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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post
 

You guys are overcomplicating it...

 

Headphone plugs into the hole in the front.  Turn the knob to the right to make it louder.  ;) 

Some like plugging it in the back :veryevil:

Banana plugs style :cool: 


Edited by conquerator2 - 2/2/14 at 4:26am
post #4667 of 4888
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post
 

You guys are overcomplicating it...

 

Headphone plugs into the hole in the front.  Turn the knob to the right to make it louder.  ;) 

 

I'll be sure to mention that to the designers next time I see them.

 

BTW,

maybe the next revision should have the option of front and rear entry.:veryevil:

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:ph34r:

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My view of the HPA-1 and the recently updated HPA-2, both USB DAC versions.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-m-stage-hpa-2-w-usb-dac/reviews/10470
http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-m-stage/reviews/10471

Same review contents and ratings, different pros/cons.
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

My view of the HPA-1 and the recently updated HPA-2, both USB DAC versions.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-m-stage-hpa-2-w-usb-dac/reviews/10470
http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-m-stage/reviews/10471

Same review contents and ratings, different pros/cons.

Excellent review!! I agree with every comment you made. I believe that the M Stage is very hard to beat with high impedance headphones. I have some much more expensive amps sitting here including tube amps and the M Stage equals or surpasses them all at a fraction of the cost. I originally bought it to use just for watching movies but it is so good it found it's way into my main system. I think you would have to reach over $1500 to safely have reason to retire the M Stage.

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Thanks Max, i was expecting more feedback about the HPA-2. My classic M-stage will be looking for a new home :P

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Originally Posted by Chodi View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

My view of the HPA-1 and the recently updated HPA-2, both USB DAC versions.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-m-stage-hpa-2-w-usb-dac/reviews/10470
http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-m-stage/reviews/10471

Same review contents and ratings, different pros/cons.

Excellent review!! I agree with every comment you made. I believe that the M Stage is very hard to beat with high impedance headphones. I have some much more expensive amps sitting here including tube amps and the M Stage equals or surpasses them all at a fraction of the cost. I originally bought it to use just for watching movies but it is so good it found it's way into my main system. I think you would have to reach over $1500 to safely have reason to retire the M Stage.

 

I think the M-Stage is quite excellent for low impedance headphones as well. I can think of very few amplifiers that really worked so well in terms of noise floor and clarity with my Denon D7000. I can't think of any amplifier I've held onto for as long as my HPA-1. It just seems to fit the bill for any headphone. 

 

Still would like to hear more about the HPA-2 vs HPA-1 only using the amplifier section. The HPA-2 does look really really nice. Hard to front that much money for a cosmetic change.

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I couldn't really detect any differences and I am told the circuit is almost identical, so it is to be expected.
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

I couldn't really detect any differences and I am told the circuit is almost identical, so it is to be expected.

 

Thanks much for the info. Guess I'll put my wallet away. I really wanted to justify that faceplate :D

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Where is the official site to buy the M-Stage?

 

The one I found seems kinda sketch...

post #4676 of 4888
www.matrix-digi-USA.com is the official North American distributor.
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Anyone else experiencing great troubles with the drivers? They disappear, they crash my Windows, numerous reintalling, turning the MStage on/off...

Something is amiss :/

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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post
 

Anyone else experiencing great troubles with the drivers? They disappear, they crash my Windows, numerous reintalling, turning the MStage on/off...

Something is amiss :/

Thats usually a consecuence of a bad usb port, cable connector or a vmware usb arbitration filter meesing arround. For de the first a the second use another usb cable an also switch to another usb port on your pc. For the third try to use the matrix on another pc. 

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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

Anyone else experiencing great troubles with the drivers? They disappear, they crash my Windows, numerous reintalling, turning the MStage on/off...
Something is amiss :/

Great. I just bought one and you already making me nervous about the drivers. Just curious, what's your OS?
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Great. I just bought one and you already making me nervous about the drivers. Just curious, what's your OS?

Win 7 premium, 64-bit.

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