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THX AAA 789 Replacement

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by mixman, May 28, 2019.
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  1. wantan
    Well said Sir! The Phonitor is mainly transparent, you will hear the sound of the source. Since you have the RME dac you should be fine.
  2. mixman
    I will have to check that out vs the GSX mini when it comes out.
  3. ReAlien
    I just replaced my THX 789 for S-Audio Focus DACamp and I am enjoying it a lot. It is on a different level of sound authenticity and timbres naturalness. Its binaural processor is unparalleled in terms of soundstage reproduction. It costs 800 USD.

    It has no balanced output though, yet it is powerful enough to drive Hifiman HE4, I listen to them at 10–12 o'clock.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
  4. raoultrifan
    Worth checking out some measurements too for these two headamps:

    I guess the HPA4 is TOTL with its SINAD of 120dB, so it might be an upgrade over the THX AAA 789.
  5. Marutks
    Burson conductor 3 has more power than THX 789
  6. smoothb0re
    Gustard H20 has been everything I wanted. It's a seriously awesome amp for about $900. There's more power than I'll ever need and it fixes what I disliked about the 789 - I'd say it's less dry and boring without sacrificing detail (not saying the 789 is bad, it's my very much subjective experience of it).

    One downside is that the SE out sounds significantly worse. Balanced is pure joy though.
    raoultrifan likes this.
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