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Sure, you may see a headliner on Boston newspaper that a wife killed her husband by smashing his head with an expensive headphone amp in the future.
 
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If I buy ONE MORE THING, you'll see a Toronto headline with the same!

 


Hey buddies, NO FEMALE PET TIGER AT HOME, please. Be reminded, it's DANGER!    Excluded TAMED.
 


Edited by dannie01 - 5/23/10 at 8:12am
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Hey buddies, NO FEMALE PET TIGER AT HOME, please. Be reminded, it's DANGER!    Excluded TAMED.
 



There are NO tamed female pet tigers, maybe before marriage.  Once she got the rock on her finger, it will change. 

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I know sound performace could not be judged by it's cost. So I would also curious if the DNA is competitive with the WA22 in terms of sound for almost double the price.


I remember reading some impressions claiming that the Sonett was pretty close to the Zana Deux. I think that says a lot.

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I may get myself one, would this be the ultimate tube amp.

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I remember reading some impressions claiming that the Sonett was pretty close to the Zana Deux. I think that says a lot.


That's amazing!

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Originally Posted by Pricklely Peete View Post

Thanks for the informative review Pat....now you've got me drooling over a balanced version of this amp to use with my RE1 DAC !!!!!  I think an amp should be able to handle any genre with aplomb. IMO an amp that is genre specific isn't designed properly (but that's just me). I love tube amps (specifically big EL34 based amps) for cans and my ref system........

 

When you have your next meet I'll bring along my set of NOS 6H30Pi-DR's (the king of 6H30's) for you to try out. Can the amp accept a 5U4G rectifier ? I have an excellent '52 RCA black plate that would go great with the 6H30-DR's I'm willing to bet . I also have a late 40's JAN Ken Rad I could let you try out.

 

Congrats on the beautiful new amp ! A very wise choice indeed. I wonder how this puppy measures up against the WA6SE ?

 

Peete.

 

EDIT: Dang it all just checked the website no balanced inputs but I bet a decent single ended DAC would really shine with this amp (along with the NOS tube choices available for it).

 

I couldn't agree more re your comment, "IMO an amp that is genre specific isn't designed properly." Similarly, I recall a conversation with Bobby Polkovic of Merlin Music about his TSM's (then the MXe, now the MXr), about how they would reproduce choral and classical genre's, my personal music preferences. His reply kinda took me aback, "My speakers don't care what kind of music you play, rock, classical, choral, Hip Hop..." He was unabashed in his declaration that loudspeakers shouldn't play music better with one genre or another, a stance that I have since adopted on all my audio equipment, from source to transducer. It has also made my music system selection process less subjective, as system matching and synergy become important and more apparent during audition.

 

When I first started my search for an amplifier, part of my purpose was to find out just how good the Westone ES3X could get, as well as a good basis for future reference IEM's and CANs. What I ended up with was an amp that I felt first and foremost delivered music, regardless of the genre. And for the most part, could handle most CAN's you could throw at it, from the venerable 800's to the best of the IEM's.

 

Most recently, my source has been upgraded to the newly released Wyred4Sound (Cullen Circuits) DAC-1 with the USB 24/192 option. As some have indicated, the source is where it starts, is the fountainhead, or spring that feeds the rest of the musical chain. The ES3X and the Sonett have easily revealed each change, and musically, for the better. (I plan to update the original Sonett review with observations on the new DAC. So, stay tuned!)

 

BTW, I think the Sonett might exhibit some good synergy with your AudioGd sources . Also, have you thought about some reference IEMs from Jerry Harvey, e.g. JH13 or JH16? 

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They were not that similar in the listening to them I did albeit t was at meets. I always felt the Zana had a better impact, detail and better top to bottom frequency extension. These are just my opinions and the DNA is a very nice amp that anyone should consider in the $1000-$2000 range.

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They were not that similar in the listening to them I did albeit t was at meets. I always felt the Zana had a better impact, detail and better top to bottom frequency extension. These are just my opinions and the DNA is a very nice amp that anyone should consider in the $1000-$2000 range.

Hmm, I'm not too concerned because the Zana Deux seems to be a common reference point for high quality headphone amplifiers, and often "you get what you pay for" rings true, though in audio you often get less than what you pay for. Knowing that the Sonett performs very well comparitively in its price range is good enough evidence of the former rather than the latter.

 

I'm more intrigued as to whether it can produce an acceptably refined bass for the Grado GS1000s as I love their presentation, but the analytical HD600s are so much tighter by comparison (only it's much less fun). I was pleased when I read that the DNA Sonett isn't bass heavy, some cans need as much control in that area as possible.


