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What headphones did you use for the loaded measurements?
Oh darn forgot to add that. The R70X for the 470/ MH40 for the 39.
Nice job 1Noob;-)
This isn't even my final form -I'm gonna become 2Noob one day.
Great review, I have one and really enjoy it, but the Elise has just arrived for review...
[user=171112]@ostewart[/user] well that's something isn't it.
This amp looks beautiful.
It is indeed!
Will you make my wedding photos? Bet you could even make my girlfriend look pretty.
@pastapipo lol! I'm sure she's very pretty. I literally do not have anyone to compare to at the moment. Forever alone...
Hi, would you recommand HD800 with it ? thks.
[user=402415]@Tuncurry[/user] I've been listening to this pair. As I like very much Espressivo I do not recommend it to HD800 nor HD800s. Espressivo plays very well with Beyerdynamic line, incorporated with Teslas. But with my T1's the sound was not that top notch in terms of clarity. Espressivo got the musical factor but is not the last word with resolution and linearity. Better paired always with brighter headphones. But not particularly with HD800s....
if the company sort their things out for consumers outside EU, they do not have to charge %18-20 VAT which is included in the price. We are paying a TAX that usually is not paid for..... So they need their homework to do, also i don't like companies increasing prices when they start to see a little demand for their product, i am not sure if it is a case with them, anybody know the pricing history? anyway i am not going to pay %20 VAT for nothing...
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So to the comment above, if you buy straight through the website you will be charged VAT, if you contact them first and say you are outside the EU, you will not be charged VAT
Dear Ostewart; Did you contact them? If you do they will tell you that it is a sophisticated process for small business and they have to charge it. By buyers outside EU is meant for the shipping cost.
"Info first talk later" is my motto.... It is a good advice for a young gentleman like yourself :)
Couple of comments;
If you try rolling tubes you can obtain very different results.
My sub 100 Ohm impedance cans sound excellent with no audible bass damping problems.
Were you using 6N5P tubes which draw 5A of heater current per pair?
If so, this opens huge possibilities for tube rolling and isn't mentioned in FA's user information sheet.
Personally I've had no problems with the sound from lower impedance cans in the 28-300 ohm range and Espressivo responds really well to tube rolling too.
[user=334348]@HOWIE13[/user] great to hear! Continued use of the Espressivo really makes me believe that the Epsressivo could be a great, fairly responsive platform for rolling.
I've used C3g and EL3N tubes as powers, combined with 6SN7 tubes as drivers, with very good results. Preferred their sound to the stock tube types, which are still very good, of course.
As ever, using non-recommended tubes could invalidate your warranty in the case of the amplifier malfunctioning.
Hi [user=406400]@thatonenoob[/user], I was wondering what you think about the synergy of the Espressivo with the Sennheiser HD600s. But first I'd like to give you a bit of context, so please excuse me for the long post.
I just entered the head-fi game after a long time lurking period, buying a pair of Sennheiser HD600s from another Head-fi member. Now I'm looking into buying an entry level amp for them, albeit having next to none listening experience with headphones (except owning a pair of Etymotic Hf2s for quite some time now). At first I was looking to merely get a glimpse into the game, e.g. either by opting for an O2+ODAC or picking up a Little Dot MkIII and play around with tube rolling. Then I came across Feliks Audio and their seemingly knowledgeable and visually gratifying work, and I developed an appetite to expand my initial budget of around $200-250. Nevertheless, the cost of the Espressivo is the limit—and only if it makes up for the asking price; unfortunately I cannot afford the Elise.
Feliks audio also brings forth the question between going for solid state or tubes. Having read a lot about OTL realizations such as the Bottlehead Crack, it seems that the Senns actually pair nicely with tubes. In spite of the fact that I come from a solid state background (I also own an audiophile grade system build around a pair of ATC SCM20s and the ATC SIA-2 150 integrated) I also have a very fond memory of a tube based system which was very intimate, holographic, and overall greatly appealing. Therefore, having the ATC system at home, I wanted to take the opportunity with the Senns to experiment towards finding that sound anew. Truth be told, that system was a very good one; if my memory serves me, it was a pair of Red Rose music speakers (Mark Levinson design) on an Audio Research set of pre & power amp (so, lots of $$$)! Ever since that time, I've had the opportunity to listen to tube systems on many occasions; but apart from the occasional exotic gem (e.g. Lamms) I never grew entirely fond of them—or at least I never found the sound that exited me so much that one time.
In addition, I'm also worried that the HD600s will reflect/reveal greatly upon the signature of the amp. I have suffered the same with my ATCs, for which I ended up paying a good deal of money in order to satisfy [their] appetite. Having this experience, I'm afraid that the same applies with the Senns. That aspect alone might make the case to stop looking into tubes, unless I'm able to churn out a substantial amount of money.
I've enjoyed your review immensely, and this is why I'm asking for your advice. Once again let me apologize for the long post, but I wanted to make my case as clear as possible.