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post #61 of 73
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Originally Posted by puffmtd View Post

Received mine today and after five hours or so am really enjoying it.  I listen to mostly classical and have noticed some of the referred to congestion in the busier pieces but nothing I can't live with and hopefully it will clear up with time.  The gr07mkII's really shine but it's been excellent with everything I have plugged into it. 

It will open up. Mine was slightly congested but now I am enjoying it.
post #62 of 73
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Originally Posted by MilesDavis2 View Post

It will open up. Mine was slightly congested but now I am enjoying it.

How many hours, roughly, does it need before it starts to open up? I have had mine for 5 days and have listened for about 2-3 hours a day so far. I am finding it quite a dark amp at the moment compared to my TTVJ ......... The high's seem to be virtually none existent and very receded (I am using a DIY modded iPod and Silver / Gold LOD and IEM cable with 4.Ai)

It's like there is a blanket over the sound at the moment, which I am really not enjoying :-(
post #63 of 73
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

How many hours, roughly, does it need before it starts to open up? I have had mine for 5 days and have listened for about 2-3 hours a day so far. I am finding it quite a dark amp at the moment compared to my TTVJ ......... The high's seem to be virtually none existent and very receded (I am using a DIY modded iPod and Silver / Gold LOD and IEM cable with 4.Ai)
It's like there is a blanket over the sound at the moment, which I am really not enjoying :-(

Again, each individual's listening trait may be different. Out of the box, I wasn't so happy but after about 20 hours, I am enjoying it. For my purpose of using iems and low impedance phones and primarily for commuting. I have not even tried my HD600 as I feel that it may drive it well but may not provide the edge that my previous SR71A provided. But for my listening pleasure and without technical talk and graphs , I am very happy with this amp and I agree with Shigzeo's review.smily_headphones1.gif
post #64 of 73
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post


How many hours, roughly, does it need before it starts to open up? I have had mine for 5 days and have listened for about 2-3 hours a day so far. I am finding it quite a dark amp at the moment compared to my TTVJ ......... The high's seem to be virtually none existent and very receded (I am using a DIY modded iPod and Silver / Gold LOD and IEM cable with 4.Ai)
It's like there is a blanket over the sound at the moment, which I am really not enjoying :-(

 

I may have listened to it as long as you have. I like it much more than I did when I first listened to it. I wouldn't say that the highs are non-existent; in fact they have a ton in common w/ my Neco Soundlab w AD8610. I find the treble indistinguishable (IMO). What it does have is way more bass weight and warmth. But I agree with the overall assessment its a dark amp. 


Edited by imackler - 11/17/12 at 11:17am
post #65 of 73

Well having listened to the ALO Amp extensively over the weekend, I can say there has been a vast improvement and I am really beggining to enjoy this amp alongside my moddded iPod and both my 4.Ai (thanks imackler) and Beyerdynamic T70p.

 

I am now starting to get the wider soundstage mentioned previously and the high frequencies are starting to become more noticeable (in a good way). I find the 4.Ai are probably a little bit too sensitive sometimes, with some background hiss using the High setting, switching to the Low setting tends to sort this, but then of course I tend to lose some dynamics.

 

This is a great amplifier for the money and one that I am sure will continue to improve over the next few weeks. 

 

Does anybody have any experience of running High impedence cans through it and what sort of response do they get?

 

 

Today I have had my iPod Touch connected to the amp playing Spotify and I must say this definately gives the modded ipod a run for its money....listeniing to Fink's Wheels Turn Beneath my Feet sounds amazing as does Ann Brun's It All Starts Here. Plenty of Bass impact which is solid and the mids for the vocals are very detailed with excellent sepration and soundstage.

 

The more I listen to this amp the more I love it!!

 

Regards


Edited by Jason36 - 11/20/12 at 8:21am
post #66 of 73
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

Well having listened to the ALO Amp extensively over the weekend, I can say there has been a vast improvement and I am really beggining to enjoy this amp alongside my moddded iPod and both my 4.Ai (thanks imackler) and Beyerdynamic T70p.

I am now starting to get the wider soundstage mentioned previously and the high frequencies are starting to become more noticeable (in a good way). I find the 4.Ai are probably a little bit too sensitive sometimes, with some background hiss using the High setting, switching to the Low setting tends to sort this, but then of course I tend to lose some dynamics.

This is a great amplifier for the money and one that I am sure will continue to improve over the next few weeks. 

Does anybody have any experience of running High impedence cans through it and what sort of response do they get?


Today I have had my iPod Touch connected to the amp playing Spotify and I must say this definately gives the modded ipod a run for its money....listeniing to Fink's Wheels Turn Beneath my Feet sounds amazing as does Ann Brun's It All Starts Here. Plenty of Bass impact which is solid and the mids for the vocals are very detailed with excellent sepration and soundstage.

The more I listen to this amp the more I love it!!

Regards

Drives my HD600 with no problem on hi gain.
post #67 of 73
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Drives my HD600 with no problem on hi gain.

 

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post #68 of 73
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

 

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Since I posted my last question I actually bought a pair of HD650 headphones for use in my office and agree with you both that "The National" does drive these exceptionally well. Really impressed with the results of this set-up actually.

 

I found that the stock cable was a complete pain to use in the office and so upgraded to a shorter Silver Plated Copper cable and I am getting really good results with this. It has definately increased the detail I get with the HD650.

post #69 of 73
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Since I posted my last question I actually bought a pair of HD650 headphones for use in my office and agree with you both that "The National" does drive these exceptionally well. Really impressed with the results of this set-up actually.

I found that the stock cable was a complete pain to use in the office and so upgraded to a shorter Silver Plated Copper cable and I am getting really good results with this. It has definately increased the detail I get with the HD650.

Enjoy your 650. I see that you have a wonderful setup.
post #70 of 73

Thanks Mate.....I enjoy these setups a lot smily_headphones1.gif

post #71 of 73
I just ordered a silver National. Looking to use it as my other portable. Can't wait to hear it. From what I've read, I am anxious to see if I'll like the signature. My other choice was the Pico Slim, but I liked the idea of more power better than the ultra-portability. Well see...
post #72 of 73
I just got the amp the other day and have been listening to it exclusively. Very nice. Excellent build quality. First impressions right out of the box are great. I need more to really hear what it can deliver but I like it vey much. A little heavier than what I expected.
post #73 of 73
Went for a short hike this morning with my iPod Touch 3G, National and V-Moda XS. Very nice sounds. The XS have low impedance so the National didn't even break a sweat. Very light weight to carry around and the sounds were just great. Nice range in all places, way more than enough to drown out traffic. Easy to adjust volume when in my pocket. One of the reasons I chose a larger analog vol pot rather than the newer digital ones. No mistaking the volume control. Just a very nice amp to travel around on walks and such. Was a little worried that the amp was going to be too big (I was considering the Pico Slim instead of ALO) and it is manageable. There is some heft to it but it will fit in my pocket without protest. I am glad I went with the ALO as there is more useable power here and can power some higher impedance phones as well. Just another tool to pick from when needed.
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