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post #1186 of 1316

Would the Matrix M-stage be considered an upgrade from this amp?  I am looking for a new amp for my D2000s, a solid state with gobs of current as these are low impedance cans.

 

A lot of people seem satisfied with the E7/E9-->D2000 setup but something tells me that the D2000s will improve with better amping.  My experience with the D2000s shows that the more you give, the more you get

post #1187 of 1316
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Once I get all this, it will pretty much set me for life, as I literally couldn't ask for anything more than the D7000. It's the only can I wouldn't change ANYTHING about in terms of sound. Hell, even replacing the pads with leather might change them for the worse for me personally. You know how we always have some minor nitpick in a headphone's sound? Well I have NONE with the D7K, so anything 'better' is pointless for me. Maybe a set of velour pads that wouldn't change the sound whatsoever is all I'd want for them.
I would then just start working on that Headzone amp, and maybe a true upgrade to the DT990, which I have yet to find... since things that are technically better and are open don't have the sound presentation that the DT990s do. Something with the same bass, and slightly less treble would be all I'd want in an upgrade from it.


I'm also rocking a DT990/600 via E7/E9 setup and am quite pleased with the sound.  Have you paired the DT990's with any other amplifiers of reasonable-ish cost that you feel outperform the E9?

post #1188 of 1316
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That is awesome. Kudos to you for using them in a very non-standard way. I'd say the E9 is definitely transportable enough to lug around if it had a battery or power supply like yours. NICE.


my friend has bought an energizer xpal (15vdc tip) to be paired with his incoming e9 onto his portable lcd2 , i had bought a dslr bag for my set up...i bring it daily on my commute to work and school, a bit hassle on mall or train security checks but wth i love it...lol

 


 

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mwahahahahaha excellent

 



thanks bro.

 

 

I've tried my e9 on some high impedance cans during our local meet such as LCD2 (v1, v2), T1, vintage 600ohm akgs, hd800, etc....it was just a bit short on driving the he6 but the lower heX models were driven adequately...

post #1189 of 1316
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I'm also rocking a DT990/600 via E7/E9 setup and am quite pleased with the sound.  Have you paired the DT990's with any other amplifiers of reasonable-ish cost that you feel outperform the E9?


No, unfortunately, I didnt have the DT990 when I had the Lyr. I wholeheartedly believe the safest bet for the DT990s as an upgrade to the E9 would be the Matrix M Stage. Lots of good things mentioned about it.

I would've suggested the Asgard, but FWIH, the E9 has an easier time driving high impedance cans.

You could also look into the Audio GD NFB 12.1 which is a DAC/AMP that is considerably stronger than the E9.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/25/12 at 11:10am
post #1190 of 1316
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Originally Posted by scannon18 View Post

Would the Matrix M-stage be considered an upgrade from this amp?  I am looking for a new amp for my D2000s, a solid state with gobs of current as these are low impedance cans.

 

A lot of people seem satisfied with the E7/E9-->D2000 setup but something tells me that the D2000s will improve with better amping.  My experience with the D2000s shows that the more you give, the more you get



Another option for ya is JDS Labs' Objective 2 amp.  It's a portable amp with plenty of power and current to drive almost any low to high impedance headphone.

 

I think the M-stage would be an upgrade over the E9.  You'll get a slightly warmer, bassier sound with the M-stage(from what I've read).  What's your source(DAC)?

post #1191 of 1316
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Originally Posted by Digital-Pride View Post



Another option for ya is JDS Labs' Objective 2 amp.  It's a portable amp with plenty of power and current to drive almost any low to high impedance headphone.

I think the M-stage would be an upgrade over the E9.  You'll get a slightly warmer, bassier sound with the M-stage(from what I've read).  What's your source(DAC)?

Fiio E7. Have you heard either of these amps? Can you give me dome thoughts on the amps in your signature?

And of course, the more leads for me to search the better
Edited by scannon18 - 1/25/12 at 6:36pm
post #1192 of 1316

I have the O2 amp(just got it recently), but I haven't heard the M-stage.  The O2 is portable in the sense that is can run off battery power, but it's a bit large for a portable amp.  So I consider it more transportable.  It's headphone driving power equals that of he E9 along with being more transparent and a bit more refined sounding(in my opinion).  With its very low output impedance it should tighten up your D2000's bass quit nicely(if it's not tight already).

