Originally Posted by Canadian411
Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl
ive posted a few impressions of GS-X vs. Master 8.
basically the master 8 is slightly brighter than the gsx but both are fairly neutral with a similar sound signature. the master 8 has a bigger soundstage and more air, the gsx slightly warmer. but overall both sound pretty much dead neutral.
So both Audio-DG MASTER 8 and 9 are half price and as good as GSX-MK2 ? Which is more powerful ?
I am looking to replace Burson HA-160DS <-- very weak,
they are basically the same performance-wise, hard to tell the difference really except for the treble and the soundstage. the master 8 is slightly less powerful than the gsx mk2, but the difference is tiny, like 7 vs 8 watts or something like that (used HE-6 for that), has more than enough power for everything else.
not sure on master 9.
Originally Posted by Asr
Nothing against your post, but unless you compared the amps on at least two different sources, you can't fairly evaluate the GS-X vs any other amp. As I mentioned before, using only one source won't tell you much about the GS-X when it adopts the sound of the source. If you found it "warmer"-sounding it's more likely that was your source you were hearing and the Master 8 has an imposed "colder" sound.
I heard the GS-X MK1 on more than 5 different sources and got a different sound with it on each one, and the MK2 on 2 different sources and found it to act the same way.
oh they had the same source. both of them. they would both adopt the sound of the mytek 192.
after noting the differences, it was pretty easy to tell with all the headphones, the hd 800, lcd-x, lcd-3, t1, th-900. all had slightly more treble and soundstage on the master 8, and the gsx mk2 was always slightly more neutral and just a tiny tiny bit warm in the mids, not really a coloration, but a sort of laid-backness to it.
still at first, its hard to tell the difference. both are just as good and are generally neutral overall.