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post #16 of 22
What? I thought the Rudistor thing is the best?
post #17 of 22
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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 #18 of 22
Seriously doubt whether the Malvalve is any better sonically than the ALO Studio Six or EAR HP4.
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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 #19 of 22

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

post #20 of 22

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 #21 of 22

not a very active thread !  Is this MalValve amp on the decline ?

post #22 of 22

Hallo bmichels!

I have no reason to believe that Malvalve is "on decline" but perhaps it is not very busy. I wrote to Dieter Malach (you can get a glimpse of him on Youtube where he is demonstrating on a Munich High End show) about a year ago. He answered very nicely and offered a buy "on trial" where you could return the item and get your money back with a slight reduction. But I thought Malvalve was a bit too expensive.

 

In the meantime there was this thread about the German Audiovalves Luminare, also a "universal" amp, with its much more attractive price. There are some threads about it mostly contributed by a frenchman eric65. There is a lot to read also on the German open-end.de sites.

Living in EU, like you, I find it nicer to deal with Germany than USA so I bought one and I am very pleased with it.

It is feeding my 009, LCD3F and HD800 to splendid results.

Regards

cerol

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