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post #5926 of 7721
DAC is the Gungnir. Very happy with the amp, dac, and cans as a system. The dell computer I am using as storage media not so much. Definitely the weak link in my system and not sure what to do about that. Ripping cd's with JRiver and using USB to the dac I have it "jumping" for lack of a better description and then resumes play which is aggravating in the extreme. Worse when playing from internal cd/DVD optical drive. But when it is playing clean sounds awesome.
post #5927 of 7721
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Mjolnir 

 

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Out of all your amps :Balanced βeta-22 / Balanced M^3 / First Watt F1J / GS-X mk2

 

Which do you prefer more?

I was thinking of either the GS-X mk2 or the Mjolnir.

 

Tim

post #5928 of 7721
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Originally Posted by cssarrow View Post

Out of all your amps :Balanced βeta-22 / Balanced M^3 / First Watt F1J / GS-X mk2

 

Which do you prefer more?

I was thinking of either the GS-X mk2 or the Mjolnir.

 

Tim

 

I use to own the BHA-1 and I had the Mjolnir at home for a while.  Sold the BHA-1 but still like it with any LCD.  Same with the Mjolnir, really liked it with any LCDs.  Problem was IMO they didn't sound good with any other headphones.

 

The M^3 is now the bedroom rig where the CK use to be.

 

I like the GS-X mk and the B22 equally.  The F1J is a speaker amp that works great with the HE-6.

post #5929 of 7721
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

I use to own the BHA-1 and I had the Mjolnir at home for a while.  Sold the BHA-1 but still like it with any LCD.  Same with the Mjolnir, really liked it with any LCDs.  Problem was IMO they didn't sound good with any other headphones.

 

The M^3 is now the bedroom rig where the CK use to be.

 

I like the GS-X mk and the B22 equally.  The F1J is a speaker amp that works great with the HE-6.

Ah, so you're saying the BHA-1 & Mjolnir only sounds good with the LCD's?

Not even with HE-500 or HE-6?

 

Would you say that the GS-X mk2 sounds better than the Mjolnir?

 

I'm mainly just going to use it with LCD-2 Rev. 2's, then upgrade to LCD-3's later on.

Maybe that's a good choice?

 

If the GS-X is better and works well with other headphones, that seems like a better choice.

Since you know more than me, i take your input for granted.

post #5930 of 7721
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Originally Posted by cssarrow View Post

Ah, so you're saying the BHA-1 & Mjolnir only sounds good with the LCD's?

YES - Only IMO

 

Not even with HE-500 or HE-6?

HE-500 yes HE-6 no  Still better with the LCDs  IMO

 

 

Would you say that the GS-X mk2 sounds better than the Mjolnir?

Yes  IMO

 

I'm mainly just going to use it with LCD-2 Rev. 2's, then upgrade to LCD-3's later on.

Maybe that's a good choice?

Yes - good choice.  IMO

 

If the GS-X is better and works well with other headphones, that seems like a better choice.

Since you know more than me, i take your input for granted.

Only my opinion.  But yes

 

post #5931 of 7721

Thanks.

It's decided, i'm going to get the HeadAmp GS-X mk2,

 

Time to save up some more..

 

Tim

post #5932 of 7721
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Originally Posted by cssarrow View Post

Thanks.

It's decided, i'm going to get the HeadAmp GS-X mk2,

 

Time to save up some more..

 

Tim

 

Yeah but the Mjolnir is ready to purchase now.  The GS-X mk2 won't be ready until summer time at best.  Also The Schiit Statement amp is coming out as well.

post #5933 of 7721
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Yeah but the Mjolnir is ready to purchase now.  The GS-X mk2 won't be ready until summer time at best.  Also The Schiit Statement amp is coming out as well.

HoldupHoldupHoldupHoldupHoldup!! Tell me more about this Schiit statement amp or at least refer me to a thread about it ^^

post #5934 of 7721

Yes, i'm very curious about this Statement Amp as well.

post #5935 of 7721

I'd recommend getting the Mjolnir as a tide me over. Schiit statement.

post #5936 of 7721
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Originally Posted by PhaedraCorruption View Post

Has anyone had the chance to try both the new Taboo and the Bryston together? Or the Soloist and the Bryston for that matter. 

I haven't heard the Taboo at all, but have heard both the Soloist and Bryston, though in different circumstances.  What I did is hear both of them shortly after hearing a Woo WA22.

 

I heard the Soloist and WA22 at RMAF with LCD-3's - and thought that both sounded excellent, though different - the Woo being more dynamic and full of the texture/coloufullness (not "colored sound") of live music, and the Soloist being a bit more focused on the nuance of inner detail.  Both excellent, and while I personally prefer the Woo's presentation, I can see somebody liking either presentation - it's a matter of personal choice.  FWIW...the Dac's were the DAC portion of the Conductor being outputted to the Soloist (which didn't sound as good as the Conductor on its own), and the Woo DAC, which are likely comparable performance-wise.

 

When I heard the Bryston at the Montreal show right before hearing the Woo WA6SE and WA22 (they were conveniently located across the hall from each other), there was no comparison - the Woo's were better on every level IMHO.  I was able to listen to the same exact tracks on the 2, which took out a potential variable.  Of course, part of that might be a preference for the Woo DAC over the Bryston - but the Woo DAC is less than half the price of the Bryston.  Once again, I listened to these with LCD-3's, which are similar but not identical in amp requirements to the LCD-2.

 

So...by deduction/calculation...you can say that I much prefer the Soloist to the Bryston.  As a bonus, it's cheaper too - in fact, an absolute bargain IMHO.

post #5937 of 7721

so the conductor sounds better than soloist? 

post #5938 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

so the conductor sounds better than soloist? 

I thought the Conductor was a Soloist with a DAC inside....

post #5939 of 7721
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Originally Posted by LionTamer View Post

So...by deduction/calculation...you can say that I much prefer the Soloist to the Bryston.  As a bonus, it's cheaper too - in fact, an absolute bargain IMHO.
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post #5940 of 7721

The Mjolnir amp is quite the synergistic match for the LCD's. I think one would have to be remiss not to at least consider the Mjolnir amp with the Audeze phones. I find it very hard to believe that this amp would not drive other cans just as well; however never having personally tried any others I cannot speak to that. The problem is you start to get into massive subjectivity on every little point and no one will hear everything exactly the same as someone else will.

 

BTW I was able to tweak some settings on JRiver and got it to quit skipping out almost 100% so that is really nice. I can say this rig is starting to sound so awesome it is almost unbelievable to me. I would really like to hear some other phones on this system to see just how they would sound as the amp certainly has adequate power and cleanliness to drive almost anything except maybe the Stax lineup?

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