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post #976 of 2665
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

Well, I have decided to go to the darkside and build a First Watt F5 clone for about $700! :veryevil:

 

It's 25 watts per channel, pure Class A, high current and damping, and no capacitors in the signal path. 

 

I wanted to go with the MG3 really bad, but this was too good to pass up IMO, but I am still interested in the HD-800 impedance box.

 

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/solid-state-rawson-mini-aleph-j-clone-2013-08-23-amplifiers-94609-oakland-ca

post #977 of 2665

 

Nice, too bad it isnt a F5 though 

:wink_face:

post #978 of 2665

Once in a while, Rawson built clones of the Pass F series of amps pop up on Audiogon as well. Kinda hit or miss, timing wise. 

 

Not sure about the Aleph series of amps, sonically. One of the reasons I had purchased the Musical Fidelity A1 amp was that I read on Audio Asylum that some people preferred it to their Pass Aleph amps. When I got the Millenia for my headphones, and then put it into my stereo system, I ended up selling my A1 amp (which I did like......but it just was not as transparent, nor as deep and defined bass, nor as spacious a soundstage, etc. as the Millenia). But, the F series of amps may be a whole different animal. I never heard any of them. Good luck with the build. Will be interesting to hear about your experiences!

post #979 of 2665
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Originally Posted by SMG52 View Post
 

Once in a while, Rawson built clones of the Pass F series of amps pop up on Audiogon as well. Kinda hit or miss, timing wise. 

 

Not sure about the Aleph series of amps, sonically. One of the reasons I had purchased the Musical Fidelity A1 amp was that I read on Audio Asylum that some people preferred it to their Pass Aleph amps. When I got the Millenia for my headphones, and then put it into my stereo system, I ended up selling my A1 amp (which I did like......but it just was not as transparent, nor as deep and defined bass, nor as spacious a soundstage, etc. as the Millenia). But, the F series of amps may be a whole different animal. I never heard any of them. Good luck with the build. Will be interesting to hear about your experiences!

 

Thanks, I will definitely give impressions in future :)

post #980 of 2665

When, oh when will I get my impedance match?  :o

 

This week, perhaps!  :L3000:

post #981 of 2665
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

When, oh when will I get my impedance match?  :o

 

This week, perhaps!  :L3000:

 

Ahh yes, hopefully soon. Atleast it's not a hasty project though.

post #982 of 2665

I love the way you hang out at the same venues I frequent, Brunk - always encouraging me with kind words and good advice!  

 

:beerchug:

post #983 of 2665
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

I love the way you hang out at the same venues I frequent, Brunk - always encouraging me with kind words and good advice!  

 

:beerchug:

 

Cheers to that! 

:beerchug:

post #984 of 2665

yeah, yeah, yeah, enough of this lovey-dovey stuff.  Where's your damned magic box Mike?  Are you bugging Jan sufficiently that he's working on it just to get you to leave him alone?  If not WHY NOT?

 

Your public awaits, and in case you haven't noticed, some of us are getting restless... and even the popcorn is getting stale (along with my humor, I might add)

 

 

:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::devil_face::popcorn::popcorn::devil_face::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

 

 

 

 

:biggrin:

post #985 of 2665

^^LMAO

:popcorn:

post #986 of 2665
Hahahah! Perfect timing, Gary!

I came home to find the impedance match had been delivered today. Joy!

I'll be hooking it up later tonight!

:-)

Mike
post #987 of 2665

Oh wow!   Having finally received and hooked up Jan's impedance match for my LCD-2, I am STUPIFIED!  News flash!  With the hiss completely eradicated, my LCD-2 sound better on the MG3 than my Definitive Technology SM45 speakers - by far!  

 

For three weeks I've been thinking there's no way the MG3 could sound any better than it does on those monitors.  Wrong!!!   :p

 

It has all come together for me, finally, with a factory refurbished HiFiMan HM-801 having arrived five days ago and the impedance match today.  Joy!

 

44/16 and 96/24 FLAC on SD cards >  HiFiMan HM-801 Line Out (from its two PCM1704U-K DACs) > 25.2V LiPo-powered TBI Millenia MG3 > impedance match > LCD-2

 

The is the best sound I've personally ever heard - and that includes some fine gear at the Dallas meet in June.  I hate to admit that I'm so competitive and deficient in humility, but I cannot WAIT to show up with this at the September 29 Dallas meet.  In addition to my ignoble desire to just make people envious (shame on me!), there is at least an equal measure of desire to eagerly showcase Jan Plummer's amp, giving him some well-earned praise. I hope he doesn't tire of making those impedance matches, because he will likely be getting at least a couple of more orders after this meet.  People are spending WAY too much money on dedicated headphone amps, in the shadow of such greatness that can be had for $600 (with the match box).

 

Given all the hoops I've had to jump through in the past five days to ferret my way through the HM-801's mine field of undocumented "limitations," allowing it to beat me into submission (Yes Master, your wish is my command!), the MG3 is all the more attractive.  Apples and oranges, yes, trying to compare a DAP to an amp, but then again, no - the MG3 is trouble-free, offers what is, for me, unprecedented performance, and is accompanied by the stellar support of a man who obviously lives to please others.  The cantankerous, "my way or the highway" HM-801 does, however, manage to be a sublime source for the magic that is the MG3.  

 

I first reached for Stew's recommendation - Lawrence Juber (solo guitar doing Beatles' cover) - I don't even want to switch to a different album - every note is so very, very sweet - real - natural - organic - effortless - unforced - and yes... musical.  Amid everything else, I'm hearing something I've never heard before in any guitar solo - the wood in the neck of the guitar creaking from time to time - this is happening at a very low signal level, but the background is so inky black, and the micro details so apparent within the spectacular transparency of this rig that I find myself grinning as much as I find myself slack-jawed.  My face is starting to hurt!   Crazy good sound.

 

On to more music - enough typing for now!   

 

Yeee-haw!

 

Mike

post #988 of 2665

Hahah fantastic news. At last we can resume scheduled broadcasting...

post #989 of 2665

Hey, I resemble that!!  :tongue:  Hahaha!

post #990 of 2665
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

Amid everything else, I'm hearing something I've never heard before in any guitar solo - the wood in the neck of the guitar creaking from time to time - this is happening at a very low signal level, but the background is so inky black, and the micro details so apparent within the spectacular transparency of this rig that I find myself grinning as much as I find myself slack-jawed.

Very similar to the experience I had when playing Dave Matthews' "The Riff" on "Away from the World" when I first heard his chair creaking at the beginning of the song.  At first I couldn't believe I was hearing it... but there it was.  I went back and listened for it on the other amps, and it was there, but it wasn't very clear on the Soloist or MJ... ... with the MG3 it was so REAL.  Pretty amazing.

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