Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › New headphone amplifier from Bryston
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

New headphone amplifier from Bryston - Page 30

post #436 of 1492
I think you'll really like the LCD/BDA combo. They play to each other's weaknesses and sound very good to me. The laid back nature of the LCDs highs are brought forward by the BDA.
post #437 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

 

Very nice impressions Olias and agree w/ the initial BHA1 impressions.  Could you revisit the comparison after say a 3-4 weeks of solid use just to confirm?  Thanks.

 

Thanks and yes, I will post a follow-up in a few weeks. My BHA-1 was purchased used, so I assume it has broken in to some extent. We'll see if my impressions change over time... something that has been known to happen.

post #438 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

I think you'll really like the LCD/BDA combo. They play to each other's weaknesses and sound very good to me. The laid back nature of the LCDs highs are brought forward by the BDA.

 

This is exactly what I'm hoping to experience with the LCD-3. I liked them a lot, but with the Liquid Fire as my primary amp I found myself reaching for the HD800s nearly every time.

post #439 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

The BHA-1 does have a detail level approaching problematic, but stopping just short, in a way similar to spicy food being hot but still enjoyable (and for many preferable). I wouldn't call the Bryston the most musical amp, but I would call it the most real.

 

Your analogy to spicy food is spot on, Maxvla... personally, my favorite food in the world is ripping hot green chili, but I still eat mashed potatoes far more often. beyersmile.png

post #440 of 1492
Awesome review thanks. I like the music you picked. I emplor thee, however. 200+ hours of continuous playback on the Bryston. Use pink noise and glide tones if you can. It breaks in quite a bit. It really opens up a lot at that point. It can be a little brittle at first but now it is really smooth, even with the Grado's which are absolutely unforgiving.
post #441 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackstoneJD View Post

Awesome review thanks. I like the music you picked. I emplor thee, however. 200+ hours of continuous playback on the Bryston. Use pink noise and glide tones if you can. It breaks in quite a bit. It really opens up a lot at that point. It can be a little brittle at first but now it is really smooth, even with the Grado's which are absolutely unforgiving.

 

I'm second to this but mine didn't came to that extent of brightness out of the box with all of my Grados (maybe it matches with the source) and after few hours of listening, it smoothen out a bit on the high side and the bass is more enjoyable.

post #442 of 1492

Errbody knows which I picked. Though it hardly matters anymore. :D

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Looks like we noticed some of the same effects between the LF and BHA-1, but I preferred the BHA-1 and you preferred the LF.
To me the LF was just too smoothed over and glossy, not as precise. The BHA-1 does have a detail level approaching problematic, but stopping just short, in a way similar to spicy food being hot but still enjoyable (and for many preferable). I wouldn't call the Bryston the most musical amp, but I would call it the most real.
post #443 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

Errbody knows which I picked. Though it hardly matters anymore. :D

 

Maybe Bryston and Alex can work on the Liquid Bryston!  biggrin.gif

post #444 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by Olias of Sunhillow View Post

 

This is exactly what I'm hoping to experience with the LCD-3. I liked them a lot, but with the Liquid Fire as my primary amp I found myself reaching for the HD800s nearly every time.

 

Yes, the BHA-1 and the LCD-2.2 are a real treat.  However, I have not heard the LCD-3.  Another headphone I enjoyed with the BHA-1 is the HD650s.  The T1's with the stock cable out the SE output didn't do it for me.  I wonder if listing to the T1's with an aftermarket balanced cable from the XLR output would make a difference.  To my surprise the Thunderpants TP1s was a fun listen as well.

 

I think any so called bass heavy headphone and the BHA-1 would be a match.

post #445 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by basman View Post

 

I'm second to this but mine didn't came to that extent of brightness out of the box with all of my Grados (maybe it matches with the source) and after few hours of listening, it smoothen out a bit on the high side and the bass is more enjoyable.

I experienced the same phenomenon since the last two weeks. I even can say that the Bryston sound signature changed drasticaly. Smoother, fuller and more robust sound. Much more like the prototype I tried at Montreal Festival Son & Image in late march. The Bryston became more musical and balanced trough all the frequency spectrum. Again, this is NOT subtle IT IS obvious!

 

At first, I really liked the infinite details and clarity it brought but on some recordings, it was at the limit of my tolerance in edginess of the sound (I really dislike bright sound). Despite the fact that the details and mids seems more laid-back now, I prefer the new sound of my BHA-1. I am at around 150 hours on it so who knows how it will change with more time on it. 

Quote:
Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Yes, the BHA-1 and the LCD-2.2 are a real treat.  However, I have not heard the LCD-3.  Another headphone I enjoyed with the BHA-1 is the HD650s.  The T1's with the stock cable out the SE output didn't do it for me.  I wonder if listing to the T1's with an aftermarket balanced cable from the XLR output would make a difference.  To my surprise the Thunderpants TP1s was a fun listen as well.

