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post #6811 of 7541
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Originally Posted by haejuk View Post
 

As a fellow HA-160D + LCD2.2 owner.  I wonder the exact same thing as you.  Since I haven't been able to listen to my LCD2 on any of the popular amps with high current output, I haven't been able to compare either.  I can only read the good things people say.  I am pretty satisfied with HA-160D, as even loud listening for me works quite well.  I am however curious how these other amps compare.  Ignorance is probably bliss in this case, but if anyone out there has any direct comparisons of amps like the Mjolnir with HA-160 I would really like to hear about them.

 

If you like the 160D + LCD2 (which I never did), if you do upgrade in the future I think the Soloist may be something you might like, major improvement over the HA-160 but still far cry from being in my personal top 10 amp list for the LCD2's. YMMV.

post #6812 of 7541

Are the V200's still the shizzle? I haven't heard about those for a while.. dang was that setup expensive though.

post #6813 of 7541

You know hype wears off for new products eventually. V200 are still good contenders but it seems more people have moved onto the Soloist and other Burson stuff and moved onto LCD3's or other headphones from the LCD2's.

post #6814 of 7541
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

You know hype wears off for new products eventually. V200 are still good contenders but it seems more people have moved onto the Soloist and other Burson stuff and moved onto LCD3's or other headphones from the LCD2's.

 

In that case I wonder if the Headroom amps are actually really good even though they've been out forever... 

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

You know hype wears off for new products eventually. V200 are still good contenders but it seems more people have moved onto the Soloist and other Burson stuff and moved onto LCD3's or other headphones from the LCD2's.

 

In that case I wonder if the Headroom amps are actually really good even though they've been out forever... 

 

HP Amp tech has been advancing quickly. My first HP amp was a Headroom, but it is not up to the competition today.

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HP Amp tech has been advancing quickly. My first HP amp was a Headroom, but it is not up to the competition today.

 

Amp tech? 

post #6817 of 7541
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post
 

 

HP Amp tech has been advancing quickly. My first HP amp was a Headroom, but it is not up to the competition today.

 

Amp tech? 

 

The increasing popularity of Headphones means more research and innovation in materials, op amps, etc. The available quality of gear has improved a lot in the last few years.

post #6818 of 7541

My EXTENSIVE review of the RWA Signature 16 is up for viewing:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/683531/review-red-wine-audio-signature-16-integrated-headphone-speaker-amplifier

 

 

Enjoy :)

post #6819 of 7541
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post
 

 

The increasing popularity of Headphones means more research and innovation in materials, op amps, etc. The available quality of gear has improved a lot in the last few years.

Well, opamps are in a lot of electronics, but they aren't a headphone amplifier specific type of tech. I see what you mean though.


Edited by paradoxper - 9/28/13 at 6:01am
post #6820 of 7541

TBI Audio Millenia MG3 (Class BD, 32Wpc into 8-Ohm on 24VDC power)

 

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue62/millenia.htm

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue67/tbi_millenia.htm

http://tbisound.com/dsp_products_millenia.asp

 

 

 

HPRC 2400F case, with Touch shown for scale.

 

Mike

post #6821 of 7541
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My EXTENSIVE review of the RWA Signature 16 is up for viewing:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/683531/review-red-wine-audio-signature-16-integrated-headphone-speaker-amplifier

 

 

Enjoy :)

 

Nice review HPDJ. The fact that you mostly described details you notice in the recordings rather than the specific way the amp is reproducing the sound must mean it's doing it's job well. In such a long review I did find this bit amusing though

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my amp at the time (Decware Taboo MKIII) and did a shoot-out. Long story short, the Sig 16 made my demo tracks sound a little more detailed and the bass was tighter.

 That comparison is probably main thing people would like a 'long story' on.

 

Also you mentioned wanting to hear the difference between your SE and the balanced headphone output version. It might be worth checking if you can re-terminate your LCD-2's & run directly from the speaker terminals. You'd should get at least 2W into your LCDs. Reading about success people are having with speaker amps like the 'TBI mg3' above, would love hear a comparison between a balanced Cassabria and a Signature 16 from the speaker terminals.

post #6822 of 7541
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

 

If you like the 160D + LCD2 (which I never did), if you do upgrade in the future I think the Soloist may be something you might like, major improvement over the HA-160 but still far cry from being in my personal top 10 amp list for the LCD2's. YMMV.

