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post #811 of 1032
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Originally Posted by Ony38 View Post
 

After owning an Ark MX+ since a year, I pull the trigger on a Vega. Definitly hard to wait !

 

I owned for 6 months a Taurus MKII. For me, it was one of the best SS amp under 2000€, really versatile even with sensitive iem.

 

I hope you enjoy your Vega + Taurus MkII combination as much as I am enjoying mine. Probably the least expensive pathway into reference level listening out there at the moment.

post #812 of 1032
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Originally Posted by aks2023 View Post

 

If you are able to lock into exact mode without dropouts, please tell me what source you are using and what USB cable.

 

thank you!

 

I was running my audio gear via a UPS (to guard against power dips) - once I took this out of the supply side my dropouts ceased completely. I am running my Vega in exact mode right now (several hours continuously) - one or two drops in the first minute - then nothing. I still have a surge protected power supply, but that UPS was causing my problem. If you are using a UPS (or other power supply gizmo) perhaps have a try without it and see what happens.

post #813 of 1032
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I hope you enjoy your Vega + Taurus MkII combination as much as I am enjoying mine. Probably the least expensive pathway into reference level listening out there at the moment.

I sell to a friend my Taurus few months ago, I will have the opportunity to try them together at a meeting in september.

I will run my Vega with a Liquid Gold.
post #814 of 1032
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I will run my Vega with a Liquid Gold.

 

Very interested in your thoughts on the Liquid Gold vs Taurus - anything you can share with the forum?

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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post
 

 

Very interested in your thoughts on the Liquid Gold vs Taurus - anything you can share with the forum?

 

Liquid gold is little more warmer than the Taurus and offer an energique and frontale presentation in comparison of the more laid back presentation of the Taurus.

 

LCD3 is faster, have more tension and weight in the bass section, you feel more the pressure of the sound. Moreover, the soundstage of the Liquid Gold and Taurus are clase in width/depth/high with lots of micro-detail. It's defintly easy to focus on the different layer and placement in the soundstage.

 

I find the Liquid Gold more natural and musical with the right amount of impact for ortho (I will try it with an Abyss next monday).

 

If you add the price in the equation, the Liquid Gold is defintly too expensive. I had my unit on head fi for 3000€, from my point of view, it's the right price for this amp.

 

Taurus is more versatile with cans. Indeed, with senstive iem (like Miracle) or sensitive headphones (like Fostex TH900) I can hear a background noise on the low-impedance single ended output. I'm really sensitive about noise and I started to think about selling my Liquid Gold for an Eddie Current 4-45 (I owned a Super 7, try a Balancing Act during several days, I fall in love with how EC amp presenting music) but I read on several topic, the Liquid Gold is dead silent on the balanced output. Personnaly, I don't want to recable my TH900 or put my Miracle on the balanced output...

 

I tried many amp in the 1k-2k budget and I always recommand Taurus for SS amp and Super 7 for tube amp if you want a versatile solution for managing sensitive iem to power angry headphones.

post #816 of 1032
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Originally Posted by Ony38 View Post
 

 

Liquid gold is little more warmer than the Taurus and offer an energique and frontale presentation in comparison of the more laid back presentation of the Taurus.

 

LCD3 is faster, have more tension and weight in the bass section, you feel more the pressure of the sound. Moreover, the soundstage of the Liquid Gold and Taurus are clase in width/depth/high with lots of micro-detail. It's defintly easy to focus on the different layer and placement in the soundstage.

 

I find the Liquid Gold more natural and musical with the right amount of impact for ortho (I will try it with an Abyss next monday).

 

If you add the price in the equation, the Liquid Gold is defintly too expensive. I had my unit on head fi for 3000€, from my point of view, it's the right price for this amp.

 

Taurus is more versatile with cans. Indeed, with senstive iem (like Miracle) or sensitive headphones (like Fostex TH900) I can hear a background noise on the low-impedance single ended output. I'm really sensitive about noise and I started to think about selling my Liquid Gold for an Eddie Current 4-45 (I owned a Super 7, try a Balancing Act during several days, I fall in love with how EC amp presenting music) but I read on several topic, the Liquid Gold is dead silent on the balanced output. Personnaly, I don't want to recable my TH900 or put my Miracle on the balanced output...

