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post #661 of 793

I must be the luckiest man in the world of Head-fi because I have total black when using my JH-16's with the MKIIIB. Now of course I'll hear analogue tape hiss with older recordings but inbetween tracks nothing. I'll just consider myself fortunate.

post #662 of 793

wah.... with rx3b and the bass turn to max and still say bass not enough... Zzzz.... Not sure what hp you using, but with my deform hd600, the hp is already vibrating, I got tight, deep, kick ass bass from clas db -> balance ic -> rx3b -> either single ended or balance hd600.

post #663 of 793

I'm listening to the same rig with my HD650s as we speak, and I'm completely happy with the bass just past half.  Making Van Morrison sound fantastic....

post #664 of 793
A stupid question, can I use my mk3b+ amp for my desktop pc speakers? Ie. CPU >>3.5mm interconnect>>mk3b+>>>2.1 PC speakers

I just wanna try how it will sound like
post #665 of 793

You would be better off taking the analogue output direct from the motherboard rather than amplifying a compromised headphone signal. If your kit output a clean 3.5mm signal then presumably you would have mentioned it

post #666 of 793
I see, thanks for the advice...cos I was thinking of using this wonderful amp to act as a desktop amp for my PC speakers, not sure whether this is feasible
post #667 of 793

Since you already have all the components then you could try it and only thing it will cost you is time. Think though you'd be better off investing in nice active speakers or dac/amp and bookshelfs if you was even moderately serious about it

post #668 of 793
True, I can try that but only thing stopping me is whether it will spoil my amp or interconnect due to the higher power or voltage coming from the motherboard
post #669 of 793

I have been running .wav files through a CLAS -R/ALO National pairing into either my Sennheiser HD 650's, Momentums, HD 25-1 II or V-Moda M-100's. The overall presentation is quite impressive: very nice sound stage, warmth and separation (although the V-Moda's a bit heavy in the low and mid bass), maybe just a little edgy in the mid highs...

 

In searching for something more, the next step in mobile audiophile amplification I was wondering if I should take the leap up to the Rx-MK 3B+ or opt for the Continental V3.

Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.

post #670 of 793
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I have been running .wav files through a CLAS -R/ALO National pairing into either my Sennheiser HD 650's, Momentums, HD 25-1 II or V-Moda M-100's. The overall presentation is quite impressive: very nice sound stage, warmth and separation (although the V-Moda's a bit heavy in the low and mid bass), maybe just a little edgy in the mid highs...

In searching for something more, the next step in mobile audiophile amplification I was wondering if I should take the leap up to the Rx-MK 3B+ or opt for the Continental V3.
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.

I would recommend jumping up to the RX-MK3 B+. In my personal experience with the amp, I fell in love with the way the adjustable bass is implemented. Before I made my purchase had the same question, but im very glad I went with the RX MK3 B+. I've used it with my HD650s and my Mad Dogs and they pair great for me.
post #671 of 793
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I would recommend jumping up to the RX-MK3 B+. In my personal experience with the amp, I fell in love with the way the adjustable bass is implemented. Before I made my purchase had the same question, but im very glad I went with the RX MK3 B+. I've used it with my HD650s and my Mad Dogs and they pair great for me.

 

Thanks for the tip...

In asking the ALO staff about the conundrum they replied that the Continental is a bit warmer than the more 'clinical" MK3 B+. The word clinical is a bit suspect when describing sound; do the 

RX-MK3 B+ offer a warm presentation? My National, as described above, has a surprising warm sound for a solid state amp.

post #672 of 793
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Originally Posted by Praguepolo View Post
 

 

Thanks for the tip...

In asking the ALO staff about the conundrum they replied that the Continental is a bit warmer than the more 'clinical" MK3 B+. The word clinical is a bit suspect when describing sound; do the 

RX-MK3 B+ offer a warm presentation? My National, as described above, has a surprising warm sound for a solid state amp.

 

Oops: "does the..."

post #673 of 793

Since you own the CLAS-r I might lean to the Continental.  I own the HD650s too, and though a great pairing, I sometimes long to keep with the HD650s smoothness.  The Continental's tube character would be the ticket if you feel that way.  I wanted balanced to match my CLAS-db, so I went Mk3 and tweek the bass knob a bit...

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Since you own the CLAS-r I might lean to the Continental.  I own the HD650s too, and though a great pairing, I sometimes long to keep with the HD650s smoothness.  The Continental's tube character would be the ticket if you feel that way.  I wanted balanced to match my CLAS-db, so I went Mk3 and tweek the bass knob a bit...

 

My concern with the Continental is two fold: heat issue and battery live. 95% of my listening is on the go, so my rig is nestled in a messenger bag most of the time. Stacked, even with bands acting as spacers between components AND being inside a closed bag might cause some heat issues, degrading the overall battery life. The HD 650's certainly offer the nicest presentation out of all my cans, but being open they're not well suited for use in public (I like to drive them ;-) )

 

Listening to a variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock I wonder if the smoothness of the V3 won't be lost in the mix. My source materials are all.wav files of Japanese masters, Audio Fidelity, MFSL, etc. I suppose the benchmark for me is to have Steely Dan sound fuller than it does on the National CLAS -R pairing. 

 

The one thing that sticks out in my mind is the ALO reply that the Rx-MK3 B+ has a more clinical sound: do you find that to be true with your set-up?

post #675 of 793
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Originally Posted by Praguepolo View Post
 

 

The one thing that sticks out in my mind is the ALO reply that the Rx-MK3 B+ has a more clinical sound: do you find that to be true with your set-up?

 

I can't speak for heat on the Continental, but I do not have any heat issues with my stack.  I seems I listen the same way you do, out of a messenger bag.  I have an iPod Touch, Rx Mk3 (not B+), and CLAS-db wrapped in a Black Star case, and there is no heating up at all.

 

As for sound, I would say "even" is the word I would use to describe it, and there's plenty of power in reserve.  And when I use the HD650s, I tend to hit the bass knob to warm the sound a touch, with the gain switched to the middle setting.

 

Granted, I'm using my HD25s or DT1350s on the go.  But I don't see the HD650 changing the fact if that's what you'll travel with.


Edited by ButtUglyJeff - 10/5/13 at 5:32am
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