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Originally Posted by attenuated 3db View Post
I finally hooked up my Insignia bookshelf speakers to the A1 to see how it drives speakers, and had some issues with the SQ, but I think that speakers need as much break-in time as headphones, and placement and room acoustical factors are critical, whereas with headphones they are non-existent. 


They definitely do get better with break-in. Also speaker cable might be playing a role in it. Right now I'm using 12 gauge (I think, it might be 10) solid copper wire that's tinned at each end. I got this wire from when I had some work done to our well pump, it's the power wire for it. I figured that cable rated for 600v and long distances has to be low resistance. So far I have no complaints :)

post #47 of 91

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They definitely do get better with break-in. 

 

They've already improved dramatically just in one day's extended listening.  We finally got hit by a winter storm that dumped 14 inches of snow on us overnight, with winds of 40 mph that drove it into drifts that blocked all exits, as well as roads.  So  I've been letting the A1 drive the speakers exclusively all day rather than the headphones, and the drivers and surrounds have "relaxed" considerably.   I am now really impressed with these little $70/pair-on-sale speakers in their stock form, but lusting after that GR Research DIY modification kit even more.  And I am really impressed with the A1's ability to drive speakers to a comfortable, room-filling volume.   No other product quite like it on Head-Fi that I know of off-hand.  Anyway, my principal problem is just speaker placement.  The one place I had to easily put them is eye-level if I am standing up, but definitely off-axis when I sit down.  When the snow plows come to rescue us trapped folks, need to go to Home Depot and get some concrete blocks for DIY speaker stands to get them to the proper horizontal level.  And I have  a Polk Audio powered subwoofer that I think has a new future I had not forseen for it.  The A1 really drives speakers well; now if I can just keep my neighbors from banging on the floor, walls or my door, I may be able to listen to music occasionally at moderate volumes without having to always resort to headphones.

 

Good to see you on the forums again.  Any scuttlebutt about the rumored Maverick "D2"? popcorn.gif

post #48 of 91

If you put on the music loud enough, you can't hear the neighbours banging on the wall. That worked for me in the past.

Good the see you're finally getting to enjoy some snow ;-)

post #49 of 91

for an instance i thought that attenuated's neighbors were banging onto his walls coz he was listening to music too loudly and his neighbors were protesting. lol. i will never ever see snow here in my entire lifetime...

post #50 of 91

How do the speakers compare to your headphones?

post #51 of 91

Regarding the D1 (which I own)...could I plug its tube pre-out into itself as an input to obtain tube flavoring on the headphone out? Or would this cause some sort of unstable feedback loop?

 

I just ordered a pair of AKG K702, and I'm afraid the D1 SS out might make the K702 sound too harsh.

post #52 of 91
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Regarding the D1 (which I own)...could I plug its tube pre-out into itself as an input to obtain tube flavoring on the headphone out? Or would this cause some sort of unstable feedback loop?

 

I just ordered a pair of AKG K702, and I'm afraid the D1 SS out might make the K702 sound too harsh.



Try it. No I'm kidding, that would be a no go. It's been explained in the long D1 thread :)

post #53 of 91

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How do the speakers compare to your headphones?

 

It's an apples-and-oranges experience.  Headphones like your in-transit Audez'e LCD-2s may have rendered my Sennhesier 650s to high-end mid-fi, but they are still an audiophile grade product, whereas $70 speakers from Best Buy aren't.  But they are surprisingly good for their price, and a whole DIY mod culture has sprung up around them, because they have a unique (in their price range) cabinet design that avoids parallel surfaces and thus, internal standing waves.  I was just enjoying the freedom-of-movement experience of listening to speakers for a change.  Since I joined Head-Fi a scant month or two ago, I feel like I have mutated into a new life-form, homo sapien headphonus; there are always these big things on my ears with a cable (which I fear tripping over or overextending) connecting me to the computer mothership.

 

Given my living quarters, I will always be a headphone person for critical listening, but with some work, these little Insginias could become decent near-field monitors, largely because the A1 is so capable of driving them well.

post #54 of 91

I'll have to check them out but if you change the drivers and stuff it  can get pricy.

 

@K701

The M-Stage brings out their full glory, which is still attenuates for high dosages of sibilance.

The D1 makes them murky and dark imo with the same high dosages of sibilance.

 

With these headphones vs both amps there is a noticeable difference in SQ.  My experience doesn't pertain to other headphones though, it can just be the pairing with the 701's and the HPA.  The dac itself sounds fabulous with them.

post #55 of 91

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I'll have to check them out but if you change the drivers and stuff it  can get pricy.

 

No driver changing involved: http://www.gr-research.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=132
 

post #56 of 91
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Originally Posted by attenuated 3db View Post
Anyway, my principal problem is just speaker placement.  The one place I had to easily put them is eye-level if I am standing up, but definitely off-axis when I sit down.  When the snow plows come to rescue us trapped folks, need to go to Home Depot and get some concrete blocks for DIY speaker stands to get them to the proper horizontal level.  And I have  a Polk Audio powered subwoofer that I think has a new future I had not forseen for it.  The A1 really drives speakers well; now if I can just keep my neighbors from banging on the floor, walls or my door, I may be able to listen to music occasionally at moderate volumes without having to always resort to headphones.

 

Good to see you on the forums again.  Any scuttlebutt about the rumored Maverick "D2"? popcorn.gif


Hmmm, you make me wonder. I used some spare 2x4's and built wall shelves for my speakers. As I sit, they are probably 18" in front of me maybe 2-3 feet to either side and all the way up at the ceiling. I like how they fill the room this way, sometimes it does sound faint though. I'm looking to dump my triple-wide monitor setup and maybe then I can properly space my speakers on my desk in front of me at ear-level. 

 

Nothing new that I can share as far as products. I started the D2 FAQ but am waiting on Ryan's approval to post it.

post #57 of 91
Happy listening to the new owner of my former Maverick A1!
Edited by attenuated 3db - 4/13/11 at 4:26pm
post #58 of 91

Anyone has any opinions about the A1 driving the PSB Alpha B1's? 

 

Picking up the PSB's for $120 mint condition, and I figured to get the A1 as well since I have the D1 already.

 

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Anyone want to buy my amp?

 http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/554756/ic-maverick-audio-tubemagic-a1-hybrid-power-amp#

 

:)



So sad that Ryan is losing his loyal customer.

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