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post #106 of 372

Another great review of the Dark Star from Headfonia: 

 

http://www.headfonia.com/voltage-monster-ray-samuels-dark-star/


Edited by jamato8 - 12/20/11 at 8:44pm
post #107 of 372

An interesting perspective on topologies and taste. Whilst I cannot argue with his ears or taste, I disagree on almost every account on chip vs discrete and his opinion of balanced topology. I’m also not convinced his Beta22 is in a healthy state, if he’s hearing a channel imbalance there’s something clearly wrong with it.

post #108 of 372

That is one beuutiful amplifier.

post #109 of 372
He said he tried 3 different Beta 22's, John, and still preferred the Darkstar.

Interesting review. My experience with the amp mirrors the reviewer, precisely. If I had money I'd have myself a Darkstar and LCD3 and be on the hunt for a great source.
post #110 of 372

 

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He said he tried 3 different Beta 22's, John, and still preferred the Darkstar.
 

 

In that case I blame the source... wink.gif

post #111 of 372
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In that case I blame the source... wink.gif



Why? Cant he  prefer the dark Star and it seem? I thought it was an interesting review and the user who own the amp seem to agree with similar comments.

post #112 of 372

My source gear is the Esoteric P-03/D-03/G-0x combo.  So far I only heard one headphone I liked better with a B-52 tube amp than the Dark Star; the Beyerdynamic T70.  The Headphonia review mostly mirrors my own impressions.

 

full system view with ESOTERIC sources.jpg

post #113 of 372

Well then we'll just have to beg to differ. Until I get the chance to hear a DS, I'll take the review with a grain of salt.

post #114 of 372

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Well then we'll just have to beg to differ. Until I get the chance to hear a DS, I'll take the review with a grain of salt.


Even though you've never heard the Darkstar you just can't believe that it's better than a Beta 22. Lol rolleyes.gif

 

post #115 of 372

I never heard a dark star either, but from the few times I've listen to a beta 22, I definitely can believe it. Though the beta 22 does sound very good, I've listened to better solid state amps. I do not believe the beta is as great a value as it was in the past. Now you have some very excellent sounding solid state amps that sound as good if not better for the price a good kit would go for. This is imo of course.

 

 

But do I know a dark star sounds better? No, I haven't listened to it. But I will never say or disagree with someone about a piece of gear sounding better than the other one if I've never heard it myself. I always get a good laugh when others do the same thing. Especially when they will go to the extreme of being argumentative about it. I see this happens far to often.


Edited by moodyrn - 12/21/11 at 3:24pm
post #116 of 372

 

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Even though you've never heard the Darkstar you just can't believe that it's better than a Beta 22. Lol rolleyes.gif

 

 


Exactly right not until I hear it with my own ears. tongue.gif

 

moodyrn, I never disagreed about the possibility the Dark Star could be a better sounding amp. I did however disagree on Mike’s opinion of discrete vs chip and balanced signal, that is my opinion, I don’t see any harm voicing it. I don’t think I’ve taken things to an augmentative level, at least it was not intentional. My comment on the source was purely tongue in cheek, maybe I needed two smiley faces.

 

 

post #117 of 372

Christ the B52 is huge...and gorgeous. 

 

PS: If you haven't noticed...John isn't a huge fan of any RSA products as far as I can tell from previous posts. Take it with a grain of salt. rolleyes.gif
 

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My source gear is the Esoteric P-03/D-03/G-0x combo.  So far I only heard one headphone I liked better with a B-52 tube amp than the Dark Star; the Beyerdynamic T70.  The Headphonia review mostly mirrors my own impressions.

 

full system view with ESOTERIC sources.jpg



 

 

post #118 of 372
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

PS: If you haven't noticed...John isn't a huge fan of any RSA products as far as I can tell from previous posts. Take it with a grain of salt. rolleyes.gif
 


 

You got it. I’m not. Although I would prefer to say commercial amps than single out just RSA, I’m biased and opinionated to huge point, so please do take my comments with heavy grain of salt.

 

Edit: Oh and here’s some smileys for the folks that think this post is argumentative biggrin.gif tongue.gif


Edited by johnwmclean - 12/22/11 at 1:43am
post #119 of 372
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Christ the B52 is huge...and gorgeous. 

 

 

 

Actually, that is not the B-52 but the A-10, which is used for electrostatic headphones.  

 

 

post #120 of 372

Ahh. My mistake. I should have been a bit more observant. B52 was mentioned so I just assumed. Still. Impressive.
 

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Actually, that is not the B-52 but the A-10, which is used for electrostatic headphones.  

 

 



 

 

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