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post #166 of 187

It was great to meet everyone yesterday. :)

 

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Originally Posted by Mahdi8 View Post

Did anyone brought ibasso dx50 yesterday. Since there was too many things to try I forget to try it. I was actually really interested on comparing it to my modded iPod.

 

Yes, David brought a DX50, but I think he came and left before anyone knew he was there! ;)

 

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Originally Posted by Mahdi8 View Post

Great meet guys. Great chance to try lots of stuff. Had great talk too. The one that steal the show was definitely the t1 for me. It actually shocked me quite a bit on how good it was smily_headphones1.gif

The mini wood portable amplifier was really impressive too. (I forgot the name) a real bargain for 200 bucks.

 

The wooden amp is the Palaios Iona - http://www.noisymotel.com/search.asp?BrandID=65

 

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Originally Posted by SkyBleu View Post

Was the PX-Magic there?

Someone, fill me in on how it sounds!

 

Yes, it was there, but I think everyone couldn't find it due to it's tiny size! ;)

post #167 of 187
The magic amps look fantastic. No idea how they sound. Sad I couldn't make it.
Can't wait to get my headphones back though. Dug up my old vmoda lp2s. Forgot how bad they sound lol
post #168 of 187
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Originally Posted by atsq17 View Post
HD 650 - My brief time on it was underwhelming (running off the Crack Speedball) and playing a Matchbox 20 FLAC. I didn't think it suited that type of music but would have liked to test conclusively. I used to own a HD580 (HD600 screens) and upgraded cable and I loved it except I thought it lacked bass. I've been through so much equipment since. I am not sure I still like the Sennheiser signature anymore. More testing required!

 

Hehehe... I fell in and out of love with the HD650's countless times in just that one afternoon. I did conclude however that generally I preferred the 650's to be paired with a solid state amp as tube's just make the sound signature even warmer (although I'm told the wonders of tube rolling can offer up new possibilities!).

 

Of everything I tried, I thought they sounded best off the Aune S2, a bit more of a balanced, well rounded sound, still full bodied but not so heavy. I sound like a sommelier... lol, I hope you know what I mean.

 

I second the motion for more testing required! Thanks everyone for sharing your precious gear and making these explorations possible.

post #169 of 187
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Originally Posted by SkyBleu View Post
 

Ah, so a mediocre amp in the end! 

 

The sound sig..warm or bright or neutral?

 

No, it's an excellent amp, especially for it's size. Definitely not mediocre and worth a listen for sure.

 

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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post
 

Yeah, it was, but personally I thought that it is great for such a tiny amp and it looks wonderful, but it just wasn't as good as the T1 or Palaios. If you need a tiny amp that sounds great, then this is good, but the size comes with a price tag of $500. 

 

I think it's sound is more accurate and definitely more open than the Palaios. The Palaios has great mids, but a very intimate and slightly squished, triangular shaped soundstage. The Magic and Tralucent T1 are much more comparable with the T1 being warmer and weightier, but the Magic sounding perhaps a touch more transparent (although it might just be that it's not as warm and detail etc. is equal)
 
My only really gripes with the Magic are that it's hard to access the volume wheel when the input and output sockets are full (which is exactly when you'll need to use the volume) and also that it produces a faint hiss on highly sensitive IEMs like the Miracles. It's great for anything with sensitivity <110dB or impedance of probably 30+ ohms because then you won't hear the hiss, but not quite ideal for Miracles and the like.
post #170 of 187
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

The Palaios has great mids, but a very intimate and slightly squished, triangular shaped soundstage.

 

Now THAT is a term I haven't heard before. 

 

:wink_face:

post #171 of 187
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These are perhaps some of the most average photos I've taken to date, but at least it's a chance to share some of the goodies we heard yesterday at the Melbourne Meet:

 

 

I was really impressed with the Philips Fidelio X1 - they've got a really nice sound akin to something like the HD600 / HD650 (not saying they're the same or better / worse, just reminiscent in their laid back, but detailed presentation)

 

 

 

The Shozy Magic amp (and DAC) is a freak of a device. It's literally the size of a matchbox and performed pretty close to other amps like the Tralucent T1 and JDS C5. It's presentation is detailed and clean, but musical, sitting somewhere between the C5 and T1 for warmth vs analytics.

 

 

I didn't get around to testing this out, but it looked interesting. What is it? :tongue_smile:

 

 

Lotus, loved hearing the Marunis and the Alessandros. I was particularly impressed with the Alessandros and will definitely be considering them as a potential addition to the collection in the future...

 

 

Mahdi's Crack came along to keep mine company and sounded really sweet with his 600ohm DT770s! We also had some fun rolling various tubes including my favourite Mullard ECC82 and 6080WA as well as a Tungsram E80CC input tube

 

 

The Alpha Dogs were great, but I think a touch over-hyped as a few of us enjoyed them, but were perhaps a little underwhelmed. They look great though!

