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post #61 of 229

I'll try to get some answers for you as soon as I get all my stuff (amp, cables from tam and cable from q) so I can run balanced from amp to dac as well as unbalanced. 

 

I'm VERY interested myself, to say the least. Wonder if I'll hear anything at all difference wise. Many claims that it's bs, but I'll wait and make up my own mind about that when everything arrives. 

 

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well after a ton of reading i'm gonna pull the trigger and order the amp.  Not gonna get the balacned cables until i can get a better answer on how the amp sounds in balanced mode with a unbalanced 

post #62 of 229

Well...in this case the Quattro should be a good value for the money, I mean if was $299, and $250 on ebay I'll say this is a great value for the price. happy_face1.gif
 

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I used to have the original DAC 1, and from memory I think this Quattro DAC is better. This is probably similar to the newer DAC 1 units like the Pre and HDR, which should also be better than the original. New opamps, and other tweaks. 

 

I think someone in the Quattro DAC thread has both units and is saying they are very comparable. 

 





 
post #63 of 229

thank you so much im looking foward to your response.  I emailed tam about this and he says its a good way to run it even with an unbalanced source.  From what ive read its the extra power that helps more than anything since your doubling it.  
 

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I'll try to get some answers for you as soon as I get all my stuff (amp, cables from tam and cable from q) so I can run balanced from amp to dac as well as unbalanced. 

 

I'm VERY interested myself, to say the least. Wonder if I'll hear anything at all difference wise. Many claims that it's bs, but I'll wait and make up my own mind about that when everything arrives. 

 



 

post #64 of 229

pulled the trigger on the quattro a few days back, cant wait until it gets here.

post #65 of 229

having been with this HP hobby for just months, here goes yet another wallet-threatening curiosity  >:(, i "want" to experience a fully balanced setup so, reading from this thread and the mini-i thread i find the following combo as cost efficient for my HD650 and HD600 HPs...

DAC: matrix mini-i ($310) [url=http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=55]http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=55[/url]
AMP: matrix quattro + remote ($404) [url=http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=97]http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=97[/url]
XLR: cable ($100) [url=http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=101]http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=101[/url]
Senn cable: ($120) [url=http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=99]http://tamaudio.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=99[/url]

for $934 shipped

question, will the mini-i "bottleneck" the setup? what a hobby this is, digging deeper and deeper into bankruptcy or organ selling...


hope i'm hijacking the thread in any way ;D ;D ;D
i just withdrawed from my Lyr order so i'm now exploring this "balancing" act

 

or will i be better off buying Lyr and forget about the planned balanced set-up?

post #66 of 229

all i have to say is wow!

 

I just hooked up my quattro and im flawed.  So much more open and much more clear compared to the amp on the stx.  Im running the RCA outs from the stx to the quattro.  I almost thought the amp was broke when i first plugged it in the fuse wasnt set right. 

post #67 of 229

Running a balanced setup from the amp to the HD-650s, or just stock 1/4" plug into the Quattro? If so, have you ever heard the m-stage, and can compare them? 

 

I'm guessing I'll recieve my Quattro sometime next week, but I don't really know when my balanced cable from Q-audio (Steve is pure awesome to deal with there, by the way) will hit, so god knows. What I can do when I get it (if I don't have the new cable by then) I can at least compare balanced / unbalanced from DAC to Amp (Cambridge DacMagic -> Matrix Quattro) and compare Quattro to the M-stage in general :) Going to have to jot down some points on a notebook or something - really looking forward to that :)
 

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all i have to say is wow!

 

I just hooked up my quattro and im flawed.  So much more open and much more clear compared to the amp on the stx.  Im running the RCA outs from the stx to the quattro.  I almost thought the amp was broke when i first plugged it in the fuse wasnt set right. 



 

post #68 of 229

right now its hooked up in solo mode(unbalanced) i do however plan on getting the balanced cable when i hear some feedback with running a unbalanced source. Seems to really shine in the mids and jazz playing.  I havnt heard the m-stage unfortunately but the general consensus is from tam and people on the forum it sounds a bit better but nothing crazy.  Me personally i got it for the upgrade path it leaves me by going balanced. 


Edited by RiceEatin2010GT - 9/9/11 at 12:56pm
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post #70 of 229

I'd love to join the program, but then the postage fees to Hong Kong (and sending it away) is too much :P

post #71 of 229

wow thats really cool!

post #72 of 229

Is the power rating for the amp per channel in balanced mode?

post #73 of 229

in balanced mode with 300ohm headphones like hd650's it will be 400mw
 

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Is the power rating for the amp per channel in balanced mode?



 

post #74 of 229
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in balanced mode with 300ohm headphones like hd650's it will be 400mw
 



 


what would be the sonical difference of having a 400mW with the quattro amp vs lyr's approx 1W unbalanced? still noob so bear with me =)

 

post #75 of 229

Wanted to know the power rating for balanced.  I use Ortho's.

 

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what would be the sonical difference of having a 400mW with the quattro amp vs lyr's approx 1W unbalanced? still noob so bear with me =)

 



 

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