 

Why did you not like it?

Soloist should sound the same I'd guess, the company is the same and probably also the ears tuning the amp. More power, but if you don't push the HA160, would you notice? I don't listen louder then at 9 o'clock on normal records. Should be plenty of head-room left?

 

edit: Sorry, you already commented on the fact that the soloist and HA160 would sound alike....


Edited by DrNope - 9/30/13 at 12:56am
post #6823 of 7541
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Why did you not like it?

Soloist should sound the same I'd guess, the company is the same and probably also the ears tuning the amp. More power, but if you don't push the HA160, would you notice? I don't listen louder then at 9 o'clock on normal records. Should be plenty of head-room left?

 

edit: Sorry, you already commented on the fact that the soloist and HA160 would sound alike....

 

i doubt they'd sound anything alike.

 

the HA-160 is known to be a poor match with many headphones and theres mixed reviews of it. i always heard bright, harsh, bassy, and underpowered as some of the words used to describe it.

 

the soloist however, sounds absolutely fantastic and is one of the best SS amps available in its price range.

post #6824 of 7541
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Originally Posted by DrNope View Post
 

 

Why did you not like it?

Soloist should sound the same I'd guess, the company is the same and probably also the ears tuning the amp. More power, but if you don't push the HA160, would you notice? I don't listen louder then at 9 o'clock on normal records. Should be plenty of head-room left?

 

edit: Sorry, you already commented on the fact that the soloist and HA160 would sound alike....

The HA-160 was just not focused enough with the headphones it was praised here to pair well with. The HA-160 sounded like an amp that was trying to impress me with all aspects of sound but only halfway, it was just a mixed bag. 

 

The Soloist and HA-160 won't sound very similar if you have brief hearing comparison's between the two, but if you listen to both for a little longer you can definitely go point at the Soloist and say "hey this bit sounds like the HA-160 but improved". This was definitely the case with a lot of users here that went from the HA-160 to the Soloist.

 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

i doubt they'd sound anything alike.

 

the HA-160 is known to be a poor match with many headphones and theres mixed reviews of it. i always heard bright, harsh, bassy, and underpowered as some of the words used to describe it.

 

the soloist however, sounds absolutely fantastic and is one of the best SS amps available in its price range.

 

They have the same sound signature but the Soloist is a step or two ahead of it. Funny I never saw mixed reviews here of it, especially not in the old LCD2's thread where people endlessly raved about how a HA-160 + LCD2 (non angled) is on par with the HD800's, those impression/posts were a good laugh.

 

The Soloist one of the best SS amps in it's price range? 

Let me guess you took that out of Soludes book didn't cha?


Edited by DefQon - 9/30/13 at 2:19am
post #6825 of 7541
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

The HA-160 was just not focused enough with the headphones it was praised here to pair well with. The HA-160 sounded like an amp that was trying to impress me with all aspects of sound but only halfway, it was just a mixed bag. 

 

The Soloist and HA-160 won't sound very similar if you have brief hearing comparison's between the two, but if you listen to both for a little longer you can definitely go point at the Soloist and say "hey this bit sounds like the HA-160 but improved". This was definitely the case with a lot of users here that went from the HA-160 to the Soloist.

 

 

They have the same sound signature but the Soloist is a step or two ahead of it. Funny I never saw mixed reviews here of it, especially not in the old LCD2's thread where people endlessly raved about how a HA-160 + LCD2 (non angled) is on par with the HD800's, those impression/posts were a good laugh.

 

The Soloist one of the best SS amps in it's price range? 

Let me guess you took that out of Soludes book didn't cha?

 

actually i didn't 

:tongue_smile:

 

but i think it is, i've heard it and i love how it pairs with LCD-2.

 

i know people like HA-160 with LCD-2 as well, but i know ive heard terrible things about it pairing with HD 800/T1. and ppl still say it lacks power for some of the planars. so thats mostly the reviews i've heard.

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