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How does the Matrix M-Stage sound with the Sennheiser HD800?

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Originally Posted by Headphonetopia View Post
 

How does the Matrix M-Stage sound with the Sennheiser HD800?

I've used the M Stage with the HD800 and it is surprisingly good for a budget system. I think the HD800 happens to be a very good match with the M Stage but hardly end game. You might also want to consider the Gustard H10 as they are both good budget solutions.

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I tried but I couldn't tell the difference between matrix m stage and my friends ~$5000 custom tube amp (someone more experienced probably could).

After that I stopped looking and listening to amps and I focused on music.

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I tried but I couldn't tell the difference between matrix m stage and my friends ~$5000 custom tube amp (someone more experienced probably could).
After that I stopped looking and listening to amps and I focused on music.

And there's nothing wrong with that!
I drink to you, sir! biggrin.gif

The ugly truth is.....
I used to have a fairly expensive vacuum tube pre-amp.
One sad day I compared it to a few cheaper (and more modern) pre-amps; Solid State and Solid State/Vacuum Tube hybrids.
Guess what?
Even the cheapest one was obviously superior! redface.gif
Edited by Chris J - 5/16/15 at 6:10am
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My Matrix M-Stage HPA2 USB has finally arrived.But they send me the wrong power cord (240v)

I live in Vancouver so is it safe to just simply plug it in and use it?

 

Voltage:110v-120v

Vancouver British Columbia

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Originally Posted by Headphonetopia View Post

My Matrix M-Stage HPA2 USB has finally arrived.But they send me the wrong power cord (240v)
I live in Vancouver so is it safe to just simply plug it in and use it?

Voltage:110v-120v
Vancouver British Columbia

NO!
The amp must be set to 120 Vac!
You will not harm an amp set for 240 vac if you plug in into a 120 Vac outlet, OTOH, the amp will not work. I'm in Canada too, BTW.

I have a Matrix Quattro headphone amp. It was shipped 240 Vac, I had to move a jumper on the back of the amp next to the AC input to use it.
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got the amp to turn on but nothing shows up when i plugged the usb into the laptop.  i can't even download the driver

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Hey guys, Matrix is releasing the third iteration of the M-Stage as seen here!

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Currently using K701 + M-stage HPA-1 with LM4562NA opamp

 

I didn't really expect to get some 'wow' factor from this amp the first time I listened to it. Well it certainly doesn't make me go "OMG DELICIOUS SOUND BEST AMP EVAR", but rather, in my first few songs I was like "uhm.. okay. it's good." No overly emotional eargasm or something like that.

 

But the more I listen to the K701 with the HPA-1, the more I appreciate its kinda neutral* and very detailed presentation.I don't know how exactly to describe it, but it's certainly one of the best sound I've heard with my AKG headphones. And I've tried quite a few amps with the K701 that really made it sing.

 

*I dunno if it's just me, but I find the midrange to be just a bit forward. It's actually the first thing I noticed with the amp's sound. Overall it's still a lot more neutral than, say, an O2, which I find to slightly add some weight on the low end, making the K701 sound less thin. Heck I actually think O2 made K701's mids a bit thicker than with the HPA-1.

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