 

I tried many amp in the 1k-2k budget and I always recommand Taurus for SS amp and Super 7 for tube amp if you want a versatile solution for managing sensitive iem to power angry headphones.

 

Thank you very much for your detailed response. Very insightful.

 

This tends to confirm my view that to get a significant step up from the Taurus requires a big investment in $$$. There are many amps out there that outperform the Taurus, but they always seem to come with a hefty price tag.

 

Please indulge me in going off topic for a moment... I thought my first picture upload should be of something other than headfi gear.

 

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Edited by TonyNewman - 7/19/14 at 4:00am
post #817 of 1032

You're welcome!


Edited by Ony38 - 7/19/14 at 4:06am
post #818 of 1032
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Originally Posted by Ony38 View Post

Liquid gold is little more warmer than the Taurus and offer an energique and frontale presentation in comparison of the more laid back presentation of the Taurus.

LCD3 is faster, have more tension and weight in the bass section, you feel more the pressure of the sound. Moreover, the soundstage of the Liquid Gold and Taurus are clase in width/depth/high with lots of micro-detail. It's defintly easy to focus on the different layer and placement in the soundstage.

I find the Liquid Gold more natural and musical with the right amount of impact for ortho (I will try it with an Abyss next monday).

If you add the price in the equation, the Liquid Gold is defintly too expensive. I had my unit on head fi for 3000€, from my point of view, it's the right price for this amp.

Taurus is more versatile with cans. Indeed, with senstive iem (like Miracle) or sensitive headphones (like Fostex TH900) I can hear a background noise on the low-impedance single ended output. I'm really sensitive about noise and I started to think about selling my Liquid Gold for an Eddie Current 4-45 (I owned a Super 7, try a Balancing Act during several days, I fall in love with how EC amp presenting music) but I read on several topic, the Liquid Gold is dead silent on the balanced output. Personnaly, I don't want to recable my TH900 or put my Miracle on the balanced output...

I tried many amp in the 1k-2k budget and I always recommand Taurus for SS amp and Super 7 for tube amp if you want a versatile solution for managing sensitive iem to power angry headphones.
Did you own the Taurus or Taurus mk2? I ask that because I remember reading that on the Taurus mk2 there is much less noise.
post #819 of 1032
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Did you own the Taurus or Taurus mk2? I ask that because I remember reading that on the Taurus mk2 there is much less noise.

I complaining about the noise of the Liquid Gold, I never had noise problem with my Taurus MK2 even with sensitive cans !

post #820 of 1032
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Originally Posted by Ony38 View Post

I complaining about the noise of the Liquid Gold, I never had noise problem with my Taurus MK2 even with sensitive cans !
Oh I'm sorry I must have misread.
post #821 of 1032

Or I must have miswrite :) (the legendary english skill of french people!)

post #822 of 1032
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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post

 

 

This tends to confirm my view that to get a significant step up from the Taurus requires a big investment in $$$. There are many amps out there that outperform the Taurus, but they always seem to come with a hefty price tag.

 

 

 

 

 

I disagree. There are many amps out there that are priced higher than Taurus..... but not many of them give an actual improvement imho. 

post #823 of 1032
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I disagree. There are many amps out there that are priced higher than Taurus..... but not many of them give an actual improvement imho. 

 

An important question, there was at least one post saying that going going all the way down to 0 in volume, there was still volume coming out of the headphones, can you say that's true?

I've had the same experience with the Bryston BHA-1 demo unit in the store, I didn't like that.

 

0 volume = 0 volume

post #824 of 1032
That's true, with sensitive cans on the balanced output, you have volume coming out from the headphone with volume potentiometer set to 0.
post #825 of 1032
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Originally Posted by Ony38 View Post

That's true, with sensitive cans on the balanced output, you have volume coming out from the headphone with volume potentiometer set to 0.

What is sensitive enough?

 

BHA-1 had volume on LCD-3... and LCD-3 are not sensitive cans...

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