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Poll Results: What do you think of amp recommendations in general?

 
  • 12% (17)
    Disgustingly not thought out, just recommended from the single amp they have tried
  • 13% (19)
    Poorly thought out, mostly blind brand loyalty
  • 41% (57)
    50/50, a lot of zealots but about the same number of helpful recommendations
  • 11% (16)
    Mostly people here know what they are saying
  • 15% (21)
    WiR3D is a zealot.
  • 6% (9)
    I disagree with you most things, people can recommend from there own experience, even if it is just the one amp that they own.
139 Total Votes  
post #256 of 431

haven't seen any mention of it so I thought I'd just ask....

 

Is the Pico Slim a suitable mate for the D5000's or D7000's?

 

It does output <1ohm

post #257 of 431
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Then I hooked up my refurb D7000 that I just got in, and wow. Huge step up. I didn't expect the D7K to match up so well with the XCAN, but it does. Even though the D7K is ~ twice as much $ as the 650, the difference in sound quality goes way past normal diminishing returns. Highly recommended combo!
By refurbished you mean just restored to about new condition right? no modifications?

According to DAKmart's description: "Refurbished to new condition with Denon warranty". There was a small, barely-noticeable smudge on one of the wooden earcups that I think I can easily buff out. Otherwise they are like new in every way with full packaging and literature, including an offer for an extended warranty from Denon.


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Thanks for the feedback - It was a combo that is already listed, and its good to have actual feedback here. 

I suspect the clean high current delivery of the XCANS is the big deciding factor.

On a side note I still haven't written the first page over - having spent my birthday weekend drunk :P

I noticed that, but there are a few of iterations of these amps and mine is the original X-CANS (original dual-cylinder chassis), not the V8. Here's a link to it in the 650 thread:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/197776/sennheiser-hd650-appreciation-thread/9090#post_8916392

Also: happy b-day!
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Edited by grokit - 12/10/12 at 7:01pm
post #258 of 431

A nice review of the HP-A8 with TH900 and D7000.

He also did a review of the TH900 and according to some people in the TH900 thread his review is pretty accurate.

Worth a mention in the list of amp recommendations for Foster headphones? (When our birthday boy gets rid of his hangover ...)  biggrin.gif


Edited by AppleheadMay - 12/10/12 at 9:30pm
post #259 of 431
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by froboy272 View Post

haven't seen any mention of it so I thought I'd just ask....

 

Is the Pico Slim a suitable mate for the D5000's or D7000's?

 

It does output <1ohm

Good question, the question actually is how good is its current delivery?

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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post

A nice review of the HP-A8 with TH900 and D7000.

He also did a review of the TH900 and according to some people in the TH900 thread his review is pretty accurate.

Worth a mention in the list of amp recommendations for Foster headphones? (When our birthday boy gets rid of his hangover ...)  biggrin.gif

So I read the review, and I won't argue that it matches, I will argue that I can't yet make it one of the BEST amps for the Denons, there was simply not enough comparison to convince me.

post #260 of 431
Thread Starter 

I have added a section to the article, going more in depth into things :)

post #261 of 431
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

I have added a section to the article, going more in depth into things :)

 

To what article? That one in the link I posted??

 

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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

Good question, the question actually is how good is its current delivery?

So I read the review, and I won't argue that it matches, I will argue that I can't yet make it one of the BEST amps for the Denons, there was simply not enough comparison to convince me.

 

Me neither. I would love to see a decnt comparison between the HP-A8 and Zana using either the D7000s or TH900s, or both.

But still, it's the best info on the HP-A8 I have found so far.

post #262 of 431
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post

 

To what article? That one in the link I posted??

 

 

Me neither. I would love to see a decnt comparison between the HP-A8 and Zana using either the D7000s or TH900s, or both.

But still, it's the best info on the HP-A8 I have found so far.

First page.

 

Thats actually sad, the only other feedback is from AnakChan, who gave it a 3/5. Not very convincing.

post #263 of 431
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

First page.

