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post #2551 of 6020

My guess is that Justin doesn't want or need retailers & distributors because he's wanting to offer such amps like the BHSE at the lowest possibly price. I was told by someone that knows Justin, that he makes very little profit on the BHSE because he uses the best of everything and wants to sell that to his potential customers for the least amount possible. 

post #2552 of 6020

Thank you very much, Attorney! Any opinion about the fact that BHSEs don't have any channel volume balance capability? I think this may be a problem with most recordings -I like having the sound perfecly "centered", especially with earphones.

 

Philippe

post #2553 of 6020

Many many thanks, David! Your answers really help, to the extent that I can't resist asking you two more questions:

 

You write "While the BHSE is an amazing amp, IMO I don't think the 009 is the right headphone for it. The SQ is brilliant but volume is an issue."

 

1. Let's reverse the problem: what, in your opinion, would be the best amp for the 009?

 

2. In addition, I'm not quite sure I understand your "volume is an issue" note. To me, the volume issue is the fact that L/R channels volume cannot be adjusted (with separate pots or a balance knob). Justin confirms this function doesn't exist with the BHSE. 

 

Again, thank you and congratulations.

 

Philippe.

post #2554 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Phil95 View Post

Thank you very much, Attorney! Any opinion about the fact that BHSEs don't have any channel volume balance capability? I think this may be a problem with most recordings -I like having the sound perfecly "centered", especially with earphones.

The lack of balance control doesn't bother me. I've got a balance control on my source and I have not used it in years. If it appears to you that one side is always louder than the other, then there is a problem somewhere with the equipment. I've never noticed that recordings have a significant balance issue.

 

What I could do with sometimes is a cross-feed control or mono switch, e.g. for the crude stereo of early sixties albums, but that is another story altogether.

post #2555 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Phil95 View Post

Many many thanks, David! Your answers really help, to the extent that I can't resist asking you two more questions:

 

You write "While the BHSE is an amazing amp, IMO I don't think the 009 is the right headphone for it. The SQ is brilliant but volume is an issue."

 

1. Let's reverse the problem: what, in your opinion, would be the best amp for the 009?

 

2. In addition, I'm not quite sure I understand your "volume is an issue" note. To me, the volume issue is the fact that L/R channels volume cannot be adjusted (with separate pots or a balance knob). Justin confirms this function doesn't exist with the BHSE. 

 

Again, thank you and congratulations.

 

Philippe.

 

The SQ of the 009 driven by the BHSE Philippe is outstanding, but as I've said for me volume is an issue, meaning I find at certain parts of some songs I listen to the sound can be intense or too loud, though at other parts of the same songs the volume is just right. This problem is only with a few songs, with most of them I can't resist putting the volume up, and when the BHSE's been on for a few hours I seem to want to put the volume even louder, in fact over the last two or three weeks I've been leaving the power on the BHSE an hour before I listen to anything.

 

I'm not sure there is a best amp for the 009, some think the LL is the best but I heard IanG's LL at the same time as my BHSE with the 009's and I preferred the BHSE.

 

IMO the BHSE is the best available electro amp out there but I'm wanting three things, SQ, BQ and looks, the BHSE gives me all three in abundance.      

 

                  In the end I hope you enjoy which ever amp you decide to choose.

 

                                                  Thanks

 

                                                  Dave.

post #2556 of 6020

whats BQ ? Bass quality? Body quality?

post #2557 of 6020

Build quality

post #2558 of 6020

I have three sources for my BHSE/009 set up that includes a phono stage, an SACD with its internal DAC, and an outboard DAC for my cd player and my iTunes library.  linestage output is different on each requiring a volume adjustment depending on source.  What I have found useful however is that when I do a cd rip or download a digital file from HDtrack or Linn to my computer, I use a program called Wave Editor for Mac to convert the file to 24 bits (just adds 8 empty bits before changes are made to the original file) and adjust gain to - 4 to -5 dB for all tracks.  This does not introduce compression but allows me to listen to many different songs without reaching for the volume control. I first learned about this approach from reading comments by Barry Diament, sound mastering engineer, over on the Steve Hoffman forums concerning proper techniques to converting vinyl to digital files.  Wave Editor also allows for resampling and a very fine dither algorithm. Perhaps this might help solve your issues with volume.  

 

As for the BHSE, I am still "breaking in" my stock tubes, new issue Mullard EL34's.  I have 50 hours on them so far.  They are not at their best for at least an hour, preferably two.  I did have to adjust bias again, as per Justin's video, because of normal drift.  I have two other stat amps, well known around here, and I can honestly say that the BHSE is hands down the best in combination with the 009 that I have heard regardless of source.  Very enjoyable and non fatiguing to listen to for hours.  Personally what I think most people hear as "brightness" is poor mastering, particularly compression, and high frequency distortion.  The BHSE will present flaws in other parts of the system, particularly source, with brutal accuracy.  

 

I have a matched quad of SED winged C tubes that I may try after the Mullard's have about 250 hours on them.  Any comparisons between these options?

post #2559 of 6020
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Originally Posted by nicholas029 View Post

Personally what I think most people hear as "brightness" is poor mastering, particularly compression, and high frequency distortion.  The BHSE will present flaws in other parts of the system, particularly source, with brutal accuracy.  

 

Agree 110%, don't shoot the messenger, the BHSE/009 is not going to sugar-coat things in any way.

post #2560 of 6020

Another good piece of advice I have picked up is to run all line level outputs directly into the BHSE bypassing pre amps, equalizers or other circuits that may alter the signal.  In general, the shorter or the less involved the signal path the better.  This obviously excludes a phonostage for turntables that brings that very weak signal up to line level. 

post #2561 of 6020
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Originally Posted by vinyllp33 View Post

 

Agree 110%, don't shoot the messenger, the BHSE/009 is not going to sugar-coat things in any way.

"anything if good, well recorded, and competently mastered." Well.. I not surprise you don't find it bright.

post #2562 of 6020
Actually I don't find the combo bright on less than stellar material, I play recordings going back to the 1920's with no issues.

But I'm sure there are many listeners that do prefer a more euphonic presentation than the 009/BHSE provides.
post #2563 of 6020

This volume issue I have with the 009 + BHSE with certain songs I listen to, IMO is because of the 009 not the BHSE. I've listened to some of those songs with IanG's 007's driven by my BHSE and had no such problem. I have the Aristaeus on order so when I have it, those particular songs might be OK with that amp. The majority of the songs in my CD's + SACD's collection using the 009 + BHSE + K-01 give me an incredible musical experience, one that can't be described in words.

post #2564 of 6020
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Originally Posted by David1961 View Post

This volume issue I have with the 009 + BHSE......

 

One person's volume issue is another person's dynamic range. Just proof that audiophiles will bitch about anything.

post #2565 of 6020

Kinda what I've been thinking. Dynamic range is something that tons of people complain about not having enough of, and now we're complaining that it's too much. Gosh durn audiophiles.

 

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Originally Posted by Beefy View Post

 

One person's volume issue is another person's dynamic range. Just proof that audiophiles will bitch about anything.

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