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post #271 of 342
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Originally Posted by hifimiami View Post
 

The V4 sound is superb, it is very powerful with incredible separation and pinpoint instrument location. It is like having a portable high performance home desktop headphone amplifier.

Good to know. :)

Thanks

post #272 of 342

Second that opinion. My V4 is just a beast!  Lights up my stodgy old HD420s (600 ohms).  Great amp.  alejandro

post #273 of 342

 

What's that?  cDAC+ --> BH Crack --> Neco V4 --> HE-500.

 

Yep.. I'm using the Crack as a "tube pre-amp".. and the V4 is so transparent that it doesn't add any coloration.  All the tube-y goodness shines through, unimpeded.. so I'm able to use hear what the Crack (which isn't suitable for low impedance/current-hungry planars) sounds like with the HE-500.. and it's terrific!

post #274 of 342

FlySweep, so what did you think of the Neco w/ the Paradox? 

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R: NECO SOUNDLABS PORTABLE V.2 AMP

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Originally Posted by gattari View Post

Flysweep
I ordered the v4 today, same configuration as your v4:
ada4627 and gain 1.5 max 4.5.
If I don't like it ..... I'll cut off your ears smily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gif
Ciao

Hi flysweep a good notice!!
Your ears are safe!!! 😁
Neco v4 arrived yesterdey.
Very very good amp 😊
Thanks and thanks for your suggestion.
He asks me if over time can also improve its already excellent performance.
Ciao

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post #276 of 342

Yo FlySweep!

 

You like my amp I don't cut off you ears! If only NECO could read our vast appreciation! I have still not reached 50 hours listening and am startled at how much better my Senn HD420s sound each time I listen. Still have not tried with HD650s. Wife needs to go away for two days so I can properly isolate me self.

 

Question to you both:  I want to have a great lossless portable source but not spend more than $200 if possible. Should I get a new 30gig iPod and load with fav Jazz...reloaded fav cds on iTunes on their lossless mode? Secondly going to get a 24/96 cd player like a used Cambridge Azure 340C and eventually an outboard dac to patch in. Suggestions for a dac under $200? Thank you.  Still a newbie.  alejandro


Edited by alejandro7 - 11/12/13 at 1:07am
post #277 of 342

Think I'm going to go with a v4 to drive my HD 600 and the new ODAC to keep everything portable. It's lovely and small.

 

Am tempted to even ditch the v4 idea and just get the C5D (C5 amp + ODAC combo) below...

 

post #278 of 342
Say joedalton,
Tell me how you like your V4 + ODAC + HD 600 combo. I'm looking for a DAC only to mate with my V4 and a 1TB WD Passport for lossy less 24/96 jazz + 650s. Sounds like portability and desk top too. What's your experience so far? Thanks. Alejandro
post #279 of 342

The C5D looks nice.. bet it sounds good, too.

 

I finally dug into my V4 tonight and switched it to high gain + bass boost... and tossed on the HD600 and HE-500.

 

holy. moly.

 

I've never been a fan of the bass boost features in amps.. partially out of foolish, audiophile snobbery (lol).. but mostly cause I favor neutrality from ss amps and I've found that most bass boost circuits are poorly implemented in most amps (portable or otherwise) I've heard.  The Neco amps I've owned have been then exception.  Even when I had the V3, I loved the bass boost tuning.. but rarely, if ever, used it.  On the V4, it's become part of my default listening configuration!  The boost is so tight and precisely contoured.  The HD600 really benefits from the boost cause the V4's boost seems to begin right where the HD600's bass starts to (steeply) roll off.

 

Maybe it's the opamp (ADA4627) that I've got in the V4 that has the bass boost responding so well.. who knows.. all I know is that it sounds badass.  The V4 in high gain seems to be where the goods are.  Low gain is terrific, of course.. but the V4 flat out shows off in high gain+bass boost mode (w/ full sized phones).  I'm in love with the tonal accuracy that this amp's 'sound' bears.. stereo separation rivals what I head from my speedballed BH Crack (w/ Tung Sol 5998 in the output position, too).

 

I'm contemplating giving e-stats another shot, so I've been selling off some of my gear lately.. letting go of the Neco V4 is proving to be a very tough choice, though.  I don't really use any solid state amplification at the moment.. but there's a reason the Neco V4 has remained by my side.. it's special.


