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post #256 of 267

Hello

and thank you @smial1966 for the amp inners.


Edited by cladane - 11/21/16 at 2:29am
post #257 of 267

Hello

and thank you @smial1966 for the amp inners.

 

About the headphones load, is there an impedance switch or different taps ?

 

I don't understand how an OPT can drive a varying impedance load like the Utopia for ex from 300ohms at 50Hz to 80 ohms then after.

Or do 'Universal' output transformers exist  for orthos and/or electros ??

 

Claude.


Edited by cladane - 11/21/16 at 2:29am
post #258 of 267
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Originally Posted by dsavitsk View Post

Here is a quick rundown of what is upcoming ...

DSHA2 is a small, direct coupled, transformer gain amplifier for use with balanced headphones.

DSHA3 is kind of the default amp, meaning that if you ask me which one I recommend, this is usually the answer. It uses transformers for gain, and it is very clean, very quiet, and just works well. Gain is low, but it has the power to push pretty much any headphone.

DSST1 (which stands for Differential Solid State Triode) looks the same as the DSHA3 from the outside. It uses a circuit that emulates triodes (tubes) with transistors. It has a bit of a bloomier midrange, can have higher gain, and is easier to drive at the cost of a little more background noise.

Copenhagen-S also looks the same and has a punchier bouncier happier more midrangey sound. It is the "Solid State Pentode" amp making it kind of a current source/transconductance amp. (Copenhagen-V, the tube version, is on hiatus.)

L3 has tubes in it and costs a little more. Pics to come in about 2 weeks.

The Ravenswood (DSHA4) is basically a DSHA3 with an additional driver stage, microprocessor controlled gain and input, and is big and powerful and over the top.

what are the price points of these amplifiers?

post #259 of 267

I would just email doug. Whether SS or tube if you can come up with say $2kish he can build something for you, amp and/or dac, and it will be much better than 90% the competition. My dsha-4 for example starts out at $3600 but can go all the way up to $6-7k. My particular amp was $5400. Absolute beast that I was thinking about selling but am now thinking about pairing with the new mysphere headphone that is coming out in the spring. I have been dwindling down the stable...Maybe one headphone to rule them all? Crossing fingers.

post #260 of 267

Didn't seen any update from ECP's site?

post #261 of 267
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Didn't seen any update from ECP's site?

 

From what I can tell Doug is not commercial. At least to me he is the opposite and bespoke. If you have to have fancy pictures and point and click shopping from your headphone amp provider then he is probably not the builder for you. Just me.

post #262 of 267
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Didn't seen any update from ECP's site?

Just contact him and he will set you up to a really good amp.  I hate to say it but the L3 (that I have on loan) has really elevated the HD800 and my other dynamics to the new height.  The L3 + HD800 is pretty much nearly on par as my KGSSHV Carbon + SR-009 and that's an amazing achievement.  I personally have not heard any ECP amp that didn't sound great.  I have not heard the DSHA-4/Ravenswood, but the L3 is best amp that I have auditioned for the HD800 thus far.

post #263 of 267

 

@purk

 

This is very encouraging to read - so thank you for posting it - as I should receive my Ravenswood next month and Doug wrote this about it:

 

"Yours is the big brother to the DSHA3 - the Ravenswood is essentially the DSHA4. They are more alike than different as the circuit is similar, but yours has more gain, draws more current for more output power and better performance, is easier to drive due to the driver stage, has the ability to switch gain, has multiple inputs, has better woodwork, etc".

 

I will upload photo's when the Ravenswood has arrived. :smile_phones:

 

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Originally Posted by purk View Post
 

Just contact him and he will set you up to a really good amp.  I hate to say it but the L3 (that I have on loan) has really elevated the HD800 and my other dynamics to the new height.  The L3 + HD800 is pretty much nearly on par as my KGSSHV Carbon + SR-009 and that's an amazing achievement.  I personally have not heard any ECP amp that didn't sound great.  I have not heard the DSHA-4/Ravenswood, but the L3 is best amp that I have auditioned for the HD800 thus far.

post #264 of 267

Honestly, I don't think you will be disappointed.  The Ravenswood/DSHA-4 should be able to compete with any amplifier out there and still come out on top.  

post #265 of 267

Does Doug make DACs?  I recall reading on his blog that had some posts discussing a DAC.

post #266 of 267
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Originally Posted by Failed Engineer View Post
 

Does Doug make DACs?  I recall reading on his blog that had some posts discussing a DAC.

I have one of his prototype DAC but the production unit is even better.  I think the model name is Walnut DAC.

post #267 of 267
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I have one of his prototype DAC but the production unit is even better.  I think the model name is Walnut DAC.

 

How does it sound VS the Yggdrasil?

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