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post #2146 of 2725
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Originally Posted by ninjapirate9901 View Post
 

Just had a listen to the HE-6 with the EF-6 today....Looks like my wallet is about to get a bit lighter.

Very nice! Hey, look on the bright side, a lighter wallet is better for the back :devil_face:

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:veryevil:

post #2148 of 2725

Has anyone heard the HE-6 with a FirstWatt J2?

 

I found a guy who has put up his used J2 for sale here in Korea. I would like to grab it before anyone else can, but to be honest I have absolutely no knowledge or experience with FirstWatt amps. I know many folks here enjoy FirstWatt amps, but I'd like to know if this J2 amp in particular would be a good match with the HE-6.

 

Its spec sheet is shown here, but specs don't tell everything.

http://www.firstwatt.com/prod.html

post #2149 of 2725

If you are in Korea why not just get a Bakoon. Just superb with the HE-6 and Fostexes.

post #2150 of 2725
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post
 

If you are in Korea why not just get a Bakoon. Just superb with the HE-6 and Fostexes.

 

The HPA-21 wasn't really that great with the HE-6, I'm afraid. Are you suggesting a speaker amp, like the AMP-12R? It seems that so many guys here love their HE-6 with FirstWatt, and I haven't heard that many great things about Bakoon amps with HE-6.

post #2151 of 2725

I heard The HE-6 on many amps, including vintage receivers and all the usual suspects including EF6 although I still have to try First watt's offerings, and I am thoroughly impressed by the Bakoon HPA-21.

To each his own. ;)

post #2152 of 2725

for impressions on the J2 you have to dig back in one of the two threads I'm afraid.  It's a user by the name Elysian that has this amp with a fancy preamp.  He's got great results from the amp - that was my take away back then.

post #2153 of 2725
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for impressions on the J2 you have to dig back in one of the two threads I'm afraid.  It's a user by the name Elysian that has this amp with a fancy preamp.  He's got great results from the amp - that was my take away back then.

Yeah, it's really hard to knock a First Watt amp when used under proper system matching. Songmic, Mr. Pass is a world-renowned designer and holds many patents, along with his passion to share with the DIY community, I can't think of a better person/company/community to be a part of.

post #2154 of 2725
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

Yeah, it's really hard to knock a First Watt amp when used under proper system matching. Songmic, Mr. Pass is a world-renowned designer and holds many patents, along with his passion to share with the DIY community, I can't think of a better person/company/community to be a part of.

 

I second that...

 

I'm thinking about upgrading to a Pass Lab amp - used of course..

post #2155 of 2725
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I second that...

 

I'm thinking about upgrading to a Pass Lab amp - used of course..

 

++ ... and don't forget his Threshold Class A designs as well. 

post #2156 of 2725
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

Yeah, it's really hard to knock a First Watt amp when used under proper system matching. Songmic, Mr. Pass is a world-renowned designer and holds many patents, along with his passion to share with the DIY community, I can't think of a better person/company/community to be a part of.


I agree, but you do need to like the voicing as the different amps are different  I had an M2 which was good but lacked something in the attack.   

This is from Mark at Reno HiFi, who i could not more strongly recommend.

 

Thanks for your interest in First Watt amplifiers and all the good information.  I'll be happy to help you.

Certainly either the F3 or M2 would be good choices for your headphones-- it is, just as you say, a matter of taste as to which amp would be the more pleasing.  There is a very large difference in sound between the F3 and the M2.

The F3 is very accurate top-to-bottom, clean, clear, pure, detailed, smooth, cohesive, a touch warm, not edgy, and not fatiguing even though it is well-detailed and controlled.

The M2 is quite warm, seductive, emotionally-connected, images beautifully, smooth and slightly rolled-off top-end, a bit laid-back, tube-like bass that round and warm (without super-tight control), and is totally non-fatiguing.

Which of the two amps' sound closer to your tastes and desires?

post #2157 of 2725

I'm going to try one of these "Heaters" some day... feed my HE-6 variety.

:popcorn:

post #2158 of 2725

Anyone tried the HE-6 with Unison Research hybrid intergrated amps before e.g. Unico Nuovo? They put out something like 80W into 8 Ohms..

post #2159 of 2725
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

I second that...

 

I'm thinking about upgrading to a Pass Lab amp - used of course..

 

I'm aware both FirstWatt and Pass Lab amps are created by Mr. Nelson Pass, but if you're saying this, then is Pass Labs a superior brand?

post #2160 of 2725

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