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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. hikaru12
    Get the Qutest it's more detailed than the Hugo 2 and cheaper.
  2. commtrd
    Already own the Hugo2. Another case of not knowing exactly which direction to go as in the process of trying to build out a system not knowing all there is to know... If that makes any sense.
  3. nwavesailor
    After reading Dan's impressions on the pairing with the E2 and speaking briefly with Justin...................I have placed a GS-X mini preorder!
    Last edited: May 16, 2019
  4. uelover
    What color did you order? With DACT or Alps?
  5. nwavesailor
    Polished Blue and DACT!
  6. purk Contributor


    The Gilmore Lite MK2 is likely the best deal going under $600 for headphones amplifier. It has great resolution, tone, and a good sense of power behind the sound. The GSX-Mini to me is noticeably better thank to a much better power supply and the balanced drive amplification. The sense of power & dynamic are immediate upon the first listen while the resolution is all there. The tone is warmer than that of the GSX-MKII from my memory. No doubt, it is more transparent than the GL. Remember that the Lite is powered off the brick power supply, while the GSX-mini has GRLV which is arguably the best power supply ever designed by Dr. Kevin Gilmore. I love it and hope to buy one once Justin has one in stock.
    Last edited: May 17, 2019
  7. commtrd
    ^^^GRLV would be separate supplies for each side, just guessing? Def not an expert in amplifier topology or power supply, but even so I am getting to the point I am gonna hafta go ahead and get a Mini on pre-order. Should then be my end-game amp I think. The above description is just too compelling to not give the amp a go. May give Justin a call and visit, haven't talked with him since purchasing the 4z a while back. Thanks for posting, much appreciated.
  8. hikaru12
    I’ll actually be in Virginia next month. Does he actually allow in person visits to his shop? Id love to hear one of these for myself.
  9. commtrd
    What is "GRLV"? In the interest of learning more in-depth stuff about this amp in particular and design theory for amps/power supplies in general... This power supply would be a stand alone module similar to the supply unit for GSX Mk2?
  10. musicfrommemory
    This is the absolute crux question - and I am on absolute tenterhooks to hear from any guys that have owned the Gilmore Lite MK2 and now the GS-X mini - is the GS-X mini the Lite MK2's bigger, badder brother?

    Does it share the wonderfully relaxed yet fast, ever-so-slightly warm qualities of the Lite MK 2?

    For those guys that do own both please do give as much detail on an objective comparison between the Lite MK 2 and GS-X mini as you possibly can.

    If the GS-X mini does what the Lite MK 2 does but on steroids, then this amp is going to be a cathartic eargasm.
    commtrd likes this.
  11. joecn
    What is reference system?

    Can it match with Grado PS1000 / PS1000e?
  12. purk Contributor
    GRLV is a Golden Reference Low Voltage designed by Dr. Kevin Gilmore. I believe that it can be configured as dual mono or one supply to feed both channels. I believe it is the best power supply ever designed by Kevin Gilmore. GSX MkII has Justin’s very own design configured in dual mono configuration (one power supply for each channel).
    commtrd likes this.
  13. justin w. Contributor
    Just waiting on these boards to arrive so we can confirm the final version is ready to go!

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  14. DarKu
    Very clean looking, as usual.
    So, a June launch maybe?
  15. viru5
    Looking forward to this so much! I had my eyes on the gs-x mk2 for a looong time.

    I feel a little bit privileged to not have to wait as long as you all for the gs-x mini :wink:
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