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post #2326 of 2334

Ah OK. Sorry

 

Currently the AudioGD HE-9 . heard the GSX mkII as well for example. those amps sounded differently but both offer a lot of slam and authority in the bass area. I appreciate that for some music, especially Electronica.

 

I lived happily with the Sonett during one year and the Bass slam was nowhere close to what the HE-9 offers for example.  If I had to keep it , I'd probably add a Solid State amp to associate with it. 

 

Wonder If I can expect the Stratus to achieve such a level of bass extension, tautness and heft with the HD800.  


Edited by Sorrodje - 6/23/15 at 12:34am
post #2327 of 2334

Probably a bit too early to talk about first impressions from me! But...just ordered my Stratus today and hope for delivery in Dec 2015. Quite a while to wait, but I'm sure it will be worth it. After having narrowed it down to the Stratus and a couple of Woo options (WA22 and WA5Le) I think the stratus just tugged at me a bit harder, based on the reviews here.

 

So....6 months and counting!

 

 

Stuart

post #2328 of 2334

I meant to ask...I have the Alpha Prime headphones....anyone else have this can with the Stratus? If so, any impressions and / or recommended tube options?

 

Many thanks

 

Stuart

post #2329 of 2334
I haven't heard the Alpha Primes but the Alpha Dogs sounded very synergistic with the Stratus. The mids just blossomed. EML tubes elevated the sound even further. Should be similar with the Prime.
post #2330 of 2334

Has anyone tried the KR audio 2a3 tubes with the stratus? These tubes generally get great reviews, but are expensive.

post #2331 of 2334
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

Ah OK. Sorry

 

Currently the AudioGD HE-9 . heard the GSX mkII as well for example. those amps sounded differently but both offer a lot of slam and authority in the bass area. I appreciate that for some music, especially Electronica.

 

I lived happily with the Sonett during one year and the Bass slam was nowhere close to what the HE-9 offers for example.  If I had to keep it , I'd probably add a Solid State amp to associate with it. 

 

Wonder If I can expect the Stratus to achieve such a level of bass extension, tautness and heft with the HD800.  

Sorry but it won't. Tubes amps like the Stratus have a more lifelike/organic sound, but really can't compete with good solid state in the bass department.

post #2332 of 2334

Ok . that makes sense and match my experience thus far. I'll probably add a Solidstate amp later.  A good All in one like the Ragnarok for example. 


Edited by Sorrodje - 6/24/15 at 12:26am
post #2333 of 2334
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Originally Posted by cradon View Post
 

Sorry but it won't. Tubes amps like the Stratus have a more lifelike/organic sound, but really can't compete with good solid state in the bass department.

 

Agreed.  However, when I listen to my Stratus I miss nothing vs my SuSy Dynahi.  The Dynahi is sharper, more detailed, more accurate, has a bit more slam and goes deeper than the Stratus but none of that matters when all that is traded for the natural, alive, fun and just plain old beautifulness that comes out the Stratus.

 

I would also add that Cradon said "can't compete with good solid state".  The Stratus will still leave most SS amps in the dust when it comes to bass.  The Dynahi and the Stratus are both near the very top of their respective classes.  We're not comparing $129 amps here.

post #2334 of 2334

Thks Bigfatpaulie. Much appreciated :beerchug:

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