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Perhaps you took it too seriously with this because of your other thread about "high end". I saw this thread and thought about that Sennheiser in the Headphone Amps forum, hence the comparison. Like you said, we still haven't heard the blessed thing, how do we know if it's "high end".
Thanks for that Steve - it just drives home how ill-informed Audio-Omega was in questioning whether this amp is 'high-end'. Man, will some people never learn ?
I guess you could say you've handed a real Butte-kicking to anyone who doubts the credentials of this new amp. For all that, we still haven't heard the blessed thing, have we ?
Touche, Mr Alpha-Omega (isn't that a tad blasphemous, if I may be so bold ? The last guy that came to this planet claiming to be the Alpha and the Omega found himself on a hill with two thieves..... nasty business, and things have been a bit iffy in that part of the world ever since. Just sayin.)
Burson would be over the moon with the comparisons Martens makes with their (cheaper) Soloist.
Found this link:
Found this link:
Isn't that output power spec a bit low for something in this price range? My otl tube am puts out more than that into 300 ohms. You won't be driving any orthos with that.
And that would put it in the same class as 99% of the dedicated headphone amps on the market atm. I'm more interested in listening impressions than whether it will drive the HE-6, but lumping cans like the LCD-2/3 in with the HiFiMan orthos is a little premature IMO. I agree that its an expensive amp, but take a look at the MSRP on every other box with 'Cary Audio' stencilled on the casework. Is it 'fair' for them to charge a premium for their kit ? I'll leave that to my esteemed colleagues to decide that, but I'm not going to trash the amp purely on the basis of whether or not it would drive the more insensitive cans out there.
Mai Bpen Rai.
I think comparing the sticker price of the Butte versus the Nighthawk is apples and oranges.
Here are the two side by side and drawn to scale:
The Butte is a tiny little thing, built around what appears to be a single piece aluminum extrusion. The Nighthawk is much larger and uses a fully fabricated sheet metal chassis. As far as I can tell, the Butte uses an AC wall wart for its power supply while the Nighthawk has its own torroid based power supply built in and includes discrete regulation. The Butte uses a pair of power opamps. The Nighthawk uses opamps for voltage gain, but they drive discrete class A diamond buffer output stages.
So I'm at something of a loss to understand why the Nighthawk's being priced at nearly 2.5 times the Butte should come as any sort of surprise to anyone or serve as any kind of criticism of the Nighthawk.
The description of the chassis should explain most of that weight.
Agreed. There is a large and vocal camp on sites like Audiokarma which measures the potential value of an amp by its 'heft' - I'll leave it to others to judge the relative merits of such an approach, but they seem to be looking for amps with chunky power supplies. That, or 90lbs of point-to-point wiring ........