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post #76 of 135
Just want to let you know guys...just tried conti v3 with sm64 (v2)..and the hiss is almost gone..Very quite. And the sound is nice too.

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post #77 of 135
I'm not to sure how many hours I have on this amp yet but I'm guessing around 100 maybe a little more. It sounds really good with my 4ai's. very detailed love it with them. With my w4r's it also sounds really good. Seems like it was made for those two iems. smily_headphones1.gif but with my 535's bronze edition it just seems too bright or something with them. Not sure if its cause they are really sensitive or what but almost unlistenable. At first with them I thought mmm this sounds good but later on I don't know my opinion has changed. Don't like the combo. My 535's sound much better through my e11 Who knew lol. Anyways with this amp warm up a bit more in time? And should I just plug it in and run it for maybe another 100 hours or so burn in and see them ??
post #78 of 135
With westone 4r..i can hear noticeable amount of hiss, not much though, but clearly listenable. Have you noticed the same too? With sm64 i find it no hiss. Overall sound i like it much. Good detailing and sound image is excellent. So far i have tested...my combo of ipc/clasdb/v3 with Momentum/hd650 is my favorite.
post #79 of 135

Hi everyone.

 

Just wondering is anyone out there has the V3 up and running with any Beyer T1's? I'd love to hear what you think to this combo and what the best way of getting a source to it is.

I have Apple Lossless files on from either my Laptop or iPhone / iPad

 

Any ideas would be most welcomed as I'm about the pick up a set of T1's and need a good quality amp that's also pretty portable.

 

Thanks in advance,

Simon

post #80 of 135
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Originally Posted by muzic4life View Post

With westone 4r..i can hear noticeable amount of hiss, not much though, but clearly listenable. Have you noticed the same too? With sm64 i find it no hiss. Overall sound i like it much. Good detailing and sound image is excellent. So far i have tested...my combo of ipc/clasdb/v3 with Momentum/hd650 is my favorite.
Everybody says they hear this hiss,, maybe I'm old cause I can't hear any at all lol I'm going to have listen closely and see if I can hear it. If the hiss is there it's very small. My fav is the v3 with either the 4ai or the w4r. They both sound amazing. Also I tried my ie80's yesterday and wow does the v3 ever give them a kick smily_headphones1.gif on the other hand with my 535's they sound horrible with the v3. Makes the sound way to thin. Really trebly I don't like that combo at all. It's weird cause I just bought the shures and at first I thought they sounded really good with the v3 but the next day I tried them again and it was horrible. Not sure why my thoughts had changed. Maybe it was the tunes I was listening to dont know. But they sound way to thin. They sound much better with my e11. Go figure huh. Lol
post #81 of 135
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Originally Posted by simonpickard View Post

Hi everyone.

 

Just wondering is anyone out there has the V3 up and running with any Beyer T1's? I'd love to hear what you think to this combo and what the best way of getting a source to it is.

I have Apple Lossless files on from either my Laptop or iPhone / iPad

 

Any ideas would be most welcomed as I'm about the pick up a set of T1's and need a good quality amp that's also pretty portable.

 

Thanks in advance,

Simon

 

I have the T1 and the CV3. To me the sound is good. nothing to complain about. But i believe for some the sound could be a bit too bright. But for me is very fine (not harsh or sibilant like that - still get enough body to the sound). IMO, the CV3 is preferable to run with Sennheiser. The Momentum, HD800, and also my HD650 sounded more right compared to my T1. But the T1 will run very good with my Apex Glacier OR my RSA Intruder (very hard to decide which one is better from both). The other amps that run good with the T1, is when i use my Portatube amp with Laptop+DACport LX as the source. Sound very smooth just like a tube amp.


Edited by muzic4life - 8/7/13 at 6:11am
post #82 of 135
I find for a tube amp the v3 can be kinda bright. It's not that bad really but I always thought a tube amp would be a little Warmer then this. Maybe it will warm up more after 200-300 hours. I'm only around maybe at the most 150 hours. I'm liking this amp a lot. Lots of power for my iems. Just with a couple pairs it's too bright. Just my opinion.
post #83 of 135
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Originally Posted by pacman46 View Post

I find for a tube amp the v3 can be kinda bright. It's not that bad really but I always thought a tube amp would be a little Warmer then this. Maybe it will warm up more after 200-300 hours. I'm only around maybe at the most 150 hours. I'm liking this amp a lot. Lots of power for my iems. Just with a couple pairs it's too bright. Just my opinion.

