Hi, probably it is a little off topic, but I really need everyone's advice. I'm looking for an amp exclusively for my Compact Monitors Stage 3 CIEM, which is only 18ohms. At 1st I've short listed to Pico Slim or RSA the Shadows, but the SR71-B really draw my attention as it seems like an one time upgrade for all. I've HD650 but my priority is my CIEM.
Now I'm worrying if the SR71-B is way too overkilled and the gain is way too high for sensitive IEMs even at the lowest gain, in balanced mode? I'm really tempted with the SR71-B, but very worried if it is just way too powerful for CIEMs, further more, I've been only seeing reviews which the amp is praised to heaven but with full size headphone, it is very hard to find someone talk about the amp with sensitive iem.
Really appreciate if some experience users of SR71-B can help out here. Thank you!
I emailed ALO recently, because I was concerned that my Grado phones might experience the hiss that some with sensitive IEMs have already complained about. Their reply was the mkIII does have a higher level of ground noise then their "International" amp/dac (those are the 2 I'm choosing between) but with even Grados it shouldn't be an issue, like it is with some IEMs.
But RSA amps tend to be dead quiet, even the beefy SR-71B.