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How would you guys feel about the same deathly accurate sound signature from the headphones amp into a speaker power amp?
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dcha12
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Apr 30, 2020
Considering that I don't like the THX amps, I wouldn't care for it.
wasetwo
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Apr 30, 2020
I’m newer to the sound space and I’m coming to an understanding that there is a search for an exacting sound profile. From my understanding this is the thx possesses but I love enjoyability over sheer neutrality to a point. My idea is a thx power amp and pairing it with something like the schiit Freya + . Using the tubes and passing that signal through the thx power amp as if it was colored through the thx’s clear profile. Adding a pre amp with flavor to pair with such a neutral amp. At least that was my idea.
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dcha12
444
Apr 30, 2020
My advice to you is to listen to what YOU like listening to. Ultimately, you're the one listening to your gear, not these other schmucks on the webs. Obviously, current situation makes it difficult to go and audition gear, but audition if possible. There is also no such thing as neutral sound. Mastering artists likely use power amps of discrete design with high gain and high power that have up to 0.01% THD (about 80 dB SINAD). That's way more than some amps here. There's also the issue that we would assume that the mastering artists would use a setup that plays neutral-ish and is properly set up, but no guarantee of this. The SACD versions Michael Jackson's Thriller are bass light because the artists sat too close to the horn monitors and big woofers. So what's actually "neutral" and what the artist intended? Ultimately we don't know, but everyone likes some measure of balance in their audio; it would be a travesty if someone edited all bass out of Daft Punk for example. In response to your idea, at that point I'd just get something like Schiit Aegir (if powering efficient speakers) and a passive attenuator like Sys or JBL Nano Patch. It would be cheaper and result in a simpler chain (fewer active components), which means less chance of losing details while still having some measure of warm, mid-centric color from Aegir.
EniGmA1987
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Apr 25, 2020
While a really great spec power amp is nice, it isnt quite as useful as a headphone amp. There are some very well spec'ed speakers, but by and large speakers have much worse specs than headphone do simply because of how large they are as well as needing to combine multiple drivers into an area. You also deal with the room itself for speakers. So having a power amp that is insanely good doesnt help as much when the speakers and environment bring those ratings down so much. That said, I would probably still buy one if it came out as long as the price was around $500.