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Originally Posted by ogodei View Post


Alpha Dogs, LCD-X, HD 600 balanced;  T1s, HD800s, DT-250s, and misc other unbalanced

Thanks.

So when is your gsx mkii expected to come? I am waiting anxiously for your comparison with m8 tongue.gif
post #632 of 866
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

The M8 with the M7 dac

 

How's the pairing of the M7 with the M8? I'm considering a similar combo, for the LCD3 and HD800.

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Well the M8 is out and the M9 is in. But the pair is excellent . It will take off the edge with the HD800, without sacrificing detail. And with the LCD,s it will great to. It is the dac I use the most. , there is something marvelous about it. And the M8or now 9. Will power the HE6 as well. In balance mode of course. Make sur you get the cast cables from kingwa so you may have a fully balanced connection from dac to preamp.

Al D
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Originally Posted by Red Bull

So when is your gsx mkii expected to come? I am waiting anxiously for your comparison with m8 tongue.gif

 

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:

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

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.

 

The above is from the GS- X thread where there has been some recent discussion of the topic. She also posted some more detailed impressions in the ChiUniFi 7.5 impressions thread

 

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.


Edited by ogodei - 12/7/13 at 6:12am
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That is a very useful comparison ogodei. Thanks.

Btw, just to make sure that she's comparing gsx mkii and not the previous mki, correct? cos I read that mkii and mki is quite a bit different in terms of power.
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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!

 

 

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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

That is a very useful comparison ogodei. Thanks.

Btw, just to make sure that she's comparing gsx mkii and not the previous mki, correct? cos I read that mkii and mki is quite a bit different in terms of power.

 

The GSX mkII was compared to the M8 at the meet.

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Definitely GS-X Mk II, one from the first batch, not an upgraded GS-X.

post #638 of 866
I can add this to the comparison.

HEADAMP , compared to audio gd. This is general observation of the two companies.

Audio gd is the best bang for the buck. All of there devices made are extremely well made and the spec,s are also are among the best. And given a two week or less order to your door in the USA is also impressive. Kingwa also Answer ,s his emails promptly. The sound of kingwa,s Amps Is wire with gain as there is no sound to his amps. I own the mytek dac. And as I do not care for the sound it is clear and precise in its sound, now change to another dac and the amp reviews this sound as well. I own a few dac,s and the audio gd changes with them meaning it has no house sound of its own. And as such great recordings will make you smile and the bad will make you change the song or disk.
The audio gd has two more features that are important , first is the gain control on the back of the unit. It has a high gain and low gain. This is important as songs and connected devices are all not at the same level of output.
The second is also important it gives you several inputs to use , as I have several devices I use with the pre/ amp . This comes in very handy when changes between inputs .

Now HEADAMP .
I do not have possession of any amps. But I have read many reviews and comparisons . And what I will say is not about the sound.
It is about doing business. First a quick story to setup why I feel they way I do.
Did you ever here about a new place to eat but the line is long and reservations when made is really not payed attention to. So you just wait anyway. Well when you finally get to sit down and eat, is it the best you ever had?? Well I'm guessing if it's like my memories it's not worth the wait. Audio gd and HEADAMP I think are very near top of the hi end . And Most likely they are tops but do not charge triple the price for it.
Now I have been waiting about six months now for my BHSE. And you may say I am just being mad about the wait. But the truth is I am not . I was well aware of the pending wait and there will be people here telling me they waited far longer then me. But my answer is there not me , only I am me. And there is little on this earth worth waiting for and it defenietly
Not an amp or any device. A couple of months is understood. Beyond that well I just want to hear the difference between it and woo audio Wes with all upgrades. By the way ordered and deliverd in two weeks.

Now as for looks , well HEADAMP wins this as his devices are very pleasing to the eyes. And from what I read to the ears too. I will keep you posted when ever that happens. And one last thought , kingwa is someone who will discuss in emails whatever you need to ask, changeling inputs on a dac. Or increasing the gain on an amp. Has anyone here ever received a reply from HEADAMP in the same week lol. But I am still waiting............

Al D
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I like the comment about bigger soundstage and more air on m8.
How about bass punch? after hearing Phoenix long time ago, have the impression that m8/9 bass could be less punchy than gsx mkii?
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Not as yet hearing the HEADAMP and owning several kingwa amps I can say this . They both are very well presentation amps , and if put side by side it will difficult to decker none over the other. Justin's amps are stealer and if there is improvements it will be additional power and even less coloring of the music being played . I emailed kingwa about improvements over my M8 and maybe ordering the M9. He is a honest man and said there is improvements but said for me not to order as the improvements were small.

Al D
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I like the comment about bigger soundstage and more air on m8.
How about bass punch? after hearing Phoenix long time ago, have the impression that m8/9 bass could be less punchy than gsx mkii?

 

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.

 

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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Not as yet hearing the HEADAMP and owning several kingwa amps I can say this . They both are very well presentation amps , and if put side by side it will difficult to decker none over the other. Justin's amps are stealer and if there is improvements it will be additional power and even less coloring of the music being played . I emailed kingwa about improvements over my M8 and maybe ordering the M9. He is a honest man and said there is improvements but said for me not to order as the improvements were small.

Al D

 

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.

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Also the warranty includes return shipping IIRC, so that's not a concern.
post #644 of 866
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

I like the comment about bigger soundstage and more air on m8.
How about bass punch? after hearing Phoenix long time ago, have the impression that m8/9 bass could be less punchy than gsx mkii?

 

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.


Edited by nigeljames - 1/8/14 at 5:22am
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Also the warranty includes return shipping IIRC, so that's not a concern.

For the first year only

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