 

 

Billy's "test bench" provided some interesting listening too with some of the Melbourne peeps testing out the Matrix M-Stage and the Aune S2 amps.

 

Thanks again Billy for hosting us and thanks everyone for some great discussion and sharing some fun and interesting gear! I didn't get a photo of the Torpedo amp, but I was really impressed with it after a short listen, especially for the tiny price.

post #172 of 187
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

 

Now THAT is a term I haven't heard before. 

 

:wink_face:

Haha. Yeah, probably should have explained that one... When I listen to the Palaios, it's a bit like the Bottlehead Crack (only more pronounced) in that it brings the mids forward and centre while everything else sounds like it's off to the sides and further back in the stage. It's not bad and can bring a nice intimacy and smooth, creamy detail to the mids - it's just not the way I like to hear the sound represented.

post #173 of 187

Great photos and impressions! Shattered I couldn't make it.. Looks like you guys had a ball. 

 

And yeah - those Alessandros, Bought from another Melbourne head-fier (he's in this thread), and I'm still blown away every time I listen to them.

 

They have the 414 pads on them, which I made black (with fabric dye).

 

The Marunis were actually something my girlfriends mother found in an op-shop.. They were in a bad way, so I fixed them up and re-terminated them.

 

The Fischers are just eye-candy ;)

 

 

Can't wait to hear the T1 combination! 

post #174 of 187
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post

 

 

I didn't get around to testing this out, but it looked interesting. What is it? :tongue_smile:

 

Looks like a Project Ember.. Or a Bravo V1?

post #175 of 187
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Looks like a Project Ember.. Or a Bravo V1?

I think that's Andy's Bravo. Great snaps Lachlan. Seeing the pics now makes me realise how many gear I didn't get a chance to try :)

post #176 of 187
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post

 

 

The Alpha Dogs were great, but I think a touch over-hyped as a few of us enjoyed them, but were perhaps a little underwhelmed. They look great though!

 

Who brought the Alpha Dogs?! I can't believe I missed out on all this quality gear:(

What's the signature like, my fellow Melbournians?

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Originally Posted by billymav View Post

 

Yes, it was there, but I think everyone couldn't find it due to it's tiny size! ;)

Jealous! I missed out :(

post #177 of 187
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

 

Looks like a Project Ember.. Or a Bravo V1?

 

That little thing is known as an Indeed G3.  :)   I found it on e-bay. It's similar to the Bravo and Project Sunrise I believe but has it's own flavor. Works as a pre-amp too. 

 

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Here is the info on the Torpedo amp. 

 

Review here: http://www.headfonia.com/the-torpedo-the-parafeed-tube/

Head to head vs Schiit Asgard v2 here: http://www.headfonia.com/the-original-budget-desktop-amp-gets-an-update-schiit-asgard-2/

The kit is sold here: http://beezar.com/catalog/index.php

Build thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/570317/dsavitsk-beezar-torpedo-build-thread

 

Tom (who runs Beezar) actually built mine for me for a very reasonable USD$70. I believe it is a relatively easy build. 

 

I've heard good feedback from everyone who has listened to it and I think that it definitely does not have the publicity it deserves; and as Loq mentioned, especially at its $280 USD price point. 


Edited by atsq17 - 11/24/13 at 2:19am
post #178 of 187
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Originally Posted by atsq17 View Post
 

 

 

 

Here is the info on the Torpedo amp. 

 

Review here: http://www.headfonia.com/the-torpedo-the-parafeed-tube/

Head to head vs Schiit Asgard v2 here: http://www.headfonia.com/the-original-budget-desktop-amp-gets-an-update-schiit-asgard-2/

The kit is sold here: http://beezar.com/catalog/index.php

Build thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/570317/dsavitsk-beezar-torpedo-build-thread

 

Tom (who runs Beezar) actually built mine for me for a very reasonable USD$70. I believe it is a relatively easy build. 

 

I've heard good feedback from everyone who has listened to it and I think that it definitely does not have the publicity it deserves; and as Loq mentioned, especially at its $280 USD price point. 

 

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in a budget tube amp. I only had a quick listen, but it sounded comparable to the Crack I think and it'll drive lower impedance cans. I didn't spend long enough to judge the subtleties of its sound compared with the Crack, but liked the initial impressions and versatility it offers for the price.

post #179 of 187
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

No, it's an excellent amp, especially for it's size. Definitely not mediocre and worth a listen for sure.

 

 

Yeah, the Shozy is great, but comoared to other amps in it's price range it isn't anything special. 

post #180 of 187
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Yeah, the Shozy is great, but comoared to other amps in it's price range it isn't anything special. 
Paying for form factor I guess
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