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post #1066 of 3745

The TKD 2500 series is a very nice pot with a nice firm bass and a little less emphasis on the lower treble than the Dact.

Depending on the particular amp/headphone setup, one or the other may be better overall.

(Yes, I believe in some cases a pot may be better sonically overall, especially if brightness is an issue.

I feel this is the case with the HD800, especially, along with Grados, Denons, and the Fostex TH900.)

With the Dact and a high gain amp and a not-so-high impedance phone, there can be problems getting a precise enough volume level.

The Cavalli amps use the TKD.

(I kind of wish Stax used a TKD in their amps; they are both from Japan you know...)

I personally much prefer a pot because I think I have ADHD when it comes to setting a volume level, especially when it comes to serious music listening at the audiophile level.

I just find stepped attenuators sort of frustrating much of the time.

I think people should try using a stepped attenuator to make sure they like using one before they commit to it if an expensive amp is involved.

Just my 2 cents.


Edited by rgs9200m - 4/11/13 at 5:45am
post #1067 of 3745
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

I just find stepped attenuators sort of frustrating much of the time.

I think people should try using a stepped attenuator to make sure they like using one before they commit to it if an expensive amp is involved.

Just my 2 cents.

Besides those 24 steps you also have 3 gain position switch. So why a stepped should be a problem ?

It is a problem when an amp doesn't have any gain switch but has an stepped attenuator.

Using stepped for more than 2 years now, cannot listen without it, ultimate precision and channel balance is with stepped att.

post #1068 of 3745
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Originally Posted by DarKu View Post

Besides those 24 steps you also have 3 gain position switch. So why a stepped should be a problem ?

It is a problem when an amp doesn't have any gain switch but has an stepped attenuator.

Using stepped for more than 2 years now, cannot listen without it, ultimate precision and channel balance is with stepped att.

Good point. Yep, that gain switch sounds like just what the doctor ordered. All amps with steppers should have them, as I guess it triples the # of steps effectively.

It sounds like it doesn't affect the sonics, I assume. Yeah, 23 steps is a problem, but 69 sounds great. Thanks.


Edited by rgs9200m - 4/11/13 at 6:56am
post #1069 of 3745

what's the point for an exactly volume precision with stepped att? I thought the source and the cans will also affect the final volume in combine. Is this designed for an A/B comparing or anything else?

 

IME it was somewhat frustrating while trying to find a nice volume level with iPhone's 16 steps control, especially when you want it low enough but not muted for a nice nap. I am assuming this was not the problem with this expensive DACT?

 

channel balance is attractive though!


Edited by xphynance - 4/11/13 at 7:25am
post #1070 of 3745
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

With the Dact and a high gain amp and a not-so-high impedance phone, there can be problems getting a precise enough volume level.

Just my 2 cents.

I agree

post #1071 of 3745
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Originally Posted by DarKu View Post

Besides those 24 steps you also have 3 gain position switch. So why a stepped should be a problem ?

It is a problem when an amp doesn't have any gain switch but has an stepped attenuator.

Using stepped for more than 2 years now, cannot listen without it, ultimate precision and channel balance is with stepped att.

 

post #1072 of 3745

What DAC are you guys using to pair the GSX2+HD800? 

 

Anyone had heard W4S-DAC2? good match?

post #1073 of 3745
I'm going with the X-Sabre. Heard the trio already and loved it.
post #1074 of 3745
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I'm going with the X-Sabre. Heard the trio already and loved it.


I've heard a lot of good things about the X-Sabre and it's unique build. How does it stack up against the Master 7, which has been on my radar ever since the GS-X rocked up at my door, anyone had a listen to both?

post #1075 of 3745
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I've heard a lot of good things about the X-Sabre and it's unique build. How does it stack up against the Master 7, which has been on my radar ever since the GS-X rocked up at my door, anyone had a listen to both?

same here. no gsx yet but soon and the m7 does look appealing. I may have a chance to audition one at a meet in May with the gsx. Really looking forward to that!

post #1076 of 3745
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I've heard a lot of good things about the X-Sabre and it's unique build. How does it stack up against the Master 7, which has been on my radar ever since the GS-X rocked up at my door, anyone had a listen to both?
No idea. Haven't heard one and probably won't.
post #1077 of 3745
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I've heard a lot of good things about the X-Sabre and it's unique build. How does it stack up against the Master 7, which has been on my radar ever since the GS-X rocked up at my door, anyone had a listen to both?

 

Check out the Master 7 thread.  It's a pretty good write up therebiggrin.gif

post #1078 of 3745

I'm just using an Oppo 105 and after having several $1000 in DAC's already, I'm pretty happy with it.  I will probably end up building a Dual-mono buffalo3  DAC.
 

post #1079 of 3745

Sorry, Mods, if I'm breaking any rule by posting this but I figure the Head-Fi community may be interested:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/busted

 

Ooops!  Wrong tab.

post #1080 of 3745

A brief glimpse and intro to the Headamp GSX MKII

 

Got home from holidays and finally have time to settle with this amp .

Where to begin, how to get a feel for it .

 

Just a few words about the amp in hand.

What can I say, I am proud to own this without a note played.

From packaging to finishes all are just great.

All bits and pieces work flawlessly , all connections positive and solid 

I would have liked a locking click to secure the termination but it is probably better that an accidental tug pulls the connector out and not the amp to the floor, heaven forbid.

Very, very well done Mr Wilson.

 

I decided to take one album, a grand one .

The performance and sound quality of this is stunning.

If there ever was an album to buy to hear mood and intimacy this is it. What I write next is based  on this album only. Caveat.

 

Anne Bisson singing Blue Mind On the Fidelio label.

She is from Canada and the style is perhaps jazz but universally beautiful. 

I listened to the first 3 songs on the album with 4 friends I know well.

Source // Marantz SA11/2 SACD  // Balanced Argento Serenity XLR // Headamp // 4 friends

 

I won't go into detail but just believe me when I say the options to fine tune with this amp is mind boggling.

 

Oldest friend first 

AKG 701 // hardwired with aftermarket cable/copper and Bucchino XLR 3 pin 

The music is beautiful, feels a bit weird, I get the mood and the images are sharp, great control over the lower notes. 

Needs a play with gain setting and lets just say friendship needs some affirmation . 

 

Good old Buddy.

Victor DX 1000 hardwired with aftermarket cable/silver and Buccino BAXLR 3 pin 

Low gain and easy on the gas . Wow, perfect control over the bass I mean palpable chest reverberating sensations with utter control , this friend has been tamed to perfection.

Not to fulsome on absolute detail but cosy, a small jazz club atmosphere in spades . Mood and intimacy portrayed magnificently. minimal tuning needed here.

 

Through thick and thin friend

Audeze LCD 2 with Aphrodite Cu quad 22 Zeus cable with Furutec gold XLR 3 pin .

Beauty of tone, good cohesion, great controlled bass, stage not that great , need to experiment.

 

Soulmate

Beyer T1 / stock cable terminated to Neutrik 4 pin .

High gain easy on the gas. Great bass shockingly good bass quality . Sparkles just enough . Detailed and dynamic at low level listening.

Paints a beautiful picture. Best I have heard this Phone.

 

There you have it , this amp plays well with my 4 Friends but as you can imagine the individual friendships will blossom .

I am excited how it will scale with my premium source.

 

I am painfully aware of the following : Anias Ninn : We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. So always IMHO. 

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