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post #106 of 601

This batch should not be sold out yet, and just heard back from them 445 will start final assembly next week. Still couple of weeks to wait though. 

post #107 of 601

I don't think Craig has been responding to my emails...

post #108 of 601
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I don't think Craig has been responding to my emails...


i send Graig also emails but no respond either

post #109 of 601
Thread Starter 

nor my phone call . . .  maybe he took a vacation . . .  it is August after all . . .  :D

post #110 of 601

Which is better driving the HE6 - the 2A3 or 445? Not sure if the 3W per channel difference makes for much.

 

Comments from those who've heard the two are appreciated. 

post #111 of 601

I think both of them are great for driving the HE6. 4-45 seems more analytical than the 2a3.

post #112 of 601

Indeed, the 4-45 is more analytical and also slightly brighter sounding than the 2A3mk4 - all things being equal using the same driver tubes. The mk4 is more "organic" sounding. If you are running HE-6 stock, the mk4 could be a more synergistic combo. Source matters too of course.


Edited by purrin - 8/30/14 at 12:11pm
post #113 of 601
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Indeed, the 4-45 is more analytical and also slightly brighter sounding than the 2A3mk4 - all things being equal using the same driver tubes. The mk4 is more "organic" sounding. If you are running HE-6 stock, the mk4 could be a more synergistic combo. Source matters too of course.

 

- And what about the BA ?  How does it compare with those 2 amps ( 4-45 & 2A3 ) for the Headphone AMP part ?  

 

- What is it's positioning now versus those 2 more recent amps ( is the BA still a good choice for those mainly interested in headphone Amp) ? 

 

Thanks for your advice. ( I need help to choose because the Eddie Curent offering becomes quite crowded with now 3 amps at the same price range ! )

post #114 of 601

@bmichels - You are all over the place.  I that you was going with the Lampi Head Dac?   

post #115 of 601
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@bmichels - You are all over the place.  I that you was going with the Lampi Head Dac?   

 

Yep, the HeadDac still seems to be the best choice for me, but... since it's initial launch early July there has not been a single availability info. Not even a single picture !  

 

So,I have to reconsider other options that I have put aside when I heard about the HeadDac.

 

post #116 of 601
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- And what about the BA ?  How does it compare with those 2 amps ( 4-45 & 2A3 ) for the Headphone AMP part ?  

 

- What is it's positioning now versus those 2 more recent amps ( is the BA still a good choice for those mainly interested in headphone Amp) ? 

 

Thanks for your advice. ( I need help to choose because the Eddie Curent offering becomes quite crowded with now 3 amps at the same price range ! )

 

BA is still a good choice, esp. with the new Cinemag output transformers. With most 300B tubes, probably the warmest of the three, but not by much.

post #117 of 601
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Indeed, the 4-45 is more analytical and also slightly brighter sounding than the 2A3mk4 - all things being equal using the same driver tubes. The mk4 is more "organic" sounding. If you are running HE-6 stock, the mk4 could be a more synergistic combo. Source matters too of course.

I have read that you think 445 is an improvement from the MKIV and the BA. I assume that observation is in relation to the HD800?
Oh what a dilemma. I want to buy an amp to see how well my HD800 scales but works well with speakers and the HE6 too.

Was the HE6 you tried powered by the XLR output or via speaker binds?

Edit: I am not running HE6 stock, but modded with vegan pads and open grills. It has more of a darker and more distant sound now which I like.

Will you be using the 445 with speakers?
Edited by lojay - 8/30/14 at 7:00pm
post #118 of 601

reading the descriptions offered here, I'm getting the impression that the primary difference between the 2a3 mk. IV and the 4-45 would be that the 4-45 is brighter and drier in tone. the terms 'analytical' vs. 'organic' have been used to describe the difference. no issue here with other's impressions, however, I'm struggling with this characterization a bit, having heard the two back-to-back, albeit for a short audition. the primary thing that struck me (using LCD-3) was that the 4-45 seemed to have a clearer presentation of the soundstage- better sense of layering, improved width, and depth compared to the 2a3. ordinarily, I would say that these are expected standout characteristics of the 2a3 amp- indeed, they are, it's just that the 4-45 was even better in this regard. so, to be clear, the tonal balance between the two may well be as other's have described it, it just wasn't the main take-away for me in my short audition of the two.

post #119 of 601

I've never had the chance to compare both the mk4 and 4-45 directly, so this is why I hesitate to say more. However I don't doubt the 4-45 is overall better in terms of technicalities as resolution, clarity, separation and layering, imaging precision, etc. based on listening tests of the individual components (mainly the interstage and output transformers) of each amp on test platforms. In other words, the 4-45 has the better transformers.

 

In terms of the analytical vs. organic - the difference is small between the two amps - we are talking about shades of the same color.


Edited by purrin - 9/3/14 at 9:20am
post #120 of 601

Absolutely agree, and thanks for the first-hand account of the details!

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