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post #1711 of 2732
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post

Here it is all plugged in bigsmile_face.gif

 

 

 

 

Apparently "002" on the volume is already my normal listening volume...

 

There is still too much excitement surging through me so I can't say much so far. All I can say is I notice a ton of bass extension. I'm not blown away yet, but I'm definitely NOT disappointed! And none of my gear is warmed up yet!

that looks fantastic......

post #1712 of 2732

the KAV 400xi is the one amp i kind of regret selling.  love the UI and aesthetics.  sounded great driving my ATC monitors.

post #1713 of 2732
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post

Here it is all plugged in bigsmile_face.gif

 

Apparently "002" on the volume is already my normal listening volume...

 

There is still too much excitement surging through me so I can't say much so far. All I can say is I notice a ton of bass extension. I'm not blown away yet, but I'm definitely NOT disappointed! And none of my gear is warmed up yet!

 

test_in_progress.jpg

 

tongue_smile.gif

post #1714 of 2732

Here are my impressions so far.

 

The Krell does very very well with this DAC. This amp sounds invisible. It just brings out the best qualities of the HE-6 and the 7.32. The soundstage is bigger and the layering of the instruments is a lot better. Because of those qualities it sounds more detailed too (lets you pick out instruments very easily). Drums sound very tight, not flabby at all. The bass is just simply amazing. Really matches what "preproman's" are with powerful speaker amps. I'm sure the amount of power has to do with it. It has a similar effect of everything else too! Everything just sounds so REAL. Everything just has this new level of subtle clarity. Also the lows and highs just have endless extension now.

 

This combo is very very engaging, it might be a bit too much as I'm starting to feel a bit fatigue (I was also listening a lot louder than usual today). Reminds me a lot of the type of fatigue I felt when I heard the Grado RS-1i for the first time using a warm DAP. Again it could have been the higher than normal volume, but I could see how many many people would not like this combo especially if they are used to a warm setup. Definitely doesn't seem to match the complaints of HE-6 adopters that complained about shrilly highs though. If you like the sound of vinyl and tubes, you better run for the hills. Seems like the Master-7 (described by reviews) would be the better DAC for this amp since it doesn't lean towards the bright side of neutral.

 

One thing is for certain, this setup really gives the Stax SR-009 a run for the money.

 

Sorry if I'm not very descriptive. I'm bad at putting down my observations into words.

post #1715 of 2732

I think you did fine expressing yourself. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule, not to mention sleep, to address us. How much heat does that bad boy generate? Is it decent and only warm to the touch or caution?!

post #1716 of 2732

Oh this thing gets quite hot for an amp, hotter than the Marantz PM-84 I used to have. I don't feel uncomfortable putting my hand on it, but it is definitely hot. Feels like a nice steamy towel from a Chinese restaurant to wipe your hands with. I'm thinking about attaching inaudible PC fans to cool this thing down.

 

Silent One, are you Cantonese?

post #1717 of 2732
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post

Oh this thing gets quite hot for an amp, hotter than the Marantz PM-84 I used to have. I don't feel uncomfortable putting my hand on it, but it is definitely hot. Feels like a nice steamy towel from a Chinese restaurant to wipe your hands with. I'm thinking about attaching inaudible PC fans to cool this thing down.

 

Silent One, are you Cantonese?

Err don't. Components are designed to run at certain temperature.  Cooling it down may have adverse effect, not to mention vibration.

post #1718 of 2732
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post

Here are my impressions so far.

 

The Krell does very very well with this DAC. This amp sounds invisible. It just brings out the best qualities of the HE-6 and the 7.32. The soundstage is bigger and the layering of the instruments is a lot better. Because of those qualities it sounds more detailed too (lets you pick out instruments very easily). Drums sound very tight, not flabby at all. The bass is just simply amazing. Really matches what "preproman's" are with powerful speaker amps. I'm sure the amount of power has to do with it. It has a similar effect of everything else too! Everything just sounds so REAL. Everything just has this new level of subtle clarity. Also the lows and highs just have endless extension now.

 

This combo is very very engaging, it might be a bit too much as I'm starting to feel a bit fatigue (I was also listening a lot louder than usual today). Reminds me a lot of the type of fatigue I felt when I heard the Grado RS-1i for the first time using a warm DAP. Again it could have been the higher than normal volume, but I could see how many many people would not like this combo especially if they are used to a warm setup. Definitely doesn't seem to match the complaints of HE-6 adopters that complained about shrilly highs though. If you like the sound of vinyl and tubes, you better run for the hills. Seems like the Master-7 (described by reviews) would be the better DAC for this amp since it doesn't lean towards the bright side of neutral.

 

One thing is for certain, this setup really gives the Stax SR-009 a run for the money.

 

Sorry if I'm not very descriptive. I'm bad at putting down my observations into words.

 

I haven't noticed my NFB-7 leaning to the 'bright side of neutral'. I doubt the Master-7 will be much different as both are described as neutral.

 

I recommend you give your amp time to settle in first. I have heard people say that Krell amps can be 'lively' in the highs especially when new.

Nice to hear your thoughts though.


Edited by nigeljames - 8/16/13 at 3:07am
post #1719 of 2732
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I'm thinking about attaching inaudible PC fans to cool this thing down.

It's an amp, not a PC.  As long as nothing around it is melting or catching on fire... you are good to go.  Class A speakers amps for instance, you cannot even touch without loosing finger prints.  Heck even the GS-X mk2, a preamp more or less, runs at 50C.

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Here it is all plugged in bigsmile_face.gif

 

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Apparently "002" on the volume is already my normal listening volume...

 

There is still too much excitement surging through me so I can't say much so far. All I can say is I notice a ton of bass extension. I'm not blown away yet, but I'm definitely NOT disappointed! And none of my gear is warmed up yet!

 

I'll be damned, the colour even matches your AudioGD DAC.


Edited by drez - 8/16/13 at 3:24am
post #1721 of 2732
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post

Oh this thing gets quite hot for an amp, hotter than the Marantz PM-84 I used to have. I don't feel uncomfortable putting my hand on it, but it is definitely hot. Feels like a nice steamy towel from a Chinese restaurant to wipe your hands with. I'm thinking about attaching inaudible PC fans to cool this thing down.

 

 

It will be interesting to know if that amp gets hotter than the First Watt amps.  You can fry an egg on those amps.  

post #1722 of 2732
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

I haven't noticed my NFB-7 leaning to the 'bright side of neutral'. I doubt the Master-7 will be much different as both are described as neutral.

I recommend you give your amp time to settle in first. I have heard people say that Krell amps can be 'lively' in the highs especially when new.
Nice to hear your thoughts though.
+1

If anything, the NFB-27 is smooth and on the warm side of neutral (not dark at all, though).
Warmer than all the other DACs own or owned, short of... The NFB-3.1!
post #1723 of 2732
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Originally Posted by philo50 View Post

that looks fantastic......

+1

post #1724 of 2732
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+1

If anything, the NFB-27 is smooth and on the warm side of neutral (not dark at all, though).
Warmer than all the other DACs own or owned, short of... The NFB-3.1!
post #1725 of 2732

If money is not a problem I would go for something from AUDIONOTE like this - check out this dedicated masterpiece

 

http://www.ankaudiokits.com/he6headamp.html

 

Has anybody listened to this ?

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