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post #16 of 34

I am thinking along the same lines, even though it means waiting a little longer to get the cash together...

post #17 of 34

Any new updates / impressions from owners of The National?

 

 

Anyone have the National and continental / continentalv2 care to do a comparison?

post #18 of 34

Quite a spender are you, eh!? My review is done, just under the final knife. To be fair and honest and final, the National is not an amp to be toyed with. It is an amp that is well engineered. It works great for IEMs, for headphones, has great balance, very good signal quality, wonderful layout - there is nothing to dislike at its pricepoint, and much to envy at higher price points. I'm sure you can guess the outcome. I'd not go anywhere else at a similar price.

post #19 of 34

Waiting for your full review (and Skoogs further impressions).

 

Its down to the line for me- The National or Fostex hp_p1.

post #20 of 34

I'm delayed by like three days now because of tornado, flood, sunburn, and insomnia. 

 

I'm very sorry.

post #21 of 34

After accidentally being published in 2010 (my mistake) finally, my review is up in the right year. Summary: I'm stunned.

post #22 of 34

Awesome review, thanks.

 

Now back to flip flopping Fostex, National, go dapX. (maybe National and Go Dap X).

post #23 of 34
My comparison for Friday will be a rather unfair assessment of the GoDap 4.0 vs the CLAS. Digital and analogue. Right now the teaser is at the TMA front page for now.
post #24 of 34

Oh no you didnt! LOL.

 

Loved the National review btw.

post #25 of 34

I'd keep the JDSLabs c421 in the mix. It's more than $100USD cheaper which is significant...
 

post #26 of 34

I think V2 is better..

post #27 of 34

Thank you Expat. I'm more in love with the National than I am the review. I've got another amp on my desk now that is said to perform higher than its price point suggests, but when both are powered with fully charged batteries, The National has a LOT more clean power at 95-100% volume with ES10 and DT880 600Ω. Again, surprised. At the price, there isn't a lot of compelling competition.

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Oh no you didnt! LOL.

 

Loved the National review btw.

post #28 of 34

It's really unfair if you compare The National directly with The Continental V2.

First of all, The Continental V2 is a portable tube amp, this makes it special in its own way due to the special sound signature of tube amps. Please keep in mind that The National is a Solid State amp, so it definitely has some of its cut-backs.

 

Second of all, The Continental V2's nature as a tube amp makes it very very vulnerable to accidental drops or damages. I'm not saying that users are going to break amps intentionally, but The National, as a Solid State amp, is definitely more enduring than The Continental V2.

 

Lastly, The Continental V2 heats up pretty quickly, whereas The National's warmth is in no comparison with the burning heat of The Continental V2. 

 

You can say that The Continental V2 is "more special" than The National. Or you can say "you think" The Continental V2's sound is better than The National. But in many aspects, The National is a good descendent of the ALO classic amp.

post #29 of 34

Very good observations. The National does get warm though, but it packs a LOT of battery and uses it up quickly (hence the power). It doesn't sound like a valve amp, but it in some ways mimics one. Best 300$ for an all-in-one amp I've seen.

post #30 of 34

Any one try the national with JH16?

Can anyone give an impression of this pair?


Edited by Tamz - 8/25/12 at 10:49am
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