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post #16 of 24

Didn't you sell your Malvalve amp after 30 hours of usage? Must be that bad if you had to sell it off that quickly for half the price Todd is asking. rolleyes.gif

post #17 of 24
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Edited by thinker - 1/19/14 at 12:28am
post #18 of 24
What? I thought the Rudistor thing is the best?
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Todd View Post
 

HI All,

 

My Mal Valve is due to land this week. Once I have spent some time with it I am going to do a loaner program (you will find out more info on my sponsor thread here at Head-Fi) so 3 of you will get to do your own review. I will insist that you have a Stax electrostatic headphone as well as 1 or 2 of the TOP dynamic headphones to use with the Mal Valve.

 

This looks like a very exciting product and I will also chime on with my opinion of the unit once I have spent time with it.

 

Also, Steve Guttenberg hasn't heard the Pinnacle....

 

Todd

 

So where is your review?!

post #20 of 24
Seriously doubt whether the Malvalve is any better sonically than the ALO Studio Six or EAR HP4.
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Originally Posted by thinker View Post

Malvalve is THE greatest headphone amp on earth.Ergonomics aside this is the most transparent natural sounding headphone amp especially with HD-800 +stock cable with xlr input.It needs a lot of burn in time to sound really stunning.

Here you get some idea of Malvalve sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjzzn22yOGU
post #21 of 24

I've heard some very positive things about the HD800 and HP4 combination.

post #22 of 24

I'd love to read a comparative review of the HP4, Studio Six and Malvalve using the HD800 as reference cans.

 

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I've heard some very positive things about the HD800 and HP4 combination.

post #23 of 24

I would love to see blind listening tests. I would be shocked if the difference between a $1500 and a $6000 headphone amp could be heard (assuming basic fundamental sound quality was there). Seriously, all of this summit-fi gear seems crazy. Wouldn't you be better off just improving your headphones and getting a decent quality, not exotic amp?

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sonic Defender View Post
 

I would love to see blind listening tests. I would be shocked if the difference between a $1500 and a $6000 headphone amp could be heard (assuming basic fundamental sound quality was there). Seriously, all of this summit-fi gear seems crazy. Wouldn't you be better off just improving your headphones and getting a decent quality, not exotic amp?

I'll have to agree with that. I can't really justify spending over $1500 for a single head-fi component [excluding headphones, obviously. But I'd still like to keep a single headphone under $2000... I hope we'll see some high-ed electrostats there soon].

That is not to say 1.5 grand is not a lot, especially when there are headphones and sources/DACs/amps that cost marginally less and come fairly close.

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