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post #391 of 925
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Originally Posted by StimulatedBoy View Post

Ladies and Gentlemen,
7 months ago, I purchased UE 18 Pro and a FiiO E7 to accompany my iPhone 4S. Idea was simple; Some brilliant CIEMs to accompany me on a daily basis while strolling, training, etc. After getting married, I wanted music on the go as "time" to sit down listening - like in the "old" days - are none existent.
Anyway, the UE 18 Pro and the E7 was a tremendous step forward for me - in any way - compared to the Grado GR10 and iPhone alone. Now I want to take it one step further soundwise and I'm looking for a good amp / solution to partner up on my daily routines.
Cost is not an issue, portability is somewhat important, battery life and good sound is important. And I still want the iPhone 4S (or 5 when that arrives) as "storage" in order to not have both a phone and a stereo on the go; Although I live too close to the artic circle for my liking, I don't want another backpack just for my music...
Mostly listening to hip hop, r&b, some pop and rock, as well as more progressive metal (like Linkin Park). Using Apple lossless format. Like open airy sound with clarity, separation and punch but need to be holistic. Dont play to loud and in general like low volume to be able to listen to details and lyrics. Headphones are not an option after receiving the 18 Pro.
So far I have been looking at loads of reviews and somehow ended up with the Pico slim and TTVJ slim. And now also the ALO RX MK III. And after all this research, I still dont know what to do. And there are not any stores carrying this kind of stuff around here, so buying upon your advice is my only choice.
The pico and TTVJ will definitely be easier handling on the go but how is the sound compared to the mkIII? Are both a significant step up from the E7? Are both on par with the Fostex P1-H1 soundwise or there around? Will both pair well with UE 18 Pro?
And then it is the MKIII. How will that fit? Is it to powerful/to much gain? How to handle that? Just to much in general? To big? Batteri life?
Although I see that this forum have a preference for JH 16, did I go wrong with the UE 18 Pro and need to replace these with JH 16 or Heir 8.a to be able to get further?
Any thoughts and help for new setup is welcome.

+1 with the Fostex as an all in one solution vs. MKIII and CLAS

post #392 of 925
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@fusionramjet, do feel free to go to the 2nd page of this thread.
I wrote a comparison of the Rx Mk3 to the SR-71B. Admittedly in single ended mode but I don't think my opinion would change even comparing balanced to balanced.

 

I'm coming in late here as I do have some interest in the ALO and was trying to catch up...however as a SR71b owner I must warn that a single ended to single ended comparison of those two amps will likely not do the SR71b justice. 

 

The SR71b is at best an average single ended amp and is easily beat out (IMO) by many other less expensive offerings.  However, if balanced is your thing, the SR71b in balanced mode is an incredible improvement over single ended and provides amazing clarity, soundstage and positioning.  It has been documented here by other forum members that the SR71b only truly shines as a balanced device and that the single ended output is just an additional feature to be used if needed. 

 

This is unfortunate for the SR71b as I continue to see single ended comparisons that try to define its performance....when in fact it's balanced mode is the only true strength it has.    

post #393 of 925
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Originally Posted by wolfen68 View Post

 

I'm coming in late here as I do have some interest in the ALO and was trying to catch up...however as a SR71b owner I must warn that a single ended to single ended comparison of those two amps will likely not do the SR71b justice. 

 

The SR71b is at best an average single ended amp and is easily beat out (IMO) by many other less expensive offerings.  However, if balanced is your thing, the SR71b in balanced mode is an incredible improvement over single ended and provides amazing clarity, soundstage and positioning.  It has been documented here by other forum members that the SR71b only truly shines as a balanced device and that the single ended output is just an additional feature to be used if needed. 

 

This is unfortunate for the SR71b as I continue to see single ended comparisons that try to define its performance....when in fact it's balanced mode is the only true strength it has.    

