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post #991 of 2719

Glad to hear you have reached new sonic heights zilch0md! Show those Dallas boys what a speaker amp does with headphones :wink_face:

I'm about $850 in the hole for my First Watt F5 now, so that MG3+box is very appealing for someone that doesn't want to go the length i am lol.

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Glad to hear you have reached new sonic heights zilch0md! Show those Dallas boys what a speaker amp does with headphones :wink_face:

I'm about $850 in the hole for my First Watt F5 now, so that MG3+box is very appealing for someone that doesn't want to go the length i am lol.

 

I was considering the F5 route at one stage - didn't look at the BOM but figured it would be more exy than the F1/F1J at least...

post #993 of 2719
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I was considering the F5 route at one stage - didn't look at the BOM but figured it would be more exy than the F1/F1J at least...

 

Yeah for sure. The BOM actually isn't that bad parts and price-wise, it's the shipping for all the stuff, especially when you have to get wire, mounting hardware, MOSFETs etc. from all different places. Plus missing something in the parts hunting frenzy punishes you with more shipping fees if you're not fast enough to revise your order lol :rolleyes:

 

You can shave off about $300 from what I'm paying if you want alot of additional headache and some lower quality parts though.


Edited by brunk - 9/9/13 at 11:11pm
post #994 of 2719

Building it yourself Brunk?

post #995 of 2719
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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

 

Good news Mike. Glad it all worked out for you!

Nice to be able to 'show off' an amp that would set someone back $600 (with impedance box) as opposed to the cost of some of the much higher priced spread which I am sure shows up at the meets; a superb value. And by the way, I feel that Volume Two of Juber playing the Beatles is an even better recording. And of course more fantastic Beatles tunes to round out your collection. 

 

Stew

post #996 of 2719
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Building it yourself Brunk?

 

You know it! Can't let someone else have all the fun :tongue:

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You know it! Can't let someone else have all the fun :tongue:

 

You know the saying mate...."Friends make First Watt F5 amplifiers for friends" as well. Please show us any progress pics (or link if you are starting another thread).

post #998 of 2719

Is it for the HE-6 or HE-500?

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You know the saying mate...."Friends make First Watt F5 amplifiers for friends" as well. Please show us any progress pics (or link if you are starting another thread).

 

 

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Is it for the HE-6 or HE-500?

 

Yeah I will be starting my own build thread either here or at diyaudio.com I could certainly build you one once i go through the process with mine :) You can PM me about it if you wish. Yes, it'll be for the HE-6, I still need to finish modding my HE-500 before i put it up for sale for a lucky head-fi'er.

post #1000 of 2719
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And by the way, I feel that Volume Two of Juber playing the Beatles is an even better recording. And of course more fantastic Beatles tunes to round out your collection. 

 

Stew

 

Done!  I just ordered it.  Thanks Stew!

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U8O2OY

 

Again, I have to say, this is not among my usual genre of preference, but the MG3 simply sings this Lawrence Juber stuff!

 

I love it when the gear is connecting all the dots so well that almost everything starts sounding worthy of your time!  My horizons are expanding. 

 

Take for example, my recently deceased father's love of Ray Stevens (a singing comedian).  I was shuffling through my library and started playing Ray Steven's Ahab the Arab.  Give me a break - it's really a good recording, but it has never sounded so musical, before - in addition to the entertaining lyrics.

 

:D

 

Mike

post #1001 of 2719

Folks..

 

The (replaced) Millenia & (HD800-customized) resistor box is back.  Jan's new resistor box has resolved the hiss issue w/ the HD800... huzzah!  Also.. as noted previously.. I'd hit my max listening volume at 9 o'clock w/ the old resistor box.  Jan's revised resistor box sets my max listening level is at 12 o'clock on the Millenia = PERFECT.  I'm going to run this rig through some more tracks and things, but I'm quite confident that Jan's struck gold with this box.. it's perfectly suited for the HD800.

 

Now.. to get on with the listening.. I will report back with impressions soon!


Edited by FlySweep - 9/10/13 at 2:23pm
post #1002 of 2719

Joy!

post #1003 of 2719

Very nice to hear! Looking forward to impressions :popcorn:

post #1004 of 2719
+1
post #1005 of 2719
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Yeah I will be starting my own build thread either here or at diyaudio.com I could certainly build you one once i go through the process with mine :) You can PM me about it if you wish. Yes, it'll be for the HE-6, I still need to finish modding my HE-500 before i put it up for sale for a lucky head-fi'er.

 

Looking forward to that thread!  I'll probably end up building an F5 or F5J at some point.  You can sure spend a lot of time finding all the right parts.

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