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post #3976 of 8502

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, I've seen that thread, and although good information the thread starter is inactive and most of those amps are severely outdated IMO. Plus there isn't much consensus on what are the TOTL amps for the Fostex. I guess it isn't popular enough for a list like that to be made.
post #3977 of 8502
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, I've seen that thread, and although good information the thread starter is inactive and most of those amps are severely outdated IMO. Plus there isn't much consensus on what are the TOTL amps for the Fostex. I guess it isn't popular enough for a list like that to be made.

You're welcome.

Unfortunately I don't think you exactly know what you are talking about when you say an amp is outdated.
post #3978 of 8502
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You're welcome.

Unfortunately I don't think you exactly know what you are talking about when you say an amp is outdated.

What I mean by outdated is that the amps listed have not been updated at all for a very long time. This is partially due to the OP being inactive, and the posters basically saying whatever amp they have seems to work well, without hearing atleast a few other amps. When I was active in that thread, the OP would take one write-up and immediately pass it off as truth, thus editing the first post. Also, just as an example, the Schiit Asgard is posted as a great recommendation, but since has been discontinued for the new and improved Asgard 2. My comment meant nothing about the design or technicalities of any of the amps.
post #3979 of 8502
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...most of those amps are severely outdated IMO. Plus there isn't much consensus on what are the TOTL amps for the Fostex.

So are you looking for something new? As you stated you are seeking a TOTL solid state amp for the Fostex TH900. Not a Schiit Asgard (nothing on Asgard of course, I'm quite sure it is excellent).

None of the TOTL SS amps (that can pair with the TH900) have had any revisions in awhile, such as the ones listed- the B22, the Gilmore amps, and the Rudistor line (yes, they are overpriced, but they do sound good). The Chinese products have received some updates (Master 8).

To use the term outdated on these amplifiers is folly- many of these "totl" amps were designed and released quite a while ago... the dynalo is decade old.

If you must have new... I have heard great things about the ecp DSHA-1, and the Bryston BHA-1. But then again I hear that something shiny and expensive is around the corner. Bling for audiophiles .
post #3980 of 8502

The Gilmore amp has been updated.  It's called the GS-X mk2 and it's great with the TH900s.  The B22 is still a TOTL amp no question, and yes it sounds really good with the TH900.  For me, my 4-channel B22 beat out a few of the newer amps like the BHA-1 and the Mjolinr - That's just my opinion.  Both amps the BHA-1 and Mjolnir are good amps in there own right.

 

For the TH900 I would say the BHA-1 is more compatible because it has a gain switch.  However, the low gain still may be to high for the TH900.  The Mjolnir may work as well, you just won't have much play on the volume knob.  It seems like a high gain amp - not sure what the gain is set for on this amp.

 

The Soloist should be a good choice, I've heard lots of good things about that.  I had the 160D, sold it because is was a really grainy sounding amp IMO.

 

The V200 is also said the sound really well with the TH-900

 

Seems like the newer Solid State amps coming out are geared towards having more power.  Amps that have not been released as of yet that I know of are:

 

Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold (LAu) - I'm interested in this amp when released.  

Schiit Statement Amp - There's a lot of interest in this amp.  It will come in your choice of Solid State or Tube (Hybrid) I think.

Kevin Gilmore's Super Symetry Dynahi with on board heat sinks.  This amp is a monster.  DIY only.

 

I don't know what the budget is, but they're still good SS amps out there.

post #3981 of 8502

Greed, this maybe a biased recommendation backed up with little experience with SS amps, but I'm really enjoying the HeadAmp GS-Xmk2 SS amp with the TH900

post #3982 of 8502

lol beat me to the post Darryldeadhorse.gif

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lol beat me to the post Darryldeadhorse.gif

 

Glad to see that you're enjoying your rig Steve..biggrin.gif

post #3984 of 8502
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Greed, this maybe a biased recommendation backed up with little experience with SS amps, but I'm really enjoying the HeadAmp GS-Xmk2 SS amp with the TH900

 

 

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The Gilmore amp has been updated.  It's called the GS-X mk2 and it's great with the TH900s.  The B22 is still a TOTL amp no question, and yes it sounds really good with the TH900.  For me, my 4-channel B22 beat out a few of the newer amps like the BHA-1 and the Mjolinr - That's just my opinion.  Both amps the BHA-1 and Mjolnir are good amps in there own right.

 

For the TH900 I would say the BHA-1 is more compatible because it has a gain switch.  However, the low gain still may be to high for the TH900.  The Mjolnir may work as well, you just won't have much play on the volume knob.  It seems like a high gain amp - not sure what the gain is set for on this amp.

 

The Soloist should be a good choice, I've heard lots of good things about that.  I had the 160D, sold it because is was a really grainy sounding amp IMO.

 

The V200 is also said the sound really well with the TH-900

 

Seems like the newer Solid State amps coming out are geared towards having more power.  Amps that have not been released as of yet that I know of are:

 

Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold (LAu) - I'm interested in this amp when released.  

