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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

So I've just popped in the D7000s into the Concerto and I must say that this amp continues to impress me on Day 3 (Day 1 --> T1, Day 2 --> HD800). So far, I'm 3 for 3. Likely the best SS amp I've heard the D7000s on and I think I prefer it to my Mapletree tube amp.

 

The bass is just better controlled and deeper and they are less "U" shaped than on the Micro Amp. The mids don't seem as distant and the treble has just the right amount of sparkle. The other amazing thing is the sound stage for closed headphones is very impressive. They seemed closed in with the Micro Amp, but not with the Concerto (Low Gain).

 

Very nice and I'm quite happy with this combination....actually my favourite to date for the D7000s.

 

Jan Meier has created one amazing amp for under $1K. It can successfully power the T1s (600 ohms), HD800s (300 ohms), and D7000s (25 ohms) to incredible heights.


heh, glad to read Peter!

 

I was pretty confident the amp was going to continue to impress you with the D7000.

 

It truly is a killer amp for the price.

 

My favorite part of the sound is how well defined the soundstage and imaging become. Very 3D and precise with all the headphones I have tried. Couple that with the crazy low noise floor, and almost perfect neutrality, and we definitely have a winner.

 

They also drive the LCD-2 very well, so truly an all rounder than people can count on for excellent sound, regardless of the design of the headphone.


Edited by sokolov91 - 8/28/10 at 4:14am
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

So I've just popped in the D7000s into the Concerto and I must say that this amp continues to impress me on Day 3 (Day 1 --> T1, Day 2 --> HD800). So far, I'm 3 for 3. Likely the best SS amp I've heard the D7000s on and I think I prefer it to my Mapletree tube amp.

 

The bass is just better controlled and deeper and they are less "U" shaped than on the Micro Amp. The mids don't seem as distant and the treble has just the right amount of sparkle. The other amazing thing is the sound stage for closed headphones is very impressive. They seemed closed in with the Micro Amp, but not with the Concerto (Low Gain).

 

Very nice and I'm quite happy with this combination....actually my favourite to date for the D7000s.

 

Jan Meier has created one amazing amp for under $1K. It can successfully power the T1s (600 ohms), HD800s (300 ohms), and D7000s (25 ohms) to incredible heights.


I told you the D7000 would sound great with the SS amp. It is better suited for SS amps. I am glad you like the Concerto. I am so happy with the Matrix on the D7000 and glad I decided to keep it. Have not heard the Meir but I will I am sure it good and trust you MH. I still am in amazement at how well my Chinese amp performs and frankly I think its way way underpriced. Peter great impressions and a good job as always.


Edited by Frank I - 8/28/10 at 5:48am
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

 

Jan Meier has created one amazing amp for under $1K. It can successfully power the T1s (600 ohms), HD800s (300 ohms), and D7000s (25 ohms) to incredible heights.


It's nice to see other people coming to the same conclusion I did

 

Glad you're enjoying it, Peter!

post #454 of 827

Not the GP amp.. I tried it & a channel went dead in one of my headphones... Nothing permanent, but scared me enough to never try my 5ohm headphone wit my GP amp.. The creator even told me, not meant for headphones with ohms less then 25.. But I thought it would just sound bad, not posssibly damage my gear.. They just sound so damn nice out of my receiever.. But the GP is clearly the better amp..
 

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I guarantee your Yamaha receiver is nothing more than a CMoY class jack.  Any dedicated amp will handle the same load.  But the Concerto is limited to 500mA so into 5Ohm so 1.25W cap which is still a monster.

post #455 of 827
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It's nice to see other people coming to the same conclusion I did

 

Glad you're enjoying it, Peter!

 

+1

 

Killer Amp for the D7000's. The HD movie experience has been taken to new hights, (almost) equal in quality to a 5.1 system costing +$10,000.

 

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It's nice to see other people coming to the same conclusion I did

 

Glad you're enjoying it, Peter!

 

Sitting back tonight after a very long day with the kids at the end of summer fair here in Toronto (Canadian National Exhibition) and popped in The Final Cut (Pink Floyd) with the Concerto and T1s (and now my copper DiMarzio interconnects which arrived late yesterday...BTW a better match than my Kimber Silver Streaks with SS amps) and I am very much enjoying them. Thanks for the review to put the proverbial bug in my ear about the Concerto.


