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post #166 of 1237

Thanks a lot musicman for the impressions!

 

+1 on Seamasters question on bass boost. Also curious how the HE6 reacts to the changes in bass boost.

post #167 of 1237

the eagle has landed....  

 

Will have unboxing on the tube soon.

 

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post #168 of 1237
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the eagle has landed....  

 

Will have unboxing on the tube soon.

 

That thing is a beauty! Tell us what do you think.

post #169 of 1237
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That thing is a beauty! Tell us what do you think.

I am quite confident on the AMP part.  I just hope the DAC part is also high-End and very musical like in the D100.  

post #170 of 1237
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Define "Good Deal"smily_headphones1.gif 

I want one of these, but I'll have to probably sell some gear to make it happen.  How low do they go!
Sorry man but I don't think is right to publicly provide that kind of information. If you are serious about it shoot me a PM.
post #171 of 1237
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Thank you for the foot work, I was waiting for your review all night. When you demo the amp, what bass boost setting was it on?

Also I am hoping the HXD crossfeed issue can be corrected by firmware update. 
I did not try the bass boost and to my ears with headphones the amp had plenty of bass even with the HD800.
About the HXD I really hope they can fix it with a firmware upgrade because as it is I am not planning to use it.
post #172 of 1237

I would really like to own one of these, but I really wish they incorporated the option for a balanced output for the headphones as well.

post #173 of 1237
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I did not try the bass boost and to my ears with headphones the amp had plenty of bass even with the HD800.
About the HXD I really hope they can fix it with a firmware upgrade because as it is I am not planning to use it.

I have tried the cross feed circuit on my Phonitir 2, and I much prefer it disengaged. I totally agree with your comment that it wasn't worth the negative impact it had on the sound.
It may have limited use for some recordings,,but after listening to dozens and dozens of cd's and SACD's, I've yet to ever leave it engaged for more than a few minutes. To me, it seems more like a gimmick.
post #174 of 1237

First Look: MHA-100 unboxed

 

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First Look: MHA-100 unboxed

 

Thanks for the preview!  The tool is a speaker binding post wrench.

post #176 of 1237

That thing is insanely gorgeous!  Not gonna lie, would probably take that over the Schiit statement stack for the looks alone....wow

post #177 of 1237
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Thanks for the preview!  The tool is a speaker binding post wrench.

 

LOL... I didn't know at the time.  :)

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I would really like to own one of these, but I really wish they incorporated the option for a balanced output for the headphones as well.

I don't know if you really need it. It has a lot of power out of the single ended output already. Going by memory when I had my  Rudistor RP010B MkII (which I really liked) the HD800 IMO sound better out of the MHA-100 single ended than the balanced output of the RP010B MkII. Believe me I love balanced systems. My two 2 channel system are fully balanced and I have had balanced headphones amps and this little beauty even with just single ended output is impressive IMO.

post #179 of 1237
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LOL... I didn't know at the time.  :)

Any idea of MSRP?  I have a McIntosh Integrated Amp (MA 7900) that came with the same tool.  :)

post #180 of 1237
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I don't know if you really need it. It has a lot of power out of the single ended output already. Going by memory when I had my  Rudistor RP010B MkII (which I really liked) the HD800 IMO sound better out of the MHA-100 single ended than the balanced output of the RP010B MkII. Believe me I love balanced systems. My two 2 channel system are fully balanced and I have had balanced headphones amps and this little beauty even with just single ended output is impressive IMO.


Thank you very much for the information.  Very good to know that the HD800 performed so well with the Mac amp single ended as often it performs best when used balanced.

Now you are making it much harder for me to find a reason not to add one to my other McIntosh gear at some point in the future!

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