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post #16 of 237
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
No worries! I didn't take it like that. It's really an issue of how I would rationalize another headphone amp to my wife
Ah, thank goodness there are other head-fiers with this issue

I actually pitched this to my mom as a present for my dad (that statement makes me sound younger than I am!) and she bit. SO, at least there's one "in the family"...
post #17 of 237
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
aaarrrggghhh, your description of it being so neutral seems like exactly what I want. grrr too expensive though. So is the c2c hard to listen to after this one? Is it more mechanical sounding or is the c2c just tonally different.
Definitely the C2C is not mechanical sounding - but it is not as transparent or neutral as the Amphora. If you had not heard the Amphora, you would listen to the C2C and not feel you were missing anything. But on camparison, the Amphora is in a different league.

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Originally Posted by vkvedam View Post
Thanks for sharing, quick question. What was your source?
Sources were, alternatively, my Denon CD player, Carat-Topaz DAC (review forthcoming), and my vinyl rig.

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Originally Posted by Leicachamp View Post
Hi Skylab.

From your review, I gather that the Singlepower, even though it is more colored,is the more musical of the 2 amps.

Is this a correct assumption?
I don't like to say "more musical". The Extreme is euphonically colored (slightly) compared to the Amphora. Whether this will sound more musical is up to you

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Originally Posted by GreenLeo View Post
Hi Skylab,

So how does this amp compare with the Lisa? Both of them are transportable and in the similar price range (Lisa + LLP ~ 1000$). The comparison would be really useful for head-fiers.
Sadly, I don't have a Lisa around anymore to compare it to; however, I am pretty confident to say that the Amphora is the better sounding amp. BUT: I never heard the Lisa with the LLP, so my comments relate to the Lisa running on batteries. In that configuration, the Amphora would get the nod.

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Originally Posted by jpelg View Post
Nice review, Skylab.

1. What source(s) are you using?
2. What gain setting(s) are you using for the low-impedance cans?
Thanks! Source notes above. For high impedance cans, the high-gain setting was needed, but for low impedance cans I used exclusively the low-gain setting, and found it to sound a little better.
post #18 of 237
Thanks for another nice review. Considering I have HD-800s on order, this amp is a serious temptation for me.
post #19 of 237
This amp has a nice vintage look.
post #20 of 237
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Wood is Good
post #21 of 237
Is there any info available about the circuit design?

How about some interior shots to see whats in the box/

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post #22 of 237
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My review policy is never to take internal shots. Discussion of the circuitry is up to the manufacturer. I know there are at least some parts of the Amphora's design that ALO/RWA want to keep proprietary.
post #23 of 237
In the original Amphora thread, Ken posted an internal picture of the amp. In the same thread Vinnie said, in essence, that the circuit is proprietary and won't be discussed.

Skylab - I like your policy of no internal shots...I'm going to adopt that from here on out. After some serious prodding (good naturedly), I posted internal shots of my WA6SE and regretted it afterwards.
post #24 of 237
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Originally Posted by indydieselnut View Post
In the original Amphora thread, Ken posted an internal picture of the amp. In the same thread Vinnie said, in essence, that the circuit is proprietary and won't be discussed.

Skylab - I like your policy of no internal shots...I'm going to adopt that from here on out. After some serious prodding (good naturedly), I posted internal shots of my WA6SE and regretted it afterwards.
I didn't find that thread or that PIC. But it's interesting that there would be a problem posting a pic of this or a woo. It's kinda like going down to the car dealer and he says, you can't look under the hood and he can't tell you anything about what kind of engine it has. And if you open the hood, no warranty for you!

Just have Faith Baby!

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post #25 of 237
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I'm not sure what the ethics of doing this would be for an OWNER. But for me, a reviewer who is listening to a LOANER, it is not copacetic to do, IMHO.
post #26 of 237
Really nice review!
Knowing that the internals are designed and built by RWA I am not surprised that is sound as great as it looks.
post #27 of 237
I can see both sides...I'm just going to sit on the fence from now on

Attached is the original pic that Ken posted of the inside.
LL
post #28 of 237
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I'm not sure what the ethics of doing this would be for an OWNER. But for me, a reviewer who is listening to a LOANER, it is not copacetic to do, IMHO.
I could understand if that were part of an agreement. I don't understand a manufacturer hiding his gear though(not talking about this review, just equipment in General), he CAN'T keep it a secret, unless it's in a wood block and sealed in epoxy ala Grado. And even then, the secret lasts only so long. And we now know what Grado was "Hiding" in that block, don't we.

But If I own the gear, there are no ethics involved. Its mine. As in the gent who mentioned the woo, I don't see the issue. Take a PIC and post it, who cares. It it invites Critique, then that's a good thing, cause the Truth can't hurt you, unless it should. Critique can be good, bad, or mixed. It is not a derogatory term. It means analysis.

I looked over ALO's site, the only real specs offered are on the Wood. Not much said about the what makes it go. No proud pix of the inside showing the components, the connectors, the solder, board, and wiring work.

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post #29 of 237
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Originally Posted by indydieselnut View Post
I can see both sides...I'm just going to sit on the fence from now on

Attached is the original pic that Ken posted of the inside.
Thanx for the PIC!

Those Silver canisters must hold the Magic Dust!

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post #30 of 237
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VCaps are sure nice, no doubt.
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