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post #841 of 1469

Nice impressions Fido2. Others have also similarly commented on the BHA-1 and LCD-2 pairing. The BHA-1 is top of my amp list to purchase, to possibly mate with an M51. My LCD-2's are awaiting patiently. Are you using balanced or SE into the BHA-1?

post #842 of 1469

Hey thanks rated! I am running all balanced in my entire system from source to preamp to amps to headphones and speakers(you know what I mean :D).
 


Edited by Fido2 - 1/11/13 at 6:07am
post #843 of 1469
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I just received my BHA-1 today and I cant stop listening. Im running LCD-2s balanced and I can't get over how good they sound. 

 

I have the same combination. It is really excellent. 

post #844 of 1469

Bryston has a smoothness to the sound, a fluidity that makes the music natural and really non-fatiguing. It's natural and neutral but musically quite satisfying. That makes it very universal for it works well with any genre of music. It's also immediate and details are presented like in a gallery and everything is at your fingertips. Imaging is quite convincing and I would say almost as good as I have heard it on a commercial amplifier. I quite like the charm of it's unassuming looks and usual set of facilities. In reality, I like it a lot.

post #845 of 1469

Also at the moment waiting for Bryston and LCD2.

post #846 of 1469
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Also at the moment waiting for Bryston and LCD2.

Lotta love out the for the BHA-1 and LCD-2
post #847 of 1469
Has anyone tried the AH-D7000 on the Bryston amp yet? Id like to try a T1 balanced as well...
post #848 of 1469
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Has anyone tried the AH-D7000 on the Bryston amp yet? Id like to try a T1 balanced as well...

 

 

On low gain and balanced works well

post #849 of 1469

Are owners experiencing a pretty big deficit between running single-ended vs. balanced output?

 

Mine is still a week or more away.  Just curious if I will benefit substantially by balancing my cans
 

post #850 of 1469
In my experience, yes. According to Bryston there should be no difference, but it's hard to miss, IMO. The biggest thing for me is accuracy of imaging and the cohesiveness of the two sides. Unbalanced feels like there's often a hazy center where balanced is very focused and clear. On the whole it feels like there is just more resolution in balanced use as well.
post #851 of 1469

Maybe you are super sensitive to an inverted signal?

post #852 of 1469

I know for a fact the T1's sound ed horrible out the SE output.  Once I got them re cabled to balanced it was like night and day..  Go figure.

post #853 of 1469

Hmm,

 

I wonder if it has to do with the power differences for a given pot position?  I understand there are other discussed benefits to balancing (theoretically at the input stage from what I have read so far) but in the end it's how good our ears subjectively hear the sound.

 

You guys have no reason to steer me wrong so I definitely believe what you are experiencing despite theoretical claims.  I'm just trying to better understand balancing at the output level so I can decide if I want to invest the $$.

 

Based on your experiences it almost seems silly to spend the cash on this amp and NOT invest in balancing my main headphone.  Does anyone want to comment on what they think physically the reason is for the balanced output sounding better, even considering the internal signal is converted from a balanced input to single ended and then back to balanced?  Has anyone tried going single ended input and single ended output to see if this improves against the singled ended output coupled with the balanced input?  I know there was mention in the Yulong A18 thread that mismatching the input and output sounded worse (even in the case of balanced input and singled ended out) than even running full single ended in to out.  Of course that was a subjective report, but subjective reports from experienced ears (and not to mention honest) means a lot.

 

Thanks guys
 

post #854 of 1469
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I know for a fact the T1's sound ed horrible out the SE output.  Once I got them re cabled to balanced it was like night and day..  Go figure.

didnt James Tanner say that balanced doubles the voltage swing somewhere in this thread? And the 600 ohm T1 sure likes voltage more than current, so it might be more sensitive to output choice?

anyway, I totally loved the 300 ohm HD650 running SE so much I'm almost buying it for the HD650 only =D
post #855 of 1469
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I know for a fact the T1's sound ed horrible out the SE output.  Once I got them re cabled to balanced it was like night and day..  Go figure.

didnt James Tanner say that balanced doubles the voltage swing somewhere in this thread? And the 600 ohm T1 sure likes voltage more than current, so it might be more sensitive to output choice?

anyway, I totally loved the 300 ohm HD650 running SE so much I'm almost buying it for the HD650 only =D
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