Nov 28, 20185391 views

JDS Labs Atom, O2 Killer?

I have been noticeing some posts on the new JDS Labs Atom it looks very compelling to me. I was just about to get myself the MD O2 becouse I got $20 in credit, but then I saw this reveiw Is the Objective 2 still worth it?
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I have had my O2 for 3 years now. I would say I am very happy with it. What would be a good up upgrade though. I am an Audiophile on a budget, so I tend to plan my purchases very carefully. My best headphones are a pair of HD650s. What would be the next level up in amps from the O2. Would the Atom be more of a Sidegrade?
Both are quite good in my opinion... I wouldn't say one kills the other
BTW, JDS themselves say the Atom is their best amp to date, which includes their more costly amp!
I broke down and ordered the Atom Yesterday I am really looking forward to hearing the difference from my Micca Origen plus.
The atom appears to be something really special. I have been following audiosciencereview for a few months now, and those measurements are really something. Proof of good engineering. That is what you are buying. Arguably you don't "need" such good noise/distortion numbers, at or below the threshold of audibility. Amir, the main guy at audioscience, himself uses the Topping Dx3 Pro as his main DAC/amp. This is with all the stuff he has at his disposal. Its numbers aren't quite as good, but he likes that it is a one-piece unit rather than a stack, and has convenience features, and is small and cute. You see what I'm getting at? The O2 was designed to prove that you can make a competent, class-leading amp with $30-40 worth of parts. And it was. Even now, it holds its own, but is uses older parts. If it was me, I would chose the Atom in a heartbeat. State of the f'Art and all. Just know that you would probably not hear that much difference, if at all, especially at normal listening levels.
Depends on what you're trying to drive with it. O2 works well, but won't fully drive high impedance cans. Based on the specs it appears that the Atom will. I haven't heard the Atom for comparison though.
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Adding to my reply...what is really impressive about the Atom is that its distortion number into low impedance (32 ohms) are better than most other amps into 300 ohms. By an order of magnitude (at 30 ohms). If I used say a 50 ohm headphone, this would seal the deal for me.
I think I will just order the atom then because I do not see the atom being on a drop anytime soon because it is too new. And I do have a couple 35 ohm headphones like the Audio Technica msr7 that would really benefit from the low distortion levels on the atom. I then might just usey Micca origen plus as a portable unit for my laptop and phone
The Objective 2 is still an extremely good amp in price/performance. Better measurements do not a better sound make. Also, different rigs measure things very differently. Wait for other reviews before jumping on that Atom train. (also, it really pays to learn more about audio measurements and search what other people have measured to see how results compare)
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Imaging that other people think in the same way like you.
I did end up getting the atom, and it is very good. The only thing I have to compare it too is a micca origen plus and the atom is very noticably better.