ALO Audio RXMKIII Balanced Portable Amplifier Impressions
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Advice on the following please I have read through the thread and now leaning toward the international rather than the RX3. I have RWAK - 100S, LCD3, W3000 ANV and Future Sonic MG6PRO
I haven't heard the International, but for me, a big factor would be be the built-in USB DAC.  That's a big feature that the Rx Mk III
doesn't have.  On the other hand, RX MkIII has loads of power and lots of impact.  All of your investment goes into the amp circuit.
 
 If you don't already have a DAC, then the International is going to be super convenient.  
 
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I haven't heard the International, but for me, a big factor would be be the built-in USB DAC.  That's a big feature that the Rx Mk III
doesn't have.  On the other hand, RX MkIII has loads of power and lots of impact.  All of your investment goes into the amp circuit.
 
 If you don't already have a DAC, then the International is going to be super convenient.  
 
FYI,
 
Vinnie's RWAK100-S has a very impressive DAC with true "line out".  It's more about the amp...
 
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Assume you're getting it from A2A? They're very good with returns.
 
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Not on this occasion I am afraid and they were Luke warm with regards to the $ exchange rate
I am still waiting for one lead so it wil be a couple of weeks but I am sure I will be happy
Cheers
 
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I guess that is so, I thought about getting the CLAS-db from them, a bit too dear...
 
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Question here, how would you people describe the sound of the RXmk3B?
 
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I'm using the mk3b+ though....definitely the wide soundstage...whole sound presentation is more of encompassing your whole head, rather than "in your face" kind...very good instrument separation and staging...I can clearly hear the position of the instruments playing...also very hollow and airy sound...not aggressive sound which makes whole listening experience comfortable and enjoyable...I had d-zero, predator and vorzuge duo before...this amp certainly is my best portable amp and on its own league...
 
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I'm using the mk3b+ though....definitely the wide soundstage...whole sound presentation is more of encompassing your whole head, rather than "in your face" kind...very good instrument separation and staging...I can clearly hear the position of the instruments playing...also very hollow and airy sound...not aggressive sound which makes whole listening experience comfortable and enjoyable...I had d-zero, predator and vorzuge duo before...this amp certainly is my best portable amp and on its own league...
 
I'd love to hear your thoughts of your Rx Mk3 vs the Vorzuge AmpDuo if I may. I own the Rx Mk3 (non +), and I've heard the AmpDuo before and each has its place but I'd like to hear your perspective if I may.
 
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I'd love to hear your thoughts of your Rx Mk3 vs the Vorzuge AmpDuo if I may. I own the Rx Mk3 (non +), and I've heard the AmpDuo before and each has its place but I'd like to hear your perspective if I may.

Hi Anak

I'll try as I've sold off my vorzuge duo so this is based on my memory of the sound... Comparing these 2,i find that mk3b+ is better than vorzuge quite a large margin... Only area that vorzuge duo is better is the bass.. I like the bass of vorz, very clean and doesnt overkill and doesn't bleed into the mids..I like the very black background of it too, which Mk3b doesn't provide me that well... Also, vorz gave me the impression of "in your face" signature.. Soundstage, imaging, staging, vocals wise are ok, but Mk3b is a lot better.. Listening experience with Mk3b is just totally different.. If bass of Mk3b can be a little more, that will be perfect... This is my humble opinion

What about you? I would like to hear your opinions since u have listened to both of them as well :)

By the way, this is my setup (not sure whether this will affect anything)

DAP: MS AK100
IEM: Earsonics SM64 v2, with toxic silver poison cable
Interconnect: Uber mini-mini


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That is interesting because + model has the tweaked bass dial right. And still a noisy background?

I think for other sensitive iem, the hissing still persists.. But as my sm64 has quite a high impedance, it is doing fine for me, not much of an issue .. It's not noisy, just that it's not complete black/dark background which in this aspect, I prefer intruder...
 
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I tested MK3 non-plus model with my PFE 232 (47 ohm). Could not really detect hiss but then it was meet conditions so quite a large caveat given IEM hiss has been consistently quoted in this thread (and I have read every post!).
 
Have narrowed down my choice to Pico Power and MK3+. I am still hoping for someone to report on both ha
 
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I tested MK3 non-plus model with my PFE 232 (47 ohm). Could not really detect hiss but then it was meet conditions so quite a large caveat given IEM hiss has been consistently quoted in this thread (and I have read every post!).

Have narrowed down my choice to Pico Power and MK3+. I am still hoping for someone to report on both ha

I've tested with yamaha eph-100 and I still hear discernible hiss.. Not sure about this iem impedance though
 
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There is a definite hiss (even in balanced) with my JH16s. The background is nowhere near as black as my pico slim and the hiss is very audible when nothing is playing, but as soon as the music starts you will stop caring :) Everything about the actual sound is excellent, and it also handles my LCD-2s in balanced with authority. There is also a channel imbalance at super-low volumes as is typical with analog pots --- but if you are in low gain even with sensitive IEMs i get past this for normal listening levels.
 
The pico slim is awesome (tiny, long battery life, totally black, perfect channel balance), but overall I prefer the tone, punch and authority of the MK3 even with the IEMs. Obviously it is a much larger piece of kit with much shorter battery life, so I definitely enjoy having both around.
 
I'm usually feeding it out of a CLAS -DB rig, if that helps give context to the comparison.
 
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