 

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I told you the D7000 would sound great with the SS amp. It is better suited for SS amps. I am glad you like the Concerto. I am so happy with the Matrix on the D7000 and glad I decided to keep it. Have not heard the Meir but I will I am sure it good and trust you MH. I still am in amazement at how well my Chinese amp performs and frankly I think its way way underpriced. Peter great impressions and a good job as always.

 

Thanks Frank.


I gotta admit I was skeptical as the K701s were the only other can that I thought I preferred on SS over tubes (I'm a long time tube fan), but Frank, you were certainly right....you can also add the D7000s to that list.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 8/28/10 at 6:17pm
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Peter you have me really tempted. LoL

post #458 of 827
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Peter you have me really tempted. LoL

 

I hear Auditor calling your name...

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So I'm currently A-Bing my two amps. The Meier Audio Concerto is a definite keeper, but my favourite still though is the Mapletree amp w/ NOS Sylvania Grey Plate Gold 5751 driver tube and Kimber silver interconnects. More organic tube sound that I prefer and the sound stage is slightly wider and deeper. Not by much, but enough for me to prefer it with the T1s.

 

So here's the score:

 

D7000 - Concerto clear winner

T1 - MAD Ear+HD over a photo finish with the Concerto.

RS1i - MAD Ear+HD clear winner

 

Tomorrow night if time permits with be the HD800s.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 8/28/10 at 8:16pm
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

 

So here's the score:

 

D7000 - Concerto clear winner

T1 - MAD Ear+HD over a photo finish with the Concerto.

RS1i - MAD Ear+HD clear winner


Hi Peter -- your scorecard is pretty much identical to mine. I've only had my T1s for a few days, but I've been A-Bing them (and my other cans) as time permits with my Audio-GD C2 and Mapletree Super II...

 

LA2000 Lites -- Audio-GD C2 clear winner

T1 -- Mapletree Super II over C2 in photo finish

RS1s -- Mapletree Super II, and it's not close

 

BTW, I've been recording observations toward a comparative review of Super II vs. Ear+ HD, but I'm not quite there yet. Sufficed to say, they're not very different.

 

Edit: Don't mean to hijack a Concerto review thread, but it seemed appropriate.


Edited by Olias of Sunhillow - 8/28/10 at 9:02pm
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I would spend some time rolling tubes (my favourites: 5751 - Sylvania NOS, GE 5 Star, 12AX7: Sylvania NOS, Electro-Harmonix Gold).


Thanks for the tips, Peter. The amp is already sold to JaZZ who likes it quite a bit. When I had it I liked the new production tubes more, actually. Esp. the Sovtek 12AXLPS and the EH Gold.


 

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P.S. Kurt: Love the avatar (been married for 14 years and I dig it!)


Hehe, good for you. All the best for many more years to come.

post #462 of 827

If any of you guys with a Concerto want to trade it for my DX1000 just let me know.

 

Hey, I had to ask. 

post #463 of 827

LOL, I have willed mine to my son.
 

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Originally Posted by GreatDane View Post

If any of you guys with a Concerto want to trade it for my DX1000 just let me know.

 

Hey, I had to ask. 

post #464 of 827
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

So I'm currently A-Bing my two amps. The Meier Audio Concerto is a definite keeper, but my favourite still though is the Mapletree amp w/ NOS Sylvania Grey Plate Gold 5751 driver tube and Kimber silver interconnects. More organic tube sound that I prefer and the sound stage is slightly wider and deeper. Not by much, but enough for me to prefer it with the T1s.

 

So here's the score:

 

D7000 - Concerto clear winner

T1 - MAD Ear+HD over a photo finish with the Concerto.

RS1i - MAD Ear+HD clear winner

 

Tomorrow night if time permits with be the HD800s.


Ok...so it took me a couple of extra days to A-B the Concerto and Mapletree amps with the HD800s. I've got to say, the HD800s sound really good with the Concerto. It can easily power them to high volumes and high sonic quality. The sound stage imaging is amazing and the bass is really tight and controlled on the Concerto. But on the MAD Ear+HD, the HD800s are slightly warmer (which I like) and the highs aren't as extended. But the mids seem more liquid/organic. It is really tough to make a call between these two; except to say they are both winners!

 

If your a tube fan, the Mapletree amp is a keeper and the same holds true for SS fans and the Concerto.

post #465 of 827

Do the LCD-2s play nice with the Concerto?

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