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post #241 of 833
It is said Patience is the mother of all virtues.
post #242 of 833
LOL, that is easy to say when your not the one waiting for something!


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It is said Patience is the mother of all virtues.
post #243 of 833
You might know it but air travel in Europe has been very badly affected by the Icelandic volcano with most airports closed for a week. Passengers are still stranded in different places so freight could be badly delayed.
And Patience IS the mother of all virtues, even when waiting for headphone amp.
post #244 of 833
Jan has told me they made it out of the country before the volcano effected the airlines and all that. I have no reason not to believe him, but I do hope that is the case!
post #245 of 833
I was told mine was out of the country before the volcano also. supposedly hit the US shores on the 8th?
post #246 of 833
I don't know very much about electricity but I found that the tehcnical details of Concerto says "110V and 220V mains power switchable" does this mean that I can't use it here in Finland where voltage is 230V?
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Originally Posted by Ihcog View Post
I don't know very much about electricity but I found that the tehcnical details of Concerto says "110V and 220V mains power switchable" does this mean that I can't use it here in Finland where voltage is 230V?
Yes.
Voltage has been set to 230v as per jan 1 2009 for all EU countries, but "220" is still a familiar way to refer to "electricity" for most of us (at least in the Netherlands). So, if it didn't work on 230v, it wouldn't work in any EU country....
post #248 of 833
completely OT but @skylab how can you listen to the impact of a bass with such blissfull singing on the sirenia track the double bass is just a thing i feel poundering in my teeth (rudi rpx33-t1 combo)
post #249 of 833
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Originally Posted by arielext View Post
completely OT but @skylab how can you listen to the impact of a bass with such blissfull singing on the sirenia track
I love complex music
post #250 of 833
Has anyone else received their Concerto yet? Hopefully more owners start receiving theirs so there can be more reviews!

Skylab, you mentioned that if the intended use was SE, that the concerto was better than the Phoenix. From your experience, do you see the jump to balanced worth the extra costs? Such as headphones cables etc..
post #251 of 833
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Has anyone else received their Concerto yet? Hopefully more owners start receiving theirs so there can be more reviews!

Skylab, you mentioned that if the intended use was SE, that the concerto was better than the Phoenix. From your experience, do you see the jump to balanced worth the extra costs? Such as headphones cables etc..
In Concerto is implemented active balanced headphone ground technology "When a signal is applied by the CONCERTO, current passes the signal output stage, the driver, and the ground output stage. Both positive and negative powersupply lines are "loaded" simultaneously. No driving currents pass through the internal ground plane. There is no pollution of the internal referfence."
post #252 of 833
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
Detail retrieval was terrific. The sound of the guitar strings on the acoustic version of "Normal" from Porcupine Tree's "We Lost the Skyline" was very, very detailed, and in a natural, unforced way. I was really drawn into this performance by the Concerto - T1 combo - highly involving.

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The Beyerdynamic T1 was a tougher call. I liked it equally well though both, although the difference between the amps was most apparent with the T1. But the T1 sounded great with both. The 600 ohm T1’s did require the use of the Concerto’s high-gain mode, but it then drove them to very loud levels easily. Undeniably, the T1 used with the Concerto was wicked good, and shows that the Concerto can power the big boys and sound great. I would unhesitatingly recommend the T1 for use with the Concerto. I am enjoying that very combination as I write this.
Would you go as far as to say that there is synergy in the T1+Concerto combo compared to other amplifiers you have heard for the T1?
post #253 of 833
I have just joined the queue of people waiting for a Concerto . After a month a hesitation between the Concerto, the new Solo (secretly hoping this Linear thingy turn out to be a big disappointment ) and the C2 I have just pressed the buy button.
Now the wait start, but I promised myself to be patient, hoping it will get here by the end of the week.
post #254 of 833
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Originally Posted by asmagus View Post
In Concerto is implemented active balanced headphone ground technology "When a signal is applied by the CONCERTO, current passes the signal output stage, the driver, and the ground output stage. Both positive and negative powersupply lines are "loaded" simultaneously. No driving currents pass through the internal ground plane. There is no pollution of the internal referfence."
So how does that actually compare against going balanced source in and balanced out through the headphones in the Phoenix scenario? In the Concerto or Meier's previous amps, does this bring about the benefits of balanced such as the Phoenix?
post #255 of 833
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Originally Posted by ak622 View Post
Skylab, you mentioned that if the intended use was SE, that the concerto was better than the Phoenix. From your experience, do you see the jump to balanced worth the extra costs? Such as headphones cables etc..
Personally - no. From a purely sonic perspective, and using the HE-5 to compare the Concerto unbalanced to the Phoenix balanced, while the Phoenix in balanced sounded a little better, I don't think the added cost of the $300 cable is worth it. The Phoenix of course has a lot more features than the Concerto. If you don't need those features, then the Concerto unbalanced is the better sound per dollar value, IMO.

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Would you go as far as to say that there is synergy in the T1+Concerto combo compared to other amplifiers you have heard for the T1?
Is there Synergy? Absolutely. Versus other amplifiers I have? Depends on which. I have some pretty nice other amps
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