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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. evolutionx
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    Hi slwiser, thanks for sharing.  Is it very audible or you really need to listen very closely?   If it is pretty audible, I may want to send it to ALO to get it fix, as i really like to enjoy this amp to the fullest.   Hope to hear from others as well.  
     
  2. slwiser Contributor
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    Well, to me, it is quite audible when using the Westone 4r...It has a frequency profile that allows the bass adjustment to overcome some of the 4r's bass fall off.  I hear it with the ES5 but do not care for it using the ES5.  It has less impact when using it as well.
     
  3. SHAHZADA123
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    The increase in bass is very, very subtle. But it's there.
    The best way to check is to listen very closely with the bass volume at full and then roll back to zero, at which point the bass will sound a tad thin.
     
  4. Audiowood
    Mine is on USPS truck now.. I am waiting very patiently doing nothing.. except reading past thread on how wonderful this gem can do to one happiness..
     
  5. DannyBai
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    I can definitely hear the difference with all the earphones/headphones I've tried.  When going from half bass to full bass, there's an audible difference that you should be able to notice.  
     
  6. Audiowood
    Got the amp finally.. and oh boy does it sound good. I hear quite differences in the bass knob just half way. It's not the same level as a typical bass knob where u could hear a difference on level 1 or 2. It amplify more on the sub bass or lower bass... just first impression. 
     
    By the way the Sony EX1000 sound really good with the bass on full (sound like a full size headphone).. its so wide now..
     
    Edit: I wish I still had the HD800 now, this amp will solve the thin sounding problem which is the main reason I sell it. The bass knob of this amp I think will make the HD800 sing with plenty of lower sub bass and making vocal sound slightly richer (exactly what HD800 needs in my opinion) and its isn't too overpowering yet isn't subtle either. Its definately not the same bass knob found on many typical amps.
     
  7. evolutionx
    Thanks guys for sharing. I will probably send in my RX Mk3 back to ALO as I really cant hear the difference as compared to your feedback.
     
  8. Audiowood
    One obvious way to check is to play a bass tone and quickly switch from zero to full and then back again. Look for youtube bass tone and If you can't hear any diff .. send it back to Ken.
     
  9. Audiowood
    I have been doin some shoot out and for those who are interested, the RX 3 sound better than the HR Ultra desktop amp but not the M1 HPA amp but then the M1 HPA amp has an upgraded venom power cable. This is comparing to a more expensive desktop dac/amp fully burn in and RX3  is merely 3 hrs burn in. Very impressive for a portable amp.
     
    Comparing the Rx 3 and HR ultra desktop amp, the RX 3 has a bigger soundstage, more treble energy and has better details... will get more hours on RX 3 and see will compare the M1 HPA amp again.
     
    I am aware this is not an apple to apple comparison.. just writing for fun..
     
  10. AnakChan Moderator
    It's scary isn't it? When something pocketable is approaching the levels of some desktop amps. Although I'd say my Benchmark DAC1 Pre still has somewhat what of an edge over my Rx Mk3, 6 weeks later I'm still in awe that I can get such quality in my pocket.
     
  11. evolutionx
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    After i isolate the Fostex HP-P1 from my rig and use the iPod classic direct to RX-Mk3, I can finally hear a change in the bass knob.     The fostex must have enhance certain aspect of the sound that make the bass signature hard to detect with the bass knob.    However, it is still very subtle in my opinion.    Thanks for the suggestion anyway.  Back to enjoying the music.   
     
  12. Kremer930
    The bass knob does not enhance bass which isn't there. There needs to be the bass information. In the song in the first place. Then it will lift it. It is subtle but once you get used to its affect you won't need to use more than half of its range. These are my findings. What do others think?
     
  13. zachchen1996
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    are you using the toxic cable's venom cable?
     
  14. evolutionx
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    Listening to Bon Iver's "Holocene" (itunes session) with the bass knob at full now makes a difference without the HP-P1 .    My fostex HP_P1 is really the one that veil the effect all this while.    Cant be happier now.    Thanks to all the comments.
     
  15. maguire
    Ok Now for the balanced version of the CLAS????????
     
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