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post #1861 of 1871
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

It's not a full stack until you've got a 4B sitting underneath 'em. tongue.gif

Roger that!

But i have a question how BHA-1 compared to Gustard h10.

I compared BP26/MPS2 as headAmp and Gustard H10 with TH900 and HE560. So with Fostex BP26 is smoother, but with HE560 Gustard has more power.

My question is do i need BHA while having BP26? What is the difference?
Edited by Gibalok - 8/27/15 at 6:51am
post #1862 of 1871

FWIW I'm really digging the TH-900 / BHA-1 combo.

 

Fantastic energy and snap.

post #1863 of 1871
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Originally Posted by Mortalcoil View Post
 

FWIW I'm really digging the TH-900 / BHA-1 combo.

 

Fantastic energy and snap.

No doubts. 

 

My question is whether BHA-1 as a headamp is better than BP26/MPS2 preamp. BP26 sounds very good with Fostex TH900. Guessing whether BHA-1 is significantly better

post #1864 of 1871
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

It's not a full stack until you've got a 4B sitting underneath 'em. tongue.gif


I disagree! tongue.gif
post #1865 of 1871
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Originally Posted by Gibalok View Post

 

No doubts. 

 

My question is whether BHA-1 as a headamp is better than BP26/MPS2 preamp. BP26 sounds very good with Fostex TH900. Guessing whether BHA-1 is significantly better

 

 

Hmmm.

 

Unfortunately I have no experience with the BP26/MPS2 so I can't comment.

 

Hopefully someone may chime in with such experience.

post #1866 of 1871
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Originally Posted by ivanlyf View Post

Hello everyone.

New Bryston BHA-1 owner here with a full Bryston stack and using a HD800 and Adam Artist 5 Powered monitors.

Started with the Bryston BDA-2 DAC and got the BHA-1 to complete the Bryston sound. 

Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful setup. How do you like the Adam monitors?
post #1867 of 1871
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Originally Posted by WilCox View Post

Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful setup. How do you like the Adam monitors?

Hello,

Hmm I think the Artist 5 has a V-shaped response (emphasis on bass and treble). If you love very extended trebles, it will do the job.

I was like this but after using the HD800 and BDA-2, I find Adam's treble to be a bit on the bright/harsh side as compared to the HD800

Hope this helps

Ps: I listen mainly to classical music and a bit of jazz
post #1868 of 1871

Hey all,

 

Just wonder if any of you have experienced this wonderful effect before and the explanation behind it:

 

So I've been listening to my classical music on the HD800 driven by the BHA-1 and a BDA-2 DAC for about 1.5 days now. Listening to some Mahler, Beethoven Symphonies & Concertos.

 

The 1 thing I noticed immediately when I switched amplifiers from the TEAC HA-501 to the BHA-1 was the recording became much louder with the BHA-1.

 

Previously, with the TEAC HA-501, I would use Adaptive Volume -> Peak Level Normalize / Night Mode in Jriver MC20 to boost the sound volume / 'reduce the dynamic range'. This way, I could hear the whole recording comfortably especially those instruments playing softly on the background. The drawback was clipping / distortion & a compressed sound.

 

When I switched to the BHA-1, I found Adaptive Volume to be too loud. Hence, I turned it off in Jriver MC20. Every instrument is just of the right volume, the pianos, the violins etc... it's crazy!

 

Does anyone have an explanation for this??? 

post #1869 of 1871
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Originally Posted by ivanlyf View Post
 

Hey all,

 

Just wonder if any of you have experienced this wonderful effect before and the explanation behind it:

 

So I've been listening to my classical music on the HD800 driven by the BHA-1 and a BDA-2 DAC for about 1.5 days now. Listening to some Mahler, Beethoven Symphonies & Concertos.

 

The 1 thing I noticed immediately when I switched amplifiers from the TEAC HA-501 to the BHA-1 was the recording became much louder with the BHA-1.

 

Previously, with the TEAC HA-501, I would use Adaptive Volume -> Peak Level Normalize / Night Mode in Jriver MC20 to boost the sound volume / 'reduce the dynamic range'. This way, I could hear the whole recording comfortably especially those instruments playing softly on the background. The drawback was clipping / distortion & a compressed sound.

 

When I switched to the BHA-1, I found Adaptive Volume to be too loud. Hence, I turned it off in Jriver MC20. Every instrument is just of the right volume, the pianos, the violins etc... it's crazy!

 

Does anyone have an explanation for this??? 

Hi ivanlyf,

 

I have similar equipment, and can offer one explanation: power. The BHA-1 is much more powerful than the HA-501. And the HD-800's, while sensitive, really respond better to the higher voltage-swing and power the BHA-1 can supply. You've been artificially boosting the quiter background instruments using dynamic range compression as the HA-501 was losing them to the foreground sound. Well-driven, the HD-800 can detail them all brilliantly. This has little to do with volume, and lots to do with powerful control of the drivers.


Edited by DDDamian - Yesterday at 8:09 pm
post #1870 of 1871
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Originally Posted by DDDamian View Post
 

Hi ivanlyf,

 

I have similar equipment, and can offer one explanation: power. The BHA-1 is much more powerful than the HA-501. And the HD-800's, while sensitive, really respond better to the higher voltage-swing and power the BHA-1 can supply. You've been artificially boosting the quiter background instruments using dynamic range compression as the HA-501 was losing them to the foreground sound. Well-driven, the HD-800 can detail them all brilliantly. This has little to do with volume, and lots to do with powerful control of the drivers.

 

Thanks! Now I know what it means to truly drive a headphone well :)

 

Yeah, I suppose the HA-501 wasn't supplying enough power to boost these softer, accompanying instruments above the background noise of the amp.

 

Can I then say that the Bryston BHA-1 has a higher signal to noise ratio??

 

It's wonderful, finally hearing my classical music without reducing dynamic range. The piano and violin sound so so natural!

post #1871 of 1871
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Originally Posted by ivanlyf View Post
 

 

Thanks! Now I know what it means to truly drive a headphone well :)

 

Yeah, I suppose the HA-501 wasn't supplying enough power to boost these softer, accompanying instruments above the background noise of the amp.

 

Can I then say that the Bryston BHA-1 has a higher signal to noise ratio??

 

It's wonderful, finally hearing my classical music without reducing dynamic range. The piano and violin sound so so natural!

Heck of a combo there - yeah should be amazing with orchestral. I haven't used my HD-800's much with the BHA-1 (not enough power in single-ended, new cables finally arrive Monday for balanced).

 

It's not really signal-to-noise ratio, it's more that the HD-800's are fairly tough to drive, and higher-powered amps can control the drivers' movement better, resulting in a clearer, less muddy or distorted signal. This clears up the main tones and let's the rest shine through. Compare to a cheap radio where all you hear is a bad rendition of the louder noises. The HD-800 is one of the more detailed or resolving cans out there, sometimes too much so, and the amp is just giving it a very clean signal to work with at a power level and control level that hides less.

 

Welcome to high-end sound :)


Edited by DDDamian - Yesterday at 8:53 pm
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