Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › Where does the Headamp GS-1 Stand now?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Where does the Headamp GS-1 Stand now? - Page 2

post #16 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pars View Post

^ There were no commercial versions of the Dynahi. The GS-X is a balanced dynalo.


there were, but people who didn't know what they were doing had to spoil it

HeadAmp Audio Electronics - home of the Pico and Gilmore amps.  Now with Audeze, Fostex, HiFiMAN, Sennheiser, and STAX.
Find us at www.HeadAmp.com

Reply
post #17 of 76

Thanks for the quick replies Asr and Pars!  I may just have to give a dynalo build a try one of these days, unless I happen to land in the right place at the right time to get my paws on some dynahi boards.  AMB no longer appears to carry them.

 

Regarding commercial dynahi's, justin's comment inspired me to do a little googling.  It appears that "Veda Audio" sold at least a few, and generated some pretty positive commentary a while back.  I'm curious what happened to them.  Was there some sort of QC issue? 

post #18 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by Acix View Post

Need to compare the GS1 to the Phonitor, and the V-200.

 

I haven't heard a Phonitor in a while so I can't comment. But I have recently heard the V200 with a pair of HD800s and really liked it. It was a fantastic sub-$1000 SS amp. But that said, I found the GS-1 more transparent and true to the source. The treble is better extended (without being bright), the bass is a bit tighter and the imaging on the GS-1 is about as good as I've heard on a solid state amp.

 

I found that the GS-1 works very well with all of my 5 headphones and all of my IEMs. blink.gif

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/592999/headamp-gs-1-a-forgotten-treasure

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post



But not all dynalo's are the equivalent of a GS-1. wink_face.gif



Eric: Agreed.


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by justin w. View Post


there were, but people who didn't know what they were doing had to spoil it


Well Justin, you certainly know what you're doing. I'm loving my GS-1. smile.gif

 

post #19 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

 

I haven't heard a Phonitor in a while so I can't comment. But I have recently heard the V200 with a pair of HD800s and really liked it. It was a fantastic sub-$1000 SS amp. But that said, I found the GS-1 more transparent and true to the source. The treble is better extended (without being bright), the bass is a bit tighter and the imaging on the GS-1 is about as good as I've heard on a solid state amp.

 

I found that the GS-1 works very well with all of my 5 headphones and all of my IEMs. blink.gif

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/592999/headamp-gs-1-a-forgotten-treasure

 



Eric: Agreed.


 


Well Justin, you certainly know what you're doing. I'm loving my GS-1. smile.gif

 




I hope next week to get a nice V-200 / Phonitor comparison. From my experience with the V100 looks like transparency is not on the strong side of this amp, and I'm maybe agree with you about the treble (I'll know better next week). I've got the same treble that you've describe out of the V-100. On the other hand the Violectric amps can be a cool option for the 800's owner that like SS amps and feel the HD-800 have to much treble energy and a less bass.

post #20 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by epocs View Post

Hi guys,

 

So I've gone through the huge journey of upgraditis a couple years ago and went from something as basic as a Pico DAC/AMP -> Grado SR60 up to the Woo Audio GES -> Stax O2s.

 

The amp that I've had for the last year now though has been the Headamp GS-1 and I personally love it. I think it's clean and powerful, and quite a beauty to look at.

 

However, I've been out of the game with regards to A/Bing everything, etc. and am curious where people think the GS-1 stands as a dedicated headphone amp against all the big guns out there (Phonitor, Apache, etc.). I mean for goodness sake, the GS-1 has been around for years. Decade? Not sure.

 

Anyone heard the GS-1 against alot of high end amps recently?

 


 

It's not much out there to upgrade to as far as SQ and being transparent goes.  It would just be a wast of money.  Since I got my GS-1 I've been listing to other amps.  I mean taking my source with me to different places so the comparison would be the same.  I have not found anything worth upgrading or should I say side grading to.  That is with out spending much more money.  As ASR said.  The next level up would be a (B22, Dark Star - and now maybe the HIFIMAN EF6)  And this would be only because you want to drive the AK1000 or the HE6..  For me, next would be between a B22 and a EF6.  The phonitor/auditor and the V200 would only be at best a side grade at best if that.  This is IMHO.


Edited by preproman - 3/10/12 at 3:22pm
post #21 of 76

I agree, the Violectric amps balance out the HD800's more. I would say they are a great match.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Acix View Post

I hope next week to get a nice V-200 / Phonitor comparison. From my experience with the V100 looks like transparency is not on the strong side of this amp, and I'm maybe agree with you about the treble (I'll know better next week). I've got the same treble that you've describe out of the V-100. On the other hand the Violectric amps can be a cool option for the 800's owner that like SS amps and feel the HD-800 have to much treble energy and a less bass.



