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HeadAmp Gilmore Lite mk2 Headphone Amplifier

HeadAmp Gilmore Lite mk2 Headphone Amplifier

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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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Cferrer1983
66
Oct 18, 2021
wait, I'm not understanding something here, I checked the back part of the unit, it seems to me that you HAVE to obligatory buy/use the dedicated PSU they sell here if you want to power this amp, for a total of $700, am I correct assuming this? if so, how does this compare to THX amps? I am not thinking this is going to be good compared to those or topping, schiit amps.
Cferrer1983
66
Oct 18, 2021
thank you for that answer... how do you compare this amp to amps like schiit, topping and THX amps around this price or lower? (I'm assuming this was not your first amp going into audiophile hobby)
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evandschultz
38
Oct 18, 2021
It's Class A, so if you subscribe to that sort of thing (I'm someone who claims to be able to hear the difference) it has a nice, classic, warm-ish sound. The treble is good but it's not hyper detailed like the THX. In general I like class A because it dumps a lot of power into planars and makes the bass rumble with good dynamics. It's amazing for my LCD-2C. But overall the Gilmore is a little compressed and the soundstage isn't the best. I also have a Lyr 3 and with the right NOS tube, the Lyr 3 is basically everything this is PLUS good soundstage and imaging. The only thing the Lyr 3 doesn't have is quite the same dynamics and punch. I've heard the Jot 2 beats the Gilmore as well, but I've also heard that the PSU fixes a lot of the compression and soundstage issues. I'm on the fence about getting the PSU because dedicated PSUs seem a bit expensive for a minor upgrade. Who knows. The Gilmore used to be really highly regarded, but it's a relatively old design. A lot has changed in amp design since. Pretty sure Schiit didn't even exist when it first came out. If I didn't already have the Gilmore I'd probably spend the same money on a Lyr 3 or a Jot 2
Jonathane40
3
Nov 28, 2018
Has anyone compared this with the ALO Continental V5?
Mosby
4
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
6
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
328
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
106
Nov 26, 2018
LCX has been pretty disappointing for me too. It definitely rolls off the bass quite badly.
ciber
218
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
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
Cferrer1983
66
Oct 18, 2021
you are in luck today, it came back
shenan24
222
Jan 19, 2018
Does anyone have any reviews in this?
shenan24
222
Feb 8, 2018
I just bought it blindly. Didn't get a chance to listen to it properly tho
Spyder1
21
Feb 8, 2018
You should check the Headamp website. They make top-tier equipment.
MarcSpence
180
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
84
Jan 7, 2018
The drop was $449, a small(ish) savings.
MarcSpence
180
Jan 7, 2018
Thanks...decisions decisions....for 500 i can get a burson soloist sl mk2...augh..lol
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