What amp is the "King Of The Bass" for HD 600?
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Hey All

Using HD 600, what would be the best amp with good hi's but TREMENDOUS lows?

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Or the Max if you don't have a balanced source


(I've also heard from others here, but haven't heard myself, that the RKV also has good bass with the HD 600.)
 
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Next to the Blockhead comes the Max and then the RKV.I think the bass from the solid-state amps sounds a bit different from the RKV but they all sound great with nice tight bass.
 
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Or for an alternative view on Blockhead bass, Kevin Gilmore says in comparing his Class A Dynamic headphone amp design to the Blockhead:

"I listened to the balanced HeadRoom Max at The Home Electronics Show. The low frequency bass slam is absent from the unit. When I listened to the BlockHead ($3333) and compared it to my unbalanced/balanced amp, the same thing happened. Without the kaboom, it's just not as much fun to listen to. " (And Gilmore thinks his design is better in this respect)

Also consider a headphone amp in conjunction with or which incorporates the Meier Psychoacoustic Bass Enhancer.

People also say good things about the bass of the Earmax Pro in conjunction with the HD600.
 
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Moretto/Radii HAP-03 is a contender here. Melos SHA-1 has a strong bottom end. ZOTL is weak there, but Ken-Rad VT-231's close the gap considerably (and are almost impossible to find).
 
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How does the Corda Headamp-1 do in this department?
 
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I just have to cast my vote for the EarMax Pro. This is the finest bottom-end I've heard with the HD 600s...but as always, it just comes down to personal taste!

 
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The EMP with the right input tube has to be up there. It certainly owns the $750 and under category.
 
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Listening at modest levels at the NY show, the Max/600 combo had enough bass to make my throat rattle. It was a strange, unsettling experience.
 
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Dusty Chalk and I did a Bass Off between the Earmax Pro and the HAP-03 last weekend. Our conclusion was that the Earmax was best with lower impedance headphones, while the HAP-03 took the higher impedance bracket. These amps are similar enough that we were able to match the tube complements fairly closely in order to make the comparison. The HAP-03 may be my favorite amp with the HD-600 altogether, and I've got some pretty strong competition for it.
 
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This make me think about a new wish list...
The order will be "can afford" list:


0) Hirsch's Ken-Rad VT-231's tubes for my ZOLT (help!!!)

1) Hirsch's HAP-3 and

2) RickG's and shivohum's EarMax Pro since Kevin's and Jan's projects are difficult to me in terms of getting components here( but thank you very much for your helpful research)

3) Tuberoller's RKV

4) MacDEF's and DVR's MAX

5) KR's Headroom Blockhead

Thanks guys for your time and opinions !!

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I'm not closing out !! Standby over !! Any more opinions?
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by Ari
This make me think about a new wish list...
The order will be "can afford" list:


0) Hirsch's Ken-Rad VT-231's tubes for my ZOLT (help!!!)

1) Hirsch's HAP-3 and

2) RickG's and shivohum's EarMax Pro since Kevin's and Jan's projects are difficult to me in terms of getting components here( but thank you very much for your helpful research)

3) Tuberoller's RKV

4) MacDEF's and DVR's MAX

5) KR's Headroom Blockhead

Thanks guys for your time and opinions !!

Best from

Ari



I'm not closing out !! Standby over !! Any more opinions?



I don't own an RKV,I borrowed one.I have a Max and a few other amps.The Max is my personal favorite for bass(since I don't have a balanced source anymore and have no use for a Blockhead).I have to add that the bass performance I have obtained with the Max is in conjunction with the HD600 and Equinox.It makes great bass with some other phones but sounds best with that combo.

BTW,What tubes and how many of them does the ZOTL use?
 
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BTW,What tubes and how many of them does the ZOTL use?
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