 

Thats actually sad, the only other feedback is from AnakChan, who gave it a 3/5. Not very convincing.

 

Ah thanks, just re-read the first page again. How did I get to the idea you wrote that other article? Too much Duvel I guess.  ;)

 

My choices (or rahter amps I am intersted in) from the first page would be Zana/HP-A8 and WA6SE.

Weird the WA6 preforms bad and the SE version seems to do a great job. Must read more on that one.

 

Indeed, we need more info on the HP-A8.

 

Maybe you should change the title of the thread a bit to include Fostex phones as well? There is a wealth of info here for people considering any of the Foster manufacured phones. And they have a second phone already (TH600). 

post #264 of 431

I was wondering - what about the Matrix M-Stage DAC? The M-Stage amp is listed, but not the DAC portion. Would that be a safe bet for D5000s?

post #265 of 431
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post

 

Ah thanks, just re-read the first page again. How did I get to the idea you wrote that other article? Too much Duvel I guess.  ;)

 

My choices (or rahter amps I am intersted in) from the first page would be Zana/HP-A8 and WA6SE.

Weird the WA6 preforms bad and the SE version seems to do a great job. Must read more on that one.

 

Indeed, we need more info on the HP-A8.

 

Maybe you should change the title of the thread a bit to include Fostex phones as well? There is a wealth of info here for people considering any of the Foster manufacured phones. And they have a second phone already (TH600). 

Same manufacturer, same impedance, similar characteristics - makes sense to me

 

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I was wondering - what about the Matrix M-Stage DAC? The M-Stage amp is listed, but not the DAC portion. Would that be a safe bet for D5000s?

I actually do plan to dig up some info on that DAC - at the moment I can't comment.

post #266 of 431

This thread needs to evolve into a: 

Amp recommendations for Fostex/Denon Headphones (and also DAC's) 

thread.

post #267 of 431
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Originally Posted by Man7rah View Post

This thread needs to evolve into a: 

Amp recommendations for Fostex/Denon Headphones (and also DAC's) 

thread.

 

As I said and WIR3D agreed with, for the amp part at least.

But if we start matching Dacs with phones, in my humble opinion, we will be BSing the crap out of ourselves, which is exactly what WIR3D is trying to prevent here.

I can understand where you're coming from though, some of the amps are amp/dac combos, but it's mainly the amps and amp parts of combos we're talking about here. Or at least that was/is my impression.

post #268 of 431
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post

 

As I said and WIR3D agreed with, for the amp part at least.

But if we start matching Dacs with phones, in my humble opinion, we will be BSing the crap out of ourselves, which is exactly what WIR3D is trying to prevent here.

I can understand where you're coming from though, some of the amps are amp/dac combos, but it's mainly the amps and amp parts of combos we're talking about here. Or at least that was/is my impression.

By that you mean, getting too subjective?

post #269 of 431

That would be a polite way to put it, yes.

I don't consider myself an audiophile but I do know I have damn good hearing.

It gets less with age though and the fact I am riding bikes on a daily basis doesn't do much good either, even though I wear hearing protection. The damage that windspeeds approaching 200kph do just isn't that easily dismissed.

I do hear the difference between different (SQ comparable) sources but if I was to decide that the sound of one source matches a certain headphone better than another source I just know that my opinion would be too subjective. And if I were to write that down for others to, God forbid, help in making their decision on choosing one source over another then I would consider myself a BS--er. 

post #270 of 431
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post

That would be a polite way to put it, yes.

I don't consider myself an audiophile but I do know I have damn good hearing.

It gets less with age though and the fact I am riding bikes on a daily basis doesn't do much good either, even though I wear hearing protection. The damage that windspeeds approaching 200kph do just isn't that easily dismissed.

I do hear the difference between different (SQ comparable) sources but if I was to decide that the sound of one source matches a certain headphone better than another source I just know that my opinion would be too subjective. And if I were to write that down for others to, God forbid, help in making their decision on choosing one source over another then I would consider myself a BS--er. 

Yeah, I hear ya.

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