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post #286 of 480
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Originally Posted by dguitarnut View Post

The Master 9 has 3 different headphone outputs: SE, 4 pin balanced and 3 pin balanced pair .
Any problems if I plug in my balanced 4 pin XC and SE Th900 at the same time? Will it cut down on power or sound quality?

I believe it's been posted a few times throughout the thread that connecting more than one headphones at a time does in fact degrade the sound.

 

However, since I don't own an M9 myself, I haven't had a listen to see. Now that you've got KingWa's blessing, aka it won't blow up or fry something, I'd just sit down and listen. Maybe you notice a difference, maybe you don't :-)

 

As for me, I'm still hoping to tackle my Prickely Peete Phoenix MAXX Mod soon and see how it sounds compared to default AND see if I can put it in the same room as an M9 for comparison. I've had high hopes for the M9 ever since I read that it seems to have more musicality or emotion than the M5/6/8. 

 

Any further feedback on the M9 now that a bunch of you have owned units for a while and the sound should have settled in? And I mean both the amp itself and you guys to the sound of the amp.

post #287 of 480
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Originally Posted by Benny-x View Post 

 

...Any further feedback on the M9 now that a bunch of you have owned units for a while and the sound should have settled in? And I mean both the amp itself and you guys to the sound of the amp.

 

I've owned my M9 for about 3 months and I continue to be impressed by how well it drives any headphone I plug into it.  From my highly sensitive modified Denon D7000 (LA-7000) and LCD X to my hard to drive AKG K340 and HE6, all are driven very well and sound great to my ears.  I like the M9 better than any of my previous amps and it's less expensive than most of them as well.

 

What do I like about the sound?  The highs are smooth and extended without being bright or harsh.  Mids are grain free and detailed.  Vocals are about as good as it gets.  Bass is tight and extended.  It produces a large soundstage and precise imaging.  It produces a very musical sound that I can enjoy for hours without fatigue.

 

The other things that I like about the M9 are: (1) its volume control gives a large range of settings making it easy to achieve the desired volume for both highly sensitive and hard to drive headphones, (2) it comes with a remote control that's important to me since I sit about 12 feet away from the amp (3) its 9 w/ch at 40 ohms provides enough power to drive any hard to drive headphone but it's also dead quiet for driving highly sensitive headphones and (4) it doesn't take a long time to warm up and sound great, (5) no unwanted clicks, pops or hum noise from the amp.

 

After 3 months of ownership, I think it's an excellent all around amp.

post #288 of 480
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Originally Posted by dguitarnut View Post

The Master 9 has 3 different headphone outputs: SE, 4 pin balanced and 3 pin balanced pair .
Any problems if I plug in my balanced 4 pin XC and SE Th900 at the same time? Will it cut down on power or sound quality?

I believe it's been posted a few times throughout the thread that connecting more than one headphones at a time does in fact degrade the sound.

 

However, since I don't own an M9 myself, I haven't had a listen to see. Now that you've got KingWa's blessing, aka it won't blow up or fry something, I'd just sit down and listen. Maybe you notice a difference, maybe you don't :-)

 

As for me, I'm still hoping to tackle my Prickely Peete Phoenix MAXX Mod soon and see how it sounds compared to default AND see if I can put it in the same room as an M9 for comparison. I've had high hopes for the M9 ever since I read that it seems to have more musicality or emotion than the M5/6/8. 

 

Any further feedback on the M9 now that a bunch of you have owned units for a while and the sound should have settled in? And I mean both the amp itself and you guys to the sound of the amp.

 

Plugging in a pair of SE headphones connects half the balanced amp to ground, but it might not make much difference unless you listen very loud with two pairs of planars plugged in.

 

Speaking of Prickely Peete, do you know what happened to him? I fear something bad happened to him as in one of the last emails I'd received from him he'd injured himself quite badly. Frustratingly, I never knew his family name so there is no way for me to find out.

post #289 of 480

I was so foolish to write in another thread that the Master 9 beats the headamp of the Eximus, but only with a slight margin. The Master 9 wasn´t fully burnt in when i wrote this. Now it is much better in every aspect (the Eximus headamp isn´t bad att all though - I found it better than the Violectric).

