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UK 2012 Head-Fi Meet - September 15th Cambridgeshire.

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  1. Mattyhew
    Im Curious, I currently dont use a portable amp as i thought id find it an inconvenient to carry one around as i rarely go anywhere with a bag.
     
    My current portable setup is clip+ > MTPCs, would these benefit from amping? 
     
  2. Sceptre
    Andy,
     
    Put me down for the meal please.
     
    Thoughts on portable amps.
    I used to have larger desktop setups but found that I spent more time listening either on the move, away from home, or on the bedside.
    The journey of investigating portable options started with an assessment of the advantages (e.g. smooth power supply)  but also the limitations (library size, limited hours of use, and inability to drive current hungry full sized headphones).
     
    I shall bring about 4 portable setups that I believe are comparable to top end desktop units for people to try.
     
    Can you tell I'm a fan of portable setups?
     
    Regards
     
    Sceptre
     
  3. smial1966
    Sceptre makes some very valid points below and I concur with his assessment of the pros and cons of using portable gear.
     
    The distinction for me between larger setups and portable kit has been somewhat blurred recently by the Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo and ALO RX MK3-B, as it's now possible to obtain high quality sound from an iPod that rivals that of some home based systems.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Andy.
     
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  4. smial1966
    Behold the granite encased behemoth! 
     
     
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    I reckon that this Polish headphone amplifier from White Bird Amplification http://white-bird.pl/ and NOS valves from Mullard Magic (thanks Steve) will drive just about any headphone with aplomb and could be a BHSE beater for around 25% of the cost!
     
    Cheers,
     
    Andy.
     
  5. complin
    Looks interesting but IMHO no way could it be considered a BHSE beater, just compare the components used and the specification.  
    Totally different designs as the BHSE is designed for electrostats not dynamics in any case.
     
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  6. smial1966
    complin,
     
    Admittedly I was being slightly controversial with my BHSE beater comment, but with a few tweaks I reckon that the behemoth will sound astonishingly good for the price.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Andy.
     
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  7. complin
    Yes I agree It looks well finished and may be good value for money.
    Would be good to see the "Quality" inside though with some interior photo's and the circuit design.
     
    However you don't need to go for Poland for a cracking headphone amp, NVA audio in the UK do two, one which also drives speakers for about £300'ish.  The NVA is very under rated I feel and deserves to be more widely known.  Much better than that Chinese C**P.
    Solid state though and hand built too, drives everything i've ever thrown at it.  The speaker/headphone version drives my Stax via a transformer with ease and Audeze et alt via the headphone socket. They are based in Essex I believe, you might be able to get them to come to the event?[​IMG]
     
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NVA-AP10P-Personal-Integrated-amplifier-/270505082352?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item3efb5bfdf0#ht_5648wt_909
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NVA-AP10H-Headphone-Amplifier-/270458507882?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item3ef895526a#ht_2310wt_909
     
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  8. smial1966
    geeta182,
    Congratulations! You are the lucky winner and soon to be recipient of an unused PA2V2.  [​IMG]
     
    Please PM me your address and I'll post this fine starter headphone amplifier to you soonest.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Andy.
     
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  9. smial1966
    MEET TASK
     
    Guys, great news! 
     
    I've negotiated an interesting deal with the manufacturer of the behemoth valve amplifier below. If 10 meet attendees audition the WHITE BIRD and are prepared to write a brief Head-Fi post of their sonic impressions, the amp will be entered into the raffle as a prize. Obviously there's an element of trust and altruism involved here, as only one person will win the amp but 10 people who've demoed it are required to post a short writeup of their impressions.
     
    As an added incentive I'll include the Osram valves (NOS from 1949) and the other smaller tube pictured below.
     
    What a great prize!  [​IMG]
     
    Cheers,
     
    Andy.  
     
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  10. complin
    Yes thats a great prize and very generous of White Bird, but should it be the best review of the sonic impressions written that wins?
    Perhaps they should select the winner?
     
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  11. smial1966
    complin,
     
    Nice idea, but the amp will be entered into the raffle as an incentive for attendees to buy tickets, thereby raising even more money for charity. Plus the behemoth weighs around 15kg and there's no way that I'm paying freight costs to ship it to the winner!  [​IMG]
     
    Cheers,
     
    Andy.
     
     
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  12. JoetheArachnid
    I'd be perfectly willing to write some detailed impressions on it, though I'd need a reasonable amount of head-time and wouldn't want to be hogging it from any other people! It would also be good to make sure that the source/headphones can be changed easily so that people can get balanced impressions with their own 'phones and music.
     
  13. alvin sawdust
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    Are you bringing the NVA to the meet?  Have wanted to listen to this for years.
     
  14. Stormfriend
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    I'd certainly be interested in listening to this and writing a review.  It'll be interesting to see how it compares to my Earmax, the size and weight are a trifle different! 
     
  15. smial1966
    JoetheArachnid,
     
    I'll have a CDP, iPod connector to RCA cable and laptop available as sources, so listeners should be able to use their own music, either on CD, iPod or via a USB stick and computer playback. 
     
    Cheers,
     
    Andy.
     
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