Hey all, just wanted to address a few recent posts, see below. We are busy chugging along slowly producing the Studio Six amps. We are all so happy to finally be at this stage and are thrilled with how everything is progressing. Viva La Head-fi and thank you!
Not balanced –
The ST6 does have some of the main virtues of a “balanced” amp being that its design and takes the audio outputs from the secondary of output transformers, which produce a perfectly isolated output. That being said of course its is not fully balanced, but in the end for us what mattered most was and always is the sound quality. If sound quality was superior it did not matter what we used to achieve that goal. Yes we could have made it balanced but we felt that what we were hearing from the first prototype was drop dead awesome so we wanted to capture this and move on it, I think we have succeeded.
Power output –
Many manufacturers such as Audeze purposely state their H-Phone drive requirements very conservatively to ensure no disappointments/blame incase people use amps which claim to be able to deliver sufficient power but lack actual 'drive capability'. With quality tube HP amps such as the ST-6, and the E.A.R. HP4, and also premium solid-state amps such as the Bakoon HPA-21 (Note: ALL of these fine amps are Rated at "only" 1-Watt max output) the actual 'drive capability' far exceeds what simple wattage numbers might seem to indicate. Note also: Audeze themselves present the 1-Watt Bakoon HPA-21 as a ideal combo for their LCD-3. It is safe to say that even less than 1-watt, effectively delivered to the LCD-3, or perhaps 95% of other headphones, will render a person deaf in short order.
We have really invested a lot into the ST-6, we are thrilled that people are so interested in listening to one! However sadly, I am sorry to say that it would be impossible to send a loaner amp out to everyone who wanted to try it. We do have several review amps circulating and when they come home I can have a few to send out to head-fi members who want to audition them. I think we can get something like a loaner program going. Again there will be a wait time for this so some patience would be in order. We will try to make it to some shows also, for instance we just recently got back from the show in Newport. At this show we had 3 ST6s, we will do the same for RMAF and the one in Tokyo. As for the upcoming LA meet we will not be able to make that one but I do believe Mike will bring the one he has on loan, I think?
Thank you all for your continued support!
Crew @ ALO
PS: I dont think we really "promoted" this at all but FWIW I did my best to really use our in house cryo processor (Cryotron) and cryo treated every component I could that went into the ST6 amp, so everything was cryoed, all PCB boards, all hookup wire, all tubes, tube sockets, jacks, rca connectors etc. I think Lee would I think be proud of the effort.
Edited by KB - 7/10/13 at 10:59pm