Edited by grizzlybeast - 10/26/13 at 9:14am
^ 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.
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.
Only for a month?
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.
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
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.
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?
Somewhere in here. You can go back a few pages just to see where he started.
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.