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post #76 of 725

You guys think the amp of sparrow will be enough for a 600 ohms Beyer?

post #77 of 725
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Originally Posted by numbskull View Post

You guys think the amp of sparrow will be enough for a 600 ohms Beyer?


It is as powerful as the Fun.

 

The specs for the Sparrow say 150mw for 600 ohms (~10 Volts).  Should power them fine.


Edited by Crazy*Carl - 5/12/10 at 4:17am
post #78 of 725

I just received my Sparrow today. It shipped Friday via EMS.  Wednesday is usually when I get things from KW.  It is the perfect size for a small footprint DAC/AMP combo of good quality.  I'm letting it run a little presently.  Sounds a little thick sounding at present.  Very nicely built.  I have the USB version A.  I wanted it to use out of my Laptop on an over bed Table.  MyLaptop has Optical out, so that will work great.

 

So I only have fairly low impedance canz now.  I listen loud.  I was at 12:00 with Denon D5000s, and at about 1:00 with Beyer 770-80 Pros for a reference point.  Don't know if it would handle 600 ohm Beyers, but from my initial impressions, I would say more gain might be called for with the 600 ohm canz.  

post #79 of 725

Do you have any other portables to compare to (like D10 or something)?

post #80 of 725

The sparrow is not a portable in any regard.  Its desktop dac/amp that happens to be somewhat small.

post #81 of 725

I understand that but it's use will be with systems like Les is talking about.

post #82 of 725

Ok just received my Sparrow Version A with the USB, DIR9001 and DA8740 Wolfson upgrade.  Just alittle out of the Box impression; it has more power than the Audinst HUD-MX1 for sure, also good Bass punch, nice wide soundstage and detail while listening to some Alicia Keys.  By the way i'm using the USB and my W1000X.  So far  a step in the right direction, just needs alittle more burn in time.  Also this is a very solid Amp for home use and not portable outside, unless you are taking it out in a big backpack, lol.

post #83 of 725
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Originally Posted by tim3320070 View Post

Do you have any other portables to compare to (like D10 or something)?


Hi Tim,  

   No, the smallest I have is a Compass or FUN.  I didn't want a portable, so much as  a small Footprint DAC/AMP and the Sparrow is the perfect size for me. 

 

One thing it's missing, is some little Rubber feet on the bottom.  It kinda slides around a little.  Very Solid build as one would expect from A-GD.

post #84 of 725

It could use some Rubber feet.

post #85 of 725
Originally Posted by les_garten View Post




Hi Tim,  

   No, the smallest I have is a Compass or FUN.  I didn't want a portable, so much as  a small Footprint DAC/AMP and the Sparrow is the perfect size for me. 

 

One thing it's missing, is some little Rubber feet on the bottom.  It kinda slides around a little.  Very Solid build as one would expect from A-GD.


If you get around to it, any comparisons with the FUN would be greatly appreciated!

post #86 of 725

Received it today. These are just first impressions and I'll correct them if needed after 400 hours of burn-in. I think the sound is a little too energetic for me, other than that the sound signature is neutral and crystal clear (in the sense the tone is clear and confident, I won't decide exactly how detailed it is until after burn-in). Clarity, fast controlled detail and soundstage width/continuity are what I hear to be the sparrow's strong points.

 

Some shortcomings I see is that the timbre doesn't seem to have many shades of emotion in instrument decay, and this is maybe the first flaw you'll see given the huge amount of microdetails (even ambient detail) in the sparrow. The soundstage is big, ever-present with proper positioning and with good analytical detail, but depth is probably the second weak point. Other than these two things, I think the sparrow is impressive.

 

I am mostly impressed by the "crystal clear" sound signature of the sparrow. I will have to do some A/B'ing with my dac19mk3+phoenix (which is using RCA not ACSS), because I think the sparrow does certain high frequency sounds and ambience in a way I like better than how my main rig does them. I also like the small footprint and price!

 

Here's to hoping burn-in magically fixes the shortcomings, and maybe I'll sell everything else I have :p.

post #87 of 725

 

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Originally Posted by numbskull View Post

You guys think the amp of sparrow will be enough for a 600 ohms Beyer?


No.

post #88 of 725
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Originally Posted by Mr Joboto View Post

 


No.


You want to elaborate on that? I see that you have a compass -- have you tried to drive high impedance cans with it before?

post #89 of 725

We need to hear comparisons with Dac/Amps in the same price range, including portables.


Edited by tim3320070 - 5/13/10 at 10:34pm
post #90 of 725

Sorry to compare sparrow to the more expensive dac19mk3+phoenix, but I actually think in some important aspects their performance can be compared. Never felt that way about the compass except some soundstage qualities.

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