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T1 + SS amp ? Any good match ?

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I really like my T1 paired with tube amps (Little Dot MKVI+ and Mapletree Ear+HD). But I think that deep down inside, I'm a SS guy (for convenience) ! Is there any SS amp that can drive the T1 with the same "umphhhh" than tubes ? I tried the Phoenix and I think it's a very boring combo. I have a Goldpoint HP-Pro, it's sounds good but I know it cannot drive the T1 like the MKVI+ can. 

 

I likes tubes but SS is much more convenient in my situation. Any suggestion (balanced amp preferably) ?

post #2 of 16

SP: I really like the Concerto with the T1s. Great match to my ears. Are there any local Montreal Head-fiers with one you can try it out?

 

But, I still prefer the MAD Ear+HD with them. Not by a huge margin though.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 1/11/11 at 7:11pm
post #3 of 16

I believe he's looking for a balanced headphone amp, the Concerto only offers SE output.

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Originally Posted by reiserFS View Post

I believe he's looking for a balanced headphone amp, the Concerto only offers SE output.


He said "preferably". I personally don't get the "balanced thing".

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My bad, must have missed that line.

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He said "preferably". I personally don't get the "balanced thing".

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Originally Posted by reiserFS View Post


My bad, must have missed that line.

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He said "preferably". I personally don't get the "balanced thing".


 


No worries. smile.gif

post #7 of 16

The Audio-GD ROC/Phoenix amps are an excellent match for this headphone.

post #8 of 16

i do enjoy my t1 with rp010b a lot

post #9 of 16

What about the HA-160? 

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

SP: I really like the Concerto with the T1s. Great match to my ears. Are there any local Montreal Head-fiers with one you can try it out?

 

But, I still prefer the MAD Ear+HD with them. Not by a huge margin though.



Thanks for the suggestion but from what Alex told me, the sound signature is close to my Goldpoint. Too bad Alex sold it before I got time to try it ! 

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The Audio-GD ROC/Phoenix amps are an excellent match for this headphone.



Funny how we all have different taste. I have the Phoenix and I think it's boring with the T1. Maybe it's too "neutral" for my taste ?? Maybe deep deep down inside I prefer the "coloration" of tubes ??

 

 We had a "mini"meet with Sokolov and Punkguy and nobody seemed to care for "Phoenix+T1" combo. The Phoenix was superb with the LCD-2  though. Maybe that's why there wasn't any love for the Phoenix+T1 combo ?

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i do enjoy my t1 with rp010b a lot



Thanks for the suggestion, but it's way over my budget. It seems like a very nice amp !!

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What about the HA-160? 


I once briefly heard the HA-160 (not with the T1) and I remember that I was not really impressed by this amp. But to be honest, it was like 5 minutes so I cannot judge an amp on this. I'll have to try it with the T1. I hope there's gonna be a meet in Montreal soon !

post #14 of 16

I love the combo. I have to say that the ROC and PHOENIX are different sounding amps. The PHOENIX is a darker/warmer sounding amp while the ROC is very neutral without having the darkness of sound. I used to think the ROC sounded like the PHOENIX, but it does not at all. Perhaps that's why it matches better with my T1.

 

Also my WA3+ and ROC sound very similar when using high impedance headphones, though the Woo amp is more tubey.

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I once briefly heard the HA-160 (not with the T1) and I remember that I was not really impressed by this amp. But to be honest, it was like 5 minutes so I cannot judge an amp on this. I'll have to try it with the T1. I hope there's gonna be a meet in Montreal soon !


Yeah, definitely you need that...

Look forward for impressions on that combination. 

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