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post #1456 of 1782
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Originally Posted by monkeyboylee View Post
 

 

Cheers, sounds promising, what have you replaced it with btw?

I am kind of alternating between AKG K612 Pros, Sony MDR-MA900 and Philips Fidelio X1 [in order of preference]

All great open-back headphones :]

post #1457 of 1782
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post
 

I am kind of alternating between AKG K612 Pros, Sony MDR-MA900 and Philips Fidelio X1 [in order of preference]

All great open-back headphones :]

 

LOL - I meant the amp :D

post #1458 of 1782
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Originally Posted by monkeyboylee View Post

LOL - I meant the amp biggrin.gif

Oh, still the 2014 Mstage with the DAC module.
A great amp, I only sold the W1000x's.
post #1459 of 1782

Ah - I read it wrong, you meant prior to selling the headphones, not the amp...... doh my bad! :rolleyes: 


Edited by monkeyboylee - 1/29/14 at 5:34am
post #1460 of 1782
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Ah - I read it wrong, you meant prior to selling the headphones, not the amp...... doh my bad! rolleyes.gif  

Nah, it's ok wink.gif
It had great synergy with the W1000X.
But a closed headphone is a closed headphone and since I can use open ones, it had to go ;(
post #1461 of 1782
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post


Nah, it's ok wink.gif
It had great synergy with the W1000X.
But a closed headphone is a closed headphone and since I can use open ones, it had to go ;(

I've got a pair of HE-400's i use too, like chopping and changing between them and their signatures, want an amp to do both and the W1000X are the picky ones! Thanks again.

post #1462 of 1782
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Originally Posted by monkeyboylee View Post
 

I've got a pair of HE-400's i use too, like chopping and changing between them and their signatures, want an amp to do both and the W1000X are the picky ones! Thanks again.


 The Asgard  2 would fill this request.

post #1463 of 1782
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 


 The Asgard  2 would fill this request.

The MStage can drive the HE-400 greatly too + you can get an all-in-one for 300 bucks [well 250 + the DAC module]

Asgard 2 is great too though.

post #1464 of 1782

I like my M-stage very much as well (I appreciate the ease of OP rolling with it as well), but in an A/B comparison  the Asgard 2 really is a good sounding amp (same DAC).  I appreciate the warmth and intimacy of the M-stage (I am a tube guy), but you can really hear the details and resolution it lacks when you compare them side by side. Power-wise they are about the same.

 

Good point thought about an all inclusive DAC/amp, mine was the non USB version. Is the DAC decent? 

post #1465 of 1782
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

I like my M-stage very much as well (I appreciate the ease of OP rolling with it as well), but in an A/B comparison  the Asgard 2 really is a good sounding amp (same DAC).  I appreciate the warmth and intimacy of the M-stage (I am a tube guy), but you can really hear the details and resolution it lacks when you compare them side by side. Power-wise they are about the same.

 

Good point thought about an all inclusive DAC/amp, mine was the non USB version. Is the DAC decent? 

By all, accounts it is a very good DAC. These are not my words [taken from the MStage thread], but it is said to rival stand-alone DACs bellow 200-300$.

Quite the value it seems.

post #1466 of 1782

Hmmm, thanks all, thing is I'm definitely planning on getting the new DX90 when it comes out so will probably always use that as the DAC as its going to have Dual Sabre *ES9018K2M* dacs in it.

post #1467 of 1782
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

I like my M-stage very much as well (I appreciate the ease of OP rolling with it as well), but in an A/B comparison  the Asgard 2 really is a good sounding amp (same DAC).  I appreciate the warmth and intimacy of the M-stage (I am a tube guy), but you can really hear the details and resolution it lacks when you compare them side by side. Power-wise they are about the same.

 

Good point thought about an all inclusive DAC/amp, mine was the non USB version. Is the DAC decent? 

I suppose it is more musical than the Asgard 2 then :]

It fits my headphones better I suppose as I prefer neutral cans and the bit of warmth the Mstage adds is welcome, since the headphones themselves are resolving and detailed enough :D

I wouldn't say the MStage is an intimate amp at all though, I am sure there are more spacious sounding amps out there but intimate... I don't think so.

Been using it for gaming for some time with the DSS and it actually projects a very spacious scene IMO.

Then again it always depends on the headphones the most, as they determine the soundstage and FR significantly.

 

I've come to expect differences between amps being pretty small [at least from my experience].

So a difference between a warm and intimate amp or a more detailed and resolving amp is usually pretty small, compared to switching headphones :]

 

Just my opinion of course.

post #1468 of 1782
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post
 

I suppose it is more musical than the Asgard 2 then :]

It fits my headphones better I suppose as I prefer neutral cans and the bit of warmth the Mstage adds is welcome, since the headphones themselves are resolving and detailed enough :D

I wouldn't say the MStage is an intimate amp at all though, I am sure there are more spacious sounding amps out there but intimate... I don't think so.

Been using it for gaming for some time with the DSS and it actually projects a very spacious scene IMO.

Then again it always depends on the headphones the most, as they determine the soundstage and FR significantly.

 

I've come to expect differences between amps being pretty small [at least from my experience].

So a difference between a warm and intimate amp or a more detailed and resolving amp is usually pretty small, compared to switching headphones :]

 

Just my opinion of course.

Oh don't take my comments wrong, I love the M-stage. Great bang for the buck amp.

 

By my intimate comment I was saying as compared to  the Asgard, it  has a wider sound stage, and is a bit more detailed while preserving the warmth of the M-stage. I was going to trade him but backed out and kept the M-stage.

post #1469 of 1782
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

Oh don't take my comments wrong, I love the M-stage. Great bang for the buck amp.

 

By my intimate comment I was saying as compared to  the Asgard, it  has a wider sound stage, and is a bit more detailed while preserving the warmth of the M-stage. I was going to trade him but backed out and kept the M-stage.

How is it a great bang for the buck amp if the Asgard 2 is better for the same price? :confused:

After all the good things I've read about the Mstage here, I got the new version and think it is really good [a decent DAC being a great bonus].

But if the Asgard is better, then its 250 bucks and so is the Mstage [+50 for the DAC module...]

I am a bit torn now...

post #1470 of 1782

They are both good for the money.

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