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post #196 of 258
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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post

 

Thanks. I think that would only be useful in driving the He-6s because on my SR71b with high gain on anything beyond 2 o' clock is already louder than I would want, even with high Ohm cans!

 

PS, Headamp is working on a new "Pico Power' amp, which sounds promising:

 

"Powerful like a desktop amp, small like a Pico."

 

http://www.headamp.com/pico/index.htm

 

Definitely the high gain setting for the Intruder is for the HE-6, although even there you really the extra grunt from the balanced connection in order to get satisfying volumes and reasonable drive from the HE-6. I've yet to hear my HE-6 well driven, the balanced connection to the Intruder is the best I've heard to date. Be interesting to see how the HE-6 sounds from my Audio-GD Reference 10 when that arrives and how the Intruder fares in comparison.

 

The Pico certainly has appeal, I really like my Pico USB DAC/amp, however it doesn't work with my Galaxy Note 2 so it doesn't get much of a look in at the moment.

post #197 of 258

Any impressions or comments from Intruder owners who use it with custom iems particularly? Is the gain too much? 

post #198 of 258

i think for my JH16.  I used the middle or low gain...sounds comfortable.

post #199 of 258
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Originally Posted by gmahler2u View Post

i think for my JH16.  I used the middle or low gain...sounds comfortable.

 

Same here, medium or low gain depending on the source I have it plugged into. With my JH13 Freqphase it sound so good I've caught myself on several occasions accidentally listening for a few hours when I only planned to hear a couple songs. (Like now. I should have been in bed already)

BTW, for all of you guys complaining about the DAC...

Honestly, how much of your music is actually high bit rate and how much is standard 44.1? Probably a pretty small percentage I'm going to guess.

Is it really worth dismissing a product over not being able to squeeze the very last drop of performance out of a few of the files you own?  

 

Seems like very few of you have actually heard the DAC in this amp anyway. It's actually pretty impressive sounding.  

I asked Ray about why he didn't include a 24/96 or better DAC in the Intruder and he told me it would have shortened battery life quite a bit to run a chip like that if he had.

 

I'm not finding the DAC he chose to be a deal breaker anyway because I don't even use it that much. If I'm sitting at the desk, then I feed it the balanced input from my Calyx 24/192 DAC (which sounds amazing) and if I'm walking around, it's being fed with the line out from my iPod.

 

He could have left the DAC out and I still would have bought it since it sounds better than the SR-71 and the extra power lets me run any headphones that I want with it. 

post #200 of 258
It is a nice sounding amp, but IMHO, just overpriced. I would never pay ~$700 again for something like this
post #201 of 258
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Originally Posted by Doralikesmath View Post

It is a nice sounding amp, but IMHO, just overpriced. I would never pay ~$700 again for something like this

Would you mind telling us more about what this picture should mean in terms of being overpriced? 

 

 

Todd R 

 

That's great to hear. I really don't care about its DAC capabilities as I will be using with the CLAS -dB anyway. I just wanted to check with CIEM users to see whether it's an overkill for iems or not. 

post #202 of 258
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Originally Posted by Yuceka View Post

That's great to hear. I really don't care about its DAC capabilities as I will be using with the CLAS -dB anyway. I just wanted to check with CIEM users to see whether it's an overkill for iems or not. 

 

Well it's definitely an overkill if you're primarily going to be using it with CIEMs like I do. There's no hiss at all though and it sounds great. 

post #203 of 258
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Originally Posted by Yuceka View Post

Would you mind telling us more about what this picture should mean in terms of being overpriced? 


Todd R 
I don't want to dig deeply into technical aspect, but if you look up about the Intruder in some more technical websites, you will see what I mean.This is what I'm technically looking for in a mid/high-end portable amp

And again, I have no negative comment at all regarding the sound of RSA amps. I really like RSA sound, as you can see how many RSA amps I've had in my list. However, I really feel I'm overly charged with the Intruder.
post #204 of 258
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Originally Posted by Doralikesmath View Post


I don't want to dig deeply into technical aspect, but if you look up about the Intruder in some more technical websites, you will see what I mean.This is what I'm technically looking for in a mid/high-end portable amp

And again, I have no negative comment at all regarding the sound of RSA amps. I really like RSA sound, as you can see how many RSA amps I've had in my list. However, I really feel I'm overly charged with the Intruder.

Isn't the sound that counts, even if the components are not to the standard. Same for the bit rate and DAC section, if the sound is there , who really cares.

post #205 of 258
Not really, are you willing to pay $300 for a cmoy if you feel like it sounds better than a $300 amp? wink.gif
post #206 of 258
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Originally Posted by Staal View Post

Well it's definitely an overkill if you're primarily going to be using it with CIEMs like I do. There's no hiss at all though and it sounds great. 

What attracts me to this amp is the balanced input. Otherwise my Tomahawk is just fine. So I'm looking for something that could receive balanced out and have that RSA house sound. I heard hissing issues with RX MK III and Alo audio never discloses the output impedance of their amps.
post #207 of 258
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Originally Posted by Doralikesmath View Post

I don't want to dig deeply into technical aspect, but if you look up about the Intruder in some more technical websites, you will see what I mean.This is what I'm technically looking for in a mid/high-end portable amp

And again, I have no negative comment at all regarding the sound of RSA amps. I really like RSA sound, as you can see how many RSA amps I've had in my list. However, I really feel I'm overly charged with the Intruder.

I too wish that it was a bit cheaper. Would you mind giving links to those reviews or criticisms related to the intruder ?

Thanks
post #208 of 258
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Originally Posted by Yuceka View Post


What attracts me to this amp is the balanced input. Otherwise my Tomahawk is just fine. So I'm looking for something that could receive balanced out and have that RSA house sound. I heard hissing issues with RX MK III and Alo audio never discloses the output impedance of their amps.

 

Yeah, I heard the Rx MK3 has hiss as well. I really enjoy the amp section of my RSA Intruder for my CIEMs, but I think I might be putting it up for sale, as I'm looking for more of a one-box solution with a better DAC. But as I've heard several people say that they prefer the Intruder over the 71B, I'm sure you'll enjoy this one if you're mainly after the amp section. 

post #209 of 258
I guess you dont really need balanced output for your IEMs. I have a Rx MK3-b as well and it produces noisy hiss with my W4s. The Intruder worked fine with IEMs, but not really better than my Protector or Predator.
post #210 of 258
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Originally Posted by Doralikesmath View Post

I guess you dont really need balanced output for your IEMs. I have a Rx MK3-b as well and it produces noisy hiss with my W4s. The Intruder worked fine with IEMs, but not really better than my Protector or Predator.

What I meant was balanced out of my CLAS into a balanced amp. I've heard that using a balanced cable for multi driver custom iems doesn't give you a whole lot of benefits due to the nature of balanced armature drivers and crossovers
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