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This has been my main amp for quite some time. I can hear "more" with this amp - compared to Magni 3.
TBH, I got goosebumps many times when paring this with HD6xx, never thought my songs would sound this good; Think I would get bottlehead crack on someday. Right now waiting for THX 789 AAA to come.
I'm debating between this amp, the THX 789, or the Liquid Carbon X amp. I already have the Grace SDAC so I don't need a built in DAC. All these amps seem to have excellent overall reviews so it's difficult to pick just one. I can't afford to buy all three and compare. I wish I could. I have an Aune X7S currently.
Aune x7s is balanced right? You would get more variety by getting this amp instead of either solid state, however I would suggest buying the thx and selling your Aune. Never tried it but it's measurements and versatility with ports make it the best Solid state for the money
Well if the THX 789 ever comes back perhaps I'll buy it. But it's about $500 Canadian so I'm not sure I want to spend that much money. I would want to use it balanced as opposed to SE to get full use out of it but quality balanced headphone cables are not cheap. This is certainly a great hobby but also can be an expensive one. I'm thinking of just getting this (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-o2-amplifier) to pair with my Grace SDAC and sell my X7S and be done.
I would suggest the jds atom or Magni 3 over the o2. Jds atom is supposedly the best $100 amp money can buy rn, the O2 won't run won't headphone because it has a lower power output.
I had the O2+SDAC combo before and I never needed to go past 12 o'clock on low gain so it has more than enough power for me. The "medium gain" option for the standalone O2 has the same low/high as the combo unit.
Fair enough, it only matters if you want to get some more headphones in the future :)
Well I'm still confused as to why medium gain has lower numbers than standard gain on the O2. Also can the Atom only be ordered from the JDS Labs website?
I think you can order the atom straight from jds. The original O2 never had a low/high gain, it was a revision for the o2+sdac I believe.
I had some free time to play with THX 789 AAA; felt in love the moment I listened to it; very clean, detailed and fast.
CTH is better at vocal, in my opinion.
Not sure if you made your decision yet. I would pick THX 789 AAA as final SS amp first (you can check its reviews here in MD, the hype seems to be real); then look for something new in a hybrid/tube amp if still not satisfied. Have a good day
Is the THX 789 worth the price if only using the SE output or should I use it balance to get it's full worth? Would you say it sound very analytical or is there any warmth to the sound? Perhaps that depends on the DAC being used with it?
I started from Magni 3/Modi 2 stack then CTH and now 789. It is analytical and there is "fluid" in it, to me the amp is not boring.
I am looking for a balanced cable but not yet found one in my country, plan to buy a new dac too; until then I can't answer above queries. :)