Exactly. I agree with u on this. The v3 is a tube amp but to me sounded like no tube. The way it does the clarity and detailing is similar to solid state amp . I was expecting the mids sounded a bit warmer but apparently is not. The portatube is the one which has that tubey character.
post #84 of 135
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Originally Posted by muzic4life View Post

Exactly. I agree with u on this. The v3 is a tube amp but to me sounded like no tube. The way it does the clarity and detailing is similar to solid state amp . I was expecting the mids sounded a bit warmer but apparently is not. The portatube is the one which has that tubey character.
As much as I do like this amp I think if it doesn't warm up some more I think I'm going to have to sell it or buy another one and keep this one for the slight few that I have that sounds good. I'm thinking maybe it's too much power for iems and that's why. I'm really curious when I get the adapter for my er4p's to change them into the 4s what it will sound like. All my iems are pretty low in ohms so this might be the reason. But my ie80's are very low in ohms I think and it makes them sound great. With the bass diall turned all the way down mind you. But sounds good. Same with like I mentioned the w4r and 4ai. I was looking At the pico slim for my 535's. cause they sound horrible with this amp. And I really like the sound of them too. I just don't want to be shelling out thousands for different amps just to make one pair sound good ya know. Oh well lesson learned. As long as I've been at this hobby I am still always learning. smily_headphones1.gif
post #85 of 135

"But the T1 will run very good with my Apex Glacier OR my RSA Intruder (very hard to decide which one is better from both)."

 

Interesting, so you'd pick that over the Continental V3? I thought the tube would help the T1's?

Thanks for the feedback, if you had to pick one amp what would it be?

post #86 of 135
You should know...the v3 is a tube amp...but to me..the sound is not like tube at all. Is more like a solid state amp i would say. The mids and overall presentation of the v3 is less warmth. But the clarity and sound image i like it very much and the bass is not bad for a tube amp. The glacier is actually a solid state amp but the mids has a bit of tubey character. This amp is very accurate. The note is snappy..and the PRaT is quite good. The mids has more forward presentation. If i use this amp to drive my T1...the sound image is very nice. I get more life-like presentation without being harsh or sibilant. The music accuracy is excellent. The intuder has a darker character..and adding that warmth to my T1 and the soundstage of the intruder is better than the glacier. The intruder has more meaty presentation than the glacier. Is hard for me to decide actually. But i will give u an example with the music i play. The music like Patricia Barber or Kari Bremnes or any modern jazz songs, also latin instruments or alike...i would prefer to use my glacier...if i listen to song like mary black...anne murray..or any of vocal songs with less instruments i think i might prefer to use rsa intruder. With modern jazz song...there is a lot of small backgound music going on within the song...at this point..glacier is very good at picking up those micro details and make the music like real. Where the music by mary black..is tent to be more focusing on the vocal..so the warm character and darker tonal of the rsa makes the vocal more lush and the music has a better weight and emotion. I hope my explanation can be understood. I am not that good in describing the sound. biggrin.gif
post #87 of 135
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Originally Posted by muzic4life View Post

You should know...the v3 is a tube amp...but to me..the sound is not like tube at all. Is more like a solid state amp i would say. The mids and overall presentation of the v3 is less warmth. But the clarity and sound image i like it very much and the bass is not bad for a tube amp. The glacier is actually a solid state amp but the mids has a bit of tubey character. This amp is very accurate. The note is snappy..and the PRaT is quite good. The mids has more forward presentation. If i use this amp to drive my T1...the sound image is very nice. I get more life-like presentation without being harsh or sibilant. The music accuracy is excellent. The intuder has a darker character..and adding that warmth to my T1 and the soundstage of the intruder is better than the glacier. The intruder has more meaty presentation than the glacier. Is hard for me to decide actually. But i will give u an example with the music i play. The music like Patricia Barber or Kari Bremnes or any modern jazz songs, also latin instruments or alike...i would prefer to use my glacier...if i listen to song like mary black...anne murray..or any of vocal songs with less instruments i think i might prefer to use rsa intruder. With modern jazz song...there is a lot of small backgound music going on within the song...at this point..glacier is very good at picking up those micro details and make the music like real. Where the music by mary black..is tent to be more focusing on the vocal..so the warm character and darker tonal of the rsa makes the vocal more lush and the music has a better weight and emotion. I hope my explanation can be understood. I am not that good in describing the sound. biggrin.gif
I think with the v3 it takes a long time for it to warm up. Someone mentioned something like 300+ hours I'm not sure but that's what I heard. And I think it is very clear and very accurate. I've been listening to my 535's more and more with it. It brings the treble up and doesn't get rid of the treble roll off but shure does help. I'm finding the bass is really nice and tight and full. I'm hearing a lot more detail with them too. Sorry I'm not very good explaining this kinda stuff. Lol. I'm not sure if my brain is just getting use to this amp or it's starting to really open up. It is so clear and acrate to me I'm starting to really love it. I use it around 8 -10 hours a day and over night I'm letting it play while I'm sleeping. So ya maybe that guy was rite. It's still not as warm as I would like it but I'm sure warming up to it that's for sure smily_headphones1.gif I'm glad I haven't given up on it
post #88 of 135
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Originally Posted by muzic4life View Post

