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post #1486 of 1494
Greeting guys! I'm also a happy BHA-1 user for almost 2 years.

I'm pairing BHA-1 with HE-560 and Nordost Heimdall 2 headphone cable in balanced mode from the source (Lindemann Music Book:25 Music Server & CD Player.) The system is the best I have had in my home to date.

The 1/4" SE output is not so impressive... I connect Mac Book Pro with Amarra Symphony and Resonessence Labs Concero HD or HERUS into the SE input. (I do think that SE thru my Burson Soloist sounds much better.)

Cheers!
- ToMmY -
Edited by TMY168 - 10/15/14 at 3:45pm
post #1487 of 1494
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Originally Posted by TMY168 View Post

Greeting guys! I'm also a happy BHA-1 user for almost 2 years.

I'm pairing BHA-1 with HE-560 and Nordost Heimdall 2 headphone cable in balanced mode from the source (Lindemann Music Book:25 Music Server & CD Player.) The system is the best I have had in my home to date.

The 1/4" SE output is not so impressive... I connect Mac Book Pro with Amarra Symphony and Resonessence Labs Concero HD or HERUS into the SE input. (I do think that SE thrught my Burson Soloist sounds much better.)

Cheers!
- ToMmY -

Welcome! Yes, the Bryston is such an under appreciated amp, isn't it? But that's fine. As long as we enjoy it. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1488 of 1494
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The 1/4" SE output is not so impressive...

I would say that HE560 (moded) through the single ended output was quite a disappointment. I don't expect such a huge difference between the outputs.

post #1489 of 1494
Any direct comparisons to the Burson Soloist?
post #1490 of 1494

I too am a new owner of this amp. Reading through everyones posts, reviews etc I had to pick this up.

 

I've been in the market for an amp that would jive well with my LCD2r2f and from what i have read it seems this pair were made for each other.

 

I take ownership on Tuesday. can't wait!

 

 

The only downside was I sold my beloved Project Ember. :(


Edited by Amish - 12/12/14 at 12:00pm
post #1491 of 1494
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Any direct comparisons to the Burson Soloist?

 

From memory as I sold my Burson Soloist, It drives the harder to drive headphones better. Does a better job with HE-6 and T1, for example. 

Very top notch sound.

The biggest difference is the excellent quality balanced outputs, making it so you can drive your Headphones, balanced of course, at their full potential. 

post #1492 of 1494

Received my BHA-1  today and have been listening to it all night. I have to admit that running my cans out of the SE output is disappointing. I have a balanced cable on the way and I hope that it makes a difference.

 

Out-put wise (gain/volume) I have the same "issue" as others have mentioned...from 0 to 9-10 o'clock the volume works good...after that the output is almost non existent until I reach 5 to 6 o'clock and then it just gets cRaZy loud! This kinda sucks as I would prefer more control over the gain. Of course sane people will listen to this around the 10 o'clock position; myself included most days but I do like to really blast it at times and I wonder if that is even possible. Maybe with balanced cables that can happen? I hope so anyway.

 

 

 

That said and out of the box I'm up in the air on this amp. SQ seems good. Music is pretty detailed, and airy, solid bass which is punchy. But so far not that much of an upgrade over the Polaris amp I have sitting next to it.....though it's a close call. Vocals are slightly better a little less recessed compared to the Polaris. Again I do hope that by running balanced cables it will take the amp to the next level which is what I had expected at this price point compared to my Polaris amp. The Polaris has a richer slightly warmer sound maybe slightly more 'open' and shockingly better separation of instruments. while the Bryston has a more neutral sound to it; maybe a little more body. Instruments are separated but not quite as well as the Polaris, (I can hear a pretty decent difference between the two amp's separation.) I think transparency comes to mind when listening to the BHA-1. Ultimately this is a good thing but will take an adjustment as I am so used to my Polaris and Ember amps. If anything it makes me have even more respect for Jeremy's amps.

 

I'll be burning this amp in and of course waiting on the balanced headphone cable. We'll see what happens.

 

For testing purposes I'm running both the Polaris and Bryston off a MHDT Labs Pagoda via Schiit SYS and both amps outputting to a Sescom A/B switch to Norne Audio Vanquish SE cable to LCD-2R2F

 

 

Oh by the way...this Bryston amp is built like a tank. Good lord it has weight to it. It screams "I'm gonna last you forever dude!"

 


Edited by Amish - 12/16/14 at 11:37pm
post #1493 of 1494

There is a significant gain difference between the SE and balanced on this amp. If you are not using the gain switch to compensate the balanced output will sound much better than the unbalanced. There is no real difference.

post #1494 of 1494
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
 

Received my BHA-1  today and have been listening to it all night. I have to admit that running my cans out of the SE output is disappointing. I have a balanced cable on the way and I hope that it makes a difference.

 

 

Build quality is exemplary and with a balanced source and headphones the BHA-1 works perfectly, nothing added, nothing taken away and the volume gain if fairly linear.

But with a single ended source and unbalanced “inefficient” headphones, my AKG K712s for example….the results can be a bit disappointing  and with the wonky gain it makes setting a proper volume  level difficult.  

 

With regards to SE or balanced for the headphones, with levels matched… I’ve yet to hear a perceptible difference except …for the much appreciated 3db gain (6dBs with a balanced source.), with either the Sennheiser HD700s, HD580/600 or AKG K701s.

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