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Goldpoint Headphone Pro

post #1 of 357
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I was made aware of the fact that Goldpoint made a heaphone amp through this thread. I decided to buy one because I was still looking for a good solid state amplifier to complement my tube and hybrid amps to service the herd of phones that is littering the wall beside my desk.
I ordered one (well tried to at first) and now it has arrived.
First I have to say the at Goldpoint they did everything to make the deal go well. They never sold it to anyone outside US, so they were a bit unsure at first (about payment method and 220 volt issue for instance), but everything went well. They are really excellent folks to deal with. It is in their e-bay shop now, which makes it a lot easier for future customers.
Very first impression:
Very nicely built. Sturdy, perfect finish. Understated & tastefull. No bling, I highly appreciate that.
Picture (sorry, I know my photography skills are sub-par):





Sound:
I want to give it 100 hours before I say anything about tonal balance etc,
BUT, very first impression is impressive.
A few traits come forward at once:
Authority: It grabs the music and presents it boldly
Control: It is very precise and controlled, no booming or looseness in the bass. Perfect for what I want it for: controlling the DX1000 bass.
Detail: It is HIGHLY detailed. The amount of detail is really impressive.
Musical: it is not dry like the Corda Prehead, but very fluent and easy. It is on the bright side of the spectrum, but that will change some with burn-in I expect.
The sound is cristal clear, but also full. Very open.

So far I am very happy with this amp.
More to follow.
LL
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post #2 of 357
I saw this amp on Goldpoint's site while preparing to place an order for a Mini-V, so I'm looking forward to hearing your impressions of it vs. other amps you have.
post #3 of 357
A clean little amplifier indeed!
Nice to hear that you worked out the details (ordering, payment, voltage, ..) with them, and that its now available in the eBay store.

I expect some more impressions when you have spent some time with it. Enjoy!
post #4 of 357
Thanks for these intial impressions, Kees. I've had my eye on this one and am looking forward to hearing more about your experiences with it.

best,

o
post #5 of 357
Funny this new amp is available as I am considering selling my Rudistor NX-02. Of course the original idea was to replace then NX-02 w/ an RPX-33 or an RPX-100.

Kees, I believe you own an RPX-100, I hope you have an opportunity to compare them. Thanks.
post #6 of 357
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
Funny this new amp is available as I am considering selling my Rudistor NX-02. Of course the original idea was to replace then NX-02 w/ an RPX-33 or an RPX-100.

Kees, I believe you own an RPX-100, I hope you have an opportunity to compare them. Thanks.
Yes I have an RPX-100 and of course I'll do the comparison for you.
post #7 of 357
Thanks Kees!
post #8 of 357
Thanks Kees. Can't wait to hear more impressions. Looks like a very capable amp. I am tempted to get one for my office rig.

F. Lo
post #9 of 357
What is the transformer for in the amp (since it takes 12V wall wart)?


edit: Looks like the power connector runs directly to the R-core transformer...why though?

Also is it a discrete or an opamp based amp?
post #10 of 357
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Originally Posted by triode12 View Post
What is the transformer for in the amp (since it takes 12V wall wart)?


edit: Looks like the power connector runs directly to the R-core transformer...why though?

Also is it a discrete or an opamp based amp?
It is AC not DC.
I don't know. I'll ask Arn Roatcap, the designer.
post #11 of 357
Thanks Kees. Looking forward to some more impressions.
For some reason I want to see how this stacks up against an AMB Mini3.
post #12 of 357
I dont see any opamps do you?

post #13 of 357
Hi Kees,

I know you need more hours before sharing your impression. But can I inquire about the noise floor of this amp ?

F. Lo
post #14 of 357
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Originally Posted by fkclo View Post
Hi Kees,

I know you need more hours before sharing your impression. But can I inquire about the noise floor of this amp ?

F. Lo
I had noticed that the noise floor is not as good as I would like it (it is noticable on the low impedance phones only, like my 42 Ohm Kenwoods, Senns are dead quiet). I have told Arn about it and he told me that he had some modifications in mind. A new amp is coming my way in 3-4 weeks. In the mean while I keep burning this one in and doing some tests that Arn asked me to perform for him.
I am very pleased with the lively, musical nature of the presentation.
post #15 of 357
Thanks so much Kees.

I was almost pulling the trigger an hour ago. (also ordering a passive preamp SA2 to get a better deal). Looks like the best way forward is to wait until Arn finds a way to cope with the low impedance / high sensitivity cans. Not sure if this is something to do with the 220V a.c. you are using ?

F. Lo
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