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post #76 of 156
Does it matter how long the caps last since the general audiophile is going to get upgradetis in a year or so. Relax and enjoy before your wallet has a bad day again. Cheers
post #77 of 156
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Originally Posted by KingStyles View Post
Does it matter how long the caps last since the general audiophile is going to get upgradetis in a year or so. Relax and enjoy before your wallet has a bad day again. Cheers
^^

Seems like the only truth in this hobby.
post #78 of 156
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Originally Posted by tosehee View Post
^^

Seems like the only truth in this hobby.
Seems like the only truth in any hobby.
post #79 of 156
I'm glad to see that my Beyers went to a good home and have been useful to you! Your review makes me wonder if I made the right decision...

No worries, I'm happy with what I have and that's what counts, right?

Great review!
post #80 of 156
Another excellent review Skylab.
Could you tell me how it compares to the Solo you reviewed recently as I am looking to upgrade mine. I know its a different price range but is the Phoenix significantly better SE than the Solo because I won't be able to balance my headphones for a few months.
I am assuming balanced it would be a different class. Thanks
post #81 of 156
Thread Starter 
I did not have them to compare directly, but yes, I would say the Phoenix is in another league, even single ended, versus the Solo, from my memory of it.
post #82 of 156
Excellent review Skylab

I have plans on going balanced and the Phoenix is included in my options. However, like most readers I am also concerned with the amp heating up, though Kingwa explained that this is the optimal operating temperature of this amp, well its still a concern because its already hot here in my country.

I am also wondering if it will pair better with the HD650 or HD600.
post #83 of 156
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I'm not really worried about the heat - I have much hotter tube amps that have run perfectly for years. I wish it did not run so hot because it yields placement issues, but I do not think it's a reliability issue.
post #84 of 156
Thanks once I have got my, soon to be ordered, Woo 6se settled in the Phoenix will be next.
post #85 of 156
sorry if this has been answered before, but does the phoenix has an internal "phase splitter" for using with a non-balanced source?
post #86 of 156
Thread Starter 
I assume it must, since you can use an unbalanced source via the balanced outs.
post #87 of 156
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I assume it must, since you can use an unbalanced source via the balanced outs.


Another plus for this amp,would love to know how it matches against the Little Dot Vll,another balanced SS amp at a very competitive price.
Anyone.
post #88 of 156
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Originally Posted by plonter View Post
sorry if this has been answered before, but does the phoenix has an internal "phase splitter" for using with a non-balanced source?
Yes it does.
post #89 of 156
The new combo price on phoenix + ref1 is really really tempting, aswell as the cast cables are really cheap and with the DHL shipping cost is lowered, makes me really close on pulling the trigger on these.
post #90 of 156
Combo price? Audio-Gd's web site is currently down so I have no idea what combo price is being referred to, but I sort of feel that early adopters are being penalized. If a package deal had been offered initially I might have purchased a Ref 1 also.
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