 

The Master 9 has a fantastic soundstage, is highly involving and with lots of detail . Smooth yes, but even very neutral. It is much easier for me now to judge every slight change in my C.A.P.S.-built - the huge steps (the Paul Pangs USB-card is fantastic and the Master 9 helps me to understand how it changes from hour to hour in the burning in process) and the small steps (like changing to the IFI-USB cable).

 

The Master 9 is no bass-monster though. This is why I personally prefer the LCD-X with it over my HD800. The Master 9 produces exactly the right amount of bass (a really tight bass) for the LCD-X, The HD800 are easier to love with more bass - in my ears. 

 

One in this thread wrote that the Master 9 and the LCD-X could be his endgame. I really understand what he means (just waiting for my incoming Silver Widow-cable).

post #290 of 480

Anybody else using the M9 with the HD800? I'm wondering how this pairing is.

post #291 of 480

But I have to say - this was in my system. Maybe the Eximus isn´t a bass-monster either - and the HD800 is single-ended with a Silver-Poison cable. I prefer the LCD-X with all kind of music over the HD800 - in my chain which may be special.

post #292 of 480
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Originally Posted by Benny-x View Post
 

I believe it's been posted a few times throughout the thread that connecting more than one headphones at a time does in fact degrade the sound.

 

However, since I don't own an M9 myself, I haven't had a listen to see. Now that you've got KingWa's blessing, aka it won't blow up or fry something, I'd just sit down and listen. Maybe you notice a difference, maybe you don't :-)

 

As for me, I'm still hoping to tackle my Prickely Peete Phoenix MAXX Mod soon and see how it sounds compared to default AND see if I can put it in the same room as an M9 for comparison. I've had high hopes for the M9 ever since I read that it seems to have more musicality or emotion than the M5/6/8. 

 

Any further feedback on the M9 now that a bunch of you have owned units for a while and the sound should have settled in? And I mean both the amp itself and you guys to the sound of the amp.

 

The M9 seems to be warmer sounding than the M5/6/8. That does not mean it's has more musicality (whatever that means) or emotion.

 

I actually love the more transparent and neutral sound of my M6.

 

My M6 still has plenty of body, warmth, emotion, musicality(!?) with all my phones including the HD800's (even using a Sabre32 DAC and all Silver cables, components that many consider a no no with the HD800's).

post #293 of 480

will be ordering the M9 in 10 days, can't wait, will be using my CIEMs with it, BTW there is no hiss without music or on pause right? even slight hiss , talking about CIEM wise ofc,

will be pairing it with X-Sabre DAC, i hope it will be a cool combo. 

post #294 of 480

I asked this awhile back and it seemed no one had really tried it with high efficiency-high sensitivity CIEMs. Hopefully someone else can chime in now that there are more of these out in the wild.

post #295 of 480

Well after spending a little time with my new Master 9 I believe this will be my end game amp. The Soloist is a fantastic amp in its own right. But I was afraid it wouldn't drive the He-6 well enough.

Omg,talk about power hungry,even the Master 9 is 3/4 wide open and these phones are just at a healthy concert level. I'm very happy with with the performance with the XC also!   My Th900 seems

a little too bass heavy with it but the jury is still out.

post #296 of 480
I'm having a Bryston BHA-1 and thinking to upgrade to the Master 9. Has someone compared the two amps? Is it worth to go from BHA1 to Master 9 or is it almost the same league?
post #297 of 480

In particular, has anyone used the Master 9 with the LCD-3 or HE-6?

post #298 of 480

Only Master-8 with LCD-3 here, but it's perfect, Master-8 is very transparent so it depends more on the DAC.

post #299 of 480

I like it a lot with LCD 3!

post #300 of 480

did any one try this amp with CIEMs? i main use these, and willing to order this week, hope someone can help me with this :P 

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