|Originally posted by dd3mon
Any words on how this amp compares to your MG Head, previously owned Gilmore or home-auditioned Emmeline? (yay I can read profiles! ).
My cans of choice are the HD600/Equinox as well, great with MG Head.
Well, I wanted to touch on this in my previous post but didn't want to get too ahead of myself given it's still breaking in. That said I think I'd have to say I am even a hair more enthusiastic than even Bill is about this amp. But he has a lot more experience than I do.
Though I can't be completely clear about how exactly the SXH-1 and Emmeline compare I know I can conclude that I wasn't getting anymore music then with with the Emmeline than I am now with the Perreuax. The Perreuax amp is very, very good. In regard to the Gilmore V2 it's clear and unquestionable the performance of the Perreaux is simply superior, at least in my experience anyway. Compared to the MG Head I'd say with the Perreaux you get more air, unquestionably better definition overall, more speed and deeper bass. As Bill has eluded to, the Perreuax sounds rich and full with a smooth treble and it very much competes with the MG Head in these areas (the MG Head's strengths) but with better definition and focus.
As to power I'm not seeing any lack of power with the HD600's at all. I don't know if maybe the voltage output of my source and the source Bill and John used is a factor here but in my case I haven't been able to get much past 12 o'clock on the dial before it's just way too loud. There are a couple recordings, Rebecca Pidgeon I remember in particular, where I did have to go past 12 o'clock. What's working well for me personally is the very neutral character with the controlled and smooth upper mids and treble. Any more extra energy up there and could throw it over the top for me. The balance is working out well for me. I usually prefer a slightly richer, sweeter sound. I should note too that I am using a really good (Alan Maher recipe) DIY power cord on the SXH-1 right now, which goes into a Monster HTS-2000 which is plugged into an ACME silver plated AC receptacle. This is unquestionably elevating the performance as well.
I'm also in the process of evaluating the little Grado RA-1 amp right now too and damn if this isn't a great amp as well!!! I can see why people say it synergizes well with Grado's, the SR-225's sound fantastic. But surprisingly the HD600 pairs extremely well with the RA-1 as well! It sounds REALLY good. Not quite the depth in bass, resolution or dynamics of the Perreaux but it's completely jet black background is something special. The RA-1 is surprisingly fast and full sounding. Very musical amp.