 

I think any so called bass heavy headphone and the BHA-1 would be a match.

I have the LCD-2.2 . Some headfiers and myself, had a meet at my workplace last saturday. I had the chance to try the LCD-3 with the BHA-1. It was a really good synergy and some of the attendees thought it was the best match-up of the day. I compared the LCD-3 and LCD-2.2 for a couple of minutes. The sound signature of both headphones is really similar but the LCD-3 bested the LCD-2.2 in all areas except bass slam and fun factor. They were more refined and textured than the 2.2. I sure can live with the 3 easily but after a comparaison of the two, I feel no rush to go buy a pair of LCD-3. I still love my LCD-2.2 (especially with my taste for electronic music). But the LCD-3 are definitly a superior headphones for musicality and accuracy.

 

BUT, the biggest surprise of the meet, was when we tried the Hifiman (insanely hard to drive) HE-6 with the Bryston. Absolutely everybody who listened to this combo, were blown away by it's musicality and sense of realism. Yes we had to push the Bryston to it's power limits on most songs but the results were nothing short of spectacular. I prefered the Hifiman to the LCD-3 by a nose. I would like to have the chance to demo them for a much longer session on my Bryston (Benjamin?). Even the owner of the HE-6, Benjamin, said that he finally discovered the full potential of the HE-6 for the first time. And he feeds the HE-6 with the supposly matching Hifiman EF-6 headphone amp. He was thinking of selling the HE-6 but after hearing them with the Bryston he is now considering of selling the EF-6 amp and looking for a Bryston or Schiit Mjolnir.

 

BHA-1 and HE-6, really, really impressive combo. 

post #446 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lappy27 View Post


 

BUT, the biggest surprise of the meet, was when we tried the Hifiman (insanely hard to drive) HE-6 with the Bryston. Absolutely everybody who listened to this combo, were blown away by it's musicality and sense of realism. Yes we had to push the Bryston to it's power limits on most songs but the results were nothing short of spectacular. I prefered the Hifiman to the LCD-3 by a nose. I would like to have the chance to demo them for a much longer session on my Bryston (Benjamin?). Even the owner of the HE-6, Benjamin, said that he finally discovered the full potential of the HE-6 for the first time. And he feeds the HE-6 with the supposly matching Hifiman EF-6 headphone amp. He was thinking of selling the HE-6 but after hearing them with the Bryston he is now considering of selling the EF-6 amp and looking for a Bryston or Schiit Mjolnir.

 

BHA-1 and HE-6, really, really impressive combo. 

Steve, my friend Nico might be getting HE6's in the next few weeks, and rattesp bought a mjolnir in the classifieds (just minutes before I had the chance!), so we can have another little mini meet in the near future.

 

I also think the HE6 was superior to the lcd3 by a hair, but I also admit that the lcd3 would complement my HD800's better.

I just thought of this, I also get to hear the mjolnir befor buying it if we have the meet gs1000.gif

post #447 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lappy27 View Post

Even the owner of the HE-6, Benjamin, said that he finally discovered the full potential of the HE-6 for the first time. 

 

 

Believe me - or should I say **IMHO**  You guys didn't come close to hearing the HE-6 at it's full potently.  The 3.8wpc into the 50ohm load is still not doing these headphones justice.  I'm telling you from first hand knowledge.  They scale like no other headphone.  Please, please put these on a speaker amp.

post #448 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Believe me - or should I say **IMHO**  You guys didn't come close to hearing the HE-6 at it's full potently.  The 3.8wpc into the 50ohm load is still not doing these headphones justice.  I'm telling you from first hand knowledge.  They scale like no other headphone.  Please, please put these on a speaker amp.

In that case, I must say that the experience should be phenomenal!

post #449 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

Steve, my friend Nico might be getting HE6's in the next few weeks, and rattesp bought a mjolnir in the classifieds (just minutes before I had the chance!), so we can have another little mini meet in the near future.

 

I also think the HE6 was superior to the lcd3 by a hair, but I also admit that the lcd3 would complement my HD800's better.

I just thought of this, I also get to hear the mjolnir befor buying it if we have the meet gs1000.gif

Anytime dude! It will be really cool. Miller time again lol!

post #450 of 1492
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Looks like we noticed some of the same effects between the LF and BHA-1, but I preferred the BHA-1 and you preferred the LF.
To me the LF was just too smoothed over and glossy, not as precise. The BHA-1 does have a detail level approaching problematic, but stopping just short, in a way similar to spicy food being hot but still enjoyable (and for many preferable). I wouldn't call the Bryston the most musical amp, but I would call it the most real.

Pop in a quad of Siemens E88CCs and the LF is darn close to my GS-X (about as detailed an amp I've heard yet). With "other" tubes, I can totally get your impressions.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 8/28/12 at 6:26pm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphone Amps (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › New headphone amplifier from Bryston