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post #1306 of 1381
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Originally Posted by chengka7 View Post
 

When I asked Craig what is the best amp for HD800 and HD650, he told me like this:

 

If all you want is a good headphone amp to run HD800, HD650 headphones, the 445 amp is the best sound. Second best is the 445 proto amp that I sent a picture of.

 

And based on the other comment, 445 should work best with HD800. 

thanks, but what is the difference between the 445 and the 445 proto ??

post #1307 of 1381
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

...the 4-45 is still a notch behind the best solid-state amps for ortho driver control. 

 

I find this strange:  what is the point of the 4-45 having extra power (vs BA) if it not to also drive  « power hungry » headphones… like orthos ?

post #1308 of 1381
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Originally Posted by ericfarrell85 View Post

Marv,

Can you compare the 445 with the Dynahi for some harder to drive cans (orthos particularly). Much as I love my BA and it with the Lampizator really is head and shoulders better than anything else I've heard with the HD800. However, the Dynahi just does well with everything reducing the BA to a bit of a one trick HD800 pony. Even the AD2000 I prefer with the Zana Deux. Does the 445 effectively replace the need for two amps like the D-Hi and BA?

 

you have a Lampizator :-)  This is one of the DAC that I have in my radar !  Which level do you have ?  

 

but since the Lampi is a TUBE DAC, I as concern that TUBE DAC + TUBE AMP may be "too tubey sound" ;  -> don't you experience a "too soft sound" with the BA + Lampi ? 

post #1309 of 1381
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

 

I find this strange:  what is the point of the 4-45 having extra power (vs BA) if it not to also drive  « power hungry » headphones… like orthos ?

 

That was certainly a design consideration of the 2A3mk4 and 4-45: better performance with orthos. Still, the 4-45 is less powerful (it's still a few watts) and has higher output impedance than some of those monster solid-state amps. With traditional dynamic headphones, especially those with higher nominal impedance, it's hands down 4-45. With orthos, it can still go either way between full tubes or solid-state (or hybrid with solid-state output stage) with each bringing something different to the table. However, the 4-45 does sort of swing things more in favor of tubes, at least on an overall basis, this according to my preferences.

 

The difference between the 4-45 production and the 445 proto are the transformers. The proto uses Lundahl OPTs. The production uses custom Cinemags. The production 4-45 is better sounding.


Edited by purrin - 5/3/14 at 8:18pm
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

That was certainly a design consideration of the 2A3mk4 and 4-45: better performance with orthos. Still, the 4-45 is less powerful (it's still a few watts) and has higher output impedance than some of those monster solid-state amps. With traditional dynamic headphones, especially those with higher nominal impedance, it's hands down 4-45. With orthos, it can still go either way between full tubes or solid-state (or hybrid with solid-state output stage) with each bringing something different to the table. However, the 4-45 does sort of swing things more in favor of tubes, at least on an overall basis, this according to my preferences.

 

The difference between the 4-45 production and the 445 proto are the transformers. The proto uses Lundahl OPTs. The production uses custom Cinemags. The production 4-45 is better sounding.

 

Well, thanks Purrin, now I am convinced, and... I just sent to Cutrus my order form for a 4-45 "in a BA case"  :D

 

But, with "higher output impedance than some of those monster solid-state amps" as you said, is the 4-45 still Super-OK with some very low impedance (around 25 ohms) headphones like the Fostex TH-900 for example ? 

 

--> Please, could you provide me ( PM if you prefer) with a list of very few headphone that you believe are particularly good with the 4-45 ? Headphones which offer exceptional synergy with the 4-45.

( I have already a  TH-900; an AlphaDOG and a Roxane IEM, and now I want to get a fully-open cam: I am considering the LCD-X that is said to pair very well with my Chord HUGO Portable DAC/AMP.)

 

thanks

 

My precious: 

 


Edited by bmichels - 5/4/14 at 4:42am
post #1311 of 1381
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

you have a Lampizator :-)  This is one of the DAC that I have in my radar !  Which level do you have ?  

but since the Lampi is a TUBE DAC, I as concern that TUBE DAC + TUBE AMP may be "too tubey sound" ;  -> don't you experience a "too soft sound" with the BA + Lampi ? 