Edited by FlySweep - 11/27/13 at 1:19pm
post #280 of 342
Hi fleeswip you have V200
How much is the gap from Neco V4 and V200 paired with an hd 800.?
I thinking to get a v200 for my sennheiser hd 800
thanks
post #281 of 342
Originally Posted by gattari View Post

Hi fleeswip you have V200
How much is the gap from Neco V4 and V200 paired with an hd 800.?
I thinking to get a v200 for my sennheiser hd 800
thanks

 

I had the V200 quite some time back, gattari.. also, I moved from the HD800 to the HD600 a couple of months ago.. so it's tough for me to comment on the HD800/V200 pairing.  I do remember the combo sounding very good.. the V200 sounds ever so slightly rolled off in the upper most frequencies (while remaining neutral, otherwise).  The V200's versatility in being able to drive everything from orthos down to sensitive custom IEMs is extremely handy.  In terms of tonal balance, I found the V4 & V200 to be quite similar.. the V4 might have been a touch brighter in the uppermost frequencies, though.

 

Have you looked at Schiit Audio amps?

post #282 of 342

Yep my V4 is very badass indeed! I am now considering mating it with the JDS ODOC from what I'm reading here at HF. Then I need a source to feed the ODAC, right? Should I get a 30gig iPod or a 16gig Nano? Suggestions from your experience would be great. I do have a 1TB WD Passport...but that seems overkill. What say you FlySweep and anyone else?  And yes I want to load source with lossy or lossless NOT mp3. Thanks,  alejandro  (Happy w/ HD650s, but might just go listen to HE500s from all the kvelling I read on orthos.)


Edited by alejandro7 - 11/27/13 at 1:05pm
post #283 of 342
Originally Posted by alejandro7 View Post
 

Yep my V4 is very badass indeed! I am now considering mating it with the JDS ODOC from what I'm reading here at HF. Then I need a source to feed the ODAC, right? Should I get a 30gig iPod or a 16gig Nano? Suggestions from your experience would be great. I do have a 1TB WD Passport...but that seems overkill. What say you FlySweep and anyone else?  And yes I want to load source with lossy or lossless NOT mp3. Thanks,  alejandro  (Happy w/ HD650s, but might just go listen to HE500s from all the kvelling I read on orthos.)

 The ODAC is great.. might want to consider the Stoner Acoustics UD110, too.. nearly identical to the ODAC in terms of SQ.. but cheaper and more portable.

 

The HE-500 is excellent.. the V4 drives it w/o breaking a sweat.. and beyond just volume, the V4 brings out the best qualities in the HE-500, too.  If you like the HD600.. the HE-500 is the logical upgrade.. it's, more or less, a more technically accomplished HD600 (with a slightly warmer tuning.. but not "HD650-warm")

post #284 of 342

Thanks Fly....I really am quite happy with my HD650s...the 600 notwithstanding. I will investigate the Stoner Acoustics UD110 as you suggest. Do you have any suggestions on which DAP or storage transfer device would best suit this as the third item in the V4+DAC sandwich? Is a thin 16gig NANO the way to go with some lossy or lossless 24/96 files?  A larger 30gig iPod?  Thanks for your further suggestion. And I WILL be listening to the HE-500 over Xmas time when I'm in the states.  Cheers, al


Edited by alejandro7 - 11/27/13 at 3:00pm
post #285 of 342
Originally Posted by alejandro7 View Post
 

Thanks Fly....I really am quite happy with my HD650s...the 600 notwithstanding. I will investigate the Stoner Acoustics UD110 as you suggest. Do you have any suggestions on which DAP or storage transfer device would best suit this as the third item in the V4+DAC sandwich? Is a thin 16gig NANO the way to go with some lossy or lossless 24/96 files?  A larger 30gig iPod?  Thanks for your further suggestion. And I WILL be listening to the HE-500 over Xmas time when I'm in the states.  Cheers, al

 

If I were in your position, I'd go with the smaller Nano.  As far as my listening habits go, I tend to favor cycling through a small portion of my library when using a DAP vs having a large portion of it available at all times.  Plus, if this is going to be a portable rig, I'd personally opt to keep it tidy as possible.  The V4 isn't the smallest of portable amps.. so I'd opt not to augment it with a larger/wider (30GB) iPod.. especially if you go with an ODAC (which would add to the stacks thickness).

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