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post #136 of 353

Thune, I didn't know this was a competition. ;)

 

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Has ANYBODY heard the new Apex Teton amp or any impressions of the ALO Studio Six besides what Mr Mercer mentioned? These seem to be the new heave hitters so I would expect a lot of impressions...

 

I heard both of them.  My impressions on the Teton are in the Teton thread that's currently linked to the front page.

 

The one sentence version is that the Teton is really fast, as in dynamic and detailed and not murky.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/683115/the-apex-high-fi-audio-teton/30#post_9895552

 

As far as the ALO Studio Six, my impression at the time was that it really brought out the bass on HD800s. I would go as far as to say that is an absolutely killer combo, and if I was looking for an amp for HD800s, the Studio Six would be at the top of the list.  I suspect, would bet even, that they tested those two together during the development stages.

 

This may be a side point, but the smaller tubes in the Studio Six have glowing orange gas in them, and look really cool.  Like tiny little lava lamps or something.

 

As far as a comparison of the two, I think it all comes down to synergy and a little bit of personal preference.  My guess is that the Teton would be a great match with Tesla series Beyers or just about any orthodynamic.  I personally thought it was a little bright with HD800s though.  The ALO Studio Six, on the other hand, was as I said really great with HD800s, and has great tone and warmth.

 

To be clear, neither of the two amps sucks in any way.  :dt880smile:  It's all just a matter of which headphone you want to pair them with and what sound signature you prefer.

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I heard both of them.  My impressions on the Teton are in the Teton thread that's currently linked to the front page.

 

The one sentence version is that the Teton is really fast, as in dynamic and detailed and not murky.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/683115/the-apex-high-fi-audio-teton/30#post_9895552

Teton means nipple in French.

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Teton means nipple in French.


And as somebody pointed out in the other thread it means "Man with big breasts" in Spanish.

 

But it's also a mountain range that borders Wyoming and Montana.  People take trips there partly just to look at the Teton Mountains.

 

So maybe the mountains were named after nipples or men with large breasts, but I think the amp was named after the mountains.


Edited by barleyguy - 10/16/13 at 9:26pm
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And as somebody pointed out in the other thread it means "Man with big breasts" in Spanish.

But it's also a mountain range that borders Wyoming and Montana.  People take trips there partly just to look at the Teton Mountains.

So maybe the mountains were named after nipples or men with large breasts, but I think the amp was named after the mountains.
Still betting on nipples wink.gif
post #140 of 353

There's a viritual tour in Audio-head website for the show, and lot of product showing with hot ladies :)

http://audio-head.com/rocky-mountain-audiofest-part-3-canjam/

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I have a feeling that there is going to be some great coverage of CanJam coming up...  In fact, I'm counting on it since I was too busy to be able to check everything out.

 

During the show, Joe was working on a video that I would like to see.  (Editing takes a long time and I hope he is getting a little rest this week too).

 

Big Thanks to Jude and Joe for their help before, during, and after the show.  There was a lot of thought in the room set-up.  Jude, Joe, and Warren seemed to be everywhere.  :bigsmile_face:

 

 

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Looks like Source Interlink brought some serious resources to RMAF and produced a decent blog output.

 

Post counts as of a few minutes ago:

39 Michael Lavorgna audiostream.com
21 Michael Fremer analogplanet.com
20 Jason Victor Serinus stereophile.com
16 Stephen Mejias stereophile.com
8  John Atkinson stereophile.com
0  Tyll Hertsens innerfidelity.com

 

Canjam is underrepresented, so far. :tongue_smile:

 

He's just busy I think.  Plus, there's an expectation to NOT cover all of RMAF because it's just not possible.  Whereas covering all of CanJam IS expected... and at least this year, CanJam was huge (3 dozen exhibitors showing God knows how many products - many of which are new).

 

Also, Tyll had a few panels to moderate, so I think he had a little less time than everyone else.

 

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I heard both of them.  My impressions on the Teton are in the Teton thread that's currently linked to the front page.

 

The one sentence version is that the Teton is really fast, as in dynamic and detailed and not murky.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/683115/the-apex-high-fi-audio-teton/30#post_9895552

 

Teton means nipple in French.


And as somebody pointed out in the other thread it means "Man with big breasts" in Spanish.

 

But it's also a mountain range that borders Wyoming and Montana.  People take trips there partly just to look at the Teton Mountains.

 

So maybe the mountains were named after nipples or men with large breasts, but I think the amp was named after the mountains.

 

Still betting on nipples wink.gif

 

Mimouille, just so you know, we call them the Grand Tetons... because everything here is bigger.  EVERYTHING.  :D

 

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I have a feeling that there is going to be some great coverage of CanJam coming up... 

 

You betcha!  ;)  I'm also looking forward to the HOURS of video that Joe shot.  Holy carp, that guy is the definition of hard-working!

