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ALO Audio RXMKIII Balanced Portable Amplifier Impressions

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by monotune, May 13, 2012.
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  1. imackler
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    I'd be curious to hear what you think! 
     
  2. zachchen1996
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    Guess I'll wait for the hm-901, then things will get interesting, it'll be dx100/mk3 vs hm901/mk3 vs ipod/clas/mk3...
     
  3. Audiowood
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    Why would you want such a talented man to retire from this biz?  I hope he work forever and pass on his genes to his next generation so that my next genration could join the fun too..   [​IMG]
     
  4. estreeter
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    Time to get with the program re 'powerful portable amps' for the HM-901:
     
    HM-901-Portable-Audio-Player-Dr.-Bain-fiddling-with-knob-650x527.jpg
     
  5. magiccabbage
    I was thinking of buying the rx mk3-b to go along with the cowon j3 and hd 650. I see it paired a lot with the cypher labs algorhythm. i dont want to sound like a complete fool or anything but i was wondering if you really need to have both or will the cowon and the amp be enough?
     
  6. Anaxilus
    Cowon doesn't have a LO, you would still be listening to the integrated amp section in front of the Rx3.  The Rx3 would be total overkill/waste of money and would not be utilized remotely close to maximum effect w/ a J3 in front of it.  You should use a cheaper amp or replace the player/source.
     
  7. muppet
    The fact the musical word is used means it's worth punt, I have never bought equipment of the back review this may well be a first !
     
  8. magiccabbage
    hi anaxilus  
     
    what do you mean by LO? is it an input from the player to the amp? what amp would you suggest? i was lead to beleive that cowon were better players than i pod but all the players on the ALO audio website have ****ty ipods attached to them. i wont get an ipod they wreck my head. dont mind paying the price for the rx mk3-b but the algorhythm on top of that is a bit much for me at the moment. 
     
    i have the cowon and the sennheiser hd 650 and im just looking for the best or one of the best setups for that situation. im using a ****ty fiio e11 at the moment but and i dont think im getting enough power too them. maybe the fiio e 17 or is that good enough
     
  9. longbowbbs
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    An iPod essentially has 3 parts to it. The first is the hard drive storage, the 2nd is the DAC electronics to convert to HD stored music and send it to your headphones and 3rd is the amplifier. The ALO CLAS device replaces the 2nd function and does the DAC processing instead of the low quality chips in the iPod. That is why you see the iPod connected via the 30 pin adapter rather than via the headphone jack. 
     
    The mk3-b is the 3rd step in the signal chain. It connects to the CLAS and amplifies the CLAS processed sound and send it along to the headphones. Each device independently handles one of the 3 roles but each is used for its best quality purpose.
     
    Hope that helps!  [​IMG]
     
  10. magiccabbage
    so this means that i cant do that with my cowon because it does not have the slot for the 30 pin adapter. i
     
  11. Anaxilus
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_out_(signal)#Line_out
     
    Plug
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    LO cable for idevices
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    LO cable for normal devices
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    DAP/DAC/Amp stacks
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  12. TheMiddleSky
    This amp always surprising me how a slim portable amp can drive the monster HE6 beautifully ! (better than some desktop amps I ever tried).
     
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  13. Grev
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    This is a very high praised comment, but a few people have said this already, so I'm guessing there's truth to it...!
     
  14. evolutionx
    Really enjoying my RX MK3. But I am still not hearing any difference with the bass knob, and wondering whether I should get it send back to be checked by ALO. Anybody hearing an audible difference?
     
  15. slwiser Contributor
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    I heard it with mine...but don't normally use it with the ES5 but do with the 4r.
     
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