Edited by brandnewgame - 5/24/10 at 7:03am
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I couldn't agree more re your comment, "IMO an amp that is genre specific isn't designed properly." Similarly, I recall a conversation with Bobby Polkovic of Merlin Music about his TSM's (then the MXe, now the MXr), about how they would reproduce choral and classical genre's, my personal music preferences. His reply kinda took me aback, "My speakers don't care what kind of music you play, rock, classical, choral, Hip Hop..." He was unabashed in his declaration that loudspeakers shouldn't play music better with one genre or another, a stance that I have since adopted on all my audio equipment, from source to transducer. It has also made my music system selection process less subjective, as system matching and synergy become important and more apparent during audition.

 

When I first started my search for an amplifier, part of my purpose was to find out just how good the Westone ES3X could get, as well as a good basis for future reference IEM's and CANs. What I ended up with was an amp that I felt first and foremost delivered music, regardless of the genre. And for the most part, could handle most CAN's you could throw at it, from the venerable 800's to the best of the IEM's.

 

Most recently, my source has been upgraded to the newly released Wyred4Sound (Cullen Circuits) DAC-1 with the USB 24/192 option. As some have indicated, the source is where it starts, is the fountainhead, or spring that feeds the rest of the musical chain. The ES3X and the Sonett have easily revealed each change, and musically, for the better. (I plan to update the original Sonett review with observations on the new DAC. So, stay tuned!)

 

BTW, I think the Sonett might exhibit some good synergy with your AudioGd sources . Also, have you thought about some reference IEMs from Jerry Harvey, e.g. JH13 or JH16? 


I think the key to realizing that a ref system in order to treat all types of music equally has to be as neutral (as possible) and completely transparent. Synergy is the whole ball of wax once you discard the notion of trying to match different pieces of highly colored gear as a fruitless, utterly frustrating never ending venture. The advantage tube amps have today vs 35 years ago is the simple fact that the components are of high enough quality now that a dead neutral tube amp can sound more SS than some SS designs can....in any event I view neutrality as part in parcel to achieving system synergy which in turn will shine with any music genre it's reproduces. Recording and mastering quality of the source material is another matter entirely......If your genre of choice is riddled with examples of poor practices behind the mixing/mastering console, a strong argument can be made for less transparent more forgiving gear (matched as a system of course). Sometimes the SOTA isn't where one should go if your music is rarely produced at a high enough standard to really enjoy it 100% although having great gear is always a want tough to deny for practical reasons. One thing for sure audiophiles are rarely practical (myself included). I know that the last 2 statements might ruffle a few feathers but I feel these aspects of the hobby are routinely ignored (although to a lesser degree at head fi , to the board's credit). IMO of course.

 

As for IEMs I would like to try them out (JH13 or JH16) but I really dislike the feeling of having them stuffed into my ears....I took a real dislike to ear plugs back in the 70's and 80's which has influenced my feelings towards buds to this day ridiculous as that may sound (pun intended)... Over the ear cans I can tolerate but for the amount of time I actually spend listening to headphones vs the speaker system doesn't make the investment worthwhile for me at this time. That may change if I move into a Condo down the road however.

 

I bet the Sonett fed by the RE1 (single ended outputs) would be a very good match, hopefully I can do just that at the next meet.

 

Peete.

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Thread Starter 

Peete, I would be thrilled to test out your 6H30 tubes that you've got! I think my choices for rectifier are limited however. I think I can only use the 5AR4, or GZ34.

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Originally Posted by kunalraiker View Post
That means one is paying for the R & D not for the actual components which would cost way under $300.00 would that be fair to say.

This is incorrect; each Sonett costs much more than $300 in components. Building limited production specialty products in the USA is not inexpensive.

 

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Can someone tell me how heavy is the Sonett? I can't find it anywhere @ www.dnaudio.com

The Sonett weights around 12 pounds (5.5kg).
 

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This is incorrect; each Sonett costs much more than $300 in components. Building limited production specialty products in the USA is not inexpensive.

 

The Sonett weights around 12 pounds (5.5kg).
 



Thanks Donald for clearing that,I would be interested in the Sonett,do you have any reviews or user feedback of the amps performance with K701 and Grado SR325's.

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I know a few people using the K701/702 with good results through the Sonett. One is Wes of Neko Audio.

 

I haven't received reports about pairing with the SR325, so my best suggestion is to ask here

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Originally Posted by Donald North View Post

I know a few people using the K701/702 with good results through the Sonett. One is Wes of Neko Audio.

 

I haven't received reports about pairing with the SR325, so my best suggestion is to ask here


Do you know if anyone's tried the Sonett with the Grado GS1000s? I'm buying a Sonett either way, but I'd still love to know 

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Do you know if anyone's tried the Sonett with the Grado GS1000s? I'm buying a Sonett either way, but I'd still love to know 


I know of one Aussie head-fier who has a pair of GS1000i and the Sonnet; but his Sonnet is still burning in.

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