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post #226 of 237
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Originally Posted by KB View Post
Hey Soundlogic,

The SE version has a more overall openness and air to it. The wire used in the Amphora is a 22awg OCC solid core copper in a PVC jacket, the SE is a 22awg solid silver that is pushed through a cotton tube. Its exact same stuff I use to make (made) my ALO Cotton Docks and Cotton mini to minis with. There are a few members who have the SE but I do not think we have had any direct comparisons via the public yet.

Hope this helps.

Ken
I'm not qualified to do a formal comparison between the two, but I lived with my dad's non-SE Amphora for three weeks before handing it over to him as a present. I've now lived with my Amphora SE for over a month. The good news is that I listened to both of them primarly through GS1000i 'phones so the source and 'phones were consistent.

Forgive me having to go from memory (never a good thing) on the non-SE, but I agree with Ken's feeling that the SE has a bit more air. The "ah-ha" moment for me came when listening to a well-recorded classical guitar cd. I got a bit more finger-plucking-string and fingers-sliding-over-frets feel with the SE...not in any kind of spotlit or hyper-detail sense. It contributed to the overall ease of the presentation and aided in the act of suspending disbelief. This is WELL up the diminishing returns curve, but audible. I loved my dad's Amphora so much it was an easy decision for me to talk to Ken about the SE.

I've been made fun of earlier in this thread for commenting on how beautiful the amp is but I could care less - this is a beautiful piece of audio art. My SE case started out as a solid piece of claro walnut and I think the end result is stunning. Many thanks to Ken and Vinnie for a life-enriching product.

post #227 of 237
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Originally Posted by indydieselnut View Post
I'm not qualified to do a formal comparison between the two, but I lived with my dad's non-SE Amphora for three weeks before handing it over to him as a present. I've now lived with my Amphora SE for over a month. The good news is that I listened to both of them primarly through GS1000i 'phones so the source and 'phones were consistent.

Forgive me having to go from memory (never a good thing) on the non-SE, but I agree with Ken's feeling that the SE has a bit more air. The "ah-ha" moment for me came when listening to a well-recorded classical guitar cd. I got a bit more finger-plucking-string and fingers-sliding-over-frets feel with the SE...not in any kind of spotlit or hyper-detail sense. It contributed to the overall ease of the presentation and aided in the act of suspending disbelief. This is WELL up the diminishing returns curve, but audible. I loved my dad's Amphora so much it was an easy decision for me to talk to Ken about the SE.

I've been made fun of earlier in this thread for commenting on how beautiful the amp is but I could care less - this is a beautiful piece of audio art. My SE case started out as a solid piece of claro walnut and I think the end result is stunning. Many thanks to Ken and Vinnie for a life-enriching product.

Hah! I have the same audio rack as you, but in a more beautiful rosewood color.

Unfortunately my 000/100 Amphora is not an SE and is made from two pieces of wood. But it's still pretty.
post #228 of 237
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Hah! I have the same audio rack as you, but in a more beautiful rosewood color.

Unfortunately my 000/100 Amphora is not an SE and is made from two pieces of wood. But it's still pretty.
Well, you clearly spent too much money on your rack if you opted for the veneer...if more people around here realized that sight is the most useless sense we have the world would be a better place

Maybe those that feel I care too much about appearances should spend a few minutes in my cave-like, concrete, unfinished basement with bare lightbulbs and exposed plumbing
post #229 of 237
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Originally Posted by indydieselnut View Post
Well, you clearly spent too much money on your rack if you opted for the veneer...if more people around here realized that sight is the most useless sense we have the world would be a better place

Maybe those that feel I care too much about appearances should spend a few minutes in my cave-like, concrete, unfinished basement with bare lightbulbs and exposed plumbing
Was $250 too much for the 28" Salamander with 4 shelves?

Enjoy the Amphora!
post #230 of 237
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Was $250 too much for the 28" Salamander with 4 shelves?

Enjoy the Amphora!
Nope, that was a good deal! I got the black 5-shelf when it was on the $199 special running not too long ago. I do lust after the walnut...man, I must really have a think for walnut

I'm planning to bring my SE to CanJam next year so we should set up a SE/non-SE comparison...
post #231 of 237
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Originally Posted by indydieselnut View Post
Nope, that was a good deal! I got the black 5-shelf when it was on the $199 special running not too long ago. I do lust after the walnut...man, I must really have a think for walnut

I'm planning to bring my SE to CanJam next year so we should set up a SE/non-SE comparison...
I don't think I will be able to go to Chicago, but I will be at CanJam @ RMAF every year in October.
post #232 of 237
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Thanks Greg. I did not try the Amphora as a pre-amp, though.
post #233 of 237
im really very curious how the amphora compares to the headroom desktop amp/dac and the lisa III, considering their all around the same price, it would be beneficial to someone like myself who is on the verge of upgrading from my audio techncica ha25 d amp/dac and predator.
post #234 of 237
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Originally Posted by techenvy View Post
im really very curious how the amphora compares to the headroom desktop amp/dac and the lisa III, considering their all around the same price, it would be beneficial to someone like myself who is on the verge of upgrading from my audio techncica ha25 d amp/dac and predator.
the predator and lisaIII are fantastic units that i have spent considerable time with,however the alo amphora to me is much better and is in a different league of amps
amphora-fully discrete circuit,goldpoint stepped attenuator,alo wiring = blacker than black background,richer tonality,wider soundstage and most "natural sounding realistic and beleavable"
i love my amphora,it is really special!!!
post #235 of 237
@techenvy... when truly comparing these amps that you mention, I don't know about the Lisa, but the headroom has a dac built in with multiple digital inputs. I have a 2007 Headroom Desktop with the dedicated P/S and I have the Amphora.
Truly apples and oranges. The amp in the Amphora sings out beautifully and has a wonderful presentation. The Headroom is a bit sterile, but has lot's of balls.
If you need any of the DACs, then it's a no-brainer. If you don't need a built in DAC and want an amp that gives you the type of music that never wants you to get up and leave the house, then the Amphora is for you.
I use my Desktop w/External power supply hooked up to my iMac and I use VLC as a media player that plays all of my flac songs on my Apple through headphones while surfing.
However, when I am lying in bed, or sitting in my chair outside I use my iMod hooked up to my Amphora and some great IEMS.
post #236 of 237
I wonder how does it compare to the RSA HR-2 or Headamp GS-1?
And how does it performs when driving the AKG K701?
post #237 of 237

Amphora S.E. Superdock +AKG 702

This is my favorite !!!!!!
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