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post #6961 of 7748
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post

1. Audio GD NFB10.33
2. Burson Soloist, Violectric V200, Schiit Mjolnir
3. I don't have an answer for #3 because I don't believe amps should cost that much.

Wait a minute. The Mjolnir costs like $ 750. Why is it in bucket 2 unless I'm missing something ?
post #6962 of 7748
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post


Wait a minute. The Mjolnir costs like $ 750. Why is it in bucket 2 unless I'm missing something ?

 

Close enough.. you can afford something that costs less, but not something that costs more, would you rather I put it in the first category?

post #6963 of 7748
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
 

 

1. Audio GD NFB10.33

2. Burson Soloist, Violectric V200, Schiit Mjolnir

3. I don't have an answer for #3 because I don't believe amps should cost that much.


i currently have the soloist, but i've recently aqired an lcd2, and i'm curious about going balanced,  but my headphone amp is also my preamp for my psb ps1's

i guess i'd need to get monitors with balanced inputs then ??

post #6964 of 7748

I have been using the Centrance DACmini for the past 3 months.  Also using the Apple TV to connect my IPAD wirelessly to the DACmini.  Did some comparisons with the Burson Conductor, which sounded slightly more powerful in the bass and perhaps a bit more resolved in the high frequencies, but had problems working with the Apple TV dropping the signal.   In the end I thought the price/sound ratio of the DACmini was great and have not looked back.  

post #6965 of 7748
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
 

 

Close enough.. you can afford something that costs less, but not something that costs more, would you rather I put it in the first category?

I must misunderstand. I thought you were listing amps by cost ....Hence the bucket 1, 2 etc. Trust I am making myself clearer ?

post #6966 of 7748
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Originally Posted by Rawajakaj View Post
 

I have been using the Centrance DACmini for the past 3 months.  Also using the Apple TV to connect my IPAD wirelessly to the DACmini.  Did some comparisons with the Burson Conductor, which sounded slightly more powerful in the bass and perhaps a bit more resolved in the high frequencies, but had problems working with the Apple TV dropping the signal.   In the end I thought the price/sound ratio of the DACmini was great and have not looked back.  

 

I had a similar situation.  Had the Soloist paired with the DA160 and moved to the DACmini PX because I needed to power some passive monitors and didn't have room for a separate power amp.  There were not a whole lot of difference between the 2 setups initially so I ended up staying with the DACmini.  However I do feel the DACmini is a bit harsher up top compared to the Soloist/DA160 combo, and also sounds a tad flatter (or maybe just more forward where the Soloist was relaxed).  These differences were very minor and I opted to the utility of the DACmini in the end.

post #6967 of 7748

friday i took delivery of the wadia 121 decoding computer, it is a great dac/amp/pre

i was amazed how well it drives the lcd2's,and it handles the grado rs1i great too.

and at retail prices, its cheaper than my soloist/uberfrost combo

though maybe not as flexible

post #6968 of 7748
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

friday i took delivery of the wadia 121 decoding computer, it is a great dac/amp/pre

i was amazed how well it drives the lcd2's,and it handles the grado rs1i great too.

and at retail prices, its cheaper than my soloist/uberfrost combo

though maybe not as flexible

 

the Wadia 121 looks awesome all in one solution! Did you use the headphone out from it? How does it compare to the Soloist?

post #6969 of 7748
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the Wadia 121 looks awesome all in one solution! Did you use the headphone out from it? How does it compare to the Soloist?


the headphone amp section surprised me more than just the dac section, i expected the dac to be great, its a wadia,

its every bit as good, if not better, than the soloist, i've used it with the lcd2, and my rs1i, two different loads

and both sound great, and the headphone out can be adjusted to particular headphones, i haven't gotten around to

that yet.

the main difference i can hear when going directly between the soloist, and directly into the wadia, directly into the wadia seems clearer

which kinda makes sense, no extra cable(audioquest big sur) in between

 

there was some talk of the 121 being noisy when it came out, i've noticed no noise at any level with either headphone

now saying all that, the soloist bifrost combo is great too, plus there's the benefit of being separates if you change gear a lot,

i haven't even hooked up my powered speakers(psb ps1) to it yet, i'll do that today,

post #6970 of 7748
What kind of power does the Wadia 121 put out? I may look into that to power my LCD-2's if that's a good combo?
post #6971 of 7748
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What kind of power does the Wadia 121 put out? I may look into that to power my LCD-2's if that's a good combo?


actual numbers, not sure, there's a review on audiostream, i'd i have to go back and look,

i know there is a high gain, and low gain setting

it drives my lcd's higher than i can listen to

post #6972 of 7748
Ok thanks I will check that out. Some of the other options I am considering are a Schiit Lyr/Bifrost combo and a Burson Conductor. Do you think it compares favorably to those for use with the LCD-2?
post #6973 of 7748
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Ok thanks I will check that out. Some of the other options I am considering are a Schiit Lyr/Bifrost combo and a Burson Conductor. Do you think it compares favorably to those for use with the LCD-2?


i had the lyr bifrost combo when i first got the lcd's , it seemed the base was a little loose, so i got the soloist, but now, i think i just wasn't used to the lcd's amount and type of base,

the lyr is supposed to be a good match.

the soloist is very good with the lcd's imo

i'm not sure as to the conductor, but its basically a soloist with a dac i believe

post #6974 of 7748
Yeah, im kind of hoping to get an all in one combo (DAC & HP Amp), but the Lyr/Bifrost is nearly half the price of the Conductor so I'm kind of leaning that way for my LCD-2's right now.
post #6975 of 7748
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Yeah, im kind of hoping to get an all in one combo (DAC & HP Amp), but the Lyr/Bifrost is nearly half the price of the Conductor so I'm kind of leaning that way for my LCD-2's right now.


yeah, the wadia is killer, i got it for $900, it was todd the vinyl junkies deal of the day, i've seen used around $1000, its like $1299, it does sound killer

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