so last october at rmaf in denver i got to listen for the 1st time to the new apex teton.
i was not planning on buying a headphone amp at that time,but after hearing the sennheiser hd-800 with the teton,i was HOOKED.
todd and pete sold me the 1st apex teton serial #1
i promised todd i would give my impressions of this amazing amp,a little late,....however i wanted to really get a good feel for its sound,before writing about it.
headphones used-senns hd800 with moon-audio black dragon cable
dac-loaded metrum hex with lundahl transformers
mac mini as source with modded boulder audio power supply with ifi iusb and ifi gemini usb cable
as we all know,the sennheiser hd-800 are very picky about source and amp.
well for me,the senns have FINALLY met their true mate. the hd800s and apex teton are match made in heaven.
and with proper tube rolling,i have dialed them in to my satisfaction.
the teton is incredibly musical,and for a tube amp,it is very neutral. it really reveals how good your source is.
todd proved this to me,playing pink floyd the wall on vinyl with his luxman turntable.
with the teton connected to my hex dac,its not as nice as the luxman,but for digital,its the closest to vinyl sounding dac i have heard.
things i mostly love about the teton,is that it has a huge soundstage!! for a single ended amp,it will compete with any balanced amp.
i really like the air between the notes,cymbals,and guitar sound real,and piano is to die for.
so many tube amps out there are slow sounding with all the instruments blended together.
i hate the hd800s with slow sounding amps.
for me,the hd800/teton combo is very close sounding to the stax sr-009/headamp blue hawaii combo ($6500 vs $11000)
these 2 rigs are very comparable,with the teton/800s being obviously less $
the teton is super fast,it IS NOT a laid back amp,
so when i strap on my 800s,there is no snoozing or dozing off,
the teton is the most ENGAGING amp ive encountered
it will be with me a very very long time.