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post #511 of 1020
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OT, but I know Mike subscribes to this thread - just wondering if he would recommend the Nola Boxers for the Coincident Dynamo 34SE ? Not easy to find high efficiency bookshelves that arent fullrange designs. Thanks in advance.

For those on a budget but who still demand top flight sonics and build quality, the Dynamo will prove to be a revelation. Single ended triode tube sound that belies its 8 watt power rating. Any 90 db sensitivity speaker can be powered with startling clarity and dynamics. Build quality not seen at twice the price. Perfect for those who want a simple compact set up or as a second system where true musicality is insisted upon. Hard to believe that this much performance and quality can be had for under $1000.Volume control obviates the need for a line stage since it permits direct connection to a CD player or DAC.

Specifications:
Single Ended EL 34 output-
8 watts per channel
6SL7 input/driver tube,
Auto Bias
5U4 GB rectifier tube
All hard wired
Stainless steel mirror finish chassis
Output impedance : 4, 8 ohms
Voltage selectable: 115V/230V
Frequency response: 20 hz- 20khz- flat
Sensitivity: 300 mv full output
Input impedance : 100K ohms
S/N Ratio- 88 db
Weight: 22 lbs
Price : $999 US.

The Turbo also serves as a state of the art headphone amp. A convenient front panel headphone jack is included. Output impedance is a standard 300 ohms.

 

I would recommend the Boxers!!

BUT - btw - the NEW Boxers (think they're called the Boxer L or something) are on their way to me for review!!

SO, IF you can wait...  But, the original would be a terrific mate there

post #512 of 1020
Thanks Mike - I can wait for that review, but its not going to write itself ! wink.gif

Apologies to everyone else for that detour - back to the microStreamer !
post #513 of 1020
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Thanks Mike - I can wait for that review, but its not going to write itself ! wink.gif

Apologies to everyone else for that detour - back to the microStreamer !

 

COOL

 

and yes! Now I'm enjoying the microStreamer in front on the Lehmann Audio Linear headphone amp!

The DAC in the Lehmann seems dated (limited sample rate support) and I was gonna use my MYTEK Stereo-192 DSD DAC,

but grabbed the MS

 

It makes for a terrific combo!

 

and also shows how damn good the MS is, when I switch back and listen to the MS, its DAMN close to the Lehmann IMO,

for closer than it should be!

post #514 of 1020

Just few words to say that HRT Microstreamer really makes a terrific combo with an Ultrasone Signature pro.  mS + Sig pro is an ultimate way to have a complete Hi-End sounding rig for everywhere. 


Edited by Sorrodje - 10/3/13 at 1:18am
post #515 of 1020

I have to admit I am very puzzled by all the praise the Microstreamer receive. I got mine a  few days ago and while it is a good sounding unit for the price I decided to sent it back to the shop.

I only tried it  with IEMs but I found the unit lacks details and is far too smooth, spatial information seem missing, which could explain comments by some as sounding very "analogue".

Maybe I got spoiled by the HM-901 but I haven't be able to listen the the Microstreamer for more than 10mn without wanting to switch back to the Hifiman. 

Maybe I was expected too much from such unit?

post #516 of 1020
I would say it is not fair to compare a $200 USB dac with a $1200 Dap.
post #517 of 1020

Too smooth? Odd, most people find it a bit bright...

 

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I have to admit I am very puzzled by all the praise the Microstreamer receive. I got mine a  few days ago and while it is a good sounding unit for the price I decided to sent it back to the shop.

I only tried it  with IEMs but I found the unit lacks details and is far too smooth, spatial information seem missing, which could explain comments by some as sounding very "analogue".

Maybe I got spoiled by the HM-901 but I haven't be able to listen the the Microstreamer for more than 10mn without wanting to switch back to the Hifiman. 

Maybe I was expected too much from such unit?

post #518 of 1020

Yes for sure , I really can not associate the word "smooth" to my mS. :o 

post #519 of 1020

I am pretty sure it measures absolutely flat between 20Hz and 20Khz, like most DAC,  so not too sure how people could find it bright?

What I meant by smooth was more a lack of apparent  details and soundstage depth.

 

But I will have to reassess my first impressions as after reading the last posts I decided to try the line out before sending it back and I will have to admit it sounded very good. I compared it to the LO of  the HM-901  (both feeding my receiver and HE-6) and they were practically indistinguishable.:eek:

I then updated the firmware and played with the various volume options in JRiver and Windows and it now sounds very good with my S-EM6.

I still have a feeling the HM-901 with balanced board still has a slight edge but I am now really impressed by this little guy.

 

PS: So far I have found the best sound is with volume disable in JRiver and only using Window's volume. There is a slight scratching noise when adjusting the volume slider while no music is playing. Is that normal?

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I am pretty sure it measures absolutely flat between 20Hz and 20Khz, like most DAC,  so not too sure how people could find it bright?

 

 

Indeed, I always noticed a bit excess of sparkle and energy in Hi-mids / low treble on the LO . I noticed it for the first time with my AKG K501 and the combo really shined but with the HD800 that's already well provided in this area , the little boost sounds immediately harsh. Maybe I'm wrong and I didn't do ABX tests :) . 


Edited by Sorrodje - 10/3/13 at 5:14am
post #521 of 1020

I see, that's not really how I've come to understand the term "smooth," which is usually cited as a positive indicating a lack of either harsh treble or general unevenness of FR.

 

Oh, and where did you see the mS measured? I'd be curious to see myself.

 

 

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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post
 

I am pretty sure it measures absolutely flat between 20Hz and 20Khz, like most DAC,  so not too sure how people could find it bright?

What I meant by smooth was more a lack of apparent  details and soundstage depth.

 

But I will have to reassess my first impressions as after reading the last posts I decided to try the line out before sending it back and I will have to admit it sounded very good. I compared it to the LO of  the HM-901  (both feeding my receiver and HE-6) and they were practically indistinguishable.:eek:

I then updated the firmware and played with the various volume options in JRiver and Windows and it now sounds very good with my S-EM6.

I still have a feeling the HM-901 with balanced board still has a slight edge but I am now really impressed by this little guy.

 

PS: So far I have found the best sound is with volume disable in JRiver and only using Window's volume. There is a slight scratching noise when adjusting the volume slider while no music is playing. Is that normal?

post #522 of 1020

This is why I love the HD650 with them, even without an amp (as I'm listening right now :P ), they sound great; it obviously doesn't give them the juice they need to REALLY shine, but it does a good enough job for me to feel fine being lazy in bed when I don't want to get up and sit at my table with my Asgard. The fact that I can take this everywhere, and don't have to even think about it, is pretty sweet.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

 

Indeed, I always noticed a bit excess of sparkle and energy in Hi-mids / low treble on the LO . I noticed it for the first time with my AKG K501 and the combo really shined but with the HD800 that's already well provided in this area , the little boost sounds immediately harsh. Maybe I'm wrong and I didn't do ABX tests :) . 

post #523 of 1020

@Gilly87.... HRT Should sound very good with your shure se215 and your DT770 ? no ? 

post #524 of 1020
Well its a bit sharp with the DT770, so anyone who is sensitive to treble should stay away, but I like it well enough. Haven't done much listening with the SE215.
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@Gilly87.... HRT Should sound very good with your shure se215 and your DT770 ? no ? 
post #525 of 1020
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

@Gilly87.... HRT Should sound very good with your shure se215 and your DT770 ? no ? 

 

It sounds quite good with the SE215, the W4R, and the Momentums that I have.  All three have varying degrees of treble roll off, so I got lucky with synergy.

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