As I am considering the Japanese Bakoon, which seems to have the same volume control problem, I am worried.
In the other thread this has been said as well, not much volume control with the TH-900, some people use it at no more than 1 on the dial setting.
On the other hand, both the Japanese and Korean Bakoon amps are said to be just about the ideal amp for the TH-900.
IMO having so little volume control must be really annoying. And I do not want a dac with volume control, I hate multiple volume controls in the chain.
So how can an amp/phones combo with so little volume control be a great match? Not trying to be negative here, just looking for an explanation as I am really interested in this amp.
That's absolutely not the case with the HPA-21. Low z can are more current hungry so there is incredibly precise and wide volume control with the TH900. Out the the current output I usually listen at around 12'o clock for modern recordings with a DAC with standard 2V Rms output. And there is plenty of room to play with between 10pm and 2pm on the volume dial.
About the HD800 and T1, the mid-bass was obviously boosted and the overall presentation sounded very unnatural. It was a short shop demo so take it with a grain of salt. But the feeling I had was that the music didn't sounded right somehow.
Edited by zenpunk - 8/13/14 at 5:15am