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Edited by grizzlybeast - 10/26/13 at 9:14am
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Grizzly, I personally like LCD on emotiva a lot. The mini-x injects some liveliness into the lcd2 and open them up nicely. I tried this at the ca meet. So for people who say the pairing is not good, it could just be their preference.
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^ gotcha.... From when I had the emotiva before with the hd650 and modded t50 they added dimension and opened those headphones up a bit. So I would expect the same with the lcd2. 

 

I know a product is good when I repurchase it. After selling buying the lcd2 though I need some cash and may do a modi for now and let the audio gd go. hopefully I will be good with that for a month or so. 

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Can't believe that some people are complaining about the shipping costs. Even though it does double up when importing the unit, it remains an excellent buy. I can't think of another $300-400 headphone amp that will give you better sound than the Mini-X, unless you buy a full sized Marantz, Yamaha or Rotel amplifier that will be tough to accommodate on a desk. I paid my shipping costs with a smile as the service from Emotiva was absolutely fantastic. I paid them the funds on a Monday evening and I had the amplifier in my home by Thursday afternoon and that was shipped to the southern tip of Africa.

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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

I know a product is good when I repurchase it. After selling buying the lcd2 though I need some cash and may do a modi for now and let the audio gd go. hopefully I will be good with that for a month or so.

Only for a month?


Edited by john57 - 10/26/13 at 10:53am
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

 

Hey guys.  A special shout out to elwappo99 (E.) for being the first one on head fi to take the chance with the mini x a-100.  

His impressions way back allowed me to pick this puppy up on one of Emotivas many sales as a step in until my F1J was ready for my HE-6  

 

To my surprise it did the job on more than a few headphones.  No it's not the best amp out there, but for a price of $169 to $200 it's very hard to beat.  Also, MaxV uses a tube DAC in his setup.  I think it helps with the brightness if anyone is experiencing any brightness that is.  The DAC is an important part to get right with this amp.  I settled in on the Ciunas DAC.  It made the AD / a-100 a real joy to listen to.  

 

I still feell the LCDs does better on the Mojo, but for the price of $200 even the Mojo comes up short in the price per performance area.  

 

GaryMD did a big speaker amp comparison.  The a-100 didn't do so well to his ears with the LCD-3.  However, IMO this amp does well with harder to drive headphones.  If you have a HE-4, HE-5, HE-5LE or an HE-6 or HE-500, Mad Dogs and Alpha Dogs - you'll be good to go.  However, some have found joy with the LCD-2.2s.  Which I can understand, because they tend to be the darker of the LCDs and the a-100 really weaks them up. Yes - I did like the LCD-2.2s better with this amp when compared to the LCD-3s.

 

The new Audio-GD amp (Precision 1) would be a very interesting comparison.  The only Audio-GD amp I heard was the Master 3 paried with the HE-6.  That amp did sound great.  It was more of a warm presentation, very intimate.  The soundstage was a tad bit closed in for me with less air, but it was very seductive like the LCDs can be.  The comparison was with my F1J amp and not the a-100.  But the a-100 has lots of air and does sound open with plenty of thump in the bottom end.

 

 

Link?

 

Also, I agree with everything you said there. Out of HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3; I found the LCD-2 to be the best pairing, followed by HE-500 and then LCD-3.

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For those in the Asia pacific, a more accessible proposition is the Topping TP60 which pumps out roughly the same amount of power as the mini-x. Decent sounding and others on Headfi including myself have enjoyed powering their HE500s and HE6s. I got mine for $211 delivered and paid nil taxes to Oz. From reviews it also has SET like qualities on presenting a very detailed sound
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Originally Posted by john57 View Post
 

Only for a month?

modi>emotiva>lcd2.2

 

is that long?


Edited by grizzlybeast - 10/26/13 at 12:11pm
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Link?

 

Also, I agree with everything you said there. Out of HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3; I found the LCD-2 to be the best pairing, followed by HE-500 and then LCD-3.

yay!!! for me

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yay!!! for me

 

DIsclaimer: I hated the pairing for the first week and pretty much for the first month or so...because I was coming off of HE-500 and I hadn't gotten used to LCD-2. After 3 months, I barely touched the HE-500. LCD-2's were getting majority of the time.


Edited by Zoom25 - 10/26/13 at 12:22pm
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DIsclaimer: I hated the pairing for the first week and pretty much for the first month or so...because I was coming off of HE-500 and I hadn't gotten used to LCD-2. After 3 months, I barely touched the HE-500. LCD-2's were getting majority of the time.

that is the case for others in general that have come from the he-500. 

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I'm confused as to what to do next.

 

My previous Emotiva - now returned, hissed at 35% volume on the pot, and had a low level hum even when the Volume Pot was turned all the way down.  The hum wasn't too bad, but with no sound playing you could definitely hear it.  Since returning my Emotiva as there was a static issue with the Volume Pot, I've had nothing to pair with my He-500's.

 

I've been Amp'less for about two months and looking to buy another amp end of this month so I can get back down to enjoying the He-500's.  The thing is it'll have to be one with speaker taps as i snipped the He-500's wire, unless I buy another cable of course.

 

The low level hum bothered me on the Mini X, any tiny flaws bother me and I spend hours trying to fix them rather than enjoying my gear - I'm sure others can relate.

 

I've since upgraded my Dac from an internal sound card to an external, The Musical Fidelity M1, I'm wondering if this would pair nicely with the A100 - any thoughts/experience with both?

 

Shipping over here to the Uk from the US will cost a fair bit more than US folk pay, and to find out the low level Hum is still present with a new unit would just drive me Crazy.  What's the next best thing without a hum? 


Edited by fluidz - 10/26/13 at 1:55pm
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

Link?

 

Also, I agree with everything you said there. Out of HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3; I found the LCD-2 to be the best pairing, followed by HE-500 and then LCD-3.

Somewhere in here.  You can go back a few pages just to see where he started.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/649107/speaker-amps-for-headphones/600

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Hi Fluidz,

 

Hiss and hum problems can be cause by many things. Without a complete history it is going to be hard to say your hum issue was entirely with the amp or some other factors as well. There is mechanical hum and line hum. Ground loops, dirty AC lines, RF inference, poor connections, cold solder joints and cabling issues. I had all of these issues in the past including just having a cable TV line in the house and light dimmer SCR's was causing a lot of problems.

 

I am getting my Emotiva mini-X A-100 next week and it would be my third product from them. With my experience I am more likely to succeed and I also have an engineering background.

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I received the mini-X yesterday and hooked up my HE-500 using the stock Canare cable from my HE-400. I simply clipped the mini plug off and hard wired the cable to the amp. I have a Bifrost feeding it and have no noise floor until about 12 o'clock. It is simply too loud for me beyond 10 o'clock so the floor issue isn't one at all.

Verdict is that this is hands down the best my HE-500 has ever sounded, besting my Lyr and Asgard2. 24/96 Steely Dan Aja is astounding.

Crisp, clean, powerful sound......the Emotiva justs grabs your brain and takes it for a powerful ride, sounding absolutely superb throughout.

I was enjoying my AKG K712 Pro with the Lyr more than the HE-500 and that had me really wondering about how good they really were.

My doubts are completely erased. HE-500 is stellar, they obviously crave gobs of power. I'm driving them like a Banshee and they are responding well beyond my expectations. Highly recommend the mini.....thanks Mal for posting such an awesome spot on experience!
Edited by Grado77 - 10/26/13 at 6:49pm
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