Butte Review and new loaner program
Aug 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM Post #17 of 21

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I was banned when I got the Butte, so I couldn't post up the review. But here it is!
 
Day 1: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/51/
Day 1.5: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/apex-butte-day-1-5-build-quality/
Day 2: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/apex-butte-day-2-more-reviewing/
Day 3: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/apex-butte-day-3-end-of-reviewing/
 
Don't even bother to read it though. I'm not a reviewer. I only wrote I cause it's part of the deal.
 
Aug 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM Post #18 of 21

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How come only 3 days of reviewing?  I thought Todd was allowing 2 weeks of review time. 
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I was banned when I got the Butte, so I couldn't post up the review. But here it is!
 
Day 1: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/51/
Day 1.5: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/apex-butte-day-1-5-build-quality/
Day 2: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/apex-butte-day-2-more-reviewing/
Day 3: http://btgaudio.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/apex-butte-day-3-end-of-reviewing/
 
Don't even bother to read it though. I'm not a reviewer. I only wrote I cause it's part of the deal.

 
Aug 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM Post #19 of 21

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How come only 3 days of reviewing?  I thought Todd was allowing 2 weeks of review time. 


I took the 2 weeks, but it doesn't mean I actually used all of it for reviewing. I spent 3 whole days reviewing, but did it spaced out a little bit cause I do have other things I need to do.
 
Aug 14, 2012 at 2:04 AM Post #20 of 21

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I found the Apex Butte to really shine when the source could put >2.3V into the amp.  The Butte can delivery really clean, transparent sound with an extended low end to my orthos.  I was really surprised at what the Butte could do when connected to an excellent source like a SACD player.  The cMoy is a bit leaner  in the mids and doesn't have the same impact/weight as the Butte.  The cMoy is great for what it is as a portable, neutral amp.  I have one and wouldn't sell it but the Butte is more dynamic and presented a better image/focus with a wider soundstage.  The cMoy is more neutral, less warm than the Butte but I dig the Apex sound signature.
 
The reason I mentioned the time spent with the Butte is that I didn't truly unravel what it was capable of until close to the last day of testing and I did take the full 2 weeks of listening.  Like you, I was not super impressed until I had it connected to my SACD player and then it was a eureka moment for me.  The cMoy may indeed be the best bang for the buck and even be preferred for sensitive IEMs.  For those who need to drive more power hungry, less efficient full headphones I found the Butte to be more refined than the cMoy.  But it boils down to preferences, the best qualities of the cMoy are very different than the best qualities of the Butte.    
  
 
 
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I took the 2 weeks, but it doesn't mean I actually used all of it for reviewing. I spent 3 whole days reviewing, but did it spaced out a little bit cause I do have other things I need to do.

 

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