If I don't care about the size would I be much better off with the SR71A?
I always found the SR71 to be a better amp than the Tomahawk in terms of both sound quality and its ability to have synergy with a wider variety of headphones. Personally I don't think you could go wrong in choosing an SR71 over the Tomahawk in your case. Only thing to consider is the shorter battery life and size.
post #17 of 30
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Originally Posted by lewislink View Post
Sheeesh...Westone UM2 or Tomahawk. Hmmm...UM2 or Tomahawk [dilemma]
Get both

Seriously though I would pick up the UM2 before the Tomahawk. You will appreciate the difference better headphones make rather than an amp which is more subtle
post #18 of 30
i was having the same problem and i chose sr71a recently.
post #19 of 30
I sold my Tomohawk and Hornet M two months ago while waiting for the new SR-71A to come out. Don't get me wrong! These two are excellent amps by Ray Samuels and are among the best in their own league! Anyway, it proved to be the right move for me as it's now driving my AKG701 to a new level I didn't hear before though with only 30 hours so far on it. Without doubt, the mid is more liquid and soundstage is noticeably wider and deeper. I believe the difference will be more evident after fully burnt-in. I will also try it later with IEMs (waiting for a replacement pair of SE530 from Shure ) in low gain setting.

With a smaller size than the original SR-71, I personally feel SR-71A is quite portable too. At least for me, I have no problems in carrying it around I would say you won't go wrong with SR-71A if you occasionally listen to full-size phones like AKG701 at home while using IEMs one the road or in the office.
post #20 of 30
My SR-71A is on the way - and I never heard the old one, but I have plenty of knowledge / reasoning to be very comfortable in telling you that the SR-71A will smash the hornet or tomahawk and it's a no brainer if you're not trying to pinch the pennies
post #21 of 30
I would recommend you The Tomahawk. It is sounds really great with SE530. It is really tiny and have 250hrs+ battery-life.
post #22 of 30
I'm getting a hawk for my Ety4S&P too. I thought about getting a bb but I think its overkill for just IEMs.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post
I'm getting a hawk for my Ety4S&P too. I thought about getting a bb but I think its overkill for just IEMs.
I have a ER-4p and P->S convertor.
I think SR-71A would be better if u ar gona use ER-4p/s.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by wynn View Post
I have a ER-4p and P->S convertor.
I think SR-71A would be better if u ar gona use ER-4p/s.
I agree the SR-71A is better with er4p/s as I myself is using this setup with a P>S converter, depending on how much details i want to listen.
post #25 of 30
I'm sure the SR-71A is better than a Tomahawk SQ wise, considering that it cost 1.5 times more. But I also considered portability and battery life. So for my purpose, Tommy won.

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Originally Posted by wynn View Post
I have a ER-4p and P->S convertor.
I think SR-71A would be better if u ar gona use ER-4p/s.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post
I'm sure the SR-71A is better than a Tomahawk SQ wise, considering that it cost 1.5 times more. But I also considered portability and battery life. So for my purpose, Tommy won.
True
post #27 of 30
SR-71A is a FINE amp. Just got one. I asked Ray about his recommendation of SR-71A vs. P-51; I also said the size wasn't a factor with me. He recommended the SR-71A for the power. I was leaning that way anyway; with an investment of this magnitude I figured replaceable 9V batteries would, in the long run over which I intend to keep the amp, mean no rechargeable batt to eventually wear out and no charger to deal with. 3-position gain switch for whatever you use; same gain setup as P-51.
post #28 of 30
lol wow this is a old thread I have a 71a myself and I still hold strong that it is my favorite amp out of any available on the market looking forward to the shadow release though
post #29 of 30
i would says SR-71 if you use with HD650 but High impedance headphone/earphone..
but if you use with se530 dont you interest P-51 ?
just an idea..
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by Trialanderror View Post
SR-71A is a FINE amp. Just got one. I asked Ray about his recommendation of SR-71A vs. P-51; I also said the size wasn't a factor with me. He recommended the SR-71A for the power. I was leaning that way anyway; with an investment of this magnitude I figured replaceable 9V batteries would, in the long run over which I intend to keep the amp, mean no rechargeable batt to eventually wear out and no charger to deal with. 3-position gain switch for whatever you use; same gain setup as P-51.
The SR-71A has much more power than P-51, driving HD 650 there's a very nice improvement although the sound of P-51 is very nice...just doesn't cut it power wise for my needs with HD 650...sounds excellent with my PFE though.
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