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Originally Posted by WestLander View Post

Can I also plug the LME49720HA (metal can)? I have it in my silver M-Stage and it sounds so so wonderful with the HE-500 (+10 gain). Before that I had the the Audio-GD OPA SUN, but it was a little too warm, and not as detailed as I would have liked...Particularly after hearing what the HE-500s were capable of out of a great source + amp at a recent head-fi meet, the LME in the M-Stage gets me most of the way there.. biggrin.gif


If money was no object, Chris J, I'd say buy the new Headamp GS-X and be done with upgrades!
I used my mstage also with gain on 10 with my opa 627 modded mstage..and it sounded good..
But am sorry i cant help u with ur question..but am sure some other will biggrin.gif

To chris j. For the he500 for instance u wont find any better amp for the money then the lafigaro 339 and his brother..the darkvoice 337.
Edited by hifimanrookie - 1/1/13 at 9:06am
post #3422 of 4830
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I used my mstage also with gain on 10 with my opa 627 modded mstage..and it sounded good..
But am sorry i cant help u with ur question..but am sure some other will biggrin.gif
To chris j. For the he500 for instance u wont find any better amp for the money then the lafigaro 339 and his brother..the darkvoice 337.

 

Oh sorry I wasn't clear, I already have the LME in the M-Stage right now, I just wanted to mention that it is a good alternative to the OPA 627..

post #3423 of 4830
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I had the opa 627 class a mod in my black beauty
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Yeah, I tried the OPA '27 with Class A mod and without Class A mod. Tain't my thang. I should add that I don't hear a large difference between Op Amps.......whatever Op Amp I use, basically, the M Stage still sounds like an M Stage, if you follow my meaning.

 

Just my 2 cents worth, but I prefer the LM4562 in my Black Beauty.

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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

Yeah, I tried the OPA '27 with Class A mod and without Class A mod. Tain't my thang. I should add that I don't hear a large difference between Op Amps.......whatever Op Amp I use, basically, the M Stage still sounds like an M Stage, if you follow my meaning.

Just my 2 cents worth, but I prefer the LM4562 in my Black Beauty.
Everyone has its own preference as all our ears are different..point is..the mstage sounds unbelievable for the money..no matter the opa biggrin.gif
post #3425 of 4830
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Originally Posted by WestLander View Post

Oh sorry I wasn't clear, I already have the LME in the M-Stage right now, I just wanted to mention that it is a good alternative to the OPA 627..
biggrin.gif thats ok..i understand now
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Would anyone recommend using this amp for a HE500?

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Originally Posted by Suopermanni View Post

Would anyone recommend using this amp for a HE500?


before i had my 337..i owned a mstage with opa627 class mod...i let my he500 burn in with my faithfull little pal...and it sounded wonderfull... i tried a couple of amps to compare it with my mstage..and most of them failed.. only my 337 was worthy enough to take the place of my special mstage...for my he500.

 

with gain on 10db it drove then he500 perfectly...so yes..i recommend the amp. to be honest..if i didnt come upon the 337 i would probably still have my mstage..its that good. biggrin.gif

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Sv: Matrix M-Stage amp review: simple, cheap, and excellent.

Thanks for a great thread. I have been thinking for a long time to invest in a good amp to drive my hd650. Do you have any experience with mstage/hd650 combo? My plan is also to buy akg k701/702 and I would like to have a good amp capable of driving both akg and the senn. Is matrix such an amp?
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This is a question I can answer, having had the HD650s and the Q701 with the basic M-Stage. I can say that the amp will work well with those phones, though I hope you have a listen to those phones before you buy them. The HD650 especially as I found it too laid back for my taste.

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Sv: Matrix M-Stage amp review: simple, cheap, and excellent.

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Originally Posted by Suopermanni View Post

This is a question I can answer, having had the HD650s and the Q701 with the basic M-Stage. I can say that the amp will work well with those phones, though I hope you have a listen to those phones before you buy them. The HD650 especially as I found it too laid back for my taste.


Oh, I own a hd650 and find them very pleasurable with some recordings. I heard k701 a couple of months ago and liked their open, smooth and airy sound. Do you think I should listen to some other phones before making a decision? I have to admit I liked akg more than my senns.
Edited by muxamed - 1/4/13 at 5:29am
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Oh! You have heard those phones. I was just worried you may be purchasing them without hearing them first. I'm not saying that you need to hear more phones first, just the phones you are interested in. Because there are so many phones out there, if you keep researching, you'll never get one or end up horribly confused.

post #3432 of 4830
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Oh! You have heard those phones. I was just worried you may be purchasing them without hearing them first. I'm not saying that you need to hear more phones first, just the phones you are interested in. Because there are so many phones out there, if you keep researching, you'll never get one or end up horribly confused.


Thanks. Yeah, that's what I suspected too smile.gif I've learned that it's unlikely I will find a pair that fits all sorts of music. I have heard some other headphones too from Beyerdynamic, HifiMan, Sony, Sennheiser etc. Unfortunately I am not that rich to afford all those beautiful cans wink.gif, and k701 seems like a great bargain costing only €200 where I live. Besides, it seems to be a good companion to HD650.

post #3433 of 4830
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Thanks. Yeah, that's what I suspected too smile.gif I've learned that it's unlikely I will find a pair that fits all sorts of music. I have heard some other headphones too from Beyerdynamic, HifiMan, Sony, Sennheiser etc. Unfortunately I am not that rich to afford all those beautiful cans wink.gif, and k701 seems like a great bargain costing only €200 where I live. Besides, it seems to be a good companion to HD650.


It is a bargain indeed but when you use them for the first time try not to get disappointed as they won't sound as you might expect them to.K701 take weeks of burning-in to reveal their clarity and openess.Use pink or white noise from here http://whitenoisemp3s.com/free-white-noise played in a loop and forget them for 2 weeks!

They lack the bass other cans have (some equilizing fixes that IMO) but their clarity is unsurpassed for the money you spend.If you're a jazz lover these babies are the best value for money.

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Originally Posted by George_63 View Post


It is a bargain indeed but when you use them for the first time try not to get disappointed as they won't sound as you might expect them to.K701 take weeks of burning-in to reveal their clarity and openess.Use pink or white noise from here http://whitenoisemp3s.com/free-white-noise played in a loop and forget them for 2 weeks!

They lack the bass other cans have (some equilizing fixes that IMO) but their clarity is unsurpassed for the money you spend.If you're a jazz lover these babies are the best value for money.

 

Thanks. Yes, I love jazz and I love classical music as well. That's where I found AKG were sounding great. I will certainly download that file :-)

post #3435 of 4830

Another question about the Matrix amp. What is the difference between the different gain settings? Which one to use with HD650 and K701? I guess that with higher gain settings there is more electronic circuitry involved which can give ibferior sound. Maybe my guess is wrong?

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