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Thanks jamato8

How about some piccies to go with your review :)

Working on it. I want to show a couple of combinations for size and use comparisons. I should have just taken some images when listening to the combination but that would have been too easy. 


Edited by jamato8 - 7/10/13 at 12:37pm
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Working on it. I want to show a couple of combinations for size and use comparisons. I should have just taken some images when listening to the combination but that would have been too easy. 

comparisons in sound to the intruder?
post #63 of 258
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comparisons in sound to the intruder?

I haven't compared them head to head. Too many different combinations right now and not enough time but I am listening to the DX100 optical to the DB2 balanced out to The Lightning and then to the Ultrasone ED 9 and the sound is stunning. Again, I am listening to John Mayall, The Turning Point. 

 

Back to the ESW10 with TWag v3 cable and same music, very enjoyable. I almost prefer the ESW10's to the Ed. 9's. I should recable the 9's to see how they would be with better cable. 


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post #64 of 258
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just to tease, I am finishing up a review of the lightning.  A great amp indeed.  Killer with the LCD 3 and HE500, which is what it is designed for.  Not a good match with high impedance cans like the HD600 etc...  very likely fantastic with balanced IEM's as well.  but I dont have any.

Looking forward to it. 

post #65 of 258
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Whiplash balanced IC for PB2 to The Lightning. 

 

 

Using the iBasso DX100, the PB2 with the dual Wolfson 8740 dacs, balanced out to The Lightning. Try out the coax of the DX100 to the PB2 for digital vs the optical 1500 fiber Sysconcept cable. 

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Hmmmm, lets see.

 

The DB2 is 55mm by 24mm by 100mm.....

 

And the lightning is about the same thickness, and is maybe 8mm shorter and maybe 8mm narrower?

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Hmmmm, lets see.

 

The DB2 is 55mm by 24mm by 100mm.....

 

And the lightning is about the same thickness, and is maybe 8mm shorter and maybe 8mm narrower?

The Lightning is not as thick as the PB2 and about the size of the screen of the DX100. The images make it look larger than it actually is. 

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The Lightning is not as thick as the PB2 and about the size of the screen of the DX100. The images make it look larger than it actually is. 

If possible, side by side an Intruder. Thanks!

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Whiplash balanced IC for PB2 to The Lightning. 

 

Using the iBasso DX100, the PB2 with the dual Wolfson 8740 dacs, balanced out to The Lightning. Try out the coax of the DX100 to the PB2 for digital vs the optical 1500 fiber Sysconcept cable. 

Thanks jamato8

 

Whats the chances of a few pics with your AK100 or RWAK100 for size comparisons

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I will try. So busy right now but took a few minutes to listen to some totally balanced sound, DX100 to the DB2 balanced dac to Lightning. and then to my balanced ESW10 with the TWag v3 cable. That is a mouth full. Anyway, such dynamics and impact it gives me goosebumps! 

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I will try. So busy right now but took a few minutes to listen to some totally balanced sound, DX100 to the DB2 balanced dac to Lightning. and then to my balanced ESW10 with the TWag v3 cable. That is a mouth full. Anyway, such dynamics and impact it gives me goosebumps! 

 

jamato,

 

I was wondering.  Will the HM-901, offer a card with "balanced" output?  I've heard that term regarding the new HiFiMan DAP.  But I'm not sure if its a balanced output that would play nicely with the Lightning...

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jamato,

 

I was wondering.  Will the HM-901, offer a card with "balanced" output?  I've heard that term regarding the new HiFiMan DAP.  But I'm not sure if its a balanced output that would play nicely with the Lightning...

No, the output from the 901 would be a line out from the dacs, which are not balanced. The card in the 901, when using the balanced card, is the only way to get a balanced signal and that wouldn't be the best way to use the Lightning but you could use the line out from to 901 to the Lightning and that works well and sounds good. 

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Who is this product aimed at?  Making something smaller, but still requiring a large front end does not make the total package more portable. (in my opinion)  

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Who is this product aimed at?  Making something smaller, but still requiring a large front end does not make the total package more portable. (in my opinion)  

Having the amp smaller does make the package smaller. It is about the length of the AK100, about the same thickness and about 1cm narrower. Now with that and getting balanced output, you have a pretty small package and extremely portable, IMO. If you want a balanced system with a balanced amp and a source, you can have that to with little compromise in sound compared to something much more expensive, again, IMO. 

post #75 of 258

It probably reduces the weight however the thickness is still going to remain the same as it cannot get thinner than the RSA connector. It probably is going to be a good match with AK100 and AK120 but it still going to be thick. 

RSA connection pro is ultimate power delivery and the bad is you can only use it with those IEM/headphone who have such termination. I really hope they price is below 400 USD so we can have some headroom for investing in cable. 

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