So when is your gsx mkii expected to come? I am waiting anxiously for your comparison with m8
Spoke to Justin from Headamp just recently about that, the likelihood is 'early next year' now.
I did have the chance to compare the master 8 head-to-head with a GSK MkII at the Chicago meet last month. Both amps were running off burned-in Mytek 192 DSD DACs, fed them both the same files but from different PCs. Listened with Fostex 900s, Senn HD800s, and Audeze LCD-Xs.
Personally, I couldn't tell the difference after several minutes of going back and forth. It was at a meet and I don't pretend to be the most discerning of listeners, but I didn't hear any difference on the tracks I listened to. Dubstep Girl (who brought the GS-X) couldn't tell the difference either for maybe the first 5 minutes. She was listening at much louder volume than I was (or anyone else at the meet actually! )
and eventually determined the following:
ive posted a few impressions of GS-X vs. Master 8.
basically the master 8 is slightly brighter than the gsx but both are fairly neutral with a similar sound signature. the master 8 has a bigger soundstage and more air, the gsx slightly warmer. but overall both sound pretty much dead neutral.
My plan is still to get the GS-X, do a comparison for a few months, and sell the loser. Form factor may ultimately play a role here, the master 8 takes up more desk space. But I am still completely happy with it. The GS-X may just be adding beauty at the cost of $1500 bucks.
Thanks for the summary Ogodei. We'll be very interested to hear the results of your comparison between the M8 and the GSX mkII. At the price point, it seems like the M9 is an unbeatable value and a fantastic amp!
The GSX mkII was compared to the M8 at the meet.
For me, I will have to have more time with the amps side by side to make any judgment on that. A couple of people on the GS-X thread might have more input.
Agreed with you on the comparability of the Headamp v. audiogd, and largely on your comments about delivery time frames. It's very hard to recommend a product if it simply isn't available and a comparable experience is to be had right away, for less money. The main hesitation for most people seems to be warranty concerns, thinking that shipping time and costs would be too great for Kingwa's products, but eventually those concerns can be overridden if the time gap for availability becomes too much.
I had it on good authority, before I bought my M6, from people who had owned/heard the Phoenix and at least one of the Master series amps that the bass is significantly better on the Master series amps.
A couple of Phoenix owners commented that the amp had to be warmed up for at least an hour before significant bass appears which is absolutely not the case with the master series.
Personally I feel the bass on the M6 is superb with plenty of tight controlled punch if it's on the recording.