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post #1 of 15
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Could those with the Isabellina HPA and the 30.2 Integrated using K1000 please let me know how much of the volume control you can use.

 

I am refering to the Isabellina with fixed output feeding the 30.2 amp,I do not want to be in a situation like so often before with other amps etc where I have had to use attenuators to achieve decent control of the volume.

post #2 of 15

I tend to use step 4 or 5, of the 20 or 21 steps available.

On the Signature 30.2 that is, fed by the Isabellina. No HPA, but should make no difference...

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I tend to use step 4 or 5, of the 20 or 21 steps available.

On the Signature 30.2 that is, fed by the Isabellina. No HPA, but should make no difference...



Thanks,so that means at low volume listening I could be running out of effective volume control,I was afraid of that.

post #4 of 15

I do not go pass 10 o'clock and usually I am at 9 o'clock, but I listen at very low levels. My Isabellina HPA has an unity gain.

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I do not go pass 10 o'clock and usually I am at 9 o'clock, but I listen at very low levels. My Isabellina HPA has an unity gain.



Thanks,9-10 is fine,that will give plenty of control,will see when they get here.

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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post

I do not go pass 10 o'clock and usually I am at 9 o'clock, but I listen at very low levels. My Isabellina HPA has an unity gain.


That pretty much equals mine.

9-10 o'clock is about where step 4-5 is on the pot, as it goes from around 7 o'clock (min) to around 5 o'clock (max).

 

ford2, so you have an Isabellina HPA and Signature 30.2 in order?

Do not see how you could be disappointed with that combo.

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That pretty much equals mine.

9-10 o'clock is about where step 4-5 is on the pot, as it goes from around 7 o'clock (min) to around 5 o'clock (max).

 

ford2, so you have an Isabellina HPA and Signature 30.2 in order?

Do not see how you could be disappointed with that combo.


krmathis,the two units were at a price that was very hard to ignore,these are the units before the recent tube upgrade,seeing as I have an aversion to tubes that suited me just fine.

Should have them Thursday,just in time for the weekend,will be interesting to see just how good they are.

I decided to treat myself to an early xmas present.

post #8 of 15

If you ordered the 30.2 directly from Vinnie, he could have tweaked the values of a couple of internal resistors to compensate for the 120 ohm impedance of the K1000 rather than 8 ohm conventional speakers, giving you optimum volume control range.

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If you ordered the 30.2 directly from Vinnie, he could have tweaked the values of a couple of internal resistors to compensate for the 120 ohm impedance of the K1000 rather than 8 ohm conventional speakers, giving you optimum volume control range.



I was ordering them from the Australian distributor,so that was not an option as the units were here.

It matters not now as I returned the units,I like an up front detailed sound and I am afraid these units are much to laid back for my liking.

 

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Originally Posted by ford2 View Post

It matters not now as I returned the units,I like an up front detailed sound and I am afraid these units are much to laid back for my liking.


As a former K1000 owner, my experience was that they needed laid back amplification, otherwise the K1000's hyper detail could be overwhelming.
 

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As a former K1000 owner, my experience was that they needed laid back amplification, otherwise the K1000's hyper detail could be overwhelming.
 



Detail is the reason I use K1000's,to me the trade off for a "musical" sound resulted in the loss of more detail than I was prepared to lose,more so considering the price.

 

I am sure those who like a "musical" analogue type of sound would have no qualms with the combo,although I felt for the money the build quality/materials were not up to scratch.

 

These are not cheap units and I expected better.

post #12 of 15

I assume you are talking about the RWA amp being too expensive considering its build quality/materials.

I certainly wouldn't pay the price they are new. Sure, the K1000 paired with it may sound wonderful, but look inside the darn thing. The amp section is very small tbh and imo as a result, the price is just too steep. Currently happy with my (well, Patrick82's K1000. I can pay him $550 and keep them for myself(mind you they have about 2 inches of Valhalla cable on each side and I have had to put 2.5M of 16awg speaker wire on that)) K1000 and HLLY T-Amp 20. For the price, it is a great amp, but I have not directly AB'd it with another amp to see how good it really is. I use anywhere from 10 to 1:30 on the volume dial, depending on how loud the recording is, so power is not an issue here. I would love to give the RWA amp a go someday though.

post #13 of 15

At least I hope you gave them a fair try before returning.

I find the combo to be just excellent, but I have no problem understanding that my preference may vary from someone else.

 

Happy hunting!

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At least I hope you gave them a fair try before returning.

I find the combo to be just excellent, but I have no problem understanding that my preference may vary from someone else.

 

Happy hunting!



These were demo units so were run in when I got them,my CD3000's sounded excellent from the HPA and I was very happy with the sound,but when the signal was fed into the 30.2-K1000's it was not good at all.

 

I know others swear by them but I have a preference for a very detailed sound,and this was not what eventuated.

 

I am looking for some DAC's using the Wolfson WM8740 as these tend to be what I am looking for.

 

To be perfectly honest my old Sansui amp blew it away and it cost a hell of a lot less.

post #15 of 15

Difference is the spice of life! Sorry you did not like the combo, I like others love my K1000/30.2. I will say that an old vintage Marantz receiver from the '70's pairs very nicely with the K1000, but I should mention it is a bit laid back as Marantz are known to be. Cheers.

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