You should know...the v3 is a tube amp...but to me..the sound is not like tube at all. Is more like a solid state amp i would say. The mids and overall presentation of the v3 is less warmth. But the clarity and sound image i like it very much and the bass is not bad for a tube amp. The glacier is actually a solid state amp but the mids has a bit of tubey character. This amp is very accurate. The note is snappy..and the PRaT is quite good. The mids has more forward presentation. If i use this amp to drive my T1...the sound image is very nice. I get more life-like presentation without being harsh or sibilant. The music accuracy is excellent. The intuder has a darker character..and adding that warmth to my T1 and the soundstage of the intruder is better than the glacier. The intruder has more meaty presentation than the glacier. Is hard for me to decide actually. But i will give u an example with the music i play. The music like Patricia Barber or Kari Bremnes or any modern jazz songs, also latin instruments or alike...i would prefer to use my glacier...if i listen to song like mary black...anne murray..or any of vocal songs with less instruments i think i might prefer to use rsa intruder. With modern jazz song...there is a lot of small backgound music going on within the song...at this point..glacier is very good at picking up those micro details and make the music like real. Where the music by mary black..is tent to be more focusing on the vocal..so the warm character and darker tonal of the rsa makes the vocal more lush and the music has a better weight and emotion. I hope my explanation can be understood. I am not that good in describing the sound. biggrin.gif

Very good explanation thanks. For me I listen mostly to Radiohead, Rolling Stones, etc. But also a lot of other areas such as Rap, and Electronic. From what I've read the T1's work the best with tubes so if the v3 doesn't give that tube sound the glacier would make a great amp.

 

If you had to pick one for to listen to Radiohead which would you pick? 

 

Thanks,

Simon

post #89 of 135
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I think with the v3 it takes a long time for it to warm up. Someone mentioned something like 300+ hours I'm not sure but that's what I heard. And I think it is very clear and very accurate. I've been listening to my 535's more and more with it. It brings the treble up and doesn't get rid of the treble roll off but shure does help. I'm finding the bass is really nice and tight and full. I'm hearing a lot more detail with them too. Sorry I'm not very good explaining this kinda stuff. Lol. I'm not sure if my brain is just getting use to this amp or it's starting to really open up. It is so clear and acrate to me I'm starting to really love it. I use it around 8 -10 hours a day and over night I'm letting it play while I'm sleeping. So ya maybe that guy was rite. It's still not as warm as I would like it but I'm sure warming up to it that's for sure smily_headphones1.gif I'm glad I haven't given up on it

The unit with me is a demo unit from Mike's (Headfonia) store and i believe it has already had many burning time. They lend it to me just to play around. Actually i wasn't interesting with this amp because of the hiss problem when driving IEMs and apparently is true when i was using my w4r and um3xrc i can definitely notice the hiss. I heard that as well, after 300 hours of use the hiss should be lesser (but not totally gone). The 1st time i used this amp, what impressed me most, is the clarity. And yes i am totally agree with you, this amp somewhat adding the treble to the sound, but not in a harsh way, is very smooth actually. Regarding about the bass and detailing capability of this amp, my impression mirrors to yours. But i still doubt, that after longer period of use, we will get a warmer sound. And surprisingly, when i drive all my Sennheiser phones (HD650, HD800, Momentum), it turn out to be pretty good especially when i use to drive my Momentum, the sound able to make me WOW. And immediately after knowing this, i ordered my self a new unit from Mike's store.

 

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Very good explanation thanks. For me I listen mostly to Radiohead, Rolling Stones, etc. But also a lot of other areas such as Rap, and Electronic. From what I've read the T1's work the best with tubes so if the v3 doesn't give that tube sound the glacier would make a great amp.

 

If you had to pick one for to listen to Radiohead which would you pick? 

 

Thanks,

Simon

 

Hi Simon,

i listen to rock genre my self, but not so often. It happens the Radiohead is my favorite rock band too biggrin.gif. If i have to pick one amp for my T1 (for that genre) i would probably go with the Glacier. The reason is because listening to Rock genre, i like to have an amp with a better PRaT, so when hitting the snares and cymbals is more accurate and the sound is more authentic to listen. The RSA Intruder is also very good actually, especially in the bass department where the drum kick is more feelable, but the bass on the Glacier is no slouch either. The different between the bass from Intruder VS Glacier, the bass shape of Intruder is wider and bigger and warmer, or simply say the Intruder has more bass than Glacier, but i feel like the Glacier is hitting deeper, snappier, and more accurate. But to be honest with you, I love to hear Radiohead from my HD800. Anyway, please do audition if possible between the two before u decide. And one more thing  i'd like to add, both Glacier and Intruder, each has a build in DAC so you can just use it as a DAC to your PC, in this regard, Glacier is better. I did comparison before (ab-ing) for its DAC section between Glacier, Alo International, Intruder and Centrance DACport LX (using my laptop as a source), and my rate based on my ears would be Glacier/International > Intruder/DACport LX.

post #90 of 135

"It happens the Radiohead is my favorite rock band too biggrin.gif."

 

They are amazing. I can't wait to Listen to them with a good set of headphones. In that regards I'm hoping the T1's will serve me well. The Glacier with it's DAC is a good deal I think as I'll be listening via my Macbook / Apple Lossless.

 

Have you ever listened to In Rainbows with the T1's + Glacier? Anything else you'd pick over that setup that would be better?

 

Regards,

Simon

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