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post #166 of 866

i will be member of master 5 family very soon.  talk to all of you after i receive the amp.

post #167 of 866
I'm waiting for mine too (and Lite DAC 83) smily_headphones1.gif
post #168 of 866

I'd be interested in seeing more pictures of the master in people's systems.

post #169 of 866

I'll post some impressions when I get mine in 2 weeks. I had to wait over a month due to the Chinese holiday. 

Also does anyone know if the master 5 will drive the he6 well on high gain??

post #170 of 866
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I'll post some impressions when I get mine in 2 weeks. I had to wait over a month due to the Chinese holiday. 

Also does anyone know if the master 5 will drive the he6 well on high gain??


I think the Master-6 is the one for HE-6. It delivers 7 Watts in 50 Ohms.

 

If you already have the HE-6, then time will tell you, but if you haven't, I wouldn't recommend it with the Master-5, since it is "only" 1,7 Watts in 50 Ohms. The Master-6 is 7 Watts, so that's more than four times as much. I haven't seen anybody recommend lower wattage than 5 Watts for the HE-6 (HiFiMan EF6). Also be aware that 5 Watts in class A (the EF6 is running class A) will be able to deliver more current than a class A/B design - if I understand this correctly.

 

On the other hand - if you use (or plan to use) Audeze LCD-2, LCD-3, HiFiMan HE-500 or a regular dynamic headphone, then the Master-5 will be the one to go for.

post #171 of 866
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I'll post some impressions when I get mine in 2 weeks. I had to wait over a month due to the Chinese holiday. 

Also does anyone know if the master 5 will drive the he6 well on high gain??



Does the Master-5 have a selectable gain setting?

If not how are you going to select high gain?

post #172 of 866
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There is no gain adjustment on the Master-5

post #173 of 866
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There is no gain adjustment on the Master-5



Yes just as I thought.

 

On another note, does anyone know if the Roc/Phoenix bias mod is possible on the Master-5/6?

Probably have to ask Kingwa but thought I would ask here first.


Edited by nigeljames - 1/31/12 at 7:58am
post #174 of 866
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There is no gain adjustment on the Master-5



Oh, ok - didn't know that. I don't own the He6 - if I did I would have ordered the master 6 for sure. With D7000, HD650's customs and maybe a LCD rev2 in the future, the master 5 is the way for me.

 

Does anyone know how the little dot mk6+ compares to the master 5/6??

post #175 of 866
Thread Starter 

The D7000 with Master-5 is great to my ears.

post #176 of 866
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

On another note, does anyone know if the Roc/Phoenix bias mod is possible on the Master-5/6?

Probably have to ask Kingwa but thought I would ask here first.


IMO the output voltage mod isn't really all that worthwhile - IME Kingwa knows what he is doing with the factory settings.  Any adjustments make the sound either mushy or shouty.

 

post #177 of 866
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Oh, ok - didn't know that. I don't own the He6 - if I did I would have ordered the master 6 for sure. With D7000, HD650's customs and maybe a LCD rev2 in the future, the master 5 is the way for me.

 

Does anyone know how the little dot mk6+ compares to the master 5/6??

LD mk vi + compares well to the master 6. They have different flavours as you'd expect with tube vs ss, but with the tubes I have (mullard ecc 35's and sylvania 7236's) I wouldn't rate the sq of the 6 higher. Since I put in the 7236's, on high gain the LD is more powerful than the 6.
 

 

post #178 of 866
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LD mk vi + compares well to the master 6. They have different flavours as you'd expect with tube vs ss, but with the tubes I have (mullard ecc 35's and sylvania 7236's) I wouldn't rate the sq of the 6 higher. Since I put in the 7236's, on high gain the LD is more powerful than the 6.
 

 



Wow, the mk6+ really is stellar value. I was hoping however that the master 5 would be an improvement considering the price diff and the value of audo_gd. What DAC are using with it & what cans??

post #179 of 866

i still have a little time to choose either master 5 or 6.

 

i don't have he6, but 7 watts is  very attractive.

 

now i am using es10 and dt880 250 ohm, do you think it is too loud if i take master 6. 

 

please give some comments.

 

 

post #180 of 866
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Wow, the mk6+ really is stellar value. I was hoping however that the master 5 would be an improvement considering the price diff and the value of audo_gd. What DAC are using with it & what cans??



With the cost of the upgraded tubes the prices are much closer ( If I count all the tubes I have been through to reach this point, I have spent more on the LD). I have the ref 7.1 Dac. LCD-3, HE-6, D7000.

The 6 is also a lot more versatile with lots more inputs and outputs and functions better as an SE amp than the LD, and is much more solidly built.


Edited by irvin59 - 2/1/12 at 8:11am
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