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post #196 of 4896
I don't have an Aune so I can't tell you exactly how good or bad it is compared to others.

Common sense would indicate that most higher priced DACs would be better (at least the ones that got good feedback from people here).
There are hundreds so take your pick.

I can tell you from experience that the M-stage responds very well going from uDAC to Audinst to Gamma2 and then to Audio-gd DAC19.
On uDAC for example I can barely tell apart my portable Mini3 from the Matrix, and that's natural.

On DAC19 there are clearly perceivable differences starting with the interconnect cables and opamp used. I think you get my point.
post #197 of 4896
I'm not so sure if I want to buy the well received expensive DAC is necessarily much better argument per se.


Futhermore, it would seem to be a little strange to match up a 500USD DAC with a 270USD amp, no?
post #198 of 4896
tried it with the Shure 840 this morning need more time but sounds fine. Now with the AKG 701 it is a beast. It was apparently designed oir voiced with the AKG in mind. No matter what I throw at it with the 701 it delivers big time sound. No effort in driving them to levels I could never listen at. Increased sound stage with good detail and great bass. If you own the 701 this is the amp to buy.
post #199 of 4896
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tried it with the Shure 840 this morning need more time but sounds fine. Now with the AKG 701 it is a beast. It was apparently designed oir voiced with the AKG in mind. No matter what I throw at it with the 701 it delivers big time sound. No effort in driving them to levels I could never listen at. Increased sound stage with good detail and great bass. If you own the 701 this is the amp to buy.
I have to agree - it sings with the k701s. I was listening last night - and was struck by the amazing detail and soundstage in particular with the AKGs. As I was listening - I actually thought that my speaker system was on by accident - and was playing the same tunes into my living room for all to hear. I honestly thought I was hearing my outside speakers through the open k701s and quickly took them off to check because people in the house were sleeping. I've heard these phones a thousand times - just not in this way apparently.
post #200 of 4896
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I have to agree - it sings with the k701s. I was listening last night - and was struck by the amazing detail and soundstage in particular with the AKGs. As I was listening - I actually thought that my speaker system was on by accident - and was playing the same tunes into my living room for all to hear. I honestly thought I was hearing my outside speakers through the open k701s and quickly took them off to check because people in the house were sleeping. I've heard these phones a thousand times - just not in this way apparently.
LOL So what do you buy next. This is a sick hobby. I seen beyerdynamic 990 cand 600Ohms selling for 229.00 from BH Photo but I better not. I think I will lay low for awhile.(yea Right)
post #201 of 4896
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LOL So what do you buy next. This is a sick hobby. I seen beyerdynamic 990 cand 600Ohms selling for 229.00 from BH Photo but I better not. I think I will lay low for awhile.(yea Right)
That's funny you mention that - I recently thought if I could get something "next" I'd like to try some Beyers. From here on in - anything new means something needs to go.
post #202 of 4896
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LOL So what do you buy next. This is a sick hobby. I seen beyerdynamic 990 cand 600Ohms selling for 229.00 from BH Photo but I better not. I think I will lay low for awhile.(yea Right)
That's funny you mention that - I recently thought if I could get something "next" I'd like to try some Beyers. From here on in - anything new means something needs to go.


I can't justify another purchase unless I sell off some gear. The Matrix appears to be burned in with only minor changes. I think they are great for the 701 and people will be satisfied. I think they are very neutral with good bass and sound stage. They are not harsh and sound musical, Really nice with Classical music. Like I said earlier only upgrade for me left is the Decware for the main system to use as a preamp. 


Edited by Frank I - 5/6/10 at 7:01pm
post #203 of 4896

I am starting to notice more differences with the Matrix. In comparison to the Little Dot MK 11 there is definitely a much larger soundstage with the 701. It does not mask the orchestra and even a high levels it is effortless. In contrast the Little Dot is taxed at higher volume with less power and can become congested with large scale recordings. If you own a K701 and listen to  Classical this is the amp to get. I have not heard the Heed but I would say this amp is better than average for the money. The Little Dot is a better match for the Shure 840 and I really do need to spend more time with the 840. But with this amp it is very clear how much better the 701 is over the 840.

post #204 of 4896

I'd love to see how the Matrix does against the LD with the 840's, it will show whether the positive reviews have to do with synergy, instead of general capability. I'd also like to see a comparison against the MkV, as the two amps are priced around the same.


Edited by Nakattack - 5/8/10 at 3:35am
post #205 of 4896

I agree with you about synergy. I will tell you that the Matrix does take the 701 to another level for me. I really need to listen more with the 840. Next week I will do comparisons with the 840 and compare both amps. I have about 50 hrs this week on the 701 and really have listened to the 701 most of the time. To be fair I need more time and then I need to spend some hours with the Little Dot to make a fair comparison. I have no regrets about this purchase and can tell you that the Matrix is a good value for money. I have never heard the V


Edited by Frank I - 5/8/10 at 9:33am
post #206 of 4896

Before I screw up I thought I would ask, do I need to unpower it before switching gain?

post #207 of 4896
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Before I screw up I thought I would ask, do I need to unpower it before switching gain?


I have changed it powered up with no issues. I use the 10 setting. I thought it sounded best. Let me know if you play with the other settings and glad it arrived.

post #208 of 4896
Just to update on the Hlly order situation detailed earlier in the thread, I have patiently waited for the new version for the two weeks I was advised. Nothing. Emailed last night to find out how long, the reply says another two weeks :-( I have responded let's see what happens next. I see a cancellation and order from the same eBay guy suggested in this thread. Ho hum!
post #209 of 4896

Frank: to be honest, the tracking tool says it is in the final depot so I should either get it today or tomorrow (or perhaps Wednesday in case nobody's home to take the parcel) :)

post #210 of 4896

I just want to say project86 nailed the sound of the Matrix M Stage. After 7 days with the amp at at least 8-10  hrs day listening there really isn't much more to add. This amp is a bargain. It really is the perfect match for me with my AKG 701. In comparison to the Little Dot MK11 which is an incredible bargain itself the differences between the Matrix is that the M Stage is a significant step up with the 701. It has speed dynamics and a very detailed mid range with great bass and gives the 701 the power they need. The tremble is non edgy very extended and a joy to listen to. I notice no solid state grain or hard sound. The amp is very musical and has great synergy with my setup. I want to thank Project 86 for doing an outstanding review and for opening up this amp to HeadFi. Jeffrey Tam is honest and delivers with this amp. Very Highly recommended.

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