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).
I would say the opposite. Master 9’s relay based exponential volume will not give you all the volume at ones like a liner volume do (exponential volume = more steps on the volume on low to medium level). The 9 can surely blow up your JH16 and most other cans if you play on too high volume. I always take the volume down to zero before changing phones.
I don’t normally listen to CIEMs on the 9, but haven’t have any trouble then doing it with my Klipsch S4 (not as sensitive as JH16). I think Klipsch s4 sound truly good for the price.
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.
No I haven’t, my speaker rig is stashed 1000 km from there a live now =(
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.
I think only you can answer this question.
Edited by Articnoise - 3/30/14 at 2:29am