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burson vs m3 diy amp?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Anyone have any recommendations for which would be better for driving k702s? The Burson's build quality will of course be better and also more expensive, but how would the M3 amp sound compared to it? Would it be enough to drive the k702s? I can have someone in my family build me an M3 if I order all the parts, and have enough leftover for a gamma2 as well. 

 

If price was no option, and between these two, what would be the "better" buy or "best bang for the buck"?

 

Sorry, I would have searched, but "M3" returns a lot of results that may not have answered my questions. Thanks for your time.

post #2 of 16

The difference is:

 

M3 could drive the 702's, but not at its full potential. 

While the HA-160, drives them properly...since its a powerful amp. 

 

I can vouch for the last one, as many users here have/have tried AKG hp's with the 160. They're happy with it. 


Edited by charli3 - 2/27/11 at 4:00pm
post #3 of 16

Is the decision between M3+Gamma2 vs Burson amp? If so, I'd say the former would be the better choice assuming the Gamma 2 is an upgrade for your source.

post #4 of 16
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I should clarify, the M³ stereo headphone amp. not the mini3. Thanks for the info thus far

post #5 of 16
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I should clarify, the M³ stereo headphone amp. not the mini3. Thanks for the info thus far

 

My Bad, i just realized that there are differences. 

 

To be honest, i haven't seen threads or reviews with the M3 driving Akg Hp's. 

post #6 of 16
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Type Mini3 (or m3) at google, and let me know whats the first result. 

 

They are the same one. tongue.gif

 

Considering that is only $100 or less, its good for the money. But only for that...


The mini³ and M³ are definitely 2 separate amps.

 

 

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by charli3 View Post


To be honest, i haven't seen threads or reviews with the M3 driving Akg Hp's. 

 

Me neither. Im curious..
 

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by clocker View Post

The Burson's build quality will of course be better and also more expensive

 

Nope.

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by charli3 View Post




Type Mini3 (or m3) at google, and let me know whats the first result. 

 

They are the same one. tongue.gif

 

To be honest, i haven't seen threads or reviews with the M3 driving Akg Hp's. 


Not sure what you are googling, but when I type in 'mini3' I get the appropriate link at amb's site. When I type 'm3', I get a bmw results but if you do 'm3 amp' the appropriate (and different from mini3) link to amb's site comes up.

 

I am not really sure how much it costs to build a m3, probably depends largely on what kind of casework is done, but it will almost certainly be cheaper than the burson since I often see them in the for sale section for ~500. Based on the published specs, the m3 has generally better specs, with fantastic thd, crosstalk, and a very flat freq. response. The burson has a bit more power, but this is probably only an issue if you are trying to drive something very difficult like akg1000 or he-6. The burson also uses a 24 stepped attenuator, which seems somewhat coarse to me.

 

All that being said, I have not heard either of these amps so hopefully someone who has heard both can chime in with some impressions. I know if I were to pick one it would be the m3, not in small part because I really enjoy diy projects.
 

post #10 of 16
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Nope.

 

Why? 
 

post #11 of 16
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Why? 
 


Try googling Rockhopper balanced M3 or Tooleaudio M3.

post #12 of 16
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Not sure what you are googling, but when I type in 'mini3' I get the appropriate link at amb's site. When I type 'm3', I get a bmw results but if you do 'm3 amp' the appropriate (and different from mini3) link to amb's site comes up.


I know and thats why i edited my post. 

 

Still, i keep my words. A comparison would be nice. 

post #13 of 16

702 AND BURSON= MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!

 

sorry for the caps lock

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by sawindra View Post

702 AND BURSON= MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!

 

sorry for the caps lock


This ^ if you're looking for SQ. 

 

post #15 of 16

The M³ is a powerful amp. It can even be made to output 6W rms into 8Ω speakers. I have never owned any AKGs so I can't comment directly on that. But I'm driving my HD650s and HE5-LEs with an M³ to excellent results.¹ 

 

 

¹ To put this in context, I have also heard the HE5-LEs powered from the speaker terminals of a Denon receiver.

 

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