I have the Lampi 4.5, but I run it with an Offramp 5, which makes for a less "tubey" sound. It works beautifully with the BA + HD800. For other headphones I generally prefer the Dynahi (LCD 3, T1) and the AD2000 has some kind of synergistic magic going with the Zana Deux. Besides, I don't consider any of the EC's I've heard to have a very tubey sound, quite a bit from it and the BA is no exception.
Edited by ericfarrell85 - 5/4/14 at 6:47am
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Originally Posted by ericfarrell85 View Post


I have the Lampi 4.5, but I run it with an Offramp 5, which makes for a less "tubey" sound. It works beautifully with the BA + HD800. For other headphones I generally prefer the Dynahi (LCD 3, T1) and the AD2000 has some kind of synergistic magic going with the Zana Deux. Besides, I don't consider any of the EC's I've heard to have a very tubey sound, quite a bit from it and the BA is no exception.

thanks for the answer.  Could you please explain what is an "Offramp 5" ?

 

I am considering pairing a Lampizator level 5 with the new AC 4-45.   I hope it will be "universal" enough so that I do not need several Headphone amps depending on the Headphone used !  (I have TH900, AlphaDOG, and I need a fully open headphone : I consider the LCD X ) 


Edited by bmichels - 5/4/14 at 6:56am
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The 4-45 has arrived. My wife now refers to my bedside table as the Tower of Power.
post #1314 of 1381
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

 

--> Please, could you provide me ( PM if you prefer) with a list of very few headphone that you believe are particularly good with the 4-45 ? Headphones which offer exceptional synergy with the 4-45.

( I have already a  TH-900; an AlphaDOG and a Roxane IEM, and now I want to get a fully-open cam: I am considering the LCD-X that is said to pair very well with my Chord HUGO Portable DAC/AMP.)

 

In addition to the TH-900 and Alpha Dog you already have, consider HD800, Abyss, Audezes, etc. Even the AD2000 and HD600 (yes, the HD600 still scales). Grado (if you are so inclined). Basically the usual suspects. I've been pretty pleased with whatever I've thrown at it.


Edited by purrin - 5/4/14 at 10:36am
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

Could you please explain what is an "Offramp 5" ?

 

 

The Offramp 5 is a USB to SPDIF converter made by Empirical Audio.  If you are using a computer as your source and your DAC does not have a USB input (or its USB input does not sound very good), the Offramp 5 is inserted between your computer and your DAC and reclocks the USB output from your computer and sends it out as a low jitter digital signal to your DAC, typically in S/PDIF format.  (It can also send out the signal in other formats, like I2S via HDMI, but that is only relevant if you have a PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC.)  The Offramp 5 seems to be the most popular USB to SPDIF converter on Head-Fi, although there are many other such converters on the market at other price points, most somewhat lower, a few higher.

post #1316 of 1381
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Originally Posted by minimus View Post



The 4-45 has arrived. My wife now refers to my bedside table as the Tower of Power.

 

Nice. Are those old-stock globe 45s?

post #1317 of 1381
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

thanks for the answer.  Could you please explain what is an "Offramp 5" ?

I am considering pairing a Lampizator level 5 with the new AC 4-45.   I hope it will be "universal" enough so that I do not need several Headphone amps depending on the Headphone used !  (I have TH900, AlphaDOG, and I need a fully open headphone : I consider the LCD X ) 

While the Dynahi and Beta 22 are the only "universal amps" I own or consider universal, the 445 sounds like the ticket. The BA unfortunately cannot "grab and control" an ortho like a powerful SS amp, nor does it do much of anything for the HE6.
post #1318 of 1381
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

Nice. Are those old-stock globe 45s?


Yes, a matched quad of RCA globes.

post #1319 of 1381
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Originally Posted by minimus View Post

The 4-45 has arrived. My wife now refers to my bedside table as the Tower of Power.

How do you like it so far?
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Originally Posted by JMcMasterJ View Post

How do you like it so far?
. his wife ??
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