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post #196 of 207
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

It may help to explain why you didn't like the Hifi-M8. Why didn't you like it and why is the Hugo pairing better?

bmitchels is very hard to please. That case of his looks like something an explosives expert would carry around with him :-)

I'd love to hear the HUGO/TH900 though.
post #197 of 207
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

It may help to explain why you didn't like the Hifi-M8. Why didn't you like it and why is the Hugo pairing better?

Well, i am not sure to have all the "audiophile vocabulary" some people have here, but I will say that the HUGO is much more "airy" if this term make sense.

When I had the HiFi-M8, I prefered AK100>hifi-M8>Tu-05 to AK100>HiFi-M8 Direct.

This seems to say that it was the Amp part of the M8 that I did not like, not the DAC part ...
Edited by bmichels - 5/17/14 at 4:42am
post #198 of 207

Very interesting... Tyll seems to like the M8 as a very competent amp. But that was in the context of the HD800 if I remember correctly. Which says nothing about the pairing with the TH900... Hm.

post #199 of 207
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Originally Posted by plakat View Post
 

Very interesting... Tyll seems to like the M8 as a very competent amp. But that was in the context of the HD800 if I remember correctly. Which says nothing about the pairing with the TH900... Hm.

Yup. Which is exactly why I'm seeking fellow TH900 users to ask them which portable amp they liked better with these headphones specifically. Or, at the very least, point out those portable amps which absolutely must NOT be paired with the TH900 (due to the combo creating a horrible sound etc.).

 

Edit: after reading through countless of threads, I've narrowed down the portable amps to the following:

 

HeadAmp Pico USB DAC/AMP

- iFi Micro iDSD (not yet available, est. July 2014)

JDS Labs O2+ODAC combo

Leckerton Audio UHA760

iBasso D2/D12/D42? (I have no idea which version is best)

 

NOT in the running anymore:

Sony PHA 2 (inferior to the competition, amp does not have enough power for certain headphones)

Centrance HiFi-M8 (someone specifically said pairing this amp with the TH900 sounds pretty awful)

Fostex HP-P1 (apparently iPod only)

 

 

Personally, I'm leaning toward the iFi Micro iDSD, as it seems to have a lot of unique features within a very reasonable asking price.


Edited by 1c3d0g - 5/18/14 at 7:47pm
post #200 of 207

I wouldn't bring my TH900s outside if I were you.

post #201 of 207
Will soon test with a LH Labs Geek Out 720 and let you know how it sounds.
post #202 of 207
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Originally Posted by 1c3d0g View Post
 

Yup. Which is exactly why I'm seeking fellow TH900 users to ask them which portable amp they liked better with these headphones specifically. Or, at the very least, point out those portable amps which absolutely must NOT be paired with the TH900 (due to the combo creating a horrible sound etc.).

 

Edit: after reading through countless of threads, I've narrowed down the portable amps to the following:

 

HeadAmp Pico USB DAC/AMP

- iFi Micro iDSD (not yet available, est. July 2014)

JDS Labs O2+ODAC combo

Leckerton Audio UHA760

iBasso D2/D12/D42? (I have no idea which version is best)

 

NOT in the running anymore:

Sony PHA 2 (inferior to the competition, amp does not have enough power for certain headphones)

Centrance HiFi-M8 (someone specifically said pairing this amp with the TH900 sounds pretty awful)

Fostex HP-P1 (apparently iPod only)

 

 

Personally, I'm leaning toward the iFi Micro iDSD, as it seems to have a lot of unique features within a very reasonable asking price.

 

don't forget the Analog square paper TU-05 PORTABLE tube amp.  SUPERBE synergy with the TH900. described here on Head-Fi

 

I made a "transportable" set-up with those 2 (+ a AK100) and modified the TU-05 to add an XLR headphone-out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by bmichels - 5/30/14 at 11:13am
post #203 of 207
Has anyone tried Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear DE with TH900's? I'm driving my HD650 with Schiit Vali, and I'm thinking about selling most of my current stuff, and getting a TH900 and some nice solid state amp in <1000€ price range. V200 and Lehmann Audio BCL are on my radar too. Lovely Cube premium has also my curiosity, as it's basically supposed to be the same amp as BCL, but for 1/3 of the price.
post #204 of 207

Aloha Head-Fi just received my Fostex TH900.  I'm in a hospital right now but I'm using them with the Fostex HPA4 through my MacPro.  They sound great especially downloaded some flacc tracks from the HD site.  The dynamics are great and the detail is spot on.  I do hemodialysis Monday thru Saturday for 3 hours, using the Vamp Vesa from VModa with my IPhone 5S locked on to it.  The Fostex sounds great on it also, enough to keep me smiling as I'm hooked up to the machine.  Enjoy the music.

post #205 of 207
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Originally Posted by komomai View Post

Aloha Head-Fi just received my Fostex TH900.  I'm in a hospital right now but I'm using them with the Fostex HPA4 through my MacPro.  They sound great especially downloaded some flacc tracks from the HD site.  The dynamics are great and the detail is spot on.  I do hemodialysis Monday thru Saturday for 3 hours, using the Vamp Vesa from VModa with my IPhone 5S locked on to it.  The Fostex sounds great on it also, enough to keep me smiling as I'm hooked up to the machine.  Enjoy the music.
welcome to the club!.... Wish i had my TH900 when I was in hospital last. I believe that 9 out of 10 physicians recommend the TH900 for hospital use. wink.gifbeerchug.gif
post #206 of 207
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Originally Posted by komomai View Post
 

Aloha Head-Fi just received my Fostex TH900.  I'm in a hospital right now but I'm using them with the Fostex HPA4 through my MacPro.  They sound great especially downloaded some flacc tracks from the HD site.  The dynamics are great and the detail is spot on.  I do hemodialysis Monday thru Saturday for 3 hours, using the Vamp Vesa from VModa with my IPhone 5S locked on to it.  The Fostex sounds great on it also, enough to keep me smiling as I'm hooked up to the machine.  Enjoy the music.

nice! and greetings from a fellow kama'aina...

post #207 of 207

read the thread - and still wonder and have no answer - what dac/amp combo for Fostex th900 should I buy - Fostex HP-F8 or Burson Conductor SL. Could someone write advantages and disadvantages of these options with th900? Thank you!

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