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post #46 of 106
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wondering if it pairs good with LCD-2

otherwise might just get LA-7000

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I have two audio-gd's DAC, one has ACSS out (REF7HE) and the other has diamond differential output (1541S2). They sound different but either of them are excellent  DAC.

Superjohnny, I could imagine your REF8 is an excellent sounding DAC also, it takes times to burn in to do its best, be patient.

 

For amp to use your headphone, why not Phoenix if budget allow?

post #48 of 106
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I have two audio-gd's DAC, one has ACSS out (REF7HE) and the other has diamond differential output (1541S2). They sound different but either of them are excellent  DAC.

Superjohnny, I could imagine your REF8 is an excellent sounding DAC also, it takes times to burn in to do its best, be patient.

 

For amp to use your headphone, why not Phoenix if budget allow?


I've heard ppl saying pheonix not being bass impactful, and i am a bit worried on that, and also i want forward mids which i am not sure pheonix would do that. and in fact, i am looking at price range for an amp $2000-$3000 which i think there could be something better than pheonix to suit my taste out there.

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I've heard ppl saying pheonix not being bass impactful, and i am a bit worried on that, and also i want forward mids which i am not sure pheonix would do that. and in fact, i am looking at price range for an amp $2000-$3000 which i think there could be something better than pheonix to suit my taste out there.



balanced act by eddie current

post #50 of 106
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how about balanced SPL phonitor?

post #51 of 106

what headphones

post #52 of 106
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d5000, pairs not too well with not fully burnt-in ref8 tho the punchiness and lower bass is excellent. lower mid is muddy atm,need to be patient.

still thinking what to upgrade, either la7000 or lcd-2 or wait to see how he-6 goes.


Edited by superjohny - 7/2/10 at 5:13am
post #53 of 106

phonitor is for high impedance headphones

post #54 of 106
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running outof ideas....

balanced act by eddie current is hard to get, plus i am a bit sick of hybrid because of the left right channel imbalance of my V8p after rolling tubes.

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I've heard ppl saying pheonix not being bass impactful, and i am a bit worried on that, and also i want forward mids which i am not sure pheonix would do that. and in fact, i am looking at price range for an amp $2000-$3000 which i think there could be something better than pheonix to suit my taste out there.


http://www.wooaudio.com/products/wa22.html

post #56 of 106
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I felt like a SS amp

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I felt like a SS amp


You could obviously spend a lot more, but have you considered the Einar VC-01i ?

post #58 of 106
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how about balanced SPL phonitor?


IPodPJ found the Phoenix outperformed the SPL box..just saying. I would look at a 4 channel AMB Labs B22 (with separate dual PSU chassis) rather seriously (for around 3K it could be done rather well). I managed to get some additional bass heft and dynamics with my Max Mod for the Phoenix (Phase 1 PSU rebuild) but that is a major DIY undertaking (when you factor in the cables, the internal wiring, time and parts cost etc) it's an additional 500USD. I still have to complete Phase 2 (amp box) which I will get to in a few days now that the RE1 Max Mod is finished (and working).

 

Peete.


Edited by Pricklely Peete - 7/3/10 at 1:13pm
post #59 of 106

The whole musical vs neutral description on AudioGD's website is a translation error IMO.  I have one of each and the musical one is not colored in anyway,  it is more accurate and lifelike than the neutral one.  These DAC's require a lot of burnin and warm up time with their diamond buffer outputs.

post #60 of 106

I had a chance to compare superjohnys Reference 8 against my Buffalo 32 today under meet conditions, the Reference 8 certainly brings a different sonic picture to the table, it did wow me I have to admit. There’s more flesh on the bone, great tone and dynamics contrary the Buffalo 32 has great balance and poise and does not make a fuss - slightly closer to neutral. I like the Reference 8 a lot, it’s a very pleasing musical dac! 


Edited by johnwmclean - 7/11/10 at 2:21pm
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