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Amp for Grado Rs1i(probably hd650 or hd800 or LCD2 in the future)

post #1 of 10
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Hi, I just bought a used RA1 for my RS1i, but unfortunately it is somehow broken, so I am considering to buy a new amp for my RS1i.

I did some research and currently here are the candidates:

1. Decware CSP2+

2. Mapletree Audio Design Ear+ HD

3. Purity Audio KICAS Caliente

 

and probably, I am going to buy the senn hd650s or hd800s, or the Audeze LCD2 in the future, so I want the amp also work great with them, please give me some advice, thanks

 

and btw, what's the difference between the tube amps and solid amps?

post #2 of 10

I own the second and third amps on your list. While the KICAS is no slouch with Grados, the Ear+ HD is sonic nirvana. A highly recommended pairing, especially with the appropriate tubes (I like 5751s or, even better, RCA 7025s).

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Originally Posted by Olias of Sunhillow View Post

I own the second and third amps on your list. While the KICAS is no slouch with Grados, the Ear+ HD is sonic nirvana. A highly recommended pairing, especially with the appropriate tubes (I like 5751s or, even better, RCA 7025s).



thanks, guess im gonna get the mapletree for my christmas gift.

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Originally Posted by Olias of Sunhillow View Post

..... with Grados, the Ear+ HD is sonic nirvana.


I'm with Ben on this one! L3000.gif

post #5 of 10

I also like an amp for the wooden Grado with upgrade option, and have been considering the DNA Sonett. However I am not so sure if it has any advantage over the EAR + HD given the magical synergy of the combo many referred.

post #6 of 10

EAR+ HD "Output power: 100 mW" = does not say into how many Ohms - but is that going to be enough to drive the LCD-2 ?
 

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Originally Posted by Olias of Sunhillow View Post

I own the second and third amps on your list. While the KICAS is no slouch with Grados, the Ear+ HD is sonic nirvana. A highly recommended pairing, especially with the appropriate tubes (I like 5751s or, even better, RCA 7025s).

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EAR+ HD "Output power: 100 mW" = does not say into how many Ohms - but is that going to be enough to drive the LCD-2 ?
 

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Originally Posted by Olias of Sunhillow View Post

I own the second and third amps on your list. While the KICAS is no slouch with Grados, the Ear+ HD is sonic nirvana. A highly recommended pairing, especially with the appropriate tubes (I like 5751s or, even better, RCA 7025s).


 

 

I own both and the answer is definitely yes! With a 12AX7 tube, the MAD Ear+HD drives the LCD-2s very well at only 11 o'clock ish on my volume dial. The mids are very lush and organic. A great pairing to my ears. I do prefer my Concerto overall, but not by much.
 

post #8 of 10

As per Macedonian's recommendation I got the Meier Concerto and it paired very well (so far in the first 2 days) with my HD650 and T1.. and apparently it pairs very well with the LCD-2 as well. From my research into a new amp the one thing everyone agreed on based on reviews is that the Concerto does very well with a very wide range of headphones and their different impendances/signatures.

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As per Macedonian's recommendation I got the Meier Concerto and it paired very well (so far in the first 2 days) with my HD650 and T1.. and apparently it pairs very well with the LCD-2 as well. From my research into a new amp the one thing everyone agreed on based on reviews is that the Concerto does very well with a very wide range of headphones and their different impendances/signatures.


Glad you like the Concerto. I am a huge fan and it does pair very well with my LCD-2s, T1, HD800s, and Ed. 8s. How's that for a versatile amp? wink.gif

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

looks like both the MAD EAR+HD and Meier Concerto are great options.

thanks guys

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