Originally Posted by SMG52 (Click to show)
Glad you (and Mike) like the Millenia. I liked it so much with my Paradox headphones, I tried it with my speaker system, and promptly sold my Musical Fidelity A1 amp, using the funds to purchase a second Millenia.
I agree with your assessment. I find the Millenia to be, more than anything, a very transparent transducer of what is coming into it. I don't recall hearing bass as deep and as taught, a midrange as clear and lifelike, nor treble any more extended but without etch or brightness - attributes I cannot tolerate in the least. I believe, from all I have read about the HD800s, that what you are hearing is that headphone. The things that are standing out for you, appear to be strengths of the HD800, and the things you are wondering about, well, from what I have read, they are attributes of the headphone as well, as you were yourself wondering. With my speaker system in particular, I have never heard as dimensional a sound, even when using tube gear that is known for that. This may be highlighted again in your instance with the HD800 headphone in particular (soundstaging). With regard to that hiss, I assume you had told Jan what the impedance of your headphones were, and that he didn't just go ahead and make a resistor box like what he made for others? In any case, I would not give up on getting rid of that hiss some more, so definitely get in touch with him and see what he thinks. Make sure he has the stats for the HD800 to go by (impedance, efficiency, etc.) But of course he may have that info!
Thanks, Stew.. you know, when I was listening last night/this morning.. I thought about just how terrific the Paradox would sound with the Millenia. Mine should be back soon (it's been on tour for the better part of eight months.. see my sig)... so I can't wait to hear it again.. especially on the Millenia. Also, I hope an HE-500 owner gives this amp a try.. I sense there would some wonderful synergy there, as well.
Originally Posted by Gary in MD (Click to show)
Fly and Zilch:
Thanks for the write-ups, and for giving up sleep for the cause. It's good to know that it wasn't just me and SMG imagining that the Millenia was really good... You folks at least have as good an imagination!
Fly: if you bought the box from Jan, let him know you are still hearing hiss. He might be able to drop the noise floor some more with additional/different resistors. I believe the box is covered under the trial period, and I know that when I had problems with my first box, he replaced it for no charge (I had to pay for return shipping, but the box weighs so little that it didn't cost much). Of course I didn't settle for that and also bought a second box with Mills resistors... all for the cause!
Thank you, Gary.. you and Stew really do deserve kudos for bringing this lovely amp to our attention. I've already emailed Jan asking what can be done to reduce the hiss with the HD800. It's probably the most sensitive of the phones I anticipate using with the Millenia.. so if the HD800 is hiss free, so should be my other phones (the Paradox & Fischer Audio FA-002w "High Edition"). In addition to being able to support a US-based company, buying from a CONUS based company makes shipping/exchanges much cheaper and faster.
Brunk, I'll let you know if/when I get the schematic for the HD800 box.. it might be a bit cause Jan/I won't know what works until he rigs one up, ships/exchanges what I have now..and I test it out w/ the HD80.. will keep you posted.
Originally Posted by zilch0md (Click to show)
Haha! I hear you FlySweep! And I love the way you can articulate what you are hearing! I wish I could write about sound the way you and Gary can. But I agree, vigorously! This amp is something special.
Not having the resistor box yet, I plugged some 8-Ohm speakers into it this morning before going to work. No more hiss. And whoa, what a difference that makes in being able to hear all the low-level signals against the blackness! The imaging and sound stage suddenly popped. And with near-field monitors, you get a much more pronounced and realistic soundstage than with headphones. I might have to buy another MG3.
I'm using Definitive Technology SM 45's - like the MG3, they are affordable giant-killers, highly praised in this review by Chris Martens of The Absolute Sound.
The MG3 has "unlocked" the SM45s! In comparison, the Emotiva was a ball and chain for those fine instruments, but I didn't know what they could do until this morning. I think I'll just leave the MG3 on the speakers until the impedance match arrives. It's very happy there. They deserve each other.
So let's do some math here: $300 laptop + $800 DAC + $500 amp + $400 speakers = $20,000 sound. (That extra zero is no mistake!)
Appreciate the compliments, Mike.. be careful & don't encourage me.. I can get awful "flowery" with descriptions.. especially with gear I like.. LOL. Thanks for the speaker recco, too.. I've been slowly eyeing bookshelf speaker that I eventually plan on getting to use with the Millenia.. and these look like just the ticket. The speaker-wrold is a bit intimidating, frankly.. cause it seems infinitely larger (in terms of offerings) than Head-Fi. I anticipate getting those e2 Lithium batteries, as well.