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post #706 of 1469

Bring it on! Why did you choose a sliding pot? Why not a stepped attenuator, resistor-ladder or whatever alternatives there are?

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Originally Posted by James Tanner View Post

 

The Noble is very linear throughout is range and it is one of the reasons we chose it.  I can get a more 'engineering' answer if that helps.

 

james

post #707 of 1469
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BHA-1 Review

 

CANADA HiFi Review - Bryston BHA-1 Headphone Amplifier.pdf 1,922k .pdf file

 

"The most obvious sign that something special is going on is the row of three DIN sockets next to the 1/4-inch headphone jack on the front panel." LOL This is so embarrassing, calling XLR connectors DIN... what planet is this Phil Gold from?


Edited by CanDude - 12/8/12 at 5:03pm
post #708 of 1469
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"The most obvious sign that something special is going on is the row of three DIN sockets next to the 1/4-inch headphone jack on the front panel." LOL This is so embarrassing, calling XLR connectors DIN... what planet is this Phil Gold from?

 

I asked and  he tells me his British roots!!!

 

james

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I asked and  he tells me his British roots!!!

 

james

 

From the people who call fries - "chips". tongue.gif

post #710 of 1469

Is that what y'all fancy people call dem 'tater sticks? tongue.gif

post #711 of 1469

How does the Bryston Balanced Head amp sound with Beyer T1's? Is it a good match?

post #712 of 1469

Now I finally have my BHA-1 after 11 weeks of waiting! First BHA-1 in Sweden! biggrin.gif  I got everything I ordered, except the locking mechanisms on XLR connectors. frown.gif   Feels kind of "naked" without locking XLRs, but I’ll get used to it I guess...

 

Initial impression is that BHA-1 sounds a little bit "fuller" or "richer" than my EAR909. More impressions to come. Maybe I’m imaging but I prefer the hi-gain setting with LCD-3, it’s like it has a little bit more power (sound wise), clarity and "oomph" than the corresponding volume setting on low-gain.

 

It’s very nice to have a real volume pot instead of a coarse stepped attenuator (that is either too low or too high).  I set the volume with balanced LCD-3 @ approx. 9 o’clock with hi-gain and driven by Lynx Hilo balanced +4dBV (if I understand it correctly BHA-1 should be able to handle this level).

 

I must comment on how similar the Lynx Hilo built-in HP amp’s sound signature (or rather lack of) is to BHA-1! I guess both got it right. It’s sad that you HP maniacs seem to have missed this excellent DAC.

 

How much burn-in does my brai... BHA-1 need?

 

Wow, "Lean Down" from Ilya’s album "Fathoms Deep", 24-bit FLAC, sounds soooo good with this setup! (with the 112dB redline monitor plugin of course, otherwise it’s the usual HP mess)

post #713 of 1469
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Originally Posted by CanDude View Post

Now I finally have my BHA-1 after 11 weeks of waiting! First BHA-1 in Sweden! biggrin.gif  I got everything I ordered, except the locking mechanisms on XLR connectors. frown.gif   Feels kind of "naked" without locking XLRs, but I’ll get used to it I guess...

 

Initial impression is that BHA-1 sounds a little bit "fuller" or "richer" than my EAR909. More impressions to come. Maybe I’m imaging but I prefer the hi-gain setting with LCD-3, it’s like it has a little bit more power (sound wise), clarity and "oomph" than the corresponding volume setting on low-gain.

 

It’s very nice to have a real volume pot instead of a coarse stepped attenuator (that is either too low or too high).  I set the volume with balanced LCD-3 @ approx. 9 o’clock with hi-gain and driven by Lynx Hilo balanced +4dBV (if I understand it correctly BHA-1 should be able to handle this level).

 

I must comment on how similar the Lynx Hilo built-in HP amp’s sound signature (or rather lack of) is to BHA-1! I guess both got it right. It’s sad that you HP maniacs seem to have missed this excellent DAC.

 

How much burn-in does my brai... BHA-1 need?

