Another great review of the Dark Star from Headfonia:
Edited by jamato8 - 12/20/11 at 8:44pm
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.
In that case I blame the source...
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.
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.
Even though you've never heard the Darkstar you just can't believe that it's better than a Beta 22. Lol
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.
Exactly right not until I hear it with my own ears.
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.
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.
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
Actually, that is not the B-52 but the A-10, which is used for electrostatic headphones.
Ahh. My mistake. I should have been a bit more observant. B52 was mentioned so I just assumed. Still. Impressive.