Flux Lab Acoustics FA-10, FA-10 Pro, FA-12, FCN-10 & FA-12s Amplifiers - Summit-Fi for the People?: Reviews, Impressions & Discussion
Mar 23, 2021 at 10:39 AM Post #1,501 of 2,095

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Just from the experience of driving the LCD-4 out of the FA-10 and FA-12, I can say the FA-12 drives them well, but the fa-10 is more like a speaker amp - the sound goes from inside your head to out. FA-12 mid gain was like fa-10 low gain in terms of dynamics. I think the fa-10 suits headphones that are a bit spicy on the treble and need tonnes of power like the Arya/he-6, I would advise you to demo them with fa-10 if possible. Now I'm eagerly awaiting the volot which will be more then 3x the price...
Recently read that the Volot is supposed to sell for about $2500 US. Earlier estimates were twice that. Hopefully it will be
closer to the $2500 price.
 
Mar 23, 2021 at 10:59 AM Post #1,502 of 2,095

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come join us over on the Volot thread for when the news drops that it's out...

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/flu...on-impressions-reviews-and-discussion.952903/

Should be any "week" now and Sandu will likely have the first review when the "press blackout" is listed. Hopefully they didn't find any PCB issues during production of their first batches.

Also fingers crossed that a champagne version will be available at some point.
 
Mar 24, 2021 at 10:35 AM Post #1,503 of 2,095

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Just from the experience of driving the LCD-4 out of the FA-10 and FA-12, I can say the FA-12 drives them well, but the fa-10 is more like a speaker amp - the sound goes from inside your head to out. FA-12 mid gain was like fa-10 low gain in terms of dynamics. I think the fa-10 suits headphones that are a bit spicy on the treble and need tonnes of power like the Arya/he-6, I would advise you to demo them with fa-10 if possible. Now I'm eagerly awaiting the volot which will be more then 3x the price...
So you prefered LCD-4 with FA-10, or?
 
Mar 24, 2021 at 10:46 AM Post #1,504 of 2,095

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So you prefered LCD-4 with FA-10, or?
Yep, simply because the LCD4 needs a ton of voltage and the fa-10 has truckloads. The soundstage is larger, dynamics more powerful. But the fa-12 is more refined and if you have easy to drive headphones, I'd recommend that.
 
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Mar 24, 2021 at 5:40 PM Post #1,505 of 2,095

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I recently picked up a set of the new Focal Clear MG absolute great synergy with my gear. A little over a week and my HD800s have not been given any head time.
‘I love the sound of the Flux FA12.



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I ordered my FA 12 on the 19 mar and was told will take about 2 weeks. I might have to adjust my expectations then ...
 
Mar 28, 2021 at 1:14 PM Post #1,509 of 2,095

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Yeah mines took about 4 weeks.
 
Mar 30, 2021 at 2:46 AM Post #1,510 of 2,095

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My FA-12 arrived in about 2.5 weeks.

Having spent more time with the Flux FA-12 I feel like I can give out some decent feedback.

Pi2aes with moode resampling to 176khz->Coax->Denafrips Ares 2 in NOS->Flux Fa-12 High Gain->LCD2C

Is a great pairing. Very smooth mid centered and detailed sound. Bass is still present, well extended and detailed. It’s a more textured and nuanced sound than a dynamic slam. The same set up with a thx 789 can come off as harsh in the treble. The FA-12 has detailed treble, but the mids seem to be the star of the show. The treble is more laid back for fatigue free listening, but with the FA-12 you don’t miss the treble at all. With the THX 789 and modi 3 I always missed the treble with these headphones and sometimes the treble came off as fatiguing even though it wasn’t that present. This is the best I’ve ever heard the LCD2C by a good margin.

Pi2aes->Coax->Denafrips Ares 2 in OS mode->Flux Fa-12->Anandas

Detailed, and airy with a little less bass slam than I was expecting. Mids are a little on the distant side. I was never able to hear height in the stage with the THX 789, but with the FA-12 the sound can sometimes be heard as coming from above your head. the stage is more filled out from center to left and right as well, but depth still alludes me somewhat. I might need to add a PEQ to increase the bass slam for the Ananda’s while the THX 789/Modi 3 did not need it. Bass is still well extended and textured, but just not as present as on the Schiit dac. Now I want to hear a bifrost 2 to compare, but aesthetically the Denafrips Ares 2 and Flux FA-12 are a great match. Ironically, the easy going treble of FA-12 seems to take away from the Ananda’s treble sparkle. The same can be said for my balanced modded KSC75. I’ll give this a bit more time for brain burn in. I might be too used to the THX 789 at this point.

The Flux Fa-12 is a superior amp to the THX 789 in most ways sonically. It’s less fatiguing, more detailed and has better channel balance. My 789 had a little channel imbalance at low volumes. However, the FA-12 does seem to deliver noticeably less power. I listen to both of my not very power hungry planars on high gain at around 11:00-12:00. If you’re looking for a really aggressive and in your face kind of sound I guess you could prefer the THX 789.

The biggest upgrade with the FA-12 was the elimination of my ground loop problem with the THX 789 paired with the Denafrips Ares 2 over balanced.

On a side note, I think the Denafrips Ares 2 is best used on speakers. The reverb it can provide seems a little wasted on headphones. Something to consider when it’s time to upgrade my stereo.
 
Mar 31, 2021 at 5:15 AM Post #1,511 of 2,095

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My fa-10 just got shipped, took 3 weeks.

I am fine with that for a small scale maker. Just to let people know eta expectations.
 
Mar 31, 2021 at 8:07 AM Post #1,512 of 2,095

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I have received my FCN-10 ( I had FA-10 previously), how do you use airplay ? Whatever the FCN-10 input mode my iphone cannot see it as an airplay devices, frustrating.
 
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I have received my FCN-10 ( I had FA-10 previously), how do you use airplay ? Whatever the FCN-10 input mode my iphone cannot see it as an airplay devices, frustrating.
You need to fiddle with moOde OS.
It is not that simple and I don't know if airplay is supported.
I am using bubbleUPnP with my Android phone.
 
Mar 31, 2021 at 9:32 AM Post #1,514 of 2,095

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You need to fiddle with moOde OS.
It is not that simple and I don't know if airplay is supported.
I am using bubbleUPnP with my Android phone.

Well fcn-10 is supporting airplay if I read the specs from flux, I don’t expect to config anything with moode OS... I just want to plug and play
 
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