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post #496 of 831

hehe I'm not doing too badly myself for only being in this hobby for around a year with my only income being mcdonalds lmao and I did turn 20 this year. 


Edited by tisb0b - 9/21/10 at 11:10pm
post #497 of 831
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

For that matter, one can consider the Concerto as the "on an island" SS amp. It is one impressive wonder! Hats off to Jan.

 

No argument from me with that statement.

 

post #498 of 831
Did anyone ever compare concerto with Lisa 3..??
I own Lisa 3 for almost 1 year, and now I'm thinking to upgrade..
post #499 of 831
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Originally Posted by mike_hell View Post

Did anyone ever compare concerto with Lisa 3..??
I own Lisa 3 for almost 1 year, and now I'm thinking to upgrade..


I did that upgrade! Before I got the Concerto I used the LISA III as my primary desktop amplifier at home. I upgraded mainly because of the T1's. The T1 sounded dull and lifeless on the LISA. I do not think it has power enough to drive the 600 Ohm cans. On the Concerto it was another story. The T1 sounds as they are supposed to do with full power and sparkling realistic sound. The Concerto is much better for high impedance headphones than the LISA III. 

 

Also with the HD650 the Concerto shows itself to be much better than the LISA III. Much more control of the bass, more microdetails are revealed with the Concerto and headstage is wider and higher. 

 

When driving the Grado SR325i the LISA is not that far behind. The SR325 sounds great on the LISA III and on the Concerto but still the Concerto takes the lead. I think it is because the SR325 and the LISA has a special synergy and Concerto+325 has no special synergy but just sounds plain good. If SR325 was my only headphone I might be able to live with the LISA only but for driving a lot of very different headphones the Concerto is such a great allrounder. There is for for me no doubt that the Concerto has much more driving power and sounds better in almost every way compared to the LISA III. For people who wants to be portable by all means the LISA is a great choice - that's for sure. I ended up using a smaller portable amplifier and the LISA became my desktop amplifier so for that setup the Concerto is a far better choice. 

 

Also if using an amplifier as I do means that once in a while it has to be transported to other locations (ie. caravans or logcabins where it can be connected to mains power) the Concerto IS very small and can easily be transported just as well as the LISA III can.


Edited by rasmushorn - 9/27/10 at 9:44pm
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I did that upgrade! Before I got the Concerto I used the LISA III as my primary desktop amplifier at home. I upgraded mainly because of the T1's. The T1 sounded dull and lifeless on the LISA. I do not think it has power enough to drive the 600 Ohm cans. On the Concerto it was another story. The T1 sounds as they are supposed to do with full power and sparkling realistic sound. The Concerto is much better for high impedance headphones than the LISA III. 

 

Also with the HD650 the Concerto shows itself to be much better than the LISA III. Much more control of the bass, more microdetails are revealed with the Concerto and headstage is wider and higher. 

 

When driving the Grado SR325i the LISA is not that far behind. The SR325 sounds great on the LISA III and on the Concerto but still the Concerto takes the lead. I think it is because the SR325 and the LISA has a special synergy and Concerto+325 has no special synergy but just sounds plain good. If SR325 was my only headphone I might be able to live with the LISA only but for driving a lot of very different headphones the Concerto is such a great allrounder. There is for for me no doubt that the Concerto has much more driving power and sounds better in almost every way compared to the LISA III. For people who wants to be portable by all means the LISA is a great choice - that's for sure. I ended up using a smaller portable amplifier and the LISA became my desktop amplifier so for that setup the Concerto is a far better choice. 

 

Also if using an amplifier as I do means that once in a while it has to be transported to other locations (ie. caravans or logcabins where it can be connected to mains power) the Concerto IS very small and can easily be transported just as well as the LISA III can.


thanx rasmushorn..Awesome small review dude..

 

HD650 is also my primary headphone..

one more question though...have you ever heard Beta22 2/3 channel with HD650..??? 

which one is the better combination Beta22 2/3 channel + HD650 or Concerto + HD650..??

 


Edited by mike_hell - 10/2/10 at 8:15am
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How much does the price of this amp fluctuate? I'm getting ready to pull the trigger in anticipation of getting a LCD-2 within a month or so, but I noticed that the price just shot up by $40.

