if you have the time to look for a used just audio aha-120 you will have a portable amp that can compete with desktop offerings otherwise just go desktop.
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"Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review - Page 339
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #5072 of 64134/9/13 at 4:26amQuote:
The Violectric seemed more neutral while the lyr bass more body and bass impact. I think that you're looking for the lyr. You can often find them used for about $350 which is an outstanding bargain for an amp of this quality.post #5073 of 64134/9/13 at 4:40amQuote:
Is the Lyr warm sounding? I want something neutral and transparent to drive the MD's.post #5074 of 64134/9/13 at 4:46am
At stock, I'd call the lyr slightly warm. Of course, the flavor will come from the tubes installed. The lyr can sound significantly different based on the tubes you're using. The stock GE's for instance have a bit of sparkle on the top and a touch more bass slam with the MD's.post #5075 of 64134/9/13 at 5:16amThis is the reason I stay away from tube amps. I want something that increases the volume level, but is audibly transparent. In my opininion, if you hear differences with an amp, the amp is coloring the sound.post #5076 of 64134/9/13 at 5:20ampost #5077 of 64134/9/13 at 5:43amQuote:Originally Posted by vaed
Thanks! Definitely what I was looking for. Yeah, the tube-rolling business is a bit intimidating to me. $100 tubes! I didn't know tubes went that high! But that's a subject for the other thread, I suppose.
I basically agree with your judgment. As a college student, I'm pretty damn spoiled with the setup I have (my dad loves gadgets, so it's a mutual infatuation), and so I think I'll be happy for a while. The allure of an open headphone is just hovering over my head, but I'll get over it.
Take a look at Project Sunrise II Amps. They perform far above their price point and sound amazing, IMO. There are many low cost tubes ranging from $25 to $50 that sound great in this amp. PM me if you want some recommendations and go HERE for detailed Project Sunrise II tube rolling posts. Pair the Project Sunrise II Amp with an ODAC or Modi for an excellent low cost combo for around $350.post #5078 of 64134/9/13 at 6:13amQuote:
Also available is a really great deal. Check my for sale sig.
With that I'm giving away a free DacMagic and a Free V-Link if needed. With USB / Coax / and a pair of XLR cables.post #5079 of 64134/9/13 at 7:04amQuote:
The most transparent amps I've ever heard in my life have been tube amps (in speaker systems). While ultimate transparency isn't really my ultimate goal, it's quite possible to achieve it with tube amps. That being said, I don't for one minute believe that it's easier for the consumer to get good transparency with tube amps.post #5080 of 64134/9/13 at 7:30ampost #5081 of 64134/9/13 at 8:14am
I am of the opinion that a DAC should be transparent, but an amp can be whatever flavour/colour I want it to be.post #5082 of 64134/9/13 at 9:17ampost #5083 of 64134/9/13 at 9:26amQuote:
I'm sorry but I have to call BS on this blanket statement.
Some of the most audibly transparent & REALISTIC amps I have heard on headphones and speakers have been tube amps. I myself, use a tube amp as one of my reference amps.
It has been my experience, in 14 years of audio engineering, that many things can "color" or change the sound of the final audio going into your ears. The DAC can have a MAJOR impact on presentation. As can the pre-amp, the amp and/or the headphones.
However, the most important aspect and what makes the MOST difference if the source material being played. I have heard many a time when the amp is blamed for sounding bad and causing "harmonic distortion" when the crackle is ACTUALLY ON THE RECORDING ITSELF. The amp just exposed it...and it gets blamed....and yes...it was a tube amp.
Ultimately it comes down to TWO things with the last one being the MOST important in this hobby.
1) Your personal experience in all things audio
2) Your personal taste
The first one will allow to distinguish between products...that's how I know when something sounds "right". That's also how I know when the source material is being accurately and realistically reproduced through the system. EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE.
The second one is what ultimately matters. Who cares if you like crap sound? 98% of people do too!! If it makes you happy, then who cares?!?! There are tons of products that are KNOWN to be great and others that are KNOWN to be utter crap. If you enjoy the utter crap, then good for you! It's ultimately YOUR money, YOUR choice, and YOUR happiness. Enjoy YOUR happiness!!!
NOTE: Anyone have trouble using HF and a Galaxy S3? This took me more than 30 min to write!! Something is wrong here...SteveHoffman forum works awesome but this is crap.post #5084 of 64134/9/13 at 9:51ampost #5085 of 64134/9/13 at 9:57amQuote:Originally Posted by bluemonkeyflyer
Take a look at Project Sunrise II Amps. They perform far above their price point and sound amazing, IMO. There are many low cost tubes ranging from $25 to $50 that sound great in this amp. PM me if you want some recommendations and go HERE for detailed Project Sunrise II tube rolling posts. Pair the Project Sunrise II Amp with an ODAC or Modi for an excellent low cost combo for around $350.
+1 still one of the most underrated 'round these parts.
Edited by paradoxper - 4/9/13 at 9:58am
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