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post #1336 of 3119
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I got the EF-6 in for a few weeks or until further notice.  So I thought I would do some comparisons. 

 

 

Interesting findings for sure! I'd rate your review:

 

 

 

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post #1337 of 3119
So the speaker amp still offers the dynamic aggressiveness over the other two. That's what I like about the speaker amps is the more explosive performance. So while the EF is a good match, it can be outdone with a better matched speaker amp. That was my hunch but everyone commenting "the designer would know better what the HE-6 needs" makes you stop and consider. Thank you for freeing that hesitation up.

Is the EF a better performer than that pup Emo? Any noisefloor with louder listening with the EF?

And thank you for putting so much time in for our entertainment.

PS, There is no "little taste" with Darryl. It's always "overkill" tongue.gif .
Edited by Happy Camper - 7/4/13 at 1:06pm
post #1338 of 3119

Thanks for the read. IMO, the HE-6 is just conveying that the F1J is a better amp overall than the EF-6.

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If I read it correctly you used the GS-X in single ended mode and then concluded it was weaker blink.gif  Wouldn't that more fairly be a comparison to the GS-1 w/ mk2 modules?  Using what you paid for, the GS-X mk2 has more power than either the F1J or EF6 into the HE-6... your B22 though blows them all out of the water for power into the HE-6.

post #1340 of 3119

I can't find it on IF today but I could have sworn the EF6 measured badly.  Hopefully I saved a local copy.

post #1341 of 3119

Found it...

 

post #1342 of 3119

For a SS amp, those numbers should be better.

post #1343 of 3119
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

If I read it correctly you used the GS-X in single ended mode and then concluded it was weaker blink.gif  Wouldn't that more fairly be a comparison to the GS-1 w/ mk2 modules?  Using what you paid for, the GS-X mk2 has more power than either the F1J or EF6 into the HE-6... your B22 though blows them all out of the water for power into the HE-6.

 

I tried to use them all in SE mode to have some kind of consistency.  Yes - you are correct balanced does indeed yield a different result.  


Edited by preproman - 7/4/13 at 2:09pm
post #1344 of 3119
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Found it...

 

 

Well that would explain why I find the EF-6 the less clean sounding of the three.

post #1345 of 3119

Dynamics! That is the keyword.

 

A lot of amps can get get decent volume out of a HE-6 but only an amp that gives you increased dynamic range is the one that is properly driving the HE-6. That is the true test.
 

post #1346 of 3119
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Originally Posted by gurus View Post

Dynamics! That is the keyword.

A lot of amps can get get decent volume out of a HE-6 but only an amp that gives you increased dynamic range is the one that is properly driving the HE-6. That is the true test.

 
I agree with this for my personal tastes. Power in and of itself doesn't do it.
post #1347 of 3119
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Well that would explain why I find the EF-6 the less clean sounding of the three.

 

Only 500mW into 32 before clipping certainly doesn't help.

post #1348 of 3119
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

Only 500mW into 32 before clipping certainly doesn't help.

 

Where did you find this.  I thought it was putting out 5W into 50.  Not sure.  I think it's biased at 160va, if so that's a higher bias than the Sigma22.  


Edited by preproman - 7/4/13 at 4:33pm
post #1349 of 3119
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I tried to use them all in SE mode to have some kind of consistency.  Yes - you are correct balanced does indeed yield a different result.  

 

The only consistency you need worry about is dB.

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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Is the EF a better performer than that pup Emo? Any noisefloor with louder listening with the EF?
 

 

While the Emo a-100 is a good buy for the money.  I'll take the EF-6 over it any day of the week.   

 

The GS-X mk2 has the blackest background of the two.  But the noise floor is still pretty low on the EF-6.  Hardly audible.

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