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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. longbowbbs
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    +1 with the Fostex as an all in one solution vs. MKIII and CLAS
     
  2. wolfen68 Contributor
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    I'm coming in late here as I do have some interest in the ALO and was trying to catch up...however as a SR71b owner I must warn that a single ended to single ended comparison of those two amps will likely not do the SR71b justice. 
     
    The SR71b is at best an average single ended amp and is easily beat out (IMO) by many other less expensive offerings.  However, if balanced is your thing, the SR71b in balanced mode is an incredible improvement over single ended and provides amazing clarity, soundstage and positioning.  It has been documented here by other forum members that the SR71b only truly shines as a balanced device and that the single ended output is just an additional feature to be used if needed. 
     
    This is unfortunate for the SR71b as I continue to see single ended comparisons that try to define its performance....when in fact it's balanced mode is the only true strength it has.    
     
  3. slwiser Contributor
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     I agree that the SR-71B does much better balanced when compared singled ended. BUT, the ALO does even better for my preferences on both balanced and singled ended, noting that I do own both.  The 71B is much darker "almost muddy" sounding in comparison to me.  Another but this time for the 71B is that it is dead quite and the Mk3 does induce some low level hiss with very sensitive IEMs.  This hiss with my ES5s does not bother me, I still prefer the sound profile of the Mk3 over the 71B.
     
  4. AnakChan Moderator
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    Understood where you're coming from and Ray himself seemed to have alluded to the same. Bear in mind though that if that (SE) feature is available on the amp then it's only fair game to compare it to another amp with that same feature. Comparing the SR-71B balanced to the Rx Mk3 SE would be comparing apples to oranges. And finally the comparison was strictly SE-2-SE which hopefully readers will understand does not represent a holistic comparison.
     
    I'm getting my balanced cables from Beat Audio hopefully some  time and can do a balanced-2-balanced comparison later.
     
  5. Jwm48324
    I agree I have both the RS and ALO mark 3 and the 3 is better balanced or unbalanced compared to the RS.
     
  6. wolfen68 Contributor
    OK to all...I look forward to additional balanced comparisons on these great amps. 
     
  7. Kremer930
    Thanks for the congrats guys. I haven't heard the fostex before but there would be zero chance of me buying it before comparing the sound output from the CLAS rx3 combo beforehand. Especially if you are looking for worlds best.
     
  8. fusionramjet
    Hi, are you driving the sig pro single-ended?  I ask because I have a sig pro with SE stock cable and I've been using the SR71b SE to drive it and am looking at upgrading...
     
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  9. Audiowood
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    yes, I am using single ended to drive sig pro.
     
  10. cyberalpha11
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    Can you elaborate more how the ALO's Rx MK3-B  is much better than RSA's SR-71B in term of sound quality?
     
  11. AnakChan Moderator
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    I've already shared a comparison between the two (in single ended mode) very early on in this thread on page 2.
     
  12. Anthony1
    Pulled the trigger on this amp today at A2A

    Now I have to wait till I get home tonight before I can use it with the DX
     
  13. Kremer930
    Awesome. Was going to call you to see what you thought of it. If you like it even half as much as me...then you will be loving it.
     
  14. Grev
    I would buy it instantly if I didn't have to buy extra cables with it. :p :frowning2:
     
  15. ChrisSC
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    You just need 1 interconnect for it and you can buy cheap ones cheap on amazon or decent ones for still pretty cheap on the FS forum here.
     
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