 

Has anyone used this amp with an RCA switcher? I'm kind of worried about signal loss, and one input isn't enough.


Edited by gsilver - 10/2/10 at 4:28pm
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How much does the price of this amp fluctuate? I'm getting ready to pull the trigger in anticipation of getting a LCD-2 within a month or so, but I noticed that the price just shot up by $40.

 

 

  I was planning to buy one too but this causes delay. Sucks.
 

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Originally Posted by gsilver View Post

How much does the price of this amp fluctuate? I'm getting ready to pull the trigger in anticipation of getting a LCD-2 within a month or so, but I noticed that the price just shot up by $40.

 

Has anyone used this amp with an RCA switcher? I'm kind of worried about signal loss, and one input isn't enough.



was down to 670 not too long ago, and is back up to 710... I think I got mine for 700 IIRC.

 

Has to do with the exchange rates... Jan does his best to keep the prices as low as possible which is why they fluctuate. 

post #504 of 831

Dear headfellows,

 

> was down to 670 not too long ago, and is back up to 710... I think I got mine for 700 IIRC.

 

> Has to do with the exchange rates.

 

Exactly. All the prices have been kept fixed in EURO, which is the local currency over here. However, since the value of the Dollar has dropped considerably over the last few weeks I have been forced to increase the prices in USD.

 

Sorry!

 

Jan

post #505 of 831

My  take (review) of the Meier Corda Concerto

 

I must say that I am really pleased with my purchase of the Concerto.

 

Before having the LCD-2, I was mainly listening with the AKG K340 and Concerto combination.  I still do, though less frequent now.  For me this combination is very nice.  Except for the treble which for me is a bit rolled off, the head-staging, vocals and imaging are very good while, with my pair of the K340, bass notes are clearly distinguishable and extended, and bass grunt or impact are delivered when the passages have them.

 

With the LCD-2/Concerto combination, it is a case of noticeably more, save for the head-staging, of what the K340/Concerto combination was delivering with better treble presentation plus transparency and details.  With a revealing headphone like the LCD-2, I could easily hear the nuances and or inflections in the vocals, the shimmer of percussions and the fade of bass notes and drums.  I believe this is only possible if and only if the whole chain is capable of details and is transparent (hmm, this is also saying quite a bit about the vintage Rotel RCD 965BX CD Player that I am using).   Bass is significantly deeper, fuller and more impactful.   This is telling me that the Concerto is certainly capable of driving current hungry low impedance headphones as well.

 

Does the Concerto roll off the treble?  Certainly not, not for me.  Listening with my SR 225, there is plenty of it, which is a characteristic of the SR 225.  Again, this tells me that the Concerto is transparent.  It does not add anything to the sound, or if it did, it is not noticeable.

 

Hence, for me, the Concerto is a very capable transparent headphone amp that is capable of driving and controlling not only current hungry low impedance but also mid/high impedance difficult to drive headphones.   At least specifically, it mates very well with the AKG K340 and LCD-2.

post #506 of 831

I used to have a Rotel RCD 965BX many years ago,nice to know there are a few still around

 

However I am not having a great time with my Roc/LCD-2 combination. Bass is loose and to prominant and the HF's are often rolled off, but I havent been able to try them balanced yet. So I hope for much better results when I do.

The LCD-2's sound very good on my Woo6 se though

post #507 of 831

Ok. It's just a bad US economy thing.

 

Time to start my research on a good switchbox, I suppose.

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post #509 of 831

Would those work for hooking up two sources to the amp? The description suggests one in, two out. Though if it does work, it would save me from having yet another box on my desk.

post #510 of 831

If I read Srajan Ebaen's 6moons review correctly, he seem to have some reservation matching the Concerto with brighter phones:

"It's on the incisive, energetic and illuminated side of the Tao and as such, not a top choice for bright, forward and potentially steely loads. "

In his review Srajan compared the Concerto to the Burson HA-160.

Interestingly, another head-fi member Drubbing compared the two and seem to have come up with the opposite conclusion, that Burson was the much brighter amp.

I am not sure I am getting a clear picture. Anyone can shed some light ?

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