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New Amp from HeadAmp - GS-X Mini

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by Rhamnetin, Jul 8, 2018.
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  1. Sonic Defender Contributor
    No worries, and yes I do get your point. I apologize and admit I reacted a little at the idea that most companies would charge double the price. While I suspect that you are right that they perhaps made less profit margin, I would be shocked if they could charge half. In electronics, profit margins are typically not nearly as high as people think, a 50% margin would be quite high, but perhaps in the personal audio marketplace right now there are higher margins. I understand that at the heart of things you were simply trying to be complimentary to the value the amp represented to you, and that you appreciated the company wasn't in your mind trying to wring out every possible penny of profit, fair enough. Cheers.
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  2. omniweltall
    So far this amp looks very interesting. Hopefully they wont follow some companies that try to wring out as much profit as possible, and give us a fair price. I look forward to it.
  3. headsman
    This amp is probably the most exciting thing on my radar at the moment. It's probably going to be a tossup between this and the ECP Torpedo 4 which unfortunately just got priced in higher than I expected at $2200. I'm interested to see whether its voiced closer to the GSX or the Gilmore Lite.
  4. Rhamnetin
    I don't think either amp has much in the way of voicing. The Dynalo circuit is meant to be as transparent as possible, although it is true that one can still use different input FETs to achieve a different, more voiced sound. I always got the impression though that HeadAmp went for maximum transparency and uncolored sound.
  5. headsman
    I agree with the overall aim of Headamp designs but have you heard both amps? I would personally take the Gilmore regardless of price as I find the GSX to be a touch too neutral with very slight peaks in the 4khz & 6khz regions. I listen to a lot of badly mastered music (as does anyone listening to modern recordings) and do find the more expensive amp to be slightly fatiguing. The Gilmore Lite, while certainly not V-shaped or excessively coloured, is a slightly more relaxing listen with less emphasis on the upper mids and rounder bottom end. Please note I am not in any way saying that either amp is at all warm, slow or "tube-like". They are slightly different takes on the same transparent, SS sound and I know which one I prefer.

    Technology marches on, Justins tastes and hearing change as he gets older, different DACs (and thus chains) become more popular. I'd be surprised if 2 amps built 10 years apart sounded exactly the same even if the circuit design is essentially unchanged. I'm excited what the designer has to offer as someone near the top of his game with another decade of experience.
  6. Rhamnetin
    Yeah I think those sound character differences are just the result of the power supply differences and perhaps the GS-X Mk2 being fully balanced. But I wouldn't know for sure.
  7. purk Contributor
    This will be a killer amp. So glad that Justin decides to bring it back and make it even better!
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  8. Promenadeplatz
    What you think is a reasonable good price? Is there a mk2 version of this available as well?
  9. Rhamnetin
    Seeing as how it was $749 and they've been discontinued for some time now, I'm thinking no more than $550. Granted it will outperform most sub $1500 amps I think.

    There was no Mk2 (this new amp could take up that name, or GS-X Mini), but there were upgrades available for it. There was a DACT stepped attenuator upgrade and I believe some other upgraded related directly to the amp boards themselves (Dynalo+ modules). Not sure what the Dynalo+ modules actually were though.
  10. purk Contributor
    If you have the GS-1 MK1, you can upgrade to the Dynalo plus modules. Just need to contact Justin and buy two modules.
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  11. koven Contributor
    Hope Justin can give an update soon on availability ETA and price!
  12. purk Contributor
    I am guessing between 1.5 to 1.8k.
  13. Zulkr9
    Any eta on when this amp is coming out, it looks gorgeous, I hope the price is a little lower about around a 1000 usd. I would really love to get my hands on one !
  14. Rhamnetin
    Nothing yet. From the looks of it, I'm guessing a 1k price tag would mean it's being sold at a loss.
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  15. Mrstump5
    What's going to be the difference from the gsx
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