No op-amps? How refreshing!
All that bare, green pcb real estate is hurting my eyes...
What are those three black relatively large round things in the back?
Some kind of transformers?
The Arete was named for a mountain formation - a glacial ridge....
We are going to announce a loaner program for the Arete in the TTVJ forum today. Sign up there if you are interested!
We have an Arete in stock if anyone is interested in owning one!!! Order now and it will ship right out.
As much as I'd like to participate, I don't feel nearly as qualified as perhaps a dozen other people I can think of, so I'm standing aside.
Here's hoping someone with a good ear, a lot of experience, and the ability to write will sign up soon!
I just dont understand why these amps are so expensive. It looks like everyone is trying to milk the headfi market these days. It uses a blue alps potentiometer and simple mosfet/jfet layout. It comes with a switching power supply as well which once again shouldnt cost much. The end result is an amp that doesnt deliver a lot of power but is expensive. Compare this to DIY efforts like the M3, PPAV2, B22(which would be costlier) or a CKIII which may come super close to this effort or may even beat it. seriously the headfi market has become a place for people to milk us. Headphones that debuted at $1000 suddenly appreciate by 20-30%. In the end the only ones truly enjoying hifi are the middlemen at the poor headfiers expense. Everyone wants tto have that magical sound and all everyone ends up doing is buying equipment, trying it out and selling the same. What's my point - Atleast sell the amp with a better power supply if one is going to charge $1000 for it!
They do sell an amp with a better power supply. It is named the Apex Pinnacle and will only cost you $10,000.
You obviously didnt read TTVJ's sig line....
"Providing great products, service, and pricing to our customers ."
I ended up purchasing the Arete...even though I have the Peak/Volcano. Offers a synergistic magic with the PS1000. Wonderful also with the 300 ohm Sennie's (my 600).
Adds a tone-ful and nimble character to the Bass-Line of the PS1K. Adds a nice throaty (READ: Meaty) character to the mid-bass (the growl will make the heart sweat!) from that phone. Instills control and a good (READ: realistic) sparkle to the top end of the Grado as well. With the wrong amp the very top of the PS1000 is a tad too sweet. The Arete/PS1000 combo is special (IMHO). Sweet Meat!!
Comparing any consumer product to a DIY project isn't actually fair. Reason is most people look at the parts list and say hey I can build this amp for, cheap as hell. Until they stick it into a chassis. DIY projects for the end builder do not include any development costs. If you've ever designed your own amp you would soon realize it doesn't happen for nothing, no matter how experience or talented you are.