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post #16 of 37
Had both, sold both but the hornet m had a more refined and thus to my ears, a better sound than the tomahawk.
post #17 of 37
Thread Starter 
Just got a reply from Ray via e-mail.

I think the biggest difference between those two amps, is that the Tomahawk is perfect for IEMs, while the Hornet can drive full size cans.

I just changed my mind, since I'm still planning to get a HD650 in a near future.

Thanks again!
post #18 of 37
For IEM's Tomahawk all the way. The size of the amp, the low gain, the awesome battery life. Very convenient on the road. For anything else Hornet. The size is bigger, has more power for full size cans, but the battery life is nowhere close to the Tomahawk. The SQ is a little better than the Tomahawk but it is negligible with IEM's IMO.
post #19 of 37
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Originally Posted by dadozen View Post
Just got a reply from Ray via e-mail.

I think the biggest difference between those two amps, is that the Tomahawk is perfect for IEMs, while the Hornet can drive full size cans.

I just changed my mind, since I'm still planning to get a HD650 in a near future.

Thanks again!
Should you decide to get the Hornet(or any other amp that uses a 9v battery) you should try using a Ultralife lithium battery w/ it. I have one in my Zen Head amp(Which you might also want to consider if you are at all interested in having an amp w/ a crossfeed in addition to gain & input impedence switch options included. See the "new portable amp by Decware" thread for more input). I know, hehe, decisions...decisions it's not easy ,but these little amps warrant the time because you will be pleased as hell w/ the increase in SQ once you have the amp to fit your needs. Now get that amp ,dammit!! Just kidding . Good Amp Hunting !
post #20 of 37
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! Your comments really helped me, although I haven't decided yet. The size difference doesn't seem to be that much anyways.

If anyone wants to post, please feel free to. It really helps to get opinions about all details of the amp.
post #21 of 37
If size is not an issue (this could get me in trouble in some forums) and if you can swing the price difference then consider the new SR71A w/ the adjustable gain switch. I got 72 hours on a pair of Duracell batteries.
post #22 of 37
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Originally Posted by Aimless1 View Post
Hard to beat the lovable Tommy for portable use. Unreal battery life (300+ hours), high/low gain, yet it has a volume control and crazy small size (about the size of pack of cigarettes or of a Cowon D2). SQ is wonderful with IEMs. What's not to love?
I agree - if I didn't have the Predator I would have never sold you my Tomahawk. The size and battery life mean the owner will have the amp with him all the time, rather than owning a better amp that is often left at home.

[EDIT - I responded from back on the first page, so discussions about size weren't going on then]
post #23 of 37
Thread Starter 
From what I've seen, the new SR-71A doesn't seem to be much bigger than the Hornet( Ray even says in the website that the combo iPod/SR-71A is perfect, since it's a little smaller than the player ), but for me it will cost extra $100.

I'm already considering this option, since the SQ seems to be much better than Hornet/Tomahawk level, but it's much more expensive.

Thanks for the advice mrarroyo!
post #24 of 37
Both have the volume control.
The advantage of The Tomahawk is the size of it with a great SQ, of course only for IEMs. If The Hornet is not too big for you, get them for better performance.
post #25 of 37
If you still want size comparisons check some pics out in this thread. There should also be some impressions of both the hornet and tomahawk.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f45/fi...6-08-a-336693/
post #26 of 37
Have both, I use them with Klipsch Image and UE-10pro. With the UE-10pros in particular I can tell these amps apart. There is a bit more presence and bass weight with the Hornet M over the Tomahawk.

Of course, I am awaiting the Predator, and I will probably sell both the others, as I don't need that many amps.

My rules at the moment. Tomahawk rules for portability and convenience of the batteries, and not carrying the charger. The Hornet rules for best sound to my ears using my best cans.
post #27 of 37
SR71A by itself is a good size. If you add a iPod to that equation, you're basically carrying the bulk of two iPods. THAT to me is not a portable solution. Transportable, yes, portable, nowhere near it.
post #28 of 37
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the inputs guys. But I ended up with another solution than the RSA's: just made a reservation for my Corda Headsix, even though owning a 2Move already. I really like Corda's sound signature.

It will solve me the portability issue, battery issue( even though it won't last as much as the Tomahawk ) and the size issue. For half the price.

For people who lives in USA is way easier to order a RSA, but for me, it's even easier to order one amp from Jan. I have no problems with customs at all( Ray would send me the amp via FedEx, which would cost me a lot of taxes ), and it takes the as long as ordering one from Ray.

The RSA's designs are so beautiful that I'd really want to have one though
post #29 of 37
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Originally Posted by dadozen View Post
Thanks for all the inputs guys. But I ended up with another solution than the RSA's: just made a reservation for my Corda Headsix, even though owning a 2Move already. I really like Corda's sound signature.

It will solve me the portability issue, battery issue( even though it won't last as much as the Tomahawk ) and the size issue. For half the price.
I'm bouncing back and forth between RSA & Corda Meier (probably Headsix or 2Move). I'm going to wait until the holidays when I have extra cash.

Any other reasons why you added the Headsix if you already have the 2Move?
I'm just curious.
post #30 of 37
yeah, height and width of headsix is like tomahawk and it's only a litle deeper in size. I sold the Tomahawk after I got the Predator, but still have the headsix.
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