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post #106 of 866
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Are you able to breifly compare both the master 5 HeadPhone out & the 10ES Headphone out whilst using the same DAC ie 10ES dac??


Sorry, I changed my ACSS cable to work with my speaker amp. I would have to use the XLR connection which would not be an effective comparo. Ask Kingwa his opinion of these two head amps. Suffice to say the Master-5 is a better amp, 3X the money better, probably not realistically but I wanted TOTL sound.

 

post #107 of 866
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Thanks, Tim! That's exactly what I expected. I've had my NFB-10SE for ten days now (some 40 hours logged in, at most) and I'm mightily impressed with both, the DAC and the headamp. To my ears, the DAC is phenomenal. I haven't yet been able to compare it to the Grace m902, but I bet the 10SE is audibly better. The headamp is a total surprise: extremely powerful and totally silent (the blackest background I've ever experienced). It falls behind my Rudistor amps only -- especially the RPX300, 4-5 times more expensive -- only in the width/depth/3D of the soundstage.

 

So, I can imagine how the Master-5 beats the smaller amp in soundstaging/3D -- and how the diminishing-returns effect bites hard too.

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My Master-5 is part of a quality front end (Audiophilleo2, Ref-8). Just running the Master-5 from an ordinary source would not take full advantage of it IMO. If I didn't have this system, I would most likely be happy with the NFB10SE as my only setup.

You are definitely right-on about diminishing-returns.

post #108 of 866

I'm rather surprised Master-5 / Master-6 only have 1 thread going on this forum. I would expecting more.

 

Tim,

Have you ever plug multiple phones to the master5 and see if it powers all phones together?

post #109 of 866
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I'm rather surprised Master-5 / Master-6 only have 1 thread going on this forum. I would expecting more.

 

Tim,

Have you ever plug multiple phones to the master5 and see if it powers all phones together?



Yes I am of the same opinion myself. Given the interst the Phoenix got when it was released I would of expected more interest in these especially as they are supposed to be better than the Phoenix. I am interested in the Master-6 myself to partner with the NFB-7 but it won't happen until early next year. I will need to sell my Roc to finance it as well.

post #110 of 866
I ordered my Master-6 this Monday and expect receiving it in about three weeks.
When I have had time to listen to it, I will make a review of it here on Head-Fi.
post #111 of 866
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I'm rather surprised Master-5 / Master-6 only have 1 thread going on this forum. I would expecting more.

 

Tim,

Have you ever plug multiple phones to the master5 and see if it powers all phones together?


 

They work simultaneously, yes (balanced and SE). But I'm not sure the 3-pin and 4-pin inputs are both active (I don't have 3-pin plugs)- ask Kingwa.

post #112 of 866
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They work simultaneously, yes (balanced and SE). But I'm not sure the 3-pin and 4-pin inputs are both active (I don't have 3-pin plugs)- ask Kingwa.



Thanks Tim. That's good enough for me.

 

post #113 of 866
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@larshp

 

I would like to hear impressions with the 6 and the HE-6 (balanced of course).

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@larshp

I would like to hear impressions with the 6 and the HE-6 (balanced of course).

Me too ...
I ordered the Master-6 because I want to run in balanced mode all the way.
Hopefully it's going the be a very good balance in my ears and brain as well tongue.gif
post #115 of 866

KongWa recommends me Master-6 when he knows I have HE-6. So I guess master-6 has best synergy among Audio-GD products. How good? I have no idea though.

post #116 of 866
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It has tremendous output so it might be difficult to use with efficient headphones- keep that in mind. My master-5 is plenty loud at about 12/99 with my D7000 balanced. But remember that it's also a very high end preamp for speaker use (my main use).

post #117 of 866

The Master 6 is absolutely fine running my balanced AKG702s and balanced HD800s with  volume on up to 25 out of 99 and I note that on high impendance headphones the output is the same as the Master 5. I haven't had the opportunity to compare the Master 5 to the Master 6 yet though.

 

Regards

 

Macrog

post #118 of 866
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Thanks for that input- that's much higher than I would have thought possible.

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Source is a Reference 7.1 and NFB8.1 running acss and balanced connections. As a comparison the Phoenix headphone amp appears to be about the same volume level on a volume setting of 30 as the Master 6 is on 25 (with the volume set to 99 steps on both). This is on both the balanced akg702s and balanced HD800s.

 

I am suprised so few people have fedback their opinions on sound quality. I cant because I am an Audio-gd reseller in New Zealand.

 

Hope this is helpful.

 

Regards

 

Macrog

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Source is a Reference 7.1 and NFB8.1 running acss and balanced connections. As a comparison the Phoenix headphone amp appears to be about the same volume level on a volume setting of 30 as the Master 6 is on 25 (with the volume set to 99 steps on both). This is on both the balanced akg702s and balanced HD800s.

 

I am suprised so few people have fedback their opinions on sound quality. I cant because I am an Audio-gd reseller in New Zealand.

 

Hope this is helpful.

 

Regards

 

Macrog


I am really interested to know the sound quality as well, I will be paring this with ref8 and LA7000 and Lcd-2 rev1. Especially interested to  know how this will be compared to liquid fire and the leben.

 

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