or Connect
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › Audio-gd Master-5/6/8/9 balanced head amp/ preamp
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Audio-gd Master-5/6/8/9 balanced head amp/ preamp - Page 27

post #391 of 876

Thanks nigeljames,

 

How do you like the voulme control?  Does it operate like a step, every .5 dbs? 

post #392 of 876
Quote:
Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Thanks nigeljames,

 

How do you like the voulme control?  Does it operate like a step, every .5 dbs? 

 

A bit strange at first to be honest, used to the good old rotery control, but now I have got use to it its absolutely fine and yes it operates as you describe. Easy to find the volume level you want.

post #393 of 876

Referencing at A-Gd superb neutral DAC Ref. 7.1, I have a feeling I will also like Master 8, but who knows it has slight variation that I might not like.  Even Ref. 7.1 and NFB-2 have a slightly different sound.

 

The only safer bet is by reading and reading many comparison, esp. with the amp I'm familiar with.  Usually I can get pretty accurate feeling by reading comparisons.

 

I bought NFB-2 and Ref. 7.1 without any listening at all and yet  when I received it, I get 99% the sound that I thought it was.

post #394 of 876
Hi, I'm hard to make a choice between LD MK6+ and master8 with LA7000. I like the clear and musical sound. Which one do you think fit better with la7000? And how is the difference between them?
post #395 of 876

Based on tube sound stereotypes and my understanding of "A-GD sound" - Master-8 would be "clear" and Little Dot MK VI+ would be "musical"... biggrin.gif

 

...and that, of course, does not help you... sorry

post #396 of 876
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alanaudio View Post

Hi, I'm hard to make a choice between LD MK6+ and master8 with LA7000. I like the clear and musical sound. Which one do you think fit better with la7000? And how is the difference between them?

 

The Master-8 will control the bass better if thats an issue.

post #397 of 876
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alanaudio View Post

Hi, I'm hard to make a choice between LD MK6+ and master8 with LA7000. I like the clear and musical sound. Which one do you think fit better with la7000? And how is the difference between them?

I've already written a comparison between those 2 amps with LA7000 & others in this thread. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/570722/audio-gd-master-5-6-8-balanced-head-amp-preamp/210#post_8216321

post #398 of 876
Sorry, I haven't checked the next page when I replied.
post #399 of 876

No worries, hope it helps. There both excellent balanced amps. Depends what your after but the edge imo goes to the M5/6/8.

post #400 of 876

Nice review, now i decided the combination between DAC: ref7, YuLong d18,  NAD M51, and AMP between, master8, LDmk6+(with 5998)

The reason i still can't make up my mind is that i want the sound to be like hi-end, but it's not worth to pay about the twice price for a little bit improvement. 

And for the MK6+, even it is not in the same level as master8, i really like the look of it.

Do you have any advice for the combination? Thanks

post #401 of 876
Thread Starter 

At this level, I'm not sure why you care about looks- the Master-8/ Ref-7 via ACSS will impress as it has everyone who has purchased it (or similar)- absolute clarity and black background that the recording is able to give (with sufficient speakers).

post #402 of 876

at this level, people are usually set for either SS or tubes.  AGD is the only non American amp producer that's caught my attention but I'm pretty sure the Master 8 is on a whole new level compared to the LD.  Plus, since you've asked about AGD in DAC threads, you do have the ACSS too.
 

post #403 of 876
IMO AudioGD Ref/Master gear aims for transparency and neutrality, CustomNuts is probably the person who can best offer comparison between those components. If you are looking at the Ref 7.1 then the new Master 7 is worth considering as it has a revised digital board and new 32 bit USB input, if I were buying I would go for the Master 7. Sabre or PCM1704 (or AKM) will all offer benefit over Sigma Delta DAC's IMO. Another thing to consider is that while the Ref 7.1 has Incredible potential and transparency it seems to be very sensitive to changes in transport and even computer settings (even through my Audiophilleo 2 Purepower) which to me is a good thing as I find tweaking computer setting very interesting. Transparency is of course a double edged sword as it will keep you continuously hunting perceived flaws in the sound quality - and consistently I find that the rest of my gear is holding the Ref 7.1 and Master 6 back - which is a real testament to how transparent these components are.
Edited by drez - 10/29/12 at 6:43pm
post #404 of 876
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alanaudio View Post

Nice review, now i decided the combination between DAC: ref7, YuLong d18,  NAD M51, and AMP between, master8, LDmk6+(with 5998)

The reason i still can't make up my mind is that i want the sound to be like hi-end, but it's not worth to pay about the twice price for a little bit improvement. 

And for the MK6+, even it is not in the same level as master8, i really like the look of it.

Do you have any advice for the combination? Thanks

If you want the best sound for your money, I would advise you to start with the best possible headphones within your budget and taste.

 

I just listened to several top-of-the-line headphones and they were quite different in sound character and quality - much more different than DAC's and amps. To me HD800 is way too bright (too little bass and too much treble) and also sounded dry in the treble. The LCD-3 sounded too dark for my taste. I actually liked LCD-2 better than the twice as expensive Audeze headphone. The HE-6 sounded a little bright and the LCD-2 a little dark, but both were the closest to neutral of the bunch I heard.

 

When I heard the Denon D2000 back-to-back with the HE-400, the HiFiMan simply crushed the Denon totally in almost about every aspect, but especially in transparency and resolution. Without having heard the modded D7000, I would expect either the HE-6, HE-500 or the LCD-2 to beat it by quite a margin. In other words, if you stick with your D7000, the headphone will be the limiting factor in your setup and choosing different amps and DAC's will be much less important.

 

Sorry, but this is the (awfull) truth - well, at least in my experience.

post #405 of 876
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post

If you want the best sound for your money, I would advise you to start with the best possible headphones within your budget and taste.

Yep 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphone Amps (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › Audio-gd Master-5/6/8/9 balanced head amp/ preamp