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Anyone have extensive experience with the Musical Fidelity M1HPA?  I have seen a couple spotty comments across the forum, all seem pretty positive, but would love to hear more in-depth experiences with this amp.  I really like the look/features of it, just want to know details on how it drives the LCD-2s.

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by HeyWaj10 View Post

Anyone have extensive experience with the Musical Fidelity M1HPA?  I have seen a couple spotty comments across the forum, all seem pretty positive, but would love to hear more in-depth experiences with this amp.  I really like the look/features of it, just want to know details on how it drives the LCD-2s.

 

Thanks!


That looks really nice. And with a usb input, this looks like a great desktop upgrade for average listeners like me. I'm a huge fan of Musical Fidelity design. They seem to always know what's up. I'm still learning, too. I'm still confused about how impedance works. I still wonder if more power is good, or can it ruin an LCD2 that I always assumed was a power hungry headphone. I think clean power is the way to go and this amp boasts like 0.00005db distortion or something, which seems pretty low to me. Another idea I'm confused about is how current is involved in the planar magnetic power needs. Lots of people say that the M1HPA can do wonders with the right headphone, but do they mean Grado and Sennheizer, which are dynamic headphones and can manage a different type of power to bring out their true beauty? Or do they mean that this amp can power inefficient headphones? So maybe low power and high efficiency might be right if this amp is more suited for dynamic? I'm not worried that the M1HPa won't power them very nicely, it's just how perfectly would it do? Uh, but found this

 

http://wiki.faust3d.com/wiki/index.php?title=Amplifiers_for_use_with_orthodynamic_headphones


Edited by JamesHuntington - 1/14/13 at 12:02pm
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After spending a few hours reading this thread and trying to figure out  the perfect amp for my LCD2, I've decided that I will select between: the Schiit Mjolnir or the  Burson Soloist. I'm already owner of a O2 amp, and it pairs quite well with the LCD2. However, I want to upgrade and bring the full potential of my LCD2. furthermore, I also want a "friendly" amp that can pair with different types of headphones I might buy in the near future. like the Beyerdynamic T1, Grado ps500/1000 Sennheiser HD650, or even the HD800 (This one is very picky). What do you guys recommend me? biggrin.gif

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After spending a few hours reading this thread and trying to figure out  the perfect amp for my LCD2, I've decided that I will select between: the Schiit Mjolnir or the  Burson Soloist. I'm already owner of a O2 amp, and it pairs quite well with the LCD2. However, I want to upgrade and bring the full potential of my LCD2. furthermore, I also want a "friendly" amp that can pair with different types of headphones I might buy in the near future. like the Beyerdynamic T1, Grado ps500/1000 Sennheiser HD650, or even the HD800 (This one is very picky). What do you guys recommend me? biggrin.gif

 

I'm thinking maybe a Violectric V200 for SS.

I have not listened to it but the Eddie Current Super 7 might be interesting to look into if you have the cash.

Not sure how it works with low impedance Grados.

 

The best amp I heard with all these headphones is the Leben CS300 but that is some serious cash.

post #5270 of 7755

Towwers....

 

The O2 can easily provide all that your LCD2's can reproduce.....even on batteries....pure DC.....

 

The O2 has been compared with many amps that cost a whole lot more.....

 

If you get a more expensive amp, keep the O2 to do a real comparison....I think you will be very surprised.

 

Oh I have LCD2's R2's and have tried many amps and dacs....sold them all and kept the O2's!

 

All the best

Alex

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The HD800 sound sterile and utterly boring with the O2.

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Towwers....

 

The O2 can easily provide all that your LCD2's can reproduce.....even on batteries....pure DC.....

 

The O2 has been compared with many amps that cost a whole lot more.....

 

If you get a more expensive amp, keep the O2 to do a real comparison....I think you will be very surprised.

 

Oh I have LCD2's R2's and have tried many amps and dacs....sold them all and kept the O2's!

 

All the best

Alex

Indeed, the O2 is one hell of an amp! I´ll try to buy of the two mentioned so I can compare and share my comparison  in this thread. But I´ve heard so many good things about the soloist and the Mjolnir that I can´t decide which one to choose! 

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I'm thinking maybe a Violectric V200 for SS.

I have not listened to it but the Eddie Current Super 7 might be interesting to look into if you have the cash.

Not sure how it works with low impedance Grados.

 

The best amp I heard with all these headphones is the Leben CS300 but that is some serious cash.

Isn't the v200 a warm amp? the lcd 2 is already warm.. I'm kinda afraid of that mixture, lol!

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I'd go with Mjolnir. While I haven't heard the Soloist I haven't been inpressed by Burson otherwise. 

 

It's also a good SS amp for the HD800. It's not as bright as a lot of others I've heard.

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Again, it comes down to what you're looking for.

 

The Mojo and Soloist are both superb options. However are your preferences for a warmer type of forgiving/laid back presentation or

a revealing, aggressive presentation?

 

I know some have had issues with fatigue when listening to Mjolnir. I can't say I share the same experience. I can go 4-8 hours no problem.

 

Then there's also the factor of what source will you be using? Mjolnir shines balanced w/ a true differential DAC.

Soloist is SE all throughout and of course, you have re-terminate all your cables to either 4-pin or dual 3-pin XLR for use with Mjolnir.

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Isn't the v200 a warm amp? the lcd 2 is already warm.. I'm kinda afraid of that mixture, lol!


Nope, sounds fine

post #5277 of 7755
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Originally Posted by HeyWaj10 View Post

Anyone have extensive experience with the Musical Fidelity M1HPA?  I have seen a couple spotty comments across the forum, all seem pretty positive, but would love to hear more in-depth experiences with this amp.  I really like the look/features of it, just want to know details on how it drives the LCD-2s.

 

Thanks!


http://www.head-fi.org/t/571393/are-there-amps-that-do-both-orthodynamic-high-efficiency-headphones-well

 

I'm not trying to say this thread will answer your question, but there seems to be some good info here about how average dynamic designed amps work with orthodynamics. There may be information on what to look for in an amp that will give you the right power, not that the M1hpa won't. I would just compare the output ratings etc of recommended amps for orthos with the stats on the one you want.


Edited by JamesHuntington - 1/14/13 at 7:03pm
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the v200 is one amp that the designer of the O2 has said many good comments on, good specs, good design...but he also indicated the sound wasnt any better or worse and the price differential of the O2 vs the V200 was not worth it.

 

He did say the v200 was "better' built mechanically...but not sonically....

 

HD 800 boring with the O2...really I thought this was an LCD2 thread....

 

Alex

post #5279 of 7755

To the people recommending a nice cable, is there anything that is a noticeable worthwhile upgrade for around 200USD?

Also, the big deal on toxic vs norse vs others, is it really just down to preference?

post #5280 of 7755

Cable? You mean to replace the stock LCD2 cable??

 

Alex

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