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post #106 of 156
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post
With the 25 ohm Denons, the amp is silent, even when you max out the volume. It is a silent amp. I'd imagine it would be silent with IEMs too. It's silent with the HD800 which are very sensitive.
Not what I observed. But each amp is different I suppose.

I hear very audible noise with IEM, and with HD800, it was audible at max volume. Not a noisy, but not dead silent either.
post #107 of 156
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Originally Posted by tosehee View Post
Not what I observed. But each amp is different I suppose.

I hear very audible noise with IEM, and with HD800, it was audible at max volume. Not a noisy, but not dead silent either.

Mine is dead silent as well. I've heard I think, 5 of these. Same thing, all quiet. These days, all my devices are low impedance. The highest being Beyer 770--80.
post #108 of 156
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Originally Posted by les_garten View Post
Mine is dead silent as well. I've heard I think, 5 of these. Same thing, all quiet. These days, all my devices are low impedance. The highest being Beyer 770--80.
Could been my power source. I am connected directly to the wall wart without using any power conditioner and such.

I think i didn't hear a thing when I went to other's house. But then I didn't try to listen to the noise.. So, I am not sure 100%.
post #109 of 156
Dead silent here- would probably ruin my ears if I hit play by accident.
post #110 of 156
Thread Starter 
I had a sort of "inspiration" recently, that the Phoenix's preamp function (and specifically that it has balanced outs) would let me use it to drive a pair of Dynaudio BM5A active monitors directly, bypassing the need for a power amp, which in my office is definitely a plus. So they came today - and this works exceptionally well. The Dynaudio's and the Phoenix seem to pair well together. I haven't been listening more than a couple hours - but I really like what I hear so far. The Phoenix is thus connected to the Dynaudio's via balanced, and to a Sunfire True Sub Jr. via the RCA preamps outs.

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post #111 of 156
It's killer preamp Sky. Nice speakers

Peete.
post #112 of 156
I've had the BM5A's before. Great little monitors. I would have guessed the pairing with the Phoenix would exhibit great synergy. Accurate, articulate, good sounding would be a descriptive of what I'd expect. I ran them with the BM9S sub. Big sound, tiny overall combined footprint.
post #113 of 156

MY Phoenix has arrived and I love it.

I am blown away by how good my Phoenix is. It certainly makes the Lehmann I had on loan sound like utter ****.

My Audio-gd Phoenix + Reference 1 + Senheiser HD800s cost less than half the price of my Monitor Audio PL300s and what a wonderful headphone system.

The Phoenix sounds great straight out of the box and is getting steadily even more transparent.

I wasn't sure what to expect with lots of mixed opinion on Headfi. At the end of the day I thought it had to be worthwhile trying when the Reference 1 Dac was so special.

I am so impressed with Audio-gd I am looking into importing it into New Zealand and Australia.

Macrog
post #114 of 156
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I had a sort of "inspiration" recently, that the Phoenix's preamp function (and specifically that it has balanced outs) would let me use it to drive a pair of Dynaudio BM5A active monitors directly, bypassing the need for a power amp, which in my office is definitely a plus. So they came today - and this works exceptionally well. The Dynaudio's and the Phoenix seem to pair well together. I haven't been listening more than a couple hours - but I really like what I hear so far. The Phoenix is thus connected to the Dynaudio's via balanced, and to a Sunfire True Sub Jr. via the RCA preamps outs.
Nice one. I just did a similar thing: I picked up an AudioValve RKV Mark II with an Impedenzer, which allows it to drive low impedance headphones or speakers. As Kingwa had suggested trying the Fun as a DAC, but through the pre-amp output, I thought I'd try exactly that using the Phoenix to the RKV to my Paradigm Titans, so I could use the balanced output of my Reference 1 instead of the SE out, which doesn't engage the full circuit. The result is surprisingly good, if overkill.
post #115 of 156
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Originally Posted by macrog View Post
I am blown away by how good my Phoenix is. It certainly makes the Lehmann I had on loan sound like utter ****.

My Audio-gd Phoenix + Reference 1 + Senheiser HD800s cost less than half the price of my Monitor Audio PL300s and what a wonderful headphone system.

The Phoenix sounds great straight out of the box and is getting steadily even more transparent.

I wasn't sure what to expect with lots of mixed opinion on Headfi. At the end of the day I thought it had to be worthwhile trying when the Reference 1 Dac was so special.

I am so impressed with Audio-gd I am looking into importing it into New Zealand and Australia.

Macrog
You and Sennsay should have a mini meet...he's not far from your location (Poverty Bay) and is a terrific chap.

Peete.
post #116 of 156

Skylab ... Question abt the Phoenix review

Skylab ... You had this to say when reviewing the Phoenix :

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Part of the magic is the absolutely spooky dark black background that the Phoenix produces. This aides in both dynamics (which are very good but not the absolute best I have heard), and in transparency.

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Bass performance was interesting. Extremely tight and deep, and well defined, and very articulate. There was just a very little bit less punch than I expected, I guess, but I didn’t consider this a deficiency – the bass was very well integrated with the overall sound, and while I have heard amps with just a bit more bass weight, the Phoenix’s overall smooth nature meant that this did not yield any brightness in the overall sound.

I was just wondering what amps you are referring to that had more dynamics and bass punch/control ?

Thanks for your time.
post #117 of 156
Beta22 has better dynamics and bass impact
post #118 of 156
Thread Starter 
Well...several. The RSA Apache, the Beta22 I reviewed, and the Red Wine Audio Isabella all were slightly more dynamic and had better bass control, if memory serves me. Bass "punch" performance in an amp is usually defined by the combination of bass control and bass weight, and the above amps were all slightly better in that regard, IMO. But again, that shouldn't take away from the Phoenix - its performance in this regard is still very good.

Hope that helps.
post #119 of 156
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
Well...several. The RSA Apache, the Beta22 I reviewed, and the Red Wine Audio Isabella all were slightly more dynamic and had better bass control, if memory serves me. Bass "punch" performance in an amp is usually defined by the combination of bass control and bass weight, and the above amps were all slightly better in that regard, IMO. But again, that shouldn't take away from the Phoenix - its performance in this regard is still very good.

Hope that helps.
Thanks Skylab. It was just a curiosity question, due to your otherwise very high opinion of the Phoenix, and in NO WAY would I think it could ever take away from just how good you felt the Phoenix to be. Intersetingly, ALL of those amps cost more than the Phoenix as well ... so the slightly better bass and dynamics are easily understood keeping that in mind.
Thanks again.
post #120 of 156
Thread Starter 
Right - just trying to keep things in perspective
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