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post #391 of 558

So the NFB-3 and special cable is a success then I take it? :)

post #392 of 558

Are there any fuses inside the amp?

post #393 of 558
Nfb3 + Bakoon is a superb combo.no regrets and amazing value for money.shame the Nfb3 is so ugly.

Fuses?!? It is battery powered!
post #394 of 558

Has anyone compared the Bakoon with Red Wine Audio amplifiers?  I'm particularly interested in how they handle the HD800s.

post #395 of 558
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Originally Posted by CanDude View Post
 

 

Using HD800 with HPA-21 was a big surprise. With most other SS amps HD800 sounds like putting your ear against a tweeter. With HPA-21, using the current output, the sound is almost balanced, pure music!

I am following this thread since almost a year now - this is my first post on Head-Fi - I am however owning the Bakoon HPA-21 only since a couple of weeks and can absolutely confirm it is a truly great combination together with the HD 800 in current mode!

The Bakoon brings out the best in the HD 800, indeed pure music, wide and deep sound stage, no coloration and great separation of instruments and/or voices, no distortion, right level of bass, perfect mids and no sibilant trebles, one feels part of the music. I never heard music in any better sound quality, THE solid state headphone amp for HD 800, certainly not cheap but worth the money in my opinion.

I am a big fan of this amp and absolutely like its concept - battery powered, current amplification, design, build quality and footprint - resulting in a sound quality that speaks for itself. I am usually not a friend of superlatives but in this case I cannot resist praising this combination.

Thanks for your attention.

post #396 of 558

Couldn't agree more. Bought this for the LCD line of Headphones, but it just blew me away with what it does to the HD800!

Now the HD800 gets almost all my listing time. I mean with it's huge sound stage and now with increased tight bass and the

harsh treble episodes a thing of the pass, It's an end game setup for me.


Edited by banger - 7/19/14 at 1:29pm
post #397 of 558

The HPA-21 is still my favorite amp pairing for the HD 800, including the Questyle CMA800.

post #398 of 558
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Originally Posted by banger View Post
 

..., It's an end game setup for me.

Indeed, there is hardly a more suitable amp out there driving my HD 800 any better than the HPA-21. I gave the Dire Straits (Remastered) CD "Brothers In Arms" a serious listen last night and was simply blown away by how good it sounded, I guess I had never heard it better before.

What I also experience is that I start to listen to all songs of a CD again rather than a selective collection of the best songs as before simply because I am so keen to hear how the next song will sound. Or I find myself making detailed plans for the next listening session just because I imagine how well a long time favorite CD may sound in the combination HPA-21 & HD 800. I just love our hobby...

post #399 of 558

Hi jacal01,

 

it was in fact one of your first posts in this thread in which you described in very much detail how good the HPA-21 sounded and which made me really curious to find out more about the Bakoon. After I had listened to a borrowed HPA-21 in my system I could not resist to buy one for myself, it was so convincing and so obvious it would bring the sound of my system to another level. Thanks again for having shared your listening experience with a greeter audience here on Head-Fi and the inspiration it meant to me to try the HPA-21 myself. 

post #400 of 558

Anyone try this with TH900s, Hifimen 500s or 560s, or PM-1s? Thanks. (If I missed in the thread, sorry...)

post #401 of 558

Sounds great with TH900s. A little bit overly warm and bassy on all the DACs I currently own though. Getting an Audio GD NFB 1.32 to see if I can correct this. 

 

Curious about the 560s myself. 

post #402 of 558
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Originally Posted by atsq17 View Post
 

Sounds great with TH900s. A little bit overly warm and bassy on all the DACs I currently own though. Getting an Audio GD NFB 1.32 to see if I can correct this. 

 

Curious about the 560s myself. 

 

When TH-900 owners use it with the Bakoon HPA-21, are they using in current or voltage mode?

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post
 

Anyone try this with TH900s, Hifimen 500s or 560s, or PM-1s? Thanks. (If I missed in the thread, sorry...)

 

I have a different (japanese model) bakoon amp with the 500s: a little harsh with the concero dac, very good with the MHDT labs tube output dac.  Drives them with ease with loads of all the good stuff, dynamics, detail, stage, etc.

post #405 of 558
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post
 

Anyone try this with TH900s, Hifimen 500s or 560s, or PM-1s? Thanks. (If I missed in the thread, sorry...)

Great with the TH900, even better with the LCDXC...I thought my stable was complete , (for now)  but all this talk about the HPA-21 and the HD800 has my credit card getting nervous again :confused_face(1):

 

I had a short (experience with an HD800 months ago that left me kinda disappointed, but to be fair, it was paired with a Graham Slee  ULDE , good, but not in the same class as the HPA - 21.

 

I was wondering if those who pair with the HD800 use low or high gain? as the HD800 is said to require a little extra juice to really shine.


Edited by Soned - 7/22/14 at 1:10am
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