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post #76 of 115

I'm starting to see a sect-like devotion here. eek.gif

 

Sorry, guys, I dont drink the Kool Aid until someone shows me the ingredients. Some here are just flatout high when they give their impressions of kit.

post #77 of 115

High on the sweet nectar that is the beautiful, beautiful music.

post #78 of 115

Just got mine today and oh my...

 

 

post #79 of 115

Let me guess - beautiful, beautiful music, right ? rolleyes.gif

 

OK, so it was Mike from Headfonia's choice when he compared about 12 portable amps 6 or so months ago, and not a whole lot has changed in the single-ended portable market since then, 

post #80 of 115

For an amp that stacks well with a Classic or Touch/iPhone, its a powerhouse with very good build & sound quality.

 

dats wut i calls butiful muzak

 

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post #81 of 115
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

Let me guess - beautiful, beautiful music, right ? rolleyes.gif

 

OK, so it was Mike from Headfonia's choice when he compared about 12 portable amps 6 or so months ago, and not a whole lot has changed in the single-ended portable market since then, 



I haven't had any experience with the more expensive or high end amps, so coming from the Soundmagic A10 and Fiio E11, the SR-71 to me has much cleaner sound.  I'd have to say, after a brief comparison, the E11 holds its own very well at such a lower cost.  

post #82 of 115
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Just listen to them. You will hear music. 


So True! Just when I thought I had the best with the Stepdance the goal post were moved with the arrival of the 71-B.
post #83 of 115
Would this amp be a good partner for a hifiman 901 does anybody recon? Or has anybody matched this pair up together.
post #84 of 115
Thread Starter 

I have never used any hifiman product so I could not tell you - but I can tell you the RS-71A is a powerhouse amp - has a warmish mid section but balanced nicely in particular with the bass. Plenty of sound-stage, excellent clarity and awesome separation. Detail is fantastic too. It's my favorite head-amp EVER....

 

Still I have no idea about the sound signature of the 901 - sorry I cant be of much help...

post #85 of 115
Thanks for that syan 25
post #86 of 115
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Would this amp be a good partner for a hifiman 901 does anybody recon? Or has anybody matched this pair up together.

Haven't used a 901 either, but I'm guessing this amp will enhance any high end source.  Depending on your phones, 901 may not need amping.   I do know if you're planning to use iem's as well as full size, the RSA has a black silent background with them.

post #87 of 115
Thread Starter 
This amp was intended to drive the hd600 which it does wonderfully and they are 300 ohms....the blackbird really does have a black background. Iem's benefit not so much from the volume as the incredible SQ...
post #88 of 115
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Originally Posted by Syan25 View Post

This amp was intended to drive the hd600 which it does wonderfully and they are 300 ohms....the blackbird really does have a black background. Iem's benefit not so much from the volume as the incredible SQ...

Agreed!  I bought my RSA specifically for my HD600's (medium gain), and I also use it for my Westone W4's, on low gain.  There may be newer, more technologically advanced options out there, but so far I haven't felt the need or temptation to try them!

post #89 of 115
I might be a minority here by asking how SR-71A pairs with Grado PS1000. But that's what I have right now. Any opinion will be greatly appreciated guys. Thanks you.
post #90 of 115
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Originally Posted by wewewho77 View Post

I might be a minority here by asking how SR-71A pairs with Grado PS1000. But that's what I have right now. Any opinion will be greatly appreciated guys. Thanks you.

Haven't tried the amp with any Grado phones, but if you read about the Ray Samuels sound signature, it is often referred to as "dark".  I don't perceive this as veiled or rolled off highs so much as lush sounding (which I love), yet still bringing out the detail in music and enhancing the soundstage.  I can only guess that this would be a plus with brighter headphones like Grado and Beyerdynamics.  Bet your 1000's make everything sound good!


Edited by fiascogarcia - 8/13/13 at 6:04am
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