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post #3886 of 4888
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Originally Posted by cans4dessert View Post

Oh I thought I read somewhere that the big box blue caps were the ones that block out low frquency signals. I guess I remembered it wrong.
So is it safe to just get rid of the red WIMAs that lay in parallel to those blue box caps?

If they are the input coupling caps you can delete the little red ones and the big blue ones if your source has zero DC offset.
post #3887 of 4888
Thanks for your help Chris.
If i am too chicken to get rid of those input coupling caps and want to instead replace them with better caps, can i just get rid of the red WIMAs only (while upgrading the blue box caps)?
post #3888 of 4888
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Originally Posted by cans4dessert View Post

Thanks for your help Chris.
If i am too chicken to get rid of those input coupling caps and want to instead replace them with better caps, can i just get rid of the red WIMAs only (while upgrading the blue box caps)?

Yes you can delete the little red caps.

I removed the big blue caps, it made very little difference, maybe none at all!

But worth trying out, good luck!

post #3889 of 4888

Does anyone know if there have been any instances of possibly fake or counterfeit M-Stages? Thinking of bidding on this listing here, but it doesn't seem like the seller has sold any amps before so I'm a bit leery of doing it.

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Originally Posted by Anvil View Post

Does anyone know if there have been any instances of possibly fake or counterfeit M-Stages? Thinking of bidding on this listing here, but it doesn't seem like the seller has sold any amps before so I'm a bit leery of doing it.
Just order from the wellknown matrix sellers and ur fine. wink.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 4/10/13 at 1:16pm
post #3891 of 4888

I got the amp today except it was delivered to work and I can't do anything except look at it for now. 

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

I got the amp today except it was delivered to work and I can't do anything except look at it for now. 

Be sure to post impressions :) Especially with the HD800's and K702 65's. 

 

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post #3893 of 4888

So since everything I own is balanced I had to look for my adapter to SE and that took some time to find. Of course right as I get home my dad decides he wants to use the lawn mower which makes too much noise even with the windows closed so I'm out of luck until later. I did get a class A adapter with OPA637 which I'll try down the line.

post #3894 of 4888
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Originally Posted by Anvil View Post

Does anyone know if there have been any instances of possibly fake or counterfeit M-Stages? Thinking of bidding on this listing here, but it doesn't seem like the seller has sold any amps before so I'm a bit leery of doing it.

Well...............the M Stage is actually a fake Lehmann Black Cube.
So you are asking if this is a real fake, or a fake fake.

Hey, just sayin'
post #3895 of 4888

Has anyone ever compared these to the Lehmann BCL and the lovely cube DIY amp?

 

 

Also I can see why people recently have been talking about different knobs. I might get a different one as well.


Edited by rawrster - 4/10/13 at 5:58pm
post #3896 of 4888
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Has anyone ever compared these to the Lehmann BCL and the lovely cube DIY amp?

 

 

Also I can see why people recently have been talking about different knobs. I might get a different one as well.

 

That knob is a little tiny guy. Sometimes I can't just blindly reach over to adjust the volume, the darn thing is so small. I have to look over to find the darn thing! I'll probably swap the knob. 

 

I'm interested to see your thoughts on this little guy. As preproman says:

 

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post #3897 of 4888

It is a strange knob but that's probably due to the lack of space since the amp is more of a rectangular shape in the opposite way than most amps. Usually amps have the long side having all the inputs, outputs, knobs, etc but this amp has the shorter side with all of that. 

 

Also it seems like this amp has hex keys to keep everything together (like most amps I've owned) and for the life of me I have no  idea where they are so it's gonna be a while until I can put the OPA637 with the bias to class A adapter. I have it hooked up with my D18 amp and color matches pretty well although size not so much. I would have liked to stack it on top but it goes next to it instead. 

 

The HD800 sounds much smoother with this amp than the Mjolnir although there's a bit of a smear. It's like there's a very thing cloth covering over the music. I'll see in a few days. There's a huge thunderstorm tonight and I've been paranoid since one fried the mobo on my desktop many years ago so everything is off for tonight. 

post #3898 of 4888
Agreed on the smear. It's not bad, but it's there.
post #3899 of 4888
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

It is a strange knob but that's probably due to the lack of space since the amp is more of a rectangular shape in the opposite way than most amps. Usually amps have the long side having all the inputs, outputs, knobs, etc but this amp has the shorter side with all of that. 

 

Also it seems like this amp has hex keys to keep everything together (like most amps I've owned) and for the life of me I have no  idea where they are so it's gonna be a while until I can put the OPA637 with the bias to class A adapter. I have it hooked up with my D18 amp and color matches pretty well although size not so much. I would have liked to stack it on top but it goes next to it instead. 

 

The HD800 sounds much smoother with this amp than the Mjolnir although there's a bit of a smear. It's like there's a very thing cloth covering over the music. I'll see in a few days. There's a huge thunderstorm tonight and I've been paranoid since one fried the mobo on my desktop many years ago so everything is off for tonight. 

 

 

Gah, I was thinking about getting your exact set-up for amps (balanced SS monster and M-stage) and then getting the hell out of this place with my wallet. Mjolnir is definitely on the top of the balanced SS list, but I'm also really considering the balanced CKIII that preproman is selling. 

 

I definitely know what you mean with the lack of clarity. Mine is doing really well now with an Audio-GD moon. Although, it is a pretty dark sound, it still stays somewhat smooth. 

 

 

Is it a good yin/yang? 


Edited by elwappo99 - 4/10/13 at 9:36pm
post #3900 of 4888

My D18 is on the warmer side but I wouldn't call it dark and it sounds fine. The main concern with the Mjolnir is as long as your dac is good then it should be fine. The Mjolnir while it does tip towards the more aggressive side reveals what is lacking in the dac if you have the proper headphones of course. However judging from your headphones they probably are good enough although my preference for the HE6 would not be the Mjolnir but the pair does sound quite good.

 

Also that balanced amp he has selling is interesting. Not many of those amps come up and definitely not balanced. I never got a hold of them but don't really need one now. The only amp I can think of I would buy right now is if a GS-X made it to the FS. One came up a few weeks ago and don't think that's happening again for a very long time.

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