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Are you able to give a direct comparison with phoenix? Since you are selling them all. Otherwise I would appreciate if you could PM your opinion to me.

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Originally Posted by macrog View Post

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


 

 

post #122 of 868

I believe that a Phoenix or Master 5/6 would be overkill if you are running an Asus ST soundcard as source.

 

Regards

 

Macrog

post #123 of 868

Even my headphone is overkill. I'm upgrading in stages, but amp is the component I concentrate at the moment.

 

Thanks for enlightening. I wish I have the money to upgrade all at once. End of day I will still use my PC as transport.

 

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Originally Posted by macrog View Post

I believe that a Phoenix or Master 5/6 would be overkill if you are running an Asus ST soundcard as source.

 

Regards

 

Macrog

 

post #124 of 868
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Originally Posted by OneSec View Post

Even my headphone is overkill. I'm upgrading in stages, but amp is the component I concentrate at the moment.

 

Thanks for enlightening. I wish I have the money to upgrade all at once. End of day I will still use my PC as transport.

 

 



Are you using the ST as digital out to a DAC? Or are you using the 2 RCA to an amp?

post #125 of 868

Current plan is still to use the DAC on ST, with 2 RCA out.

 

DAC is evolving too fast with the 24 /32 bit currently. Eventually after it settles down with USB3 as matured interface, I might go for a long term DAC with USB3 interface. (DSP included).

 

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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

Are you using the ST as digital out to a DAC? Or are you using the 2 RCA to an amp?



 

post #126 of 868
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Originally Posted by OneSec View Post

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

 


 

 So am I. The only thing standing between me and a Master 5 is a cruel, elusive pile of $$$!

 

post #127 of 868

just wondering if there was no way to combine the master 5 and 6 offerings together as a single unit by way of switches to control impedence and output (with minimal/no degradation to sound quality)?

post #128 of 868
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Originally Posted by metalgear View Post

just wondering if there was no way to combine the master 5 and 6 offerings together as a single unit by way of switches to control impedence and output (with minimal/no degradation to sound quality)?
Why don't you ask Kingwa that question?
I would expect it to include two hp amp sections or at least partly two, but I am far from an expert on this.
post #129 of 868

With the ref series DACs gone, I wonder if there will be a master level one.  Though the larger AGD DACs do seem to be over the top already...

post #130 of 868

a pre/head amp/dac would be nice, i'm all for low box counts

post #131 of 868
Thread Starter 

I asked about the NFB-9 having a headphone output, it's possible. That would be a pre-dac-amp. I doubt the head amp portion would be as good as the Master-5 though.

post #132 of 868

Surely there are more opinions/reviews of the Master 5/6. I have bought the limited Ref 7.1 and would like to move on the master 5 soon after. 

At the moment the amp I'm using is a littledot mk6.

Anyone compared master 5/6 with littledot mk6??

post #133 of 868
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Originally Posted by customNuts View Post

Surely there are more opinions/reviews of the Master 5/6. I have bought the limited Ref 7.1 and would like to move on the master 5 soon after. 

At the moment the amp I'm using is a littledot mk6.

Anyone compared master 5/6 with littledot mk6??



Yes opinons are few and far between which surprises me given the attention the Pheonix received when it first came out.

As is the norm on Head-fi one good review from an experienced member will change all that.

 

I know of one person who has recently received the Master-6 and I have one ordered and it should be delivered Febuary.

At least what opinions I have read have all been positive wink_face.gif


Edited by nigeljames - 1/28/12 at 3:58am
post #134 of 868
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post



Yes opinons are few and far between which surprises me given the attention the Pheonix received when it first came out.

As is the norm on Head-fi one good review from an experienced member will change all that.

 

I know of one person who has recently received the Master-6 and I have one ordered and it should be delivered January.

At least what opinions I have read have all been positive wink_face.gif

Sounds good, I am interested to how the master 6 compares to the RSA Darkstar as an ortho and hard to drive dynamic headphone amp.. 
 

 


Edited by customNuts - 12/30/11 at 7:29am
post #135 of 868

Is the Master 6 exact same amp than the 5 with just more power ?

When I read the Audio GD site it's not very clear. It makes me feel that the Master 6 is not as much class A as the 5.

 

This part for example :

 

 

Power Consumption

45W class A @240V or 120V

45W idle @240V or 120V

 

or that :

 

 

Headphone amp Output Power 
 

50 ohm:   1700MW
100 ohm: 2400MW
300 ohm: 1200MW
600 ohm:   600MW

(Balanced , Class A)
 
40 ohm:   9000MW
50 ohm:   7000MW
100 ohm: 3500MW
300 ohm: 1200MW
600 ohm:   600MW

(Balanced , For >20 ohm headphones)

 

Should I order the Master 6 for HD800 ?

 

Thanks for your help guys.

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