Originally Posted by nv88
I placed my order a few days ago. I'm patiently waiting now...
Can anyone with a TubeDac-11 comment on the internal headphone amp? I'm curious if I will be happy with the built-in amp, or if getting an Objective 2 or Matrix M-Stage would give a noticeable improvement. Headphones I'm using would be Fostex T50rp, Denon 2000, AT M50...
Should I plan to get a separate headphone amp anyway to experience the tube out?
hey i had to come back to this question because i just found something really really interesting you might care to know.
ever since i bought the matrix m stage i never went back to the headamp on the tubedac 11 because i saw little reason 2, i ran both tubes and the dac out directly into the matrix m stage (which i have biased into a class a with vintage burr brown opamps) and figured i was getting the same sound from the dac out as i would plugging directly into the headamp on the tubedac 11 but i couldnt be more wrong
good god almighty i couldnt be more wrong lol, i dont know how it slipped past my mind that the op amps in the m stage would color the sound and give it its own signature (now a very very warm signature) so out of curiousity i plugged in my sony xb1000's to the tubedac's headamp to see if i notice a difference between the tube out to m stage, dac out to m stage, and regular head amp and you know what i found? the gf tubedac 11's headamp was superrrrrrr clearrrrr, like you can see yourself in its reflection clean and completly uncongested, im at a very real loss for words lol
the difference is night and day, once i level matched it was no competition, the headamp on the tubedac blows the m stage out of the water in terms of detail and clarity (still prefer the tube output tho, im using vintage mullard made rca's but its a totally different, more musical and lush sound, more preferance than anything)
i had written off the headamp on my tubedac 11 seeing it as more of an afterthought compared to everything else it does but now after like 5 months of owning this beautiful piece of hardware did i come back and see the light, wow is all i have to say right now, the spl on my headphones is insane right now, im seeing a whole nother side to trance right now, i hope im not to late in stopping you from considering another headamp because unless you have some crazy ineffiecient high ohm rating can that absolutly needs more power, you should be more than happy with this this, i'm going to go and compare my other headphones to it and see if i rediscover my music for a couple of days lol, grant fidelity hit it out of the park with this one