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Not useless for me- I have the Master-5 and I can switch back and forth without needing the extra cable banging around. But it is a little odd.

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Wow, okay, this amp is really good. I currently have the "warmer 2" setting going which is nice with my brighter DT770/600's- it definitely reduces sibilance in female vocals but keeps all the detail- it seems to take the "edge" off of recordings that are bright- think Lyle Lovett for instance. It's soundstage is not as wide or deep as my Master-5 but it's different tone is a good offset to it. Plenty of power on tap.

 

I think this amp would be a great pairing with brighter headphones or anyone who likes smoother treble (yet still extended enough), or maybe has a brighter source/ DAC. 

 

Another quality amp from Kingwa. 

post #63 of 389

Congrats Tim. Glad you like it.

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I'm gonna be paiairng it up with the DT990s which is very bright. Sounds like a quality combo. I may even go old school Hifiman and get the HE-4 which could use all that power.
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I'm gonna be paiairng it up with the DT990s which is very bright. Sounds like a quality combo. I may even go old school Hifiman and get the HE-4 which could use all that power.

 

Unless you really like the HE-4 sound signature and your budget does not allow you to get the HE-5LE (which has a similar signature) I would not recommend this phone. I own it as well as the HE-500 and the performance level is definitely not the same. From what I heard, the HE-400, however, is really close to the HE-500 in most aspects but it has a dark sound signature that might not pair well with the SA-31 in this case. I would go NFB-6 + HE-400 or SA-31 + HE-5LE depending on budget.

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I already owned and loved the HE-4. I wouldnt be using the extra warmth settings with it. The HE500 wouldnt have the bass presence I want. Even the HE400 didnt have enough. From memory, the HE4 was like the DT990, just darker.
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Unless you really like the HE-4 sound signature and your budget does not allow you to get the HE-5LE (which has a similar signature) I would not recommend this phone. I own it as well as the HE-500 and the performance level is definitely not the same. From what I heard, the HE-400, however, is really close to the HE-500 in most aspects but it has a dark sound signature that might not pair well with the SA-31 in this case. I would go NFB-6 + HE-400 or SA-31 + HE-5LE depending on budget.

I'm running the HE-500 from the NFB-6 (fully balanced) and it sounds terrific though I have no other phones or amps to compare it with.

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The SA-31 is not dark- it's "Kingwa dark" meaning subtly warmer that ultra neutral.

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The SA-31 is not dark- it's "Kingwa dark" meaning subtly warmer that ultra neutral.

Exactly. Having owned the NFB-5, I know what to expect.

The NFB-5 sounded glorious with the HE400. Since the HE-4 is slightly brighter than the HE400, I wouldn't expect overly dark sound anyways.

First things first: waiting for the SA-31 to arrive to test with the two 990s I have. Then I'll see if I have a desire to get the HE-4.



PLEASE tell me that means it's on it's way!
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/25/12 at 6:11am
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Yes, it's on the truck for delivery

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The wait is killing me.
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Exactly. Having owned the NFB-5, I know what to expect.
The NFB-5 sounded glorious with the HE400. Since the HE-4 is slightly brighter than the HE400, I wouldn't expect overly dark sound anyways.
First things first: waiting for the SA-31 to arrive to test with the two 990s I have. Then I'll see if I have a desire to get the HE-4.

PLEASE tell me that means it's on it's way!

Ha fun with your new toy wink.gif and try to stay alive until it come to your home ^^

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Yes, it's on the truck for delivery

No I just hijacked the truck, he's never getting it

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It's here! biggrin.gif
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It's here! biggrin.gif

 

Now first impressions , and later when you will be used to it (and the unite burned for who believe in such things) . 

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