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ALO Audio Rx MKII - Where's the love?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I have owned the ALO RX MKII for a while, and I still love them.  However, they seem to not have a huge following, and is routinely being skipped over in discussions about the best, or even better, portable amps.

 

They sound fantastic to my hears, with a hint of emphasis on the bass.  It does have a clean, impactful sound, and has a very low noise level (can’t hear anything on the W3, DBA-02 MKII or the UE TF10.

 

They sound, to me, better than the RSA Tomahawk (better be given the price difference), the Pico Slim, and the TTVJ Slim (later two were brief tryouts).

 

So why are they underappreciated in general?

post #2 of 16

I Agree on there is not much love out there.....I tried looking for reviews and was left with not much info.

I eventually had the chance to finally demo them along with the CLAS with my UM Miracle, and I agree with your description and paired well with the Miracle.

 

Its MKIII that's getting all the attention it seems..........

post #3 of 16

Just seen the MKII has dropped 100 USD in price from ALO........Have we seen the end of the MKII?

Have they got something else cooking?

post #4 of 16

I appreciate all the attentions paid to the MKIII hence the $100 drop in MKII. I just ordered one today and like the design intent primarily for the IEM's.

 

Just read some posts on the MKIII thread about the hiss issue with sensitive phones. Some head-fi'ers are disappointed at the MKIII. I would be too if spending $300 more only to find out the hiss issue.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

MKII is really a fantastic amp, very clean, a little bit of bass impact/emphasis, quiet.  Could be a little big for some people though.

 

With $100 off, it's a great deal.  I am curious to compare this to O2, C421, and the huge hype around those C&C amps.

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by ambchang View Post

MKII is really a fantastic amp, very clean, a little bit of bass impact/emphasis, quiet.  Could be a little big for some people though.

 

With $100 off, it's a great deal.  I am curious to compare this to O2, C421, and the huge hype around those C&C amps.

 

I grabbed this amp wallet too. It looks pretty good and handy for portability. The amp size doesn't appear big given the dimensions.

 

 

BTW, how many hrs the amp can last with a full charge for the battery and how long it takes for a full charge?


Edited by DMinor - 2/1/13 at 10:31am
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I never really timed it, but I listen to the amp about 3 to 4 hours a day, and I charge it about once a week (5 days).

Each charge takes 2 or 3 hours.
post #8 of 16

My personal impressions on this amp (purchased it new recently from Alo ) .....

 

Right out of box the amp sounded a little dark. But boy after 5 days of extensive burn-ins it just opened up putting a smile on my face. regular_smile%20.gif

 

1. Battery can last about 20 hrs with a full charge for amp'ing rockboxed iPod 5G or 7G

2. Amp is very neutral and transparent

3. No hiss and very quite even at high-gain normal volume

4. top notch build quality (esp the 3.5mm jack)

5. Love that volume adjustment (nothing protruding)

6. Very portable with that amp wallet (I hate those rubber bands)

7. Music now sounds more musical, energetic and live with more richness, extensions and control - yet not colored.

post #9 of 16

I just picked one up today, used, but not many hours practically new. I concur that its sounding a little dark at the moment. Will be putting some hours on it now. 

post #10 of 16

After 2 weeks my conclusion is an excellent amp. It's super quite and clean even at Hi gain (that's what I like to set it for my music). When paired with my classic 7G, I completely turn down the vol from rockbox as it has absolutely no effect on the amp vol control. When paired with ipod 5G, I found out the RB vol only affects the amp vol control at roughly 30% and below. Above the 30% threshold there is no impact. So I set the RB vol at roughly 30% for the ipod 5G.

 

No longer consider it dark and rather it's pretty neutral and transparent. With this amp I am enjoying my music at another level.

post #11 of 16

I wanted to move up to a better portable amp.  At $100 off the previous retail price I felt the time was right to buy the MKll.  The previous posts helped as there have been very few reviews outside of Europe about this amp. I'll post my impressions after I gain some experience with it. 

post #12 of 16

This amp really is a beauty. I think it's a very neutral (portable-) amp, maybe a bit bass-light as previous poster Ambchang described.

But i do also use it as an ultra compact home-amp for use with TH-900.

 

Very detailed, transparant and lot's of gain. I'm using it at low-gain option with TH-900. And for lowered pricing it's a real bargain...
 

post #13 of 16

Haha since I got a UHA-6S MK2, I now hardly use the RX MK2. My EX1000 is hard to be driven by the Rx for whatever reason and I have to use the high-gain setting. Also I like the knob on the UHA more than the digital lever on the Rx.

post #14 of 16

I never heard the Leckerton, but i can imagine you prefer the knob on this amp. I think most people will and maybe that's also the reason you wouldn't find this type of control on all new ALO designs. The RXmk2 knob needs a bit a time to get used on. It feels a bit "miniaturized". But ofcourse this is....

post #15 of 16

If anyone is looking to buy the Rx MK2, I may be selling mine since I don't use it that much these days. Just PM me. I am too lazy to put it up in the sale forum now. normal_smile%20.gif

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