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post #166 of 678

Thanks for the great comparison Greed!

You and I have very similar impression of M9 (have no idea about GS-X since I do not have personal experience)

Only thing that I feel it little short was tightness of bass but it could be my source, also it still has a very tight bass with HD800 little less with LCD-X and T1.

I originally had plan to buy TH900 soon but I think I want to try HE-6 now :veryevil:

post #167 of 678
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Thanks for the excellent review Greed! Very nice pics too. I have a few questions.

It looks like you received the Alpha Dog. How do you like it?

Even though you liked the LCD-X/M9 a lot, you say it was second to the HE-6/M9. Can you elaborate on that comparison?

 

Thanks Steve! 

 

I originally was one of the first people to own the Alpha Dog, but have since sold it off. I figured since I was on the upgrade list, I would pass along them to someone that was #1 - use them more often than I did #2 - give another a chance to hear them due to the long wait time on ordering. The Alpha Dog is a great headphone, especially for the price. Definitely one of the more open sounding closed back / isolating headphones currently available. Sound was reminiscent of the HE-6 to my ears. Fairly neutral with a good amount of air. They do have some flaws that can't be overlooked including a somewhat soft sounding bass in comparison to my other headphones and also some hint of sibiliance at certain frequencies. There was some grain to the mids, especially female vocals and also a somewhat artificial sounding treble response. Paired with tubes the Alpha Dog sounds more natural. I can't say I was as hyped as others after owning them for a month, but they are a really good headphone considering they are closed back (and isolate extremely well), priced very reasonably, and using a cheap/small driver. I agree with Clem, when he said he feels the Alpha Dog has reached the limitation of the T50RP driver. 

 

The LCD-X/M9 pairing was very nice to my ears. The synergy between the two headphones exhibited well controlled bass, good texture, and decent slam although it could be tighter (maybe the GS-X mk2 is a better match just like with the LCD-3). I find the Audeze headphones tend to pair well with SS amps that have plenty of low-end and good bass control. I also found the LCD-X to gain some air and increased soundstage with the M9 that definitely helped. I feel the LCD-X could stand some improvement in those areas. 

post #168 of 678
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Thanks for the great comparison Greed!

You and I have very similar impression of M9 (have no idea about GS-X since I do not have personal experience)

Only thing that I feel it little short was tightness of bass but it could be my source, also it still has a very tight bass with HD800 little less with LCD-X and T1.

I originally had plan to buy TH900 soon but I think I want to try HE-6 now :veryevil:

 

Thanks Senson, bass could be tighter I definitely agree. The GS-X mk2 takes the cake in that area for sure. 

 

The TH-900 and HE-6 are both very enjoyable headphones. I don't think you can go wrong with either, although they do have very different sound signatures. Fun vs Reference 

post #169 of 678
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Great read Greed!

I strongly considered the merits of both the M9 and the GSXII, but the size of the M9 was just too big to fit in my tiny listening room  :(

And contrary to what many people think, I don't believe the AudioGD machines look ugly at all.

 

 

I agree.  That stuff is BUTT UGLY :biggrin:   Just kidding.  

post #170 of 678
Thread Starter 

Thank you for doing this comparison, Greed!  I very much appreciate the effort you put into this.

post #171 of 678

OMG GREED. You are freaking awesome!

 

Great write up and photos man! :beyersmile:

 

I think I actually hate you less now.

post #172 of 678

Great writeup and photos Greed! Would you say your prefer the Headamp or the M9 in regards to the HD800 (for an ss amp anyway)? Also you mentioned the M9 was more 'transparently accurate' at one point, but then mentioned the GSX was more transparent later...? I read that to mean that you thought the M9 was more balanced across the board, but I wonder if you could clear that up.

 

Nice to see another person w/ top-shelf SS amping voting for tubes with the HD800. Prep-take heed. ;)

 

-Daniel

post #173 of 678

I got tubes, I got tubes,....   AMR DP-777 / Lampi G4 L4..  :biggrin:

post #174 of 678

I need to try a tube dac sometime. When did you get the Lampi 4? Link to impressions to avoid derail...?

 

-Daniel

post #175 of 678
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

Great writeup and photos Greed! Would you say your prefer the Headamp or the M9 in regards to the HD800 (for an ss amp anyway)? Also you mentioned the M9 was more 'transparently accurate' at one point, but then mentioned the GSX was more transparent later...? I read that to mean that you thought the M9 was more balanced across the board, but I wonder if you could clear that up.

 

Nice to see another person w/ top-shelf SS amping voting for tubes with the HD800. Prep-take heed. ;)

 

-Daniel

 

Thanks Daniel. 

 

Ha, I can see how that can be confusing. What I failed to put into words was I feel the M9 is more balanced and realistic. It sounds more natural and tangible. "Transparently accurate" is a bad way to convey what I'm trying to explain, so sorry for my poor choice of words. The GS-X mk2 is still more transparent which to me doesn't ultimately mean better or more realistic. A decent analogy would be if you were to clean your window with soap and water vs. with a solution such as Windex. Both will be clear, but one will have small strokes left behind and the other will evaporate completely. If you are looking for something dead-neutral and transparent (wire with gain), I still feel the GS-X mk2 has that crown. It still offers the least coloration or sound of its own I have heard thus far in a headphone amp. Hope that makes sense..


Edited by Greed - 1/20/14 at 2:13pm
post #176 of 678

Thanks Greed. I thought that was the gist of what you were saying. As an aside-I still think the M9 was intentionally voiced differently than the M8, which was meant to be more of the AGD wire w/ gain amp imo. Otoh, the M9 is probably bestter suited for the HD800/HE6s of the world. Thanks again!

 

-Daniel

post #177 of 678
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

I need to try a tube dac sometime. When did you get the Lampi 4? Link to impressions to avoid derail...?

 

-Daniel

 

I only have it for a month while a friend takes a business trip. 

post #178 of 678
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post
 

 

Thanks Daniel. 

 

Ha, I can see how that can be confusing. What I failed to put into words was I feel the M9 is more balanced and realistic. It sounds more natural and tangible. "Transparently accurate" is a bad way to convey what I'm trying to explain, so sorry for my poor choice of words. The GS-X mk2 is still more transparent which to me doesn't ultimately mean better or more realistic. A decent analogy would be if you were to clean your window with soap and water vs. with a solution such as Windex. Both will be clear, but one will have small strokes left behind and the other will evaporate completely. If you are looking for something dead-neutral and transparent (wire with gain), I still feel the GS-X mk2 has that crown. It still offers the least coloration or sound of its own I have heard thus far in a headphone amp. Hope that makes sense..

 

Not so fast.  There's an amp on on the horizon by the name of Dynahi that might have something to say about that.  

 

I know you said thus far - just kidding..

post #179 of 678
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

 

Not so fast.  There's an amp on on the horizon by the name of Dynahi that might have something to say about that.  

 

I know you said thus far - just kidding..

 

I'm hoping there is some truth to that statement. I'm very eager to get my Dynahi!

post #180 of 678
Thread Starter 

I also asked this over in the Master 7 thread, but I would like some info as far as the amp stage goes...

 

Has anyone heard both the Reference 10.32 and a Master 7 + Master 9 stack?  How close are these two in performance?  Most specifically, the amp stage in the 10.32 vs the Master 9.

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