 

post #22 of 76

Deleted post


Edited by preproman - 3/10/12 at 3:25pm
post #23 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by Asr View Post

I still own a form of it with the GS-X, which has proven to be able to drive most dynamic headphones reasonably well. High-impedance and orthodynamic headphones excepted, of course. 


Sure hope you are wrong since I have one coming to replace my Burson which is advertised as weaker and never had an issue driving the HE-5LE or LCD-2 or 880/600.  Even the harder to drive HE-500 only needs 2mW to play at silly loud levels.  Obviously the HE-6 is out though ;)

 

Aren't the Lyr and WA6SE the only more powerful amps commercially available?

post #24 of 76


 

Quote:

Originally Posted by Asr View Post

<snip>

 

The GS-1 was released in 2005 btw. I owned one from 2006-07. I still own a form of it with the GS-X, which has proven to be able to drive most dynamic headphones reasonably well. High-impedance and orthodynamic headphones excepted, of course. Though it does best with low-impedance, efficient headphones, it can also effectively drive other types of headphone loads, like the AKG K70x and Senn HD6xx/HD800, as well as IEMs.

 

<snip>


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Solude View Post


Sure hope you are wrong since I have one coming to replace my Burson which is advertised as weaker and never had an issue driving the HE-5LE or LCD-2 or 880/600.  Even the harder to drive HE-500 only needs 2mW to play at silly loud levels.  Obviously the HE-6 is out though ;)

 

Aren't the Lyr and WA6SE the only more powerful amps commercially available?



I'm not sure what Asr means either. 

 

The GS-1 has no trouble driving my vintage HD424's which have a 2k ohm impedance or my 600 ohm T-1s .

 

 

 

post #25 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post


 


 



I'm not sure what Asr means either. 

 

The GS-1 has no trouble driving my vintage HD424's which have a 2k ohm impedance or my 600 ohm T-1s .

 

 

 


Agreed and it drives my HD800s and LCD-3s VERY well too.

 

post #26 of 76


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post


Agreed and it drives my HD800s and LCD-3s VERY well too.  <----- aren't LCDs low z phones?

 

Further, if I'm not mistaken, when the GS-1 came out, the 300 ohm 650s and 880s were the most popular headphones at the time and it seems strange that Kevin Gilmore would have designed an amp that was ill suited for these high impedance phones.

 

 

 

post #27 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post


 

 

Further, if I'm not mistaken, when the GS-1 came out, the 300 ohm 650s and 880s were the most popular headphones at the time and it seems strange that Kevin Gilmore would have designed an amp that was ill suited for these high impedance phones.

 

 

 


"High-impedance and orthodynamic headphones"  smile.gif

 


Edited by MacedonianHero - 3/12/12 at 6:35pm
post #28 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post


"High-impedance and orthodynamic headphones"  smile.gif

 



Oops!!!!!!!!!!  eek.gif  .... but they are also low impedance....  wink_face.gif

 

 

 


Edited by upstateguy - 3/12/12 at 8:23pm
post #29 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post
I'm not sure what Asr means either. 

 

The GS-1 has no trouble driving my vintage HD424's which have a 2k ohm impedance or my 600 ohm T-1s .

 

What I meant to say was most ultra-high impedance & orthodynamic headphones. Didn't really think I needed to qualify that - I thought the readership here would know what I meant. Not necessarily a rule against all high-impedance or ortho headphones because there are certainly exceptions, and "ultra-high" as in >300 Ohms (with some exceptions there too, obviously). For example, back when I owned the AKG K340 (400 Ohms) and GS-1 at the same time, which was in 2007, I found that the GS-1 was unable to drive the K340 effectively. The only amp I had at the time that could drive the K340 was a Cayin HA-1A tube amp.

 

The Dynalo was originally designed for Grados btw, cited from this source: http://gilmore2.chem.northwestern.edu/projects/showfile.php?file=gilmore3_prj.htm


Edited by Asr - 3/12/12 at 10:53pm
post #30 of 76

I could see that given the K340's only competition for harder to drive is the HE-6 and K1000.  The Cayin is also being a tube based 2W amp helps given the high impedance spike in the treble of the K340.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphone Amps (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › Where does the Headamp GS-1 Stand now?