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post #106 of 827
I'm sorry if this question's already been covered, but how does the Concerto + Stagedac compare against the Symphony?

Is the pair meant to replace the Symphony as Meier's flagship offering, or simply provide a similar level of performance in seperates as opposed to an all-in-one?
post #107 of 827
Thread Starter 
I personally cannot answer that question, having never heard the StageDac. But given that it is supposed to be a much better DAC than the one built into the Symphony, and that the Concerto is supposed to offer slightly better sound than the Symphony as an amp, I am guessing the official Meier line would be that the Concerto + StageDac is better. But I have no way to verify this.
post #108 of 827
From Meier's website:

"Take the design of the SYMPHONY, remove the DAC section, add a few small improvements to the amplification circuitry and exchange the luxurious enclosure for a more modest and plain version and what you get is the upcoming CONCERTO."
post #109 of 827
Resurrecting this great thread. Rob, (if you see this), I am impressed that you bought the Concerto. What do you think is the contribution of the balanced ground to what you like in this amp? Does that create a 'balanced-like sound'?
post #110 of 827
I had the Opera which also implements balanced ground. Actually 'balanced' is not a way to describe sound. Though theoritically you can compare the same amp SE to balanced, like the beta22.

In general, you can't go wrong going with these calibre of Meier's amps.
post #111 of 827
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Originally Posted by yossi126 View Post
Actually 'balanced' is not a way to describe sound.
I understand. The only balanced setup I have heard was Ray's Meridien, B-52, HD600 system which I gushed about ad nauseum here. But I cannot necessarily isolate what was attributable just to the balanced factor.

I am curious because the balanced ground will be implemented in the new Meier Stepdance portable. I am trying to isolate the real world significance of that.
post #112 of 827
Thread Starter 
What Balanced Ground gets you is a VERY dark silent background. This is where the Concerto really excels. It is a very quiet amp in terms of the background - there is no audible noise at all, and yet this is due to the true noise floor of the amp, not some trickeration.

I've actually surprised myself how much I have been listening to it lately - considering I am a tube guy Been using it with the Edistion 8's - this is a really good match. I slightly prefer the T1 with tubes, but the Ed 8 is especially good with the Concerto.
post #113 of 827
Thanks for the reply. Good information! Can't wait for your (inevitable I hope) review of the Stepdance when it is released. I know you liked the prototype. If it turns out to be 'portable Concerto', that may be an absolute winner.
post #114 of 827

Concerto

I hope that Concerto will be an absolute winner in this price class. When (not if) I will get one i will write some short impression.
post #115 of 827
I kinda want to jump right to to a truly balanced phoenix from my MKV... But the CONCERTO looks so sexy and at this price has everything I would want and more... It really caught my eye, and was the first amp I considered upgrading to.

Gah... But to think I need only re-terminate a few of my headphones to get true balanced it really makes me wonder.

My heart says Concerto... but my brain is telling me Phoenix... And well.. my wallet isn't commenting as it threw itself off a cliff.
post #116 of 827
@Skylab:

Thanks for a very informative review as always Skylab.

Having set-up an electrostatic rig, I'm looking to get a SS amp for my dynamic cans. I'm considering the Concerto and the GS Solo SRGII and was glad to stumble upon this thread.

I believe you've heard the Solo SRGII and was wondering if you could give a brief comparison between the 2. I'm particularly interested in bass quality - does the Concerto have a deeper / punchier bass than the SRGII? I owned the Solo SRG and always felt that its Achilles heel was it's relatively light punch. That's why the SRGII (with it's much improved bass performance) caught my attention.

Also, I love the forward and smooth mids of the old SRG and was wondering if the Concerto has a similar presentation.

My dynamic cans stable consists mainly of Grados and the odd HD600 with APS cable and ESW10JPN. However, I'm also interested in adding the Beyer T1 or Senn HD800 to my collection soon. I listen mainly to 80s / 90s rock music, female vocals / jazz (Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones etc).

Any other comments you may have would be much appreciated.

@other Head-Fi'ers: if you've any experience with the Concerto and SRGII, I'd love to hear your comments as well.

Thanks everyone.
post #117 of 827
Thread Starter 
The Concerto is a all-around better headphone amp than the SRGII, IMO. More transparent, overall smoother, better detail but at the same time less etch. And yes, bass has a little more weight and extension.
post #118 of 827
Ahh! That certainly clears things up for me then. Many thanks Skylab!
post #119 of 827
Thanks for the wonderfull review!
What a nice amp that is mate.
post #120 of 827
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Originally Posted by sokolov91 View Post
I kinda want to jump right to to a truly balanced phoenix from my MKV... But the CONCERTO looks so sexy and at this price has everything I would want and more... It really caught my eye, and was the first amp I considered upgrading to.

Gah... But to think I need only re-terminate a few of my headphones to get true balanced it really makes me wonder.

My heart says Concerto... but my brain is telling me Phoenix... And well.. my wallet isn't commenting as it threw itself off a cliff.
Go with your heart man. AT cans sound so good with Meiers amps.
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