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post #271 of 2904
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I would put my money on the $189 Emotiva a-100 and the Can Opener.  Pair this with a ODAC or Modi and you are in the house..

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

 

http://www.vinylflat.com/canopener.html

 

That's 300 bones though... I don't think he is looking for something much more than $100, I could be mistaken. If you are willing to raise your budget to $300, there are lots of choices for good amps. 

post #272 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post

 

That's 300 bones though... I don't think he is looking for something much more than $100, I could be mistaken. If you are willing to raise your budget to $300, there are lots of choices for good amps. 


Yup, definitely not looking for a 300 dollar amp. 130 bucks (O2's price) is the max for me. I like the fact that the O2 has 3.5 mm input and seems to be a better all-rounder and has switchable gain levels.

post #273 of 2904
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Yup, definitely not looking for a 300 dollar amp. 130 bucks (O2's price) is the max for me. I like the fact that the O2 has 3.5 mm input and seems to be a better all-rounder and has switchable gain levels.

 

I like these features as well, you should also consider that the O2 is technically portable because of it can be powered by a battery. It is small enough to carry in a bag for travel or studying at a library, etc. 

post #274 of 2904
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I like these features as well, you should also consider that the O2 is technically portable because of it can be powered by a battery. It is small enough to carry in a bag for travel or studying at a library, etc. 


Between the O2 and the Magni which one would be better on lower volumes?

post #275 of 2904
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I would put my money on the $189 Emotiva a-100 and the Can Opener.  Pair this with a ODAC or Modi and you are in the house..

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

 

http://www.vinylflat.com/canopener.html

 

Just picked up the Emotiva a-100 from a local Head-fier at a fantastic price. Going to make the cable for it soon as the speaker taps arrive. I'll likely bring it to the LA meet next month. 

Still not so sure about the canopener, but it's tempting to try it at the price. 

post #276 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Killercoon View Post


Between the O2 and the Magni which one would be better on lower volumes?

 

Honestly, I don't think there would be much of a difference. I didn't compare the two side-by-side. 

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 6:38pm
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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 6:37pm
post #279 of 2904
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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post

I would highly recommend the adl stride over the 02 for mad dogs. More expensive but the fast/bright nature of the stride is just what the doctor ordered. Way better features as well. I've seen a few pop up in the for sale forum for around $220 now.


I'm not looking for an amp to change the MD's sound signature. And 220 bucks is not a price I want to pay.

post #280 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Killercoon View Post


Between the O2 and the Magni which one would be better on lower volumes?

 

If you go with the O2, be sure to pick up a 16VAC 400mA power supply for it. (probably about $20 including shipping)  This is the recommended power supply from the designer and it offers more power to the Mad Dogs than the standard 12VAC power supply that normally comes with it from JDS Labs, as an example.  Also, I clipped the resistors for the 6.5x gain, effectively making my O2 gain settings of 2.5x or 1x (no gain).  Feeding the O2 with a standard 2V line out, the O2 does a wonderful job with the Mad Dogs with no gain setting, especially at lower volumes.  With no gain, this provides a much more useful range with the volume knob and is ideal for finding the right level to listen to with a wider range of music.

 

While I don't have a Magni, I do have an original Asgard, and the specs are quite similar.  I like my O2 a little better in sound quality with the Mad Dogs, but it is a very close call and I am happy either way.  The Asgard wins out simply on build quality and ergonomics compared to the O2. (all front-facing jacks is a bit congested)  Although the Asgard is a little furnace, and I can't drag it into my bedroom and set it on my bed like I can with the O2, the Magni would not have this problem.  

post #281 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Killercoon View Post
 


I'm not looking for an amp to change the MD's sound signature. And 220 bucks is not a price I want to pay.


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 6:36pm
post #282 of 2904
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I would put my money on the $189 Emotiva a-100 and the Can Opener.  Pair this with a ODAC or Modi and you are in the house..

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

 

http://www.vinylflat.com/canopener.html

 

Does the can opener exist with XLR plug?

My tripath amp cannot be used single ended confused.gif

post #283 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

Does the can opener exist with XLR plug?
My tripath amp cannot be used single ended confused.gif
No, it doesn't.
post #284 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

 

Does the can opener exist with XLR plug?

My tripath amp cannot be used single ended confused.gif

 

 

No - But someone said they could mod it to work with an XLR plug..

post #285 of 2904
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

No - But someone said they could mod it to work with an XLR plug..

 

Well...people say a lot of things, but most of them either can't or simply won't. The creator of the canopener did say that he couldn't because of the precut boards and housing. Not sure if the boards would cause any issues when trying to rewire for an XLR. 

 

Still trying to decide if I want one, or just stick the the cables I'm making for it. 

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