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I should add this is with the LCD-3 headphones, which are laid back and benefit from a little bit of powerful texture and attack.  The HD650s sound very hard and fatiguing with it and I'd probably prefer any of the other op-amps with those headphones.

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This just goes to prove that we all hear differently and have different listening preferences. I had an M Stage from Tam and I had ordered the op627 class "A" from him just because of all the chatter. I could not listen to his class "A" mod for thirty minutes before I took it out of the system and tossed it. I thought it was terrible. Eventually I found an op amp combo for my M Stage that I liked a lot but the op627 was dark and overly warm sounding to me. I have since replaced my M Stage but I still think it was an excellent value and great sounding with my HD800's.

I didn't like the Class A OP627 either, too warm and fuzzy.
post #4893 of 4904
Thanks for the review
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I am planning to get the Matrix M-Stage HPA 2 to pair it with my Grado PS500.How well do you think the combo would work?

post #4895 of 4904

Grados all pair well with the M-Stage, although there's no feedback in the thread regarding PS500, but going from what I've read about the 500, perhaps an amp with better treble would make you happier.

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Grados all pair well with the M-Stage, although there's no feedback in the thread regarding PS500, but going from what I've read about the 500, perhaps an amp with better treble would make you happier.

Well I am going for the Matrix M Stage HPA 02 as per your suggestion. All other alternatives are pretty costly. 

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Question: Should I be able to output to a pair of active speakers(Focal XS Book) using the M-Stage's RCA output? Is that considered to be a double amplified setup? I heard it's dangerous to do so since that will damage my speakers. Really need your input here!


Edited by energyd - 11/24/14 at 9:18am
post #4898 of 4904

Active speakers like KRK Rokits are the right choice, alternatively passive speakers hooked up to a power amp (no preamp), and the M-Stage can be their preamp, but wireless speakers?  Nothing bad will happen, especially when you will be plugging the M-Stage into the receiver/transmitter and not the speakers themselves.  However, those Focals are probably made to take line-outs, so you may or may not end up with a lot of volume range to play with before the speakers start to distort.  No, that won't damage them, your music will just sound bad in the event of distortion, that's all.

post #4899 of 4904

Thanks for your help! 

 

But I believe the M-Stage has a "line-out" which is exactly what the focals require? Why the KRK Rokits are fine here while the Focals are not?

post #4900 of 4904

I just explained what you need to be wary of.  The M-Stage has a preamp out, its volume varies with the volume control.  A line-out has a fixed, very loud volume.  Some equipment may sometimes label preamp outputs as "line-outs".  It can get confusing that way.

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Thanks for your help! 

 

But I believe the M-Stage has a "line-out" which is exactly what the focals require? Why the KRK Rokits are fine here while the Focals are not?

 

Yup you'll be totally fine. I run a similar set-up and basically use the M-stage as a preamp. I'd never seen those speakers before. Certainly sleek and modern looking! 

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Thanks, so I will make sure to not turn the volumn nob to its max or min position
post #4903 of 4904
Thanks for the reply! Yup, the speaker is good looking and sound quality is better than any multimedia speaker I've had before!
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Tried the Matrix MStage HPA 02 headphone amp+dac with my Grado PS500. I dont suggest this pairing. The midrange Grado magic is lost. There is nothing about the midrange that seems appealing anymore. Or am I doing something wrong or is the midrange compressed as it is for Matrix M Stage HPA 02?

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