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post #2371 of 3521
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

Is the DA8 warmish?

Its more neutral than warm, but it does have a hint of warmth, just a hint.

 

 

If you want warm, investigate the D18. But there really isnt a viable reason youd get the D18 over the DA8 other than the cost. The DA8 is superior in every way. The sq, usb, and a capable amp that youd have a hard time topping within the 500.00 mark. Its a great all-in-one solution as well as a foundation for a killer rig (DA8 in 'pure dac' mode)


Edited by DarKen23 - 1/3/14 at 10:34pm
post #2372 of 3521
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Originally Posted by DarKen23 View Post
 

Its more neutral than warm, but it does have a hint of warmth, just a hint.

 

 

If you want warm, investigate the D18. But there really isnt a viable reason youd get the D18 over the DA8 other than the cost. The DA8 is superior in every way. The sq, usb, and a capable amp that youd have a hard time topping within the 500.00 mark. Its a great all-in-one solution as well as a foundation for a killer rig (DA8 in 'pure dac' mode)

+1 and you can get a relatively warmer sound using the slow filter and/or playing with the jitter eliminator. With the phase, filter, and jitter buttons you get a total of, what, 8 ways to tweak the sound?

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Originally Posted by DarKen23 View Post
 

Its more neutral than warm, but it does have a hint of warmth, just a hint.

 

 

If you want warm, investigate the D18. But there really isnt a viable reason youd get the D18 over the DA8 other than the cost. The DA8 is superior in every way. The sq, usb, and a capable amp that youd have a hard time topping within the 500.00 mark. Its a great all-in-one solution as well as a foundation for a killer rig (DA8 in 'pure dac' mode)

+1 and you can get a relatively warmer sound using the slow filter and/or playing with the jitter eliminator. With the phase, filter, and jitter buttons you get a total of, what, 8 ways to tweak the sound?

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post #2374 of 3521
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Originally Posted by potterma View Post

Might be a good fit for the HE-500's.

Fantastic fit!
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Dropping in to mention that I've reached the conclusion that the HE-6 is driven stunningly well by the Auralic Taurus (I have the mkI) Crystal clear, deep and wide, punchy and delicate. I really cannot see how much more there is to get, if anything. I've tried a couple of good speaker amps as well as a load of headamps, but the Taurus is better and I really do not find anything to miss. They sound like a planar flagship driven by a matching amp should do. 

 

Guttenberg at cnet thinks the Taurus mkII does a very good job with the Taurus, so does project86 - ref this review (comparing it to another interesting amp)


Edited by ardilla - 1/5/14 at 5:11pm
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post
 

Dropping in to mention that I've reached the conclusion that the HE-6 is driven stunningly well by the Auralic Taurus (I have the mkI) Crystal clear, deep and wide, punchy and delicate. I really cannot see how much more there is to get, if anything. I've tried a couple of good speaker amps as well as a load of headamps, but the Taurus is better and I really do not find anything to miss. They sound like a planar flagship driven by a matching amp should do. 

 

Guttenberg at cnet thinks the Taurus mkII does a very good job with the Taurus, so does project86 - ref this review (comparing it to another interesting amp)

I was actually interested in that amp when I had the HD800.

 

Are you currently using the Taurus MK2 or the MK1?

post #2377 of 3521
MKI. It shines with HE500 too ÷)
post #2378 of 3521
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

MKI. It shines with HE500 too ÷)

Right on, congrats on the pairing. Maybe Ill get a chance with it as well. My amp is currently in production so Ill have it wait just a bit longer. 'Partay-time' when it lands though :p 

post #2379 of 3521

Well I scored some new toys to play around with my he-6(well and speakers too). A mac mc2205 and c39 preamp. I paid only 850.00 both. So I decided to completely restore the 2205 internally along with replacing the glass with a new one. I used all nichicon premiums on the driver boards, input rca's and power supply. I also used them mostly on the meter board with the exception of a couple of couple panasonic fc's. I replaced all bad or out of spec resistors, diodes and transistors along with a few ic's and the results are pretty stunning. It's been said by a few over at audiokarma that a fully restored mc2205 is on par with the modern mac stuff. I don't have a modern on here with me, but it sounds much better after doing the restore.

 

The interesting about the 2205 is, it's really the sweet spot in the vintage mac line. It has the modern features that are still used in macs today like auto transformers and power guard. I also replaced all lamps in both the 2205 and c39 some custom made led lamps I maded. The bi-pin lamps were easy, but the bayonets were just a tad bit more tricky. Oh, and I also the glass on the c39 along with deoxiting all of the switches and pots on both, and of course I had to re-bias the 2205 after replacing all of the caps.

 

So the total invested ended up being just under 1200.00 which is a steal for the sound I'm getting now. I'm trying to decide what I like better between it and the 500c. The mac rig is just on the warmer side of neutral and the bass is just monsterous. The mids are buttery smooth, very rich and organic. The 500c on the other hand, although a tube amp, is the most neutral thing I've listened to. It has more air and sparkle. Transparency, sound staging and imagine on both is about equal, but the 500c don't quiet have the slam as the macs. But the mac is the best solid state pairing I've tried so far. And the fact it's even competeing with the 500c really says a lot.

 

post #2380 of 3521

My goodness.  Those are some Monsters.  I sure would love the hear those.  What speakers are you using?


Edited by preproman - 1/9/14 at 9:44am
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HE-6
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

My goodness.  Those are some Monsters.  I sure would love the hear those.  What speakers are you using?

Well the funny thing is, the speakers on it now may require less wattage than the he6. I initially planned to use it with a pair of Mac xr7. With an efficiency around the mid 80s they definitely could benefit from over 200 watts driving them. But I'm using them on a pair of rare cornwalls with the rare vertical horns about 1000.00 worth of upgrades. Paul klipsch himself said they only need around 5 good tube watts to shine. Well the 2205 is said to actually produce between 240-280 watts rms. but it sounds so good driving them, I decided to let them stay for a while. And I guess this speaks highly of the pre because I have of more range on the knob than I do with the 35wpc 500c. And I must admit the idea of hauling that 80lb monster upstairs where the xr7s are has me procrastinating just a bit.biggrin.gif
post #2383 of 3521

It seems that Kingwa never sleeps. Introducing the Precision 2:
http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/amp/Precision2/Precision2EN_Specs.htm

 

post #2384 of 3521

^ Looks like he went back to actual knobs again. Let's hope he found a bullet-proof shipping solution, which was why he started using buttons.

post #2385 of 3521
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 Please note: The Precision 2 is too powerful and it is not for the in-ear headphone.

:D 

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