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post #481 of 876
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Originally Posted by bbbonthemoon View Post

Dark Star and Cavalli Liquid Glass/Liquid Gold

 

DarkStar is a gain clone, just but a gain clone for $300 instead.  LG and LAu aren't powerful.  B22, GS-X mk2, Mjolnir and M8 are powerful.

post #482 of 876
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

DarkStar is a gain clone, just but a gain clone for $300 instead.  LG and LAu aren't powerful.  B22, GS-X mk2, Mjolnir and M8 are powerful.

 

Why isen't the LAu powerful?  I thought it was rated at like 6wpc into 50ohms or something like that..blink.gif  I really don't know - I'm just asking.

post #483 of 876
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

DarkStar is a gain clone, just but a gain clone for $300 instead. 

 

Shhhhh, that's supposed to be a secret

post #484 of 876
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Why isen't the LAu powerful?  I thought it was rated at like 6wpc into 50ohms or something like that..blink.gif  I really don't know - I'm just asking.

 

550mW of it is class A.  8W of GS-X mk2 is class A.  GS-X mk2 costs $4K less.  Math, good stuff.

post #485 of 876

Power - not what kind of power.

 

Class A or Class A/B blink.gif  That really doesn't matter for the question I had.   It's still 6watts into 50ohms..

 

I know the price is crazy and I would never....  Not being biased further into Class A is just the start...  So yes - your correct $4K less is a steal in comparison.  IMO anyway..

post #486 of 876

9W even but at AB.  Just saying at $6.5K... the least you can do is be pure class A.  To put it into perspective, your balanced B22 can swing ~15W pure class A into 50ohm.

post #487 of 876
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

Has anyone compared these amps to the Mjolnir?

 

I'd be interested in this as well!

post #488 of 876
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

DarkStar is a gain clone, just but a gain clone for $300 instead.  LG and LAu aren't powerful.  B22, GS-X mk2, Mjolnir and M8 are powerful.

 

According to manufacturers: 

LAu: 9W@50 Ohms

LG: 6W@50 Ohms

Mjolnir: 5W@50 Ohms

B22: 5.6W@32 Ohms (3.5W@50 Ohms)

GS-X MKII: Output Power 1 Watt (single ended), 2 Watts (balanced), not mentioned at what impedance


Edited by bbbonthemoon - 6/4/13 at 11:03pm
post #489 of 876
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Originally Posted by bbbonthemoon View Post

 

According to manufacturers: 

LAu: 9W@50 Ohms

LG: 6W@50 Ohms

Mjolnir: 5W@50 Ohms

B22: 5.6W@32 Ohms (3.5W@50 Ohms)

GS-X MKII: Output Power 1 Watt (single ended), 2 Watts (balanced), not mentioned at what impedance

 

That's old info on the GS-X mk2.  The B22 can be configured many different ways.

post #490 of 876

I have a question for people that have had  lots of Audio-GD equipment.

 

I have the NFB-6 AMP and I'm considering upgrading to master 8 sooner or later, I know both aren't in the same league, but, ¿Have any of you noticed the audible differences between these amps? 

 

 I'm using monitors  and  Audeze LCD-2 (balanced cable) , source Audio-GD NFB-1.32 conected by ACSS.

 

Thank you.


Edited by mowglycdb - 6/5/13 at 1:30pm
post #491 of 876
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Originally Posted by mowglycdb View Post

I have a question for people that have had  lots of Audio-GD equipment.

 

I have the NFB-6 AMP and I'm considering upgrading to master 8 sooner or later, I know both aren't in the same league, but, ¿Have any of you noticed the audible differences between these amps? 

 

 I'm using monitors  and  Audeze LCD-2 (balanced cable) , source Audio-GD NFB-1.32 conected by ACSS.

 

Thank you.

 

I certainly hope so given the price difference. bigsmile_face.gif

 

I had the Roc before the Master-6 and felt it was in the same league as the Woo6se.

The Master-6 is significantly better then the Roc especially in the bass,detail,dynamics and speed departments and that's before you use the HE6's wink_face.gif


Edited by nigeljames - 6/7/13 at 1:38am
post #492 of 876
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Going from the Roc to the Phoenix and now my Master-5, the biggest difference I hear is a wider soundstage- sounds come from behind more than just the sides if you understand but it's not exactly dramatic and unless you have money to burn, I would put it into music purchases or headphones personally


Edited by tim3320070 - 6/6/13 at 6:36pm
post #493 of 876
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Originally Posted by mowglycdb View Post

I have a question for people that have had  lots of Audio-GD equipment.

 

I have the NFB-6 AMP and I'm considering upgrading to master 8 sooner or later, I know both aren't in the same league, but, ¿Have any of you noticed the audible differences between these amps? 

 

 I'm using monitors  and  Audeze LCD-2 (balanced cable) , source Audio-GD NFB-1.32 conected by ACSS.

 

Thank you.

 

I have Tim's old Reference 8 along with a Master 8 and there is a small but noticeable improvement over my SA-1/SA-31 stack. It's mostly the little things (slighter larger soundstage, quicker transient speed, and a bit more bass impact without rolling off the upper frequencies). 

 

You'll notice a larger improvement in going from a mid-fi headphone to a flagship, but if you've got a preferred headphone, a better chain will get you that last 5%. 

post #494 of 876
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Originally Posted by steve2151 View Post

 

I have Tim's old Reference 8 along with a Master 8 and there is a small but noticeable improvement over my SA-1/SA-31 stack. It's mostly the little things (slighter larger soundstage, quicker transient speed, and a bit more bass impact without rolling off the upper frequencies). 

 

You'll notice a larger improvement in going from a mid-fi headphone to a flagship, but if you've got a preferred headphone, a better chain will get you that last 5%. 

 

 

upgrading to LCD-3 would be wiser over  upgrading the amp then.  I'm missing more open/airyness and soundstage from the LCD-2.

post #495 of 876
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Originally Posted by mowglycdb View Post

upgrading to LCD-3 would be wiser over  upgrading the amp then.  I'm missing more open/airyness and soundstage from the LCD-2.

If that's the case then keep away from the LCD-3!

 

It has significantly LESS airyness than LCD-2. I tried them both side by side before buying, and to my surprise I actually liked the LCD-2 is better than the LCD-3 because of that. The LCD-2 is a somewhat dark sounding headphone, but the LCD-3 is simply too dark - in my opinion of course - just as I find the HD800 too bright. If you want the LCD-2 sound, but want more airyness then HE-500 or HE-6 would be closer I expect. Or if you want to keep the LCD-2 then get it balanced: either buy an aftermarket cable or simply solder off the standard plug and solder on a 4XLR. This of course makes the Master-8 (or maybe a used M5 og M6) interesting again, because they have (4XLR) balanced headphone output.

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