post #31 of 3052
3/4/10 at 11:05pm
|I really didn't notice any difference with the crossfeed settings.|
|The bad...my iPhone interferes with the Arrow causing it to make poping and clicking noises every so often.|
Try it with some hard panned L/R recordings (like Beatles original stereo) and you will notice a drastic difference. Cross-feed is quite subtle (as I'm sure you're aware). It can seem to reduce stereo separation as it feeds a lttle of each channel into the other. I find the early Beatles stereo recordings almost unbearable with headphones unless I use crossfeed.
|What volume level/headphones are you using when you hear "noise"?|
I compared a little more with the Shadow and the Arrow seems more detailed, clearer, and a little warmer when paired with the IE8 (gain @ min, imp @ low, bass boost off, crossfeed off).
That's a very interesting observation and sounds quite promising, although it must be said that with the exception of some very high end tube gear, detail and clarity are often regarded as opposing qualities to warmth. I don't doubt your opinion and indeed I hope to observe the same combination when I start to play with my amp after it arrives.
Reading these pages it seems that the quality of solid state amplification has improved exponentially in the last decade, and based on recent impressions the Arrow is a good example of this. I also observe that headphone amplification is the ideal format for these improvements, perhaps in large part due to form factor. The broader audiophile community appears to be enjoying a renaissance of vacuum tube based technology and hybrid designs abound, so it's exciting times for all!
|And yes, great times when a $200 amp compares with a $400 amp!|