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Dead silent SS amp for IEMs and full-size headphones w/ additional features (up to 600USD)?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Need to find a suitable match for my StageDAC and phones (HD800 and MX-980 at the moment)... That said, it's quite difficult to find good affordable amps for the job, especially considering the fact that I need a completely noise-free amplification.

 

 

Requirements:

 - gain switch

 - absolutely noise/hiss free

 - 230v and europlug compatible

 - some additional features (crossfeed, gentle bass boost switch, active balanced ground driving or similar)

 - RCA inputs

 - 1/4 headphone out

 

Good to have:

 - great instrument separation, imaging and soundstage

 - neutral FR

 

Suitable candidates:

 - Meier Corda Classic

 - Objective2 desktop w/ DIY mods

 

 

Not considering:

 - iCAN (crossfeed not suitable for neutral to bright headphones, from different reports)

 - Meier Corda Concerto (too short in features in comparison to Classic)

 

 

Have done a research already but I feel that people on head-fi could help me to find out more suitable amps... Therefore, I appreciate any suggestion!

 

Thank you all in advance :-)


Edited by RustA - 5/3/13 at 6:17am
post #2 of 5
Thread Starter 

Bump :-)

post #3 of 5

have you considered using resistive impedance adapters or output transformers (my preference) with your existing amps?

post #4 of 5

Soloist SL meets almost all your requirements. 

 

It doesn't have bass boost or crossfeed functions though, Burson wants to get you closer to the real sound. 

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

After reading more on the Classic vs Concerto and checking the specs, I realised Classic is pretty much a Concerto with additional side features I don't need and slightly different capacitors.

 

As Concerto provides Active balanced ground driving (no recabling needed + suitable for IEMs/earbuds as well), digital volume control, and neutral + hiss free amplification, it's perfectly what I was looking for.

 

I already have StageDAC and therefore I simply don't need the improved crossfeed of Classic (StageDAC has more advanced crossfeed, more customisable), or a tonal balance switch. Additional pair of RCA inputs is also redundant for me. That said, for someone who is using different DAC than StageDAC or Daccord, I would advise to go for Classic instead.

 

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Other candidates I found interesting (but less than Concerto/Classic in the end):

 - Audio GD NFB-6

 - Firestone Bobby amplifier


Edited by RustA - 5/19/13 at 12:21am
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