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post #256 of 471
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Congrats, i'm interested in your impressions of the LCD-X vs HE-6 both driven by the M9. I'm considering buying one of them.

Well I've had the M9's for just over a week now. Overall I am very pleased.

 

I have a HE-6 which I was driving with the EF-6. It seems to me that the folks who insist on speaker amps for the HE-6 listen a lot louder than I do and perhaps listen to more orchestral works than I do. IMO the EF-6 drives the HE-6 well. The M9 also seems to drive it very well, almost effortlessly. Impactful bass, mids to die for, and a nice treble presentation. What's not to like.....

 

I have listened extensively to the LCD-X and LCD-3 with 3 different amps....EF-6,M9 and BHA-1. They sound terrific with all 3. It depends on what day you ask me as to which of the Audezes I prefer. With the M9 it seems to me I prefer the bass and treble of the X while the 3's mids are wonderful.

 

As an aside the headphone that seems to love the M9 particularly is the TH-900....just terrific.....

post #257 of 471
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Well I've had the M9's for just over a week now. Overall I am very pleased.

 

I have a HE-6 which I was driving with the EF-6. It seems to me that the folks who insist on speaker amps for the HE-6 listen a lot louder than I do and perhaps listen to more orchestral works than I do. IMO the EF-6 drives the HE-6 well. The M9 also seems to drive it very well, almost effortlessly. Impactful bass, mids to die for, and a nice treble presentation. What's not to like.....

 

I have listened extensively to the LCD-X and LCD-3 with 3 different amps....EF-6,M9 and BHA-1. They sound terrific with all 3. It depends on what day you ask me as to which of the Audezes I prefer. With the M9 it seems to me I prefer the bass and treble of the X while the 3's mids are wonderful.

 

As an aside the headphone that seems to love the M9 particularly is the TH-900....just terrific.....

 

Thank you for your impressions. With the LCD-X, which of the 3 amps did you prefer driving it, and why?

post #258 of 471
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Thank you for your impressions. With the LCD-X, which of the 3 amps did you prefer driving it, and why?

the M9....besides being more powerful, it sounds more powerful top to bottom(impact in bass, clarity in the mids and treble)....

post #259 of 471

Does anyone have comparison with Schiit Mjolnir? 

Mjolnir is known for having a powerful sound, which is what I look for

post #260 of 471
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the M9....besides being more powerful, it sounds more powerful top to bottom(impact in bass, clarity in the mids and treble)....

 

That's great to know, I am about to buy an M9 to pair with my new PWD Mk2 and LCD-X, but was concerned about the synergy of the combo, as well as the noise level.

 

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Does anyone have comparison with Schiit Mjolnir? 

Mjolnir is known for having a powerful sound, which is what I look for

 

My Mjolnir was recently stolen, but I was using it with my LCD-2 / LCD-X up until that point. When I receive my M9 I can let you know how it compares.

 

I can tell you that the Mjolnir does exert a powerful, forward presentation with Audeze headphones. I loved this with my LCD-2 but found it too be a little too etchy and piercing in the treble with LCD-X.

post #261 of 471
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That's great to know, I am about to buy an M9 to pair with my new PWD Mk2 and LCD-X, but was concerned about the synergy of the combo, as well as the noise level.

 

 

My Mjolnir was recently stolen, but I was using it with my LCD-2 / LCD-X up until that point. When I receive my M9 I can let you know how it compares.

 

I can tell you that the Mjolnir does exert a powerful, forward presentation with Audeze headphones. I loved this with my LCD-2 but found it too be a little too etchy and piercing in the treble with LCD-X.

PWD2>M9>LCD-X........excellent

post #262 of 471
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PWD2>M9>LCD-X........excellent

Thant's what I've been listening this whole weekends! PWD really tighten bass of this chain.

post #263 of 471
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Thant's what I've been listening this whole weekends! PWD really tighten bass of this chain.

 

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PWD2>M9>LCD-X........excellent

 

I just received my M9, and have (mostly) everything set up. I am really excited to try it out. What are your optimal configurations for your chain? Also, I was wondering what the selector button numbers indicate on the M9, I didn't receive a manual with it.

post #264 of 471
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I just received my M9, and have (mostly) everything set up. I am really excited to try it out. What are your optimal configurations for your chain? Also, I was wondering what the selector button numbers indicate on the M9, I didn't receive a manual with it.

 

@Bobby - Audio-gd typically doesn't send out manuals. You can find it on their website though just search Master 9. As for configuration, I'll leave that up to people that share the same setup. 

post #265 of 471
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Well I've had the M9's for just over a week now. Overall I am very pleased.

