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post #301 of 310
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Originally Posted by scootermafia View Post
Yes, I did mean what I said. Amarra is most noticeable when you have the gear to back them up. HD800 are more revealing and transparent, with the most noticeable response to upgrades, than any headphone that I have tried. And Amarra is probably wasted on badly implemented USB transports/DACs.

Amarra's going to get the most mileage with really nice speaker systems and the best headphone systems. I base this on the fact that switching Amarra on/off you can hardly tell the difference with HD650, K702, Beyers, etc.

Sorry to crap on anyone's parade. Me and PJ do currently attend the School of Only HD800 Liking.
I have to agree also. Amarra makes the biggest difference when you have a very low-noise, low distortion D/A converter and high quality headphones. There are only a couple of D/A's that make the difference really obvious within a few seconds of listening.

Top of line Ultrasones or Sennheisers are helpful.

Steve N.
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It is here... staff second from the other David's.
A very fine sounding system it is, too, one of the best I've heard.

Peace,

Lee
post #303 of 310
I have noticed the effect of Amarra Mini (trial Mode) on a very low end system:
Mac=>Beresford TC-7520=>Graham Slee Novo=>Maestro GMP400.
Has anybody tried Hear?
post #304 of 310
I think that with Amarra, there might be things going on that we do not quite have a grasp of... people who have top systems hear a dramatic difference and some do not, those who have middle-like systems hear a dramatic difference and others do not, and so on down the line. I am not so sure that anyone can make an absolute statement about what the system requirments are for it to be noticeable or not as there are too many conflictiing reports. Here it is not night and day, elsewhere it is... is it an issue of the (my) DAC, OS, memory, CPU, rfi/emi, jitter, ripping decisions, file decisions, etc.... got me. To say that it requires 'x' to be heard is rather questionable. Why some hear/experience differences and others do not is not going to be an easy question to answer.
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Originally Posted by David Clark View Post
I think that with Amarra, there might be things going on that we do not quite have a grasp of... people who have top systems hear a dramatic difference and some do not, those who have middle-like systems hear a dramatic difference and others do not, and so on down the line. I am not so sure that anyone can make an absolute statement about what the system requirments are for it to be noticeable or not as there are too many conflictiing reports. Here it is not night and day, elsewhere it is... is it an issue of the (my) DAC, OS, memory, CPU, rfi/emi, jitter, ripping decisions, file decisions, etc.... got me. To say that it requires 'x' to be heard is rather questionable. Why some hear/experience differences and others do not is not going to be an easy question to answer.
Has anyone (independent) done measurements comparing the difference in outputs between Amarra and iTunes ?
post #306 of 310
I've not read any comments saying it makes a huge difference, so this is a first. We indeed someone with deep pockets to make some serious measurements such as those done in Sterophile back in 1993.
post #307 of 310
It's cool looking, I almost wish I needed one.

Are those holes threaded or just ridged for aesthetic purposes?

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Originally Posted by omigawsh_lollercoaster View Post
Are those holes threaded or just ridged for aesthetic purposes?
No, it isn't threading (which would be helical). It's there primarily for grip - the way I pick these up is to grab opposite holes with the thumb and middle finger - and secondarily because it looks cool.
post #309 of 310
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You could use it to hold four extremely small beer bottles, that's at least what I do with it on an everyday basis.

John, you need to get one of these...try some wavs ripped from a CD, or even better set up a mac with the trial of Amarra (just $50 to try!) with the Diverter...all I know is, I haven't used a CD player in a while. Definitely there is some rationale to having a file that has been proofread by the computer as being accurate, vs. the inconsistencies of reading it directly off the media with a laser every time - and the Diverter has such natural, vibrant sound, especially with Amarra preventing the unpleasant digital sound that some albums possess.
post #310 of 310
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Originally Posted by scootermafia View Post

John, you need to get one of these...try some wavs ripped from a CD, or even better set up a mac with the trial of Amarra (just $50 to try!)
Not $50. to try, a $50. deposit that is refunded to you or deducted from you purchase. The only thing you pay for is shipping the key. I think it is actually a key deposit.
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