 

For the other amps I've heard, Audo GD's NFB-12 is a DAC/amp combo unit that also has no problem driving most headphones.  It has a very good built-in DAC, and has user adjustable filters so each user can tailor the sound a bit to his or her liking.  Compared to the E7/E9, it's slightly warmer, fuller sounding with a bit more bass.  The DAC portion is a definite upgrade over the E7, the amp section is about on par with the E9.  I think the D2000 might benefit from the warmer fuller sound of the NFB-12, especially if you find the D2000 a bit dry.

 

The Yulong U100 is another DAC/amp combo.  This one can also drive most headphones quite well, but a bit less powerful than the O2, E9 and NFB-12. When comparec\d to the E7/E9, it has better detail retrieval, more midrange presence, and bass that is more articulate.  It's a slightly brighter, thinner sound, so it may be bit fatiguing with brighter headphones.

post #1193 of 1316
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Originally Posted by Digital-Pride View Post

For the other amps I've heard, Audo GD's NFB-12 is a DAC/amp combo unit that also has no problem driving most headphones.  It has a very good built-in DAC, and has user adjustable filters so each user can tailor the sound a bit to his or her liking.  Compared to the E7/E9, it's slightly warmer, fuller sounding with a bit more bass.  The DAC portion is a definite upgrade over the E7, the amp section is about on par with the E9.  I think the D2000 might benefit from the warmer fuller sound of the NFB-12, especially if you find the D2000 a bit dry.


I've been looking into this amp especially.  However, I like the "dry" sound of the denons.  My word for it is "clean." "Warm" has never been a good adjective in my book, though I admit my atrios are a bit "warm." 

 

That said, the audio-gd looks like the best option so far.  Very powerful, very low output impedance.  And a nice dac, too

 

post #1194 of 1316

Two weeks in and my E9 makes a bit of static noise when I change the volume. I know this has been documented but 2 weeks and it's like this already? It goes away after I quickly turn the dial a few times. Wondering if I should exchange it or not. Your take?

 

dL

post #1195 of 1316
It's an issue that pretty much all E9s have. Live with it, or get another amp entirely. Personally, I don't know how often people adjust their volume, but I feel if the static is an issue, you're adjusting way too much, lol.

edit: That sounded mean. I didn't mean make it sound like that. frown.gif
post #1196 of 1316

Yea I considered the static thing a tradeoff for the price/performance of the E9.

 

Doesn't bother me but I can't really call the static "pleasant"

post #1197 of 1316
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Originally Posted by scannon18 View Post


I've been looking into this amp especially.  However, I like the "dry" sound of the denons.  My word for it is "clean." "Warm" has never been a good adjective in my book, though I admit my atrios are a bit "warm." 

 

That said, the audio-gd looks like the best option so far.  Very powerful, very low output impedance.  And a nice dac, too

 



If you do decide to get the NFB-12, go for the 12.1 which has the DAC filter switching options in the front panel, as opposed to having to open the casing to change them.

post #1198 of 1316
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If you do decide to get the NFB-12, go for the 12.1 which has the DAC filter switching options in the front panel, as opposed to having to open the casing to change them.

Yes I saw this but am not sure what this means or if this is a benefit I will take advantage of. Can someone enlighten me as to why this is a good optionto have?
post #1199 of 1316
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Originally Posted by scannon18 View Post


Yes I saw this but am not sure what this means or if this is a benefit I will take advantage of. Can someone enlighten me as to why this is a good optionto have?


It's just a much easier and convenient way to change the DAC's various filter settings.  With the standard NFB-12, one has to unscrew and open the top of the amp case to change the filters.  The jumpers used to change the filters were very small, so one needs to careful not use too much force when putting the jumpers, or risk damaging the leads they go on.  Here's a picture example:

NFB12-8.JPG NFB12.12.JPG

 

The picture on the left is a standard unit, the filter change section is highlighted in the red rectangle.  The image on the right is of the new 12.1 unit.


Edited by Digital-Pride - 1/26/12 at 7:28pm
post #1200 of 1316
Oooh I see. Well this will be a good feature to have as my audiophile-ism develops. Thanks for explaining
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