 I agree that the SR-71B does much better balanced when compared singled ended. BUT, the ALO does even better for my preferences on both balanced and singled ended, noting that I do own both.  The 71B is much darker "almost muddy" sounding in comparison to me.  Another but this time for the 71B is that it is dead quite and the Mk3 does induce some low level hiss with very sensitive IEMs.  This hiss with my ES5s does not bother me, I still prefer the sound profile of the Mk3 over the 71B.


Edited by slwiser - 7/5/12 at 1:37pm
post #394 of 925
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Originally Posted by wolfen68 View Post

 

I'm coming in late here as I do have some interest in the ALO and was trying to catch up...however as a SR71b owner I must warn that a single ended to single ended comparison of those two amps will likely not do the SR71b justice. 

 

The SR71b is at best an average single ended amp and is easily beat out (IMO) by many other less expensive offerings.  However, if balanced is your thing, the SR71b in balanced mode is an incredible improvement over single ended and provides amazing clarity, soundstage and positioning.  It has been documented here by other forum members that the SR71b only truly shines as a balanced device and that the single ended output is just an additional feature to be used if needed. 

 

This is unfortunate for the SR71b as I continue to see single ended comparisons that try to define its performance....when in fact it's balanced mode is the only true strength it has.    

 

Understood where you're coming from and Ray himself seemed to have alluded to the same. Bear in mind though that if that (SE) feature is available on the amp then it's only fair game to compare it to another amp with that same feature. Comparing the SR-71B balanced to the Rx Mk3 SE would be comparing apples to oranges. And finally the comparison was strictly SE-2-SE which hopefully readers will understand does not represent a holistic comparison.

 

I'm getting my balanced cables from Beat Audio hopefully some  time and can do a balanced-2-balanced comparison later.

post #395 of 925

I agree I have both the RS and ALO mark 3 and the 3 is better balanced or unbalanced compared to the RS.

post #396 of 925

OK to all...I look forward to additional balanced comparisons on these great amps. 

post #397 of 925
Thanks for the congrats guys. I haven't heard the fostex before but there would be zero chance of me buying it before comparing the sound output from the CLAS rx3 combo beforehand. Especially if you are looking for worlds best.
post #398 of 925

Hi, are you driving the sig pro single-ended?  I ask because I have a sig pro with SE stock cable and I've been using the SR71b SE to drive it and am looking at upgrading...

 

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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post

FYI: SIgnature pro also has very very subtle hiss. so subtle its hard to detect but its there nevertheless..

 

The sig pro sound really good with rx3,

 

 
post #399 of 925
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Originally Posted by fusionramjet View Post

Hi, are you driving the sig pro single-ended?  I ask because I have a sig pro with SE stock cable and I've been using the SR71b SE to drive it and am looking at upgrading...

 

 

 

yes, I am using single ended to drive sig pro.

post #400 of 925
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Originally Posted by Jwm48324 View Post

I agree I have both the RS and ALO mark 3 and the 3 is better balanced or unbalanced compared to the RS.

Can you elaborate more how the ALO's Rx MK3-B  is much better than RSA's SR-71B in term of sound quality?

post #401 of 925
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Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

Can you elaborate more how the ALO's Rx MK3-B  is much better than RSA's SR-71B in term of sound quality?

 

I've already shared a comparison between the two (in single ended mode) very early on in this thread on page 2.

post #402 of 925
Pulled the trigger on this amp today at A2A

Now I have to wait till I get home tonight before I can use it with the DX
post #403 of 925
Awesome. Was going to call you to see what you thought of it. If you like it even half as much as me...then you will be loving it.
post #404 of 925

I would buy it instantly if I didn't have to buy extra cables with it. :P :(

post #405 of 925
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Originally Posted by Grev View Post

I would buy it instantly if I didn't have to buy extra cables with it. :P :(

You just need 1 interconnect for it and you can buy cheap ones cheap on amazon or decent ones for still pretty cheap on the FS forum here.

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