Originally Posted by H20Fidelity
Such a shame about hiss on the 2nd Edition, hisound were so close to having it nailed imo. I can live with it depending on the pairing (some worse/some not) but it's not mentally assuring enough to use a fulltime rig as I want it near perfect and the hiss does detract me from the black background. Probably over the next month I'll go ahead and grab the 3rd.
Thanks for your insight, it's been rather helpful.
It might be worth keeping your 2nd Edition and just pairing up a quiet portable amp. I recently added a JDS C5 in between my Studio V 3A and a set of Heir 4.Ais, really like the sound there - noise floor is now invisible, but kept the highs right where I want them.
That being said, the mids are more recessed, and not quite as detailed (though still nice sounding) than when playing directly through the Studio V, so it depends a lot on the sound signature you're looking for.
For the money, I doubt you'll have as much of a difference going from the 2nd to the 3rd as you would by adding in a $200-$300 amp. There are certainly a lot of options on the Amplification For Sale forum right now:
I went with the JDS C5 for two reasons: the reviews spoke highly of it's low noise floor, and its flip-o-the switch bass extender (for my bass head moments).
I also considered a Pico slim, and one from TTVJ, all of which can be found easily in that price range.
If you're not interested in the added girth though, then I certainly welcome you to the world of the 3rd Anniversary.
Anyone know when they're having their 4th Anniversary? I should send them a cake.