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post #31 of 73

We are staying tuned. Looking forward to your impressions. The custom I'm using with the National is the Sleek Audio CT7 which is just briny enough in the midrange to need a bit of smear! 

post #32 of 73

Shigzeo, Do you still have the go-dap, how do they compare? (I only have ipod touch 4G-so curious, wife has iphone 4S).

 

Its The National vs The Arrow for me atm.

post #33 of 73

To be fair, the GoDap is a nice unit, but not up to National standards. Throw in the CLAS and it is quite unfair. That said, the Unit 4.0 does what neither the CLAS nor National do: charge, sync, protect. The GoDap has the slight low pass filter that the older unit had - obviously a design choice, so the mids stick out more so than is in the original recording. That is good. The National has a little less background noise than the GoDap does. They are both fantastic units, but since they are so different - one being an amp, the other a DAC/AMP/charger combo unit - you can't really compare them on the same grounds.

post #34 of 73

Please may we have a review between the National and the TTVJ slim.

post #35 of 73

I've not heard the Slim in a very long time and not for long enough to give any good impressions. I hope someone can help you.

post #36 of 73
I got the National a couple of days ago so I haven't had much listening time yet.  The build quality if phenomenal IMO.  I love the solid feel of the on-off toggle switch, the volume knob, and the solid connections between the input and output and mini-jacks.  when you plug something into it, it really has a satisfying solid click.  as an aside, it's bigger than i imagined.  it's way bigger than the SR-71b. 
post #37 of 73
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Originally Posted by fusionramjet View Post

I got the National a couple of days ago so I haven't had much listening time yet.  The build quality if phenomenal IMO.  I love the solid feel of the on-off toggle switch, the volume knob, and the solid connections between the input and output and mini-jacks.  when you plug something into it, it really has a satisfying solid click.  as an aside, it's bigger than i imagined.  it's way bigger than the SR-71b. 

 

We are waiting....biggrin.gif.

post #38 of 73

I agree the Natioan;'s build is top notch solid. And well what comes out when coupled with a decent pair CIEMs is nothing short of phenomenal, especially considering the price point. Definitely worth it.

 

I am a happy camper.

post #39 of 73
Hows ur q701 perform on the national? I am thinking get an q701 for national:D
post #40 of 73

Just bought a National (and CLAS) last week... I'm having some issues however. Neither when powering my LCD-2's or my Merlins do I get more than 3 hs battery-time....

 

What the ****?

 

The LED by the switch of the national only displays a yellow/orange color, and exactly before it dies, the headphones fade out and the LED switches off.

Shouldn't there be some green color when it's fully charged/the battery is still strong? Like on other amps?

 

I charge it with the supplied charger that turns to green when charging is finished.

 

Anyone recognize this?

post #41 of 73
Woop. Happy to be what seems like the 5th owner of The National. Should be arriving on Thursday.

Seriously though, why is there no activity on this amp?
post #42 of 73

Would love any comparisons between the National and AHA-120 or SR71A! 

post #43 of 73

Any ideas on whether this would be a good match for the Sony EX1000? Anyone with such a setup? Thinking that the National's bass extension and some damping of the treble would be welcome~

post #44 of 73
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Originally Posted by ValentinHogea View Post

Just bought a National (and CLAS) last week... I'm having some issues however. Neither when powering my LCD-2's or my Merlins do I get more than 3 hs battery-time....

 

What the ****?

 

The LED by the switch of the national only displays a yellow/orange color, and exactly before it dies, the headphones fade out and the LED switches off.

Shouldn't there be some green color when it's fully charged/the battery is still strong? Like on other amps?

 

I charge it with the supplied charger that turns to green when charging is finished.

 

Anyone recognize this?

I'm having the same question myself. Any answers? 

post #45 of 73

I do not have this battery issue. I have gotten at least six hours of use on each charge since I got the unit last thursday (3 charges so far). However, I don't have headphones that are hard to drive. I am using The National to run my GR07s and HE-400s. Both of them can be driven easily by an iphone, but don't sound anywhere near as good as they do with The National.

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