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RSA Portables: You Rate Them!!!

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Like many of you, for years now  i  have wondered which rsa would best suit my needs.   the fact is Rsa makes many fine products of which i have been fortunate enough to use the venerable Predator,    which has really come in handy the past 2 years, but ive always wanted to try another of their fine portable amps, and dont get me started on the nighthawk with its L/R load and gain.(amazing i would use everyday)

so after again doing research on rsa i am spent and thought ,, why not start a thread to let the head fi community chime in and pool our valuable knowledge, instead of having to search so many separate threads, so without further ado.....

 

Portable Amps

 

found here

http://www.raysamuelsaudio.com/products/f-117

 

there are 8 amps   so lets try and give each amp 1-8 rating. 

 

i prefer to rank them as most powerful to least but any ranking is welcome at this point.

 

 

thanks 4 your help!

 

 

 

any a/b compare knowledge is important, especially if it pertains to my predator:)

 

post #2 of 20
Thread Starter 

from what ive read i would rate them as follow:

most powerful:

sr71a          1

sr71             2

mustang      3

predator      4

hornet          5

protector      6

shadow        7

tomahawk    8

 

but there is no way this is all accurate so please feel free to correct

post #3 of 20
First of all, you missed one. There is a Hornet M version. And one is coming out. Since no one seem to have heard all of them and most of us kind of fill in between from what we've read. So for fun, I'll rank them as follows:

SR71B--1
Protector--2
Mustang/Shadow--3
SR71/SR71a--4
Predator--5
Hornet/Hornet-M--6
Tomahawk--7

Some will rate the SR71/SR71a above the Mustang/Shadow combo. But the Mustang/Shadow SQ is more fun than the SR71-a. They are all good amps.
post #4 of 20

I tried them out at Can Jam, and I rate them as follows.

 

RSA Protector (Balanced)

RSA P-51/RSA Shadow (pretty much the same in my opinion, digital volume control is the biggest difference)

RSA Hornet

RSA SR-71/71A

RSA Predator

RSA Tomahawk

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by violinvirtuoso View Post

I tried them out at Can Jam, and I rate them as follows.

 

RSA Protector (Balanced)

RSA P-51/RSA Shadow (pretty much the same in my opinion, digital volume control is the biggest difference)

RSA Hornet

RSA SR-71/71A

RSA Predator

RSA Tomahawk


amazing thank you this helps me so much ,,,, lolol i was way off!

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by violinvirtuoso View Post

I tried them out at Can Jam, and I rate them as follows.

 

RSA Protector (Balanced)

RSA P-51/RSA Shadow (pretty much the same in my opinion, digital volume control is the biggest difference)

RSA Hornet

RSA SR-71/71A

RSA Predator

RSA Tomahawk

thanks,  

 

this complicates matters further.   as had always wanted to try the mustang, but now shadow seems even more appealing, however im willing to bet i find them both too small as ive always thought that the predator was the perfect size in my hand, but whichever one has more power i will prefer.

regards
em,mv

post #7 of 20

What headphones will you be using with the amp? The Protector is an awesome amp... when used in balanced mode. In single-ended, you are probably better off with the RSA Mustang or Shadow (depending on whether you prefer analogue or or digital volume control). However when in balanced mode, the Protector will have the most (and best) power and sound quality. Check into the SR-71b if you are willing to go balanced.

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RockinCannoisseur View Post




amazing thank you this helps me so much ,,,, lolol i was way off!




 

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Originally Posted by Jalo View Post

First of all, you missed one. There is a Hornet M version. And one is coming out. Since no one seem to have heard all of them and most of us kind of fill in between from what we've read. So for fun, I'll rank them as follows:

SR71B--1
Protector--2
Mustang/Shadow--3
SR71/SR71a--4
Predator--5
Hornet/Hornet-M--6
Tomahawk--7

Some will rate the SR71/SR71a above the Mustang/Shadow combo. But the Mustang/Shadow SQ is more fun than the SR71-a. They are all good amps.


i like the shadow but i also really like the rsa style pots,,  they wreak of quality and are rather fun to play with and hold up like a tank, i should just flip a coin. thankyou for droppin some knowledge 

post #9 of 20

Good luck in finding your dream rig.

post #10 of 20

Hope I'm doing this properly: like #1 is the top amp,right??  OK here goes

 

1-Mustang

2-SR-71 (would be #1 if it were smaller or more portable)

3--Hornet (love the sound after 1,000 nd the 9V battery is easy toreplace/recharge

4--Tomahawk (insane battery life and great sound almost as good as Hornet and perfect combo for Nano)

5--Predator--for me thought it was overpriced with the choice of the above other four

 

I've owned all these, soe for a year or two--so it wasn't just a quick listen at a show or someone's house.

 

I'd still own the Mustang but it was too small for my taste. Sold Hornet only because someone offered me some good money on it (it was the red version)

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by violinvirtuoso View Post

What headphones will you be using with the amp? The Protector is an awesome amp... when used in balanced mode. In single-ended, you are probably better off with the RSA Mustang or Shadow (depending on whether you prefer analogue or or digital volume control). However when in balanced mode, the Protector will have the most (and best) power and sound quality. Check into the SR-71b if you are willing to go balanced.


i will be using um3x and maybe x10

i may prefer the digital, , it is a wheel right?   im actually found of wheels also, they can be quite beneficial

post #12 of 20

In that case, you might want to go with the Pico Slim. Ask HeadphoneAddict, he really likes the UM3X with the Pico Slim.

post #13 of 20
Between Shadow and Mustang, I personally prefer the Mustang for its additional power. The shadow is nice with the digital control but as you said, I like the traditional volume pot better.



I also like the Protector in balance mode if you don't mind the reconfiguration for you iem. That is what I'm using now.

With pico Slim, you may be waiting for 3-4 months. By then, the SR71b may be out and along with a slew of excelent new amps like Stepdance, Toucan etc coming out, you may want to go to a meet and pick the best one ofr your ears.
Edited by Jalo - 8/26/10 at 9:58am
post #14 of 20

I can't rate the others, but I was fortunate enough to buy a new SR-71 when they were available and will NEVER part with it.

post #15 of 20

Of the RSA units I've heard...

 

1. SR71

1. Protector (SE mode...this was a big surprise)

2. SR71a

3. Hornet M

4. Predator

5. Hornet

 

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