Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › TTVJ Slim and Grado 325si --- Warm?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

TTVJ Slim and Grado 325si --- Warm?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a warm sounding amplifier to go with my Grado 325si cans. (and sometimes my Yuin PK1's)  I'm using a 64GB Touch 3G as the source, although I may be adding a Cowon x7. I listen to jazz almost exclusively. Everything I've read about the TTVJ Slim indicates that it has a warm analog sound, but I was hoping someone here had some experience with this amp and phone combo before I pull the trigger. Anyone?

post #2 of 31

does it have to be portable?

post #3 of 31

I'm guessing you are trying to take the edge off the treble on the 325s, right ? I had a pair for 12 months, read everything I could on the Symphones Magnum and all I can say is : good luck with that.

post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eclipes View Post

does it have to be portable?



I haven't really considered going full size yet, so for this discussion I'll say yes, I do want portable.

 

post #5 of 31
Thread Starter 



 

Quote:
Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

I'm guessing you are trying to take the edge off the treble on the 325s, right ? I had a pair for 12 months, read everything I could on the Symphones Magnum and all I can say is : good luck with that.



They can be a bit shrill with certain music, especially rock. Since 99% of my listening is 50's and 60's jazz, it hasn't been a problem. Nevertheless, even though I am about to get an amp, I have also been considering another set of full sized cans. I won't be limited to low impedance once I get an amp, which definitely opens up more possibilities.

 

Since being on head-fi, I've learned that:

 

1) You're only ever content with your gear for a little while.

2) If you think you're not going to upgrade gear, see #1.

3) If you want to save money, do NOT log on to head-fi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 31

Sounds like it's probably easier just to change your headphones!

 

As nice as the Grado reviews are, in practice I find them overly bright...by reviewers who complain that 'Sennheisers' are too dark or veiled.   With the digital noise from your iThing, you'd be best getting the TTVJ Slim with DAC option at least, to dampen the brightness due to white noise. 

 

Grado fans will be happy to relieve you of the 325is.   You're not going to find much in the way of a warmer amp than the TTVJ Slim without getting a proper portable tube amp 

post #7 of 31
Thread Starter 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Head_case View Post

Sounds like it's probably easier just to change your headphones!

 

As nice as the Grado reviews are, in practice I find them overly bright...by reviewers who complain that 'Sennheisers' are too dark or veiled.   With the digital noise from your iThing, you'd be best getting the TTVJ Slim with DAC option at least, to dampen the brightness due to white noise. 

 

Grado fans will be happy to relieve you of the 325is.   You're not going to find much in the way of a warmer amp than the TTVJ Slim without getting a proper portable tube amp 


 

The Slim arrived this afternoon and I am listening to it as I write. My first impressions are here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/572006/ttvj-slim-first-impressions

 

I see HD650's in teh very near future. I also see a listing of my Grados. I almost feel guilty about not loving the Grados now. Like I'm dumping a girlfriend that doesn't deserve it, but I've moved on.

 

 


 

 

post #8 of 31
Thread Starter 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Head_case View Post

Sounds like it's probably easier just to change your headphones!

 

As nice as the Grado reviews are, in practice I find them overly bright...by reviewers who complain that 'Sennheisers' are too dark or veiled.   With the digital noise from your iThing, you'd be best getting the TTVJ Slim with DAC option at least, to dampen the brightness due to white noise. 

 

Grado fans will be happy to relieve you of the 325is.   You're not going to find much in the way of a warmer amp than the TTVJ Slim without getting a proper portable tube amp 



BTW - love your sig!

 

post #9 of 31

Thanks for the Slim impressions - I was very keen until the uHA-4 came along for considerably less cash.

post #10 of 31

Even my uber warm MAD Ear+HD couldn't tame my (now sold) SR325is headphone's treble. FWIW.

post #11 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Even my uber warm MAD Ear+HD couldn't tame my (now sold) SR325is headphone's treble. FWIW.



They do have nice clarity, but I'll still get the Senns. I may keep the Grados though. cool.gif

post #12 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlatNine View Post





They do have nice clarity, but I'll still get the Senns. I may keep the Grados though. cool.gif


That is an illusion that headphone manufacturers sometimes use...crank up the treble to give that impression. smile.gif But with that said, there's always room for a Grado in one's headphone collection.

 

post #13 of 31

I find the TTVJ slim to have about the same tonal balance as the ipod, but with maybe a bit more warmth in the midrange and a bit more treble (not upper mids) presence.  It has more clarity, dynamics and soundstage of course, but the tonal balance is about the same.  So the ipod is a good test to see if the TTVJ's balance will work. 

post #14 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post

I find the TTVJ slim to have about the same tonal balance as the ipod, but with maybe a bit more warmth in the midrange and a bit more treble (not upper mids) presence.  It has more clarity, dynamics and soundstage of course, but the tonal balance is about the same.  So the ipod is a good test to see if the TTVJ's balance will work. 



Maybe an RSA amp? I found them on the "warmer side".

post #15 of 31

I'm not sure if they'd be warmer or not I've only really listened to the SR71 way back in the day and at that time preferred my Xin. 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Headphone Amps
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › TTVJ Slim and Grado 325si --- Warm?