HeadAmp Gilmore Lite mk2 Headphone Amp
HeadAmp Gilmore Lite mk2 Headphone Amp
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The Gilmore Lite mk2 is a miniaturized version of Kevin Gilmore’s discrete dynamic headphone circuit. It represents a modern purist’s approach to dynamic headphone amplification, and is as close as possible to the holy grail of headphone amplification: a “wire with gain.” This celebrated Class A design includes matched new old stock (NOS) Toshiba JFETs in the input stage Read More

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Jonathane40
3
Nov 28, 2018
Has anyone compared this with the ALO Continental V5?
Mosby
3
Nov 28, 2018
how does this compare to thx 789?
Albobear
17
Nov 27, 2018
Anyone know if this is suitable for sensitive iems?
rsilvamu
40
Nov 28, 2018
From the reviews i've read it seems it does pairs well with sensitive IEMs, even with the really sensitive ones like the campfire andromeda
dheepak10
4
Apr 16, 2019
While there is no hiss with sensitive IEMs, you may not be able to get much volume control as it would be too loud at lower pot levels. I use an impedance adapter with my IEMs and earbuds.
Bones2
5
Nov 27, 2018
I've got one and heartily reccomend it. Dynamic performer. Clarity with complex musical passages. It shades both the Burson Soloist and Schitt Jotunheim.
Volly
313
Nov 26, 2018
I love the look of the Gilmore Lite 2, the footprint would suite most desktop's! The internal's look super clean, would love to hear this thing!
Cking96
145
Nov 26, 2018
I was going to grab this amp but spent more on the Monoprice Cavalli Liquid Platinum and this damn thing stole my heart.... Absolutely crushes my liquid carbon on the extremes. Makes my hd 800s Rumble on Bass!
cwelton17
105
Nov 26, 2018
LCX has been pretty disappointing for me too. It definitely rolls off the bass quite badly.
ciber
111
Jan 13, 2020
did you use XLR output or SE output? the XLR output is 4X power than SE, and it should not has bass quality issue with XLR output.
RareAirs
156
Aug 30, 2018
Really want this drop my come back! I need one for $450 in my life ASAP as a deal on a Jotunheim fell through. idk if it’s worth the wait for $50 off or if I should just buy at Retail but it seems like this drop ended like 8 months ago
verifonix
931
Nov 26, 2018
Just dropped again!
RareAirs
156
Nov 27, 2018
Unfortunately I bought already bought another amp awhile ago. If it was $400 I probably would of gave in and got this anyway but I’m passing now
shenan24
210
Jan 19, 2018
Does anyone have any reviews in this?
shenan24
210
Feb 8, 2018
I just bought it blindly. Didn't get a chance to listen to it properly tho
Spyder1
18
Feb 8, 2018
You should check the Headamp website. They make top-tier equipment.
MarcSpence
179
Jan 5, 2018
How much was this drop? This is 500 on headamp website....Mr. Clark from MrSpeakers steered me to this for his planars instead of jotenheim...it appears this amp is great for planars and dynamics...none for sale on ebay yet..so they must be keepers? LoL
Huxleigh
83
Jan 7, 2018
The drop was $449, a small(ish) savings.
MarcSpence
179
Jan 7, 2018
Thanks...decisions decisions....for 500 i can get a burson soloist sl mk2...augh..lol
winterfog
30
Dec 8, 2017
Received mine earlier this week. Great sound, very pleased so far. Very similar to my original Gilmore Lite, with four major noticeable improvements so far, in order of importance: (1) A different, rounder, arguably more natural-sounding tone. The original Gilmore Lite had (to some ears) a kind of sharp or emphasized treble, and that is completely gone in the mk2. I think some people will appreciate this change, but it does make it somewhat difficult to compare the sound of the original GL and the mk2 in other respects. I need to do a lot more serious listening, and probably burn-in/warm-up, before I have more to say on the sound. (2) A somewhat more powerful output stage, though there wasn't really any problem with the original to begin with. For reference, comfortable listening had the volume pot at around 10:00 with my HD600 on the mk2 instead of around 11:30 on the original GL. I think on my LCD-2 I maybe turned it up to 1:00 at the most. So there's plenty of headroom on my most-used phones. (3) A much nicer, super-smooth volume pot and knob with perfect channel matching throughout its range. In contrast, the original GL had a little grit and some noticeable unevenness at very low volume levels. (4) A nicer feeling and larger case with nice sticky-rubber feet that is much less apt to slide across your desk. Weight is approximately the same. Linear power supply is the same size and specs.
I will post some comparison pictures later, and possibly more sound impressions if I am satisfied that I've come to any conclusions.
Huxleigh
83
Mar 20, 2018
Cool, thanks for the update! It's good information for prospective buyers to be aware of.
Deutsche78704
22
May 4, 2018
I've had this amp for a couple of months now and I find it resolving, very refined, and actually maybe a hair warm. It's an excellent match for my Aeon Flow Open and Bifrost Multibit Dac. It's heads and shoulders above the Jotunheim in every way. If someone said this amp costs 2x the price I wouldn't bat an eye.
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