Schiit Statement Amp - There's a lot of interest in this amp.  It will come in your choice of Solid State or Tube (Hybrid) I think.

Kevin Gilmore's Super Symetry Dynahi with on board heat sinks.  This amp is a monster.  DIY only.

 

I don't know what the budget is, but they're still good SS amps out there.

 

Thank you both for your input. Prepro, that is a great list, and I'm familiar with many of those amps, and have been doing research on most of them. It is great to hear that the new GS-X MK II does well with the TH-900. I'm very interested in that amp, but just haven't mustered up the courage to pull the trigger on it. I'm sure the price is well worth it, have loved the amps I've heard from Justin, but I'm just not ready to spend 3k yet. 

 

@Prepro in your opinion (lol) which amp do you prefer with the TH-900, your beta 22 or GS-X MK II? And Why? 

 

One thing I forgot to mention in my preferences was that I want a balanced amplifier, although having both a SE and balanced output would be a bonus. I'm really looking to get into balanced for the first time, so with that said I've looked at several options out there right now. That include: BHA-1, GS-X MK 1/2, Balanced B22, and the Violectric V181. Also, I'm very interested in the Schiit Statement amp, but the problem is I've read it will just be a suped-up Mjolnir. In that case, it might not be the best fit for the TH-900 or any low impedance headphone for that matter, because of the power. Then again, a gain switch, with an ACTUAL low setting might remedy this. 


Edited by Greed - 4/5/13 at 10:55am
post #3985 of 8502

I got that joke biggrin.gif

 

I like the GS-X mk2 overall but the B22 does somethings better that the GS-Xmk IMO.  But overall the GS-X mk2 wins.  The 3 position gain switch on the GS-X mk2 is a bonus. Gandah and I talked about this - I prefer the medium gain with the TH900, not sure about what he decided.  

 

As for the V181.. Don't if you know this or not but 1 year or so Violectric said they was coming out with a new balanced amp as well.  However, nothing from them as of yet.

 

Be careful with the BHA-1 if it's only for the TH900, the low gain setting could be a little high.  The good thing about the B22 is you can have the gain set at what ever you want.    I actually have three DIY amps that work very well with the TH900 (Balanced M^3, Balanced CK²III and the B22)  All are great with this amp and bring different things to the table.  Seems like the TH900 isn't picky at all with Solid State amps.

 

The Schiit Statement amp is said to be able to drive IEMs as well.  We'll see how it does.  

 

Don't forget about the Soloist.  

 

My Balanced CK²III is up for sale at a steal..biggrin.gif

post #3986 of 8502

I might be able I report on LAu soon. While I don't have a TH900, the recent addition to the Cavalli team (SoundFreaq) is local and does have a pair. Might try and get him over here and give 'em a round together.

 

Hooefully those stars align, though I have no frame if reference on SS amps with the TH900 so I feel the impression may be useless for comparison sake.

post #3987 of 8502
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The Gilmore amp has been updated.  It's called the GS-X mk2

The GS-X is a dynamid. Over the years I think the most significant changes are the increased output current and the higher max peak-to-peak (moar power), but it is still a dynamid. The gain settings are a plus for the TH900.

And yes I was referring to the LAu from Cavalli in the last sentence. The prototype has been reviewed before, just do a little Googling.
post #3988 of 8502
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The GS-X is a dynamid. Over the years I think the most significant changes are the increased output current and the higher max peak-to-peak (moar power), but it is still a dynamid. The gain settings are a plus for the TH900.

And yes I was referring to the LAu from Cavalli in the last sentence. The prototype has been reviewed before, just do a little Googling.

 

It's still a Gilmore amp - correct..

post #3989 of 8502
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

It's still a Gilmore amp - correct..

Ah, we have a misunderstanding.

When I referenced the "gilmore amps" in the post (3979) above, I wasn't talking about the "gilmore reference amps, gilmore lite" etc that Justin released (based on KG's designs). I was saying that it's an amp designed by KG- - a Gilmore amp wink.gif.
post #3990 of 8502
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Originally Posted by En_R View Post
Ah, we have a misunderstanding.

When I referenced the "gilmore amps" in the post (3979) above, I wasn't talking about the "gilmore reference amps, gilmore lite" etc that Justin released (based on KG's designs). I was saying that it's an amp designed by KG- - a Gilmore amp wink.gif.

 

Let's give credit where credit is due:

 

The original GS-X, GS-1, & Gilmore Lite used the Dynalo circuit designed by Dr. Gilmore. The new GS-X MK2 uses the Dynalo+ module, a re-design by Justin Wilson (HeadAmp). The original GS-X can be referred to as a Dynamid, but the new MK2 is technically more like a "Dynamid+".

 

I think it'd be more accurate to call the MK2 a "HeadAmp amp" than a "Gilmore amp", especially given the HeadAmp-unique flourishes on it (i.e., build quality).


Edited by Asr - 4/5/13 at 12:43pm
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