 

I have a HE-6 which I was driving with the EF-6. It seems to me that the folks who insist on speaker amps for the HE-6 listen a lot louder than I do and perhaps listen to more orchestral works than I do. IMO the EF-6 drives the HE-6 well. The M9 also seems to drive it very well, almost effortlessly. Impactful bass, mids to die for, and a nice treble presentation. What's not to like.....

 

I have listened extensively to the LCD-X and LCD-3 with 3 different amps....EF-6,M9 and BHA-1. They sound terrific with all 3. It depends on what day you ask me as to which of the Audezes I prefer. With the M9 it seems to me I prefer the bass and treble of the X while the 3's mids are wonderful.

 

As an aside the headphone that seems to love the M9 particularly is the TH-900....just terrific.....

Well, as a renowned (speaker but that's irrelevant now) amp builder said:

 

"There is no such thing as a perfect amplifier. Every audiophile and his associated equipment has specific needs, but in each case there is such a thing as a best amplifier - the one that makes you happy."

 

I strongly believe that to be right on the money and if for you what want to achieve it's the M-9 then that's perfect.  Same with headphones.  Cans like the TH-900 are absolutely great for some people but although I haven't heard them, they would probably be a disaster for me (classical music lover, neutral/slightly warm sound signature preference).  With some classical I prefer the HD-800, other it's the HE-500 and overall, to me, the HE-6 takes the cake.  

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Last week, I got my HE6 hard wired with the Zeus 22 OCC copper cable from Robert at Aphroditecu29.com and I fitted it with the Audeze micro suede angled pads.   Connected to my M9 and Bricasti M1, this headphone sounds absolutely fantastic.  I've never heard bass as deep and well defined as this combination is putting out.  The bass attack is very impactful.  No softened bass here.  Not only that, the midrange is very natural.  The highs are very extended without being bright.  Not only is the M9 powerful enough for the HE6 but along with the M1 as a source, they form a synergistic match.  Although I give the M9 a lot of credit here for driving the HE6, my Bricastic M1 is equally deserving of the credit for the great sound.  The M1 is an outstanding DAC. I've had my M9 for about 2 months now and every one of my headphones sound great plugged into it.  But right now, the HE6 is my favorite.

post #268 of 471

I'd be interested in an M9 / Taurus MKII side by side. 

 

:popcorn:

 

Any one able to compare?

post #269 of 471
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Originally Posted by SteveM324 View Post
 

Last week, I got my HE6 hard wired with the Zeus 22 OCC copper cable from Robert at Aphroditecu29.com and I fitted it with the Audeze micro suede angled pads.   Connected to my M9 and Bricasti M1, this headphone sounds absolutely fantastic.  I've never heard bass as deep and well defined as this combination is putting out.  The bass attack is very impactful.  No softened bass here.  Not only that, the midrange is very natural.  The highs are very extended without being bright.  Not only is the M9 powerful enough for the HE6 but along with the M1 as a source, they form a synergistic match.  Although I give the M9 a lot of credit here for driving the HE6, my Bricastic M1 is equally deserving of the credit for the great sound.  The M1 is an outstanding DAC. I've had my M9 for about 2 months now and every one of my headphones sound great plugged into it.  But right now, the HE6 is my favorite.

Nice to hear that you like the M9 with HE 6 and the other top cans you have. I really like that the heights is extended, sparkly and smooth at the same time on the 9.  This is a quality that one IMHO normally only find in high end stuff. I have not heard the HE6 yet, but both HE 500 and the LCD 3 did a really big SQ jump on the 9 compered to my Soloist and Solo.

 

I’m been considered buying the HE 6 for a while, but think I will wait on impressions on the lighter 560 before I make a move.

 

Yes a good sounding dac plays a big part to the SQ in my book.  

 

 

post #270 of 471

Hey guys,

 

I had some questions about this amp that I'm hoping you can help me with. I apologize in advance if they're of the noob variety (they are, I'm sure).

 

1. Theoretically, this won't blow up my JH16 CIEMs, correct? I realize I'd need to keep volume in check. I think Greed mentioned awhile back he tried his with some IEMs and it produced a slight hiss. I can probably deal with that for occasional use as long as it's not dangerous (even using my macbook directly has a slight hiss).

 

2. Has anyone used this as a pre-amp? I'm thinking about using a Gungnir > M9 > Emotiva UPA-200 power amp as an all-in-one setup. The Emotiva isn't the best power amp around, but really all I can afford at the moment.

 

I'm really debating between the above M9 setup and the Schiit Ragnarok. The remote of the M9 really does have some added value for me. As someone with a physical disability, it might become a pain to change the volume by hand. So the decision to buy the Ragnarok is weighing on me. Also, I know the Rag isn't released yet so I'm not looking for any sonic comparisons.

 

Thanks in advance for any input.

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