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Burson HA-160D review test

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Interesting:

 

http://www.monoandstereo.com/2012/04/burson-ha-160d-review-test.html

 

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Man I wish I could save up for one of these =D

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I dont understand why people prefer tubes with the HD800's when it has been proven that SS does a nice job with them. Thanks for the link.

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I'm a fan of my 160D.  Ever since I've bought it, most people just point out its flaws to me and say I should have gone with a tube.  I have no complaints though, I've really been enjoying it.

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I'm a fan of my 160D.  Ever since I've bought it, most people just point out its flaws to me and say I should have gone with a tube.  I have no complaints though, I've really been enjoying it.


Its because you're surrounded by tubey guys. tongue.gif

 

Btw, how do you feel about your T1's with the 160D? 

 

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Its because you're surrounded by tubey guys. tongue.gif

 

Btw, how do you feel about your T1's with the 160D? 

 


I think the T1 and the 160D is great....that being said, I have never heard the T1 with tubes, and everyone says its better with tubes.  With the 160DI find the treble is amazing and its definitely got some low end punch.  The criticisms I've heard other people make are that the T1/160D combo has a weaker mid-range and more of a clinical sound.....but I don't particularly notice that.  I definitely have trouble going back to my D5000 / HD650's after spending any time with the T1.

 

 

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I think the T1 and the 160D is great....that being said, I have never heard the T1 with tubes, and everyone says its better with tubes.  With the 160DI find the treble is amazing and its definitely got some low end punch.  The criticisms I've heard other people make are that the T1/160D combo has a weaker mid-range and more of a clinical sound.....but I don't particularly notice that.  I definitely have trouble going back to my D5000 / HD650's after spending any time with the T1.

 

 


Awesome. Im yet to try the T1's with a Burson. 

I think most people pay attention a lot to criticism without trying gear, thats a mistake i personally made when started on this hobby. 

 

 

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Take a look at my sig.  The Burson works very, very well with all my phones..  I like it better then my CK2III.  My Burson and my GS-1 is a close race with the GS-1 wining by a nose..

 

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Awesome. Im yet to try the T1's with a Burson. 

I think most people pay attention a lot to criticism without trying gear, thats a mistake i personally made when started on this hobby. 

 

 



 

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The Burson HA-160D  is a well-made product. It was my reference amplifier for a long time.

 

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Its most attractive feature (main reason for my purchase) is the internal DAC, which permits direct connection of the unit to

 

the digital output of your source of choice, and thus bypassing the-less-than-optimal analog stages of cheap CD players or soundcards.

 

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It delivers fairly good sound through its analog amplifier stages (headphone amp stage), however at times I felt that it had

 

difficulty driving the big Hifiman HE-6.

 

 

Its volume control unit is not a good solution at all.

 

The attenuation is achieved through manual switching of discrete resistors in the signal path by a rotary switch.

 

 

Depending on the headphone used, at times (unfortunately quite often), it was either too loud or too quiet, as it was impossible

 

to find an appropriate intermediate setting for the volume control between the two adjacent discrete attenuation settings.

 

 

I don't believe in the discrete -db attenuation Volume-Control for headphone amps.

 

For usual speaker amplifiers they are wonderful.

 

Headphone listening is very different and more intimate than listening through speakers.

 

It is sometimes necessary to continuously adjust the volume in very small increments,

 

not the big jumps the discrete-type attenuators provide.

 

 

 

Recent comparisons to other pure analog amplifiers made its few flaws deadly apparent.

 

Unfortunately the price tag also limits the attraction. Although I don't believe the price is set too high for the

 

technology it provides, there are other offerings that are cheaper (but without the internal DAC) and deliver superior sonics.

 

 

Nonetheless, a well engineered and a fairly good sounding product for anyone who is considering a possible purchase.


Edited by zodiac1234 - 4/15/12 at 12:16pm
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