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post #5386 of 19928
"....the power levels of the GS-1 are well suited for the mass of high-end headphones that includes the Sennheiser 600 thru 800, Grados, etc...as well as for use as a speaker pre-amp."
http://www.head-fi.org/t/599552/where-does-the-headamp-gs-1-stand-now/30
post #5387 of 19928
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post
 

Sophia does not "refurbish" NOS tubes. They are new production tubes. I heard they're just TJ Full music rebranded (internal looks the same).

 

Money is better spent on NOS tubes instead imo.

 

I'm not sure if that's true for their whole range but my Full Music 6SN7 look exactly the same as the Sophia Electric equivalent. As to which is the rebrand I couldn't say. I'm very happy with my Full Music valves.

post #5388 of 19928
Is this Bobby Moore on your avatar?
post #5389 of 19928

Just picked up the WA7 from the Post Office and setup it up.  Man is this thing small compared to the Schiit stack (ok, the power supply is huge but is sitting under my desk).

 

Although I ordered the stock Sovtek and upgraded Electro-Harmonix tubes, I'll let it break in with the Sovtek to get used to the sound signature. First song.. The Longest Road (Deadmou5 ReMix).. Wow, this thing kicks out the bass. Now to give it some time, let it and me break in with a variety of music and a Rust Nail (Scotch & Drambuie) or two or three...

post #5390 of 19928
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

My Dynalo, which according to some, was a great build-sounded pretty bad with the HD800. I would *hope* the GSX fleshes the sound out a bit more-and imagine it does going by impressions around here.

 

-Daniel

 

Really? I loved the GS-1/HD800 combo. So much more than the ZD/HD800 that I heard (very uninspiring).

post #5391 of 19928
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Just picked up the WA7 from the Post Office and setup it up.  Man is this thing small compared to the Schiit stack (ok, the power supply is huge but is sitting under my desk).

Although I ordered the stock Sovtek and upgraded Electro-Harmonix tubes, I'll let it break in with the Sovtek to get used to the sound signature. First song.. The Longest Road (Deadmou5 ReMix).. Wow, this thing kicks out the bass. Now to give it some time, let it and me break in with a variety of music and a Rust Nail (Scotch & Drambuie) or two or three...
Very nice smily_headphones1.gif. Congrats
post #5392 of 19928
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

 

Really? I loved the GS-1/HD800 combo. So much more than the ZD/HD800 that I heard (very uninspiring).

 

 

Are you going off of 5 minute meet impressions like Rob-or did you have some time to spend with it? Also-the 6SN7 plays a major role in the sound as the ZDSE is so transparent, you can get almost any sound you want with tube rolling ime.

 

What dac were you using with the GS-1? I was using a somewhat warm AGD (SA-1) and it still sounded annoyingly harsh and brittle.

 

-Daniel

post #5393 of 19928
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

 

 

Are you going off of 5 minute meet impressions like Rob-or did you have some time to spend with it? Also-the 6SN7 plays a major role in the sound as the ZDSE is so transparent, you can get almost any sound you want with tube rolling ime.

 

What dac were you using with the GS-1? I was using a somewhat warm AGD (SA-1) and it still sounded annoyingly harsh and brittle.

 

-Daniel

 

6SL7*

 

listening this weekend more with HD 800/ZD this weekend, seems like it can go from very fast and transparent yet somewhat bass light and bright to being slightly warm and smoother, like the WA2 with the GEC tubes. i think i prefer the latter. the other  sound seemed a little too bright for me. though the clarity is amazing, but no euphonic warmth with it.

post #5394 of 19928
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

 

 

Are you going off of 5 minute meet impressions like Rob-or did you have some time to spend with it? Also-the 6SN7 plays a major role in the sound as the ZDSE is so transparent, you can get almost any sound you want with tube rolling ime.

 

What dac were you using with the GS-1? I was using a somewhat warm AGD (SA-1) and it still sounded annoyingly harsh and brittle.

 

-Daniel

 

A good 30 minutes. Here are my notes...lacks the warmth of a tube amp, but also seems to miss the accuracy and quickness of a solid state amp. At least with the WA22, I got the former. Same results with the LCD-2s. 

 

That's the thing with "wire with gain", if you don't like what you hear....it will only show you what you have upstream. :o

post #5395 of 19928
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

 

A good 30 minutes. Here are my notes...lacks the warmth of a tube amp, but also seems to miss the accuracy and quickness of a solid state amp. At least with the WA22, I got the former. Same results with the LCD-2s. 

 

That's the thing with "wire with gain", if you don't like what you hear....it will only show you what you have upstream. :o

 

 

what do u think about GSX vs. Zana Deux with HD 800? 


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 9/6/13 at 6:05pm
post #5396 of 19928
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what do u think about GSX vs. Zana Deux with HD 800?

 

Well, I would say that the HD800's have never sounded better than with the GS-X. The ZD on the other hand....I preferred the WA22 that I had side-by-side with it.

post #5397 of 19928
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Well, I would say that the HD800's have never sounded better than with the GS-X. The ZD on the other hand....I preferred the WA22 that I had side-by-side with it.

 

btw i'm not sure what "wire with gain" should sound like. i don't know what to expect

 

what is the sound of nothing? of absolute neutrality and transparency? i fear it will be bland, lifeless, uncolored, unnatural, or even worse....sterile and clinical/analytical, digital, cold, and insipid. i don't see how the amp can be musical or unbright while being completely neutral, im getting kinda worried, unless the GSX does have some positive colorations of sorts. or if they added some sort of warmth to its sound.

post #5398 of 19928
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

 

Well, I would say that the HD800's have never sounded better than with the GS-X. The ZD on the other hand....I preferred the WA22 that I had side-by-side with it.

btw i'm not sure what "wire with gain" should sound like. i don't know what to expect

what is the sound of nothing? of absolute neutrality and transparency? i fear it will be bland, lifeless, uncolored, unnatural, or even worse....sterile and clinical/analytical, digital, cold, and insipid. i don't see how the amp can be musical or unbright while being completely neutral, im getting kinda worried, unless the GSX does have some positive colorations of sorts. or if they added some sort of warmth to its sound.
The mjolnir is almost completely neutral while being musical with the 800s
post #5399 of 19928
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

btw i'm not sure what "wire with gain" should sound like. i don't know what to expect

 

what is the sound of nothing? of absolute neutrality and transparency? i fear it will be bland, lifeless, uncolored, unnatural, or even worse....sterile and clinical/analytical, digital, cold, and insipid. i don't see how the amp can be musical or unbright while being completely neutral, im getting kinda worried, unless the GSX does have some positive colorations of sorts. or if they added some sort of warmth to its sound.

 

Basically a very transparent amp with very little flavour of it's own. So you'll be able to really hear what your headphone transducers, DAC and source are giving you without adding much of anything to it. Think uber transparency. And as the HD800s are uber-transparent dynamic headphones, just a great match IMO. Great drive, dynamics, authority and very revealing.

post #5400 of 19928
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The mjolnir is almost completely neutral while being musical with the 800s

 

 

i've heard comments about that combo being bright and lifeless, same thing with bryston. i haven't heard that with the GSX2, i'm hoping it will change that.

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