 

Wow, "Lean Down" from Ilya’s album "Fathoms Deep", 24-bit FLAC, sounds soooo good with this setup! (with the 112dB redline monitor plugin of course, otherwise it’s the usual HP mess)

 

 

Let it burn in while in use.  What you see is what you get. IMO

post #714 of 1469
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Originally Posted by CanDude View Post

Now I finally have my BHA-1 after 11 weeks of waiting! First BHA-1 in Sweden! biggrin.gif  I got everything I ordered, except the locking mechanisms on XLR connectors. frown.gif   Feels kind of "naked" without locking XLRs, but I’ll get used to it I guess...

 

Initial impression is that BHA-1 sounds a little bit "fuller" or "richer" than my EAR909. More impressions to come. Maybe I’m imaging but I prefer the hi-gain setting with LCD-3, it’s like it has a little bit more power (sound wise), clarity and "oomph" than the corresponding volume setting on low-gain.

 

It’s very nice to have a real volume pot instead of a coarse stepped attenuator (that is either too low or too high).  I set the volume with balanced LCD-3 @ approx. 9 o’clock with hi-gain and driven by Lynx Hilo balanced +4dBV (if I understand it correctly BHA-1 should be able to handle this level).

 

I must comment on how similar the Lynx Hilo built-in HP amp’s sound signature (or rather lack of) is to BHA-1! I guess both got it right. It’s sad that you HP maniacs seem to have missed this excellent DAC.

 

How much burn-in does my brai... BHA-1 need?

 

Wow, "Lean Down" from Ilya’s album "Fathoms Deep", 24-bit FLAC, sounds soooo good with this setup! (with the 112dB redline monitor plugin of course, otherwise it’s the usual HP mess)

 

If your area is like mine, the snow is faling and its time for a winter of headphone action! Great way to burn in a new piece of gear....

post #715 of 1469
My BHA-1 is to be delivered tomorrow and will used with my brand new LCD-2s. So now I have some cable connection questions.
I did scan through the 48 pages to this thread but did not find any clear info on my question.

My LCD-2s have the factory cable with the 1/4" plug. With the BHA-1 amp, what are the benefits and drawbacks of the various connections available for my cans? Will there be noticable advantages to the XLR connections? Is there any difference to using the single stereo 4 pin XLR versus the two 3 pin XLR connections? I don't own the proper XLR cables to test this out myself so would love some education on this. smily_headphones1.gif Thanks!
post #716 of 1469
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Originally Posted by James Tanner View Post

 

Hi Jon,

 

No that is not normal - email Mike Pickett at Bryston - we may have to have a look at your unit.

mpickett@bryston.com

 

james

Hi James,

 

Got it sorted. The low hum was due to my voltage regulator which is too close to my amp. It's a good thing I didn't send out the amp for inspection.

 

Thanks,

Jon

post #717 of 1469
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Originally Posted by PeterK53 View Post

My BHA-1 is to be delivered tomorrow and will used with my brand new LCD-2s. So now I have some cable connection questions.
I did scan through the 48 pages to this thread but did not find any clear info on my question.
My LCD-2s have the factory cable with the 1/4" plug. With the BHA-1 amp, what are the benefits and drawbacks of the various connections available for my cans? Will there be noticable advantages to the XLR connections? Is there any difference to using the single stereo 4 pin XLR versus the two 3 pin XLR connections? I don't own the proper XLR cables to test this out myself so would love some education on this. smily_headphones1.gif Thanks!
Balanced will sound significantly better on this amp. Not sure why, but the unbalanced output just doesn't sound that good. XLR headphone outputs are the same quality, so use 4 pin if you can. It makes cables cheaper to buy and easier to use. The first balanced headphone amplifiers had 2 x 3 pin outputs, but that has changed to 4 pin as the standard (thankfully).
post #718 of 1469
I just got it for the weekend. I am so happy to have a chance to check it out. TONEAudio will review it in the upcoming issue.


Edited by HiFiGuy528 - 12/16/12 at 1:17pm
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post #719 of 1469
Nice video. Gave you a thumbs up. That 19" faceplate looks a little goofy. Glad I went 17".
post #720 of 1469
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Originally Posted by basman View Post

Hi James,

 

Got it sorted. The low hum was due to my voltage regulator which is too close to my amp. It's a good thing I didn't send out the amp for inspection.

 

Thanks,

Jon

Great news Jon

 

james

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