 

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Big Thanks to Jude and Joe for their help before, during, and after the show.  There was a lot of thought in the room set-up.

 

Amen and +1!

:beerchug:

 

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and Warren seemed to be everywhere.  :bigsmile_face:

 

Yeah, I've got issues... :o

post #143 of 353
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Originally Posted by barleyguy View Post
 

 

I heard both of them.  My impressions on the Teton are in the Teton thread that's currently linked to the front page.

 

The one sentence version is that the Teton is really fast, as in dynamic and detailed and not murky.

 

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i hope that doesn't make it an overpriced zana deux....

post #144 of 353
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And as somebody pointed out in the other thread it means "Man with big breasts" in Spanish.

 

But it's also a mountain range that borders Wyoming and Montana.  People take trips there partly just to look at the Teton Mountains.

 

So maybe the mountains were named after nipples or men with large breasts, but I think the amp was named after the mountains.

LOL!  After months alone in the mountains, everything looked like it had large breasts to the old mountain men.

post #145 of 353

So I was sort of planning on not being able to attend this year's RMAF due to an expected busy schedule plus other conflicts but it freed up at the last minute, so I made it on Saturday + Sunday. As always it was a great show and I highly encourage everyone reading this thread that didn't go, to attend next year's! There's really no other event like this where everything headphone-related new & current is thrown together in a room and you can sample it all, along with free beer courtesy of Todd @ TTVJ! I even got to meet a few new Head-Fiers whose posts I've only read - which is never easy at a show like this because of the large, varied crowd. At least at a typical meet you know everyone there is a Head-Fier, but at RMAF you don't. ;)

 

Kudos as usual to Jude and Joe for pulling the event off, which is a feat considering neither of them are local to CO!

 

I did have my camera and took a bunch of pics of stuff, most of which has already been photographed, so I anticipate culling a lot of pics. Hopefully not too many. Will try to post them on the weekend or shortly thereafter.

 

I knew going into the show about most of the new releases so I had a long list of stuff that I wanted to hear, and I actually heard most of them too, along with others that I discovered at the show. I heard all of these, most of which I'll post impressions of later:

- Astell & Kern AK120

- Audeze LCD-XC and LCD-X

- Apex Teton

- Final Audio Design Pandora

- Focal Spirit Pro and Spirit Classic

- HiFiMan HE-500

- JH Audio Roxanne

- MrSpeakers Alpha Dog

- NAD Viso HP50

- Philips Fidelio X1

- Sennheiser HD26 Pro

- Shure SRH1840 w/ Moon Audio Black Dragon

 

I also took two of my own headphones, the Audio-Technica AD2000X and Audeze LCD-2 r2 (I re-bought one recently, wanted to re-evaluate it), in order to listen to them on as many different amps as possible. I especially wanted to find a better amp than the HeadAmp Gilmore Lite for the AD2KX (the amp is awesomely great for the original AD2K; the X not as much). The amps I heard them on included:

- ALO Audio Studio Six

- Auralic Taurus MKII

- Bryston BHA-1

- Burson Conductor

- Schiit Asgard 2

 

So my impressions later will also include my thoughts on the AD2KX and LCD-2 r2 on those amps as well, plus the LCD-2 r2 compared to the LCD-X and LCD-XC on the Studio Six (I was lucky to have a quiet spell at one point on Sunday where I spent probably 20-30 minutes comparing the three).

 

I completely skipped listening to speakers due to lack of time. Would've liked to have had a chance to demo the Monitor Audio PL200 that I saw reported over at Stereophile.


Edited by Asr - 10/18/13 at 12:01am
post #146 of 353

ASR, Let us know what you think of those NAD cans, especially against the kef m500s.

post #147 of 353

ASR, did you get a chance to hear the Schiit Vali?  

post #148 of 353
Asr,

Looking forward to your impressions of the amps with the LCD2's!
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ASR, Let us know what you think of those NAD cans, especially against the kef m500s.


I heard them in direct comparison to the Focal Spirit Pro and V-Moda M100 (at Jude's table).  The Focal Spirit Pro was the most neutral of the 3, to an obvious extent.  The NAD had nice bass and really nice treble, but really seemed scooped in the midrange, kind of the "V-shaped equalizer" type of sound in my opinion.  The V-Moda had the most bass of the 3 and the most bass impact.

 

I thought the NAD was a competent headphone, but was the one I liked least out of the three.  When not compared directly though I think it was enjoyable, and I think it will draw some fans.  My purchase choice would be the Focal Spirit Pro for accuracy and the V-Moda for bassheads though.

 

I hope that helps.  It was a "back and forth, which one is best?" type of activity rather than a "listen to one headphone for a long time and get used to it" type of activity, so take it with a grain of salt.

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Thats really weird that Focal has mids biggrin.gif
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