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post #16 of 57

Get the Lehmann BCL or Burson Solonist or in case you don't need a preamp then Burson Solonist SL. And call it a day. :)

post #17 of 57
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Get the Lehmann BCL or Burson Solonist or in case you don't need a preamp then Burson Solonist SL. And call it a day. :)

 

I think the question from before as to whether you've owned these amps or not is relevant. 

post #18 of 57
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Unless you're going with the HE-6 i don't feel the need of such power in my opinion.

Its there if you need it. The amp is also dead silent with low impedance head phones as well. The SA-31 is not an end game amp, but it does well with my whole range of cans from my HE-500 to my D7K.

post #19 of 57
I have heard lehmann bcl. And from what I have read burson solonist isn't worse than beta22 or lehmann bcl. I have also heard beta22.
Edited by techboy - 9/4/13 at 7:07am
post #20 of 57
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I have heard lehmann bcl. And from what I have read burson solonist isn't worse than beta22 or lehmann bcl. I have also heard beta22.

 

Seriously, just because you have read something isn't a good reason to recommend it. Please stick to recommending gear you have OWNED. Thanks.

post #21 of 57
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Its there if you need it. The amp is also dead silent with low impedance head phones as well. The SA-31 is not an end game amp, but it does well with my whole range of cans from my HE-500 to my D7K.

 

True enough.   But it does lead me to wonder:  is there an amp which, for the same price, gives me fewer but higher-quality watts?    After all, there is no free lunch, right, especially not at this price range.

post #22 of 57
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Originally Posted by vkalia View Post
 

 

True enough.   But it does lead me to wonder:  is there an amp which, for the same price, gives me fewer but higher-quality watts?    After all, there is no free lunch, right, especially not at this price range.

 

Audio GD is actually very good quality for the money.  I prefer it to any of my SS amps by far.  For the two cans you asked about (both I own), it does a really nice job with power and dynamics. I am a tube amp kind of guy, but the SA-31 has something I really like.

post #23 of 57
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Audio GD is actually very good quality for the money.  I prefer it to any of my SS amps by far.  For the two cans you asked about (both I own), it does a really nice job with power and dynamics. I am a tube amp kind of guy, but the SA-31 has something I really like.

 

That's really  good to know, as I am also a tube amp kinda guy, and am looking for a SS amp with power & dynamics.  I think I am going to get the Audio GD after all...

post #24 of 57

I run my HE-500 from an Audio-gd NFB 6 as part of a fully balanced rig and it's really satisfying on all fronts.  I particularly like the absence of a volume pot and remote volume control which allows me to use my 10 ft. Norse Skuld cable to listen from the other side of the room while making continuous micro-adjustments to the volume.  Love everything about this amp!

 

It was $530 shipped to the U.S.A. with remote control.


Edited by Andolink - 9/5/13 at 12:17am
post #25 of 57
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I run my HE-500 from an Audio-gd NFB 6 as part of a fully balanced rig and it's really satisfying on all fronts.  I particularly like the absence of a volume pot and remote volume control which allows me to use my 10 ft. Norse Skuld cable to listen from the other side of the room while making continuous micro-adjustments to the volume.  Love everything about this amp!

It was $530 shipped to the U.S.A. with remote control.

When is Norse reopening? I need a balanced cable made.
post #26 of 57

Trevor of Norse Audio has announced only that he has to change the name of his company, but, AFAIK, hasn't announced when he plans to resume production.  I know there are still several people who haven't received their orders after 3 months of waiting.  I was very lucky in getting my cable just a week prior to the hiatus.

post #27 of 57
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

 

Audio GD is actually very good quality for the money.  I prefer it to any of my SS amps by far.  For the two cans you asked about (both I own), it does a really nice job with power and dynamics. I am a tube amp kind of guy, but the SA-31 has something I really like.

 

Would you say they are a good match for the Mad Dogs (or soon to be release Alpha dogs) provided a good DAC? I currently have a Magni, and Modi stack but looking to supply more power to see what everyone is raving about when they say, "the mad dog's truly benefit/sound better from more power".

 

The headphones are already slightly dark, so I don't think I want to add a warm (Asgard 2) amp. It also doesn't  seem like an upgrade (Magni --> Asgard 2).

post #28 of 57
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Would you say they are a good match for the Mad Dogs (or soon to be release Alpha dogs) provided a good DAC? I currently have a Magni, and Modi stack but looking to supply more power to see what everyone is raving about when they say, "the mad dog's truly benefit/sound better from more power".

The headphones are already slightly dark, so I don't think I want to add a warm (Asgard 2) amp. It also doesn't  seem like an upgrade (Magni --> Asgard 2).

Go for a neutral amp, like Audio GD's NFB 10ES2. I placed my order last night. If you want a smoother musical, warm, sound go for NFB 10.33.

Figure out what you like, then order. Alternatively, you could get a neutral Audio-GD DAC, then get a amp that matches your tastes better. Hmm, I'll re-read the thread to see your music tastes.

Hope this helps!
post #29 of 57
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Originally Posted by Andolink View Post

Trevor of Norse Audio has announced only that he has to change the name of his company, but, AFAIK, hasn't announced when he plans to resume production.  I know there are still several people who haven't received their orders after 3 months of waiting.  I was very lucky in getting my cable just a week prior to the hiatus.

Oh I see, I've been tempted by toxic cables, but since they're international, I was worried about transit time. Perhaps I'll just keep eyeballing the FS forum for a custom balanced cable.
post #30 of 57
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Would you say they are a good match for the Mad Dogs (or soon to be release Alpha dogs) provided a good DAC? I currently have a Magni, and Modi stack but looking to supply more power to see what everyone is raving about when they say, "the mad dog's truly benefit/sound better from more power".

 

The headphones are already slightly dark, so I don't think I want to add a warm (Asgard 2) amp. It also doesn't  seem like an upgrade (Magni --> Asgard 2).

The SA-31 sounds fantastic with the Mad Dogs, wide sound stage and brilliant dynamics. The Audio GD house sound is a bit warm, but the SA-31 actually gives some adjustments to control the warmth via the jumpers. Like I said, I prefer tubes, got the SA-31 in a trade and have not used anything else in a couple of months. I also own a Magni  and it sounds thin in comparison, but don't get me wrong the Magni is an excellent amp for the money.

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