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post #496 of 1489
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post


???? - I along with Happy Camper knows believes different.

Fixed that for ya.
post #497 of 1489

@ Lappy27

 

My apologies.

 

 

 

 


Edited by preproman - 9/7/12 at 12:49am
post #498 of 1489
I've had mine a couple weeks now. First off I'll say this amp is way more than I need. I figured that it will be a nice amp to have no matter what headphones I try now and in the future. My two current headphones are the Ultrasone Edition 8 and the Audio Technica W3000anv. Both are easy to drive but show improvement with amplification, and the Bryston made both sound exceptional. I'm not a reviewer nor an advanced audiophile, but the difference in the Bryston versus the Burson 160 or the Objective 2 is somewhere between definite and substantial. The detail and the "Fullness", for lack of a better term, of the sound is exceptional. Crisp with impact. While the other amps pair well with these two headphones the Bryston is just a step up, no doubt about it. I'm sure others that have harder to drive phones are going to find the Bryston worth every penny. Yeah, it's more than some/most of us spend on an amp in this hobby, but if you have the ability to get it you won't be disappointed.
post #499 of 1489

That is a helpful review! Thanks MLee!

post #500 of 1489
Not really much of a review but to hear some songs that I've listened to for years come alive is pretty amazing. Songs like The Weight and Up On Cripple Creek by The Band, Blue Jean Blues by ZZ Top, albums Emotion & Commotion album and Performing This Week - Live by Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin I, etc, it's like I'm discovering old favorites for the first time. Impressive piece of hardware for sure.
post #501 of 1489

A long shot, but has anyone compared BHA-1 to EAR 909?

post #502 of 1489

This BHA-1 is such a bad mutha I would honestly just get one if you can and then spend the rest of your head-fi dom playing around with dacs, cables and phones. I hooked it up to the old dCS stack tonight and god damn it was good. I simply cannot imagine a better amplifier. All of the sonic signature of that system came right through, super black between the notes and dead quiet, superb soundstage and imaging, and detail and nuance to die for without a hint of fatigue. The material was 44.1khz and 96khz upsampled to DSD via the dCS upsampler.

 

I am simply done with headphone amps for now. Now it is on to better software, power conditioning, and little tinfoil hat tweaks. I have never enjoyed my music more. Even my dad (dCS owner) was impressed. 

 

It isn't just an amp, this must be state of the art right now for solid state.

 

Now that it is broke in, I just love how right when those loud congested passages come in where you think you are going to get an earful of shreaking pain, the BHA-1 (and PS1000s) sort it all out into a million tiny little waves tickling your ear drums. Yes, I love this system!


Edited by BlackstoneJD - 9/16/12 at 8:28pm
post #503 of 1489
Based on some of the reviews I've read I'll bet the PS1000 do sound awesome on the Bryston. James Tanner told me in an email he has them too, pretty nice recommendation for that combo. I tend to listen to classic rock on the Ed 8 and acoustic blues and classical on the W3000anv . I swear I can feel the drums and bass of a live Jeff Beck performance on the Ed 8 and it feels like Buddy Guy and Junior Wells have pulled two stools up right in front of me when I listen to Alone & Acoustic on the W3000. I think I know what it sounds like up on the podium with the director when I listen to Praeludium by the Minnesota Orchestra on Orchestral Fireworks.

The BHA-1 seems to be able to hit the mark on both ends with cans that are easy to drive as well as some on the other end of the scale.
post #504 of 1489
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Originally Posted by BlackstoneJD View Post

This BHA-1 is such a bad mutha I would honestly just get one if you can and then spend the rest of your head-fi dom playing around with dacs, cables and phones. I hooked it up to the old dCS stack tonight and god damn it was good. I simply cannot imagine a better amplifier. All of the sonic signature of that system came right through, super black between the notes and dead quiet, superb soundstage and imaging, and detail and nuance to die for without a hint of fatigue. The material was 44.1khz and 96khz upsampled to DSD via the dCS upsampler.

 

I am simply done with headphone amps for now. Now it is on to better software, power conditioning, and little tinfoil hat tweaks. I have never enjoyed my music more. Even my dad (dCS owner) was impressed. 

 

It is awesome when you find a long time piece of gear! My Denon DVD5900 is like that. I am hoping the Decware CSP2+ I have on order will fill the tube bill. Now I have to think about a SS amp and this one is looking like a must try for sure!

post #505 of 1489
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Originally Posted by Olias of Sunhillow View Post

Last week I posted some initial impressions of my new (secondhand) BHA-1 and my two other amps (Liquid Fire and Grace m903) with my HD800s. Unsurprisingly, the Liquid Fire was the winner. Well, now I've had about a week with my new (secondhand) LCD-3s, and while I'm not ready to post detailed impressions as in my previous post, I am ready to say that at this moment I prefer the BHA-1 to the Liquid Fire with the LCD-3s. The Bryston really takes these cans to a whole 'nother level -- taut bass, smooth and extended treble, appropriate soundstage. The Liquid Fire is no slouch whatsoever with the LCD-3 (especially with either Siemens CCa or Amperex JAN 7308 tubes), but for the time being I find the fast and powerful BHA-1 to have better synergy.

Haven't played around too much with connections, so it's entirely possible that the difference between my m903's balanced and SE outputs is contributing to this impression. But then again, that's not really a problem, is it?

More to follow.

Regarding the use of the Grace m903 balanced outputs (1/4" TRS) it will indeed matter.

The balanced output has an impedance of 95 ohm and uses a separate gain stage from the Single ended headphone amp. I would think at this interact with the bass performance. even at 300 ohm you don't have the recommended >8x damping ratio.

The m903 1/4" headphone amp output impedance is 1.2 ohm. The balanced outs are not really meant to drive headphones. It is really a balanced output for the DAC with a gain stage. I use it with my active monitors. I would make sure that any comparison with the m903 compare it single ended to the Bryston. When you did your comparison (the one you wrote about earlier in this thread) how did you use. The m903?
post #506 of 1489
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Originally Posted by CanDude View Post

A long shot, but has anyone compared BHA-1 to EAR 909?

 

Oh well, have to answer this myself then...  wink_face.gif

 

Anyone else having 19" black? BHA-1, that is...

 

I hope the price will not be higher than $2400 in Sweden, but you never know...

post #507 of 1489

What is the optimal balanced input level for BHA-1? I can choose +24dBu, +22dBu, +20dBu, +18dBu, +6dBV, +4dBV (my current setting for 909), +2dBV and +0dBV as line out level for my Hilo.


Edited by CanDude - 9/23/12 at 5:34pm
post #508 of 1489
Any one who owns the bryston and heard the violectric v181?
How do they compare?
Would apreciate any comments

Thanks in advance
post #509 of 1489
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Originally Posted by CanDude View Post

What is the optimal balanced input level for BHA-1? I can choose +24dBu, +22dBu, +20dBu, +18dBu, +6dBV, +4dBV (my current setting for 909), +2dBV and +0dBV as line out level for my Hilo.

 

Hi

 

Will ask engineering

 

james

post #510 of 1489

I continue to enjoy the sound of this amp with all kinds of music.  I haven't heard other TOTL amps to do a comparison but the Bryston just seems to handle anything you want to pair it with.  Little touches like the fit and finish, the feel of the volume knob, and a 20 year warranty just add to the satisfaction of owning this unit.  Now I'm researching a DAC to put in front of it.  I'd like to stay with Bryston but my budget won't allow me to spend $2200 for one.   Anyone have any suggestions for me in the $500-$1000 range?

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