Headphone amp recommendations

Is this the app ? Just wanna make sure since i gotta pay for it

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That is it and it is well worth the investment.

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Definitely.
It works flawlessly and has a superb user interface.

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Wow ok its day and night with my dragonfly i was about to sell the thing haha i bought it for a portable amp solution and it never worked on my phone. You guys just saved the day thx a lot.

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I’m happy you found a solution.
You was using 10% of your Dragonfly.
Enjoy.

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I am posting this as a follow up to the discussion recently had in Best Planar and Dynamic combo under $6000?.

I am looking to purchase a new solid state or hybrid amp as an upgrade to my THX 789. I have BF2 DAC and I use the Arya and HD6xx. I want something versatile enough for me to expand my can collection in the future without having glaring synergistic conflicts. My max budget is 2000 USD.

Naturally, I have looked at things like the Burson Soloist 3XP, Headamp GS-X mini, iFi Pro iCAN, Phonitor E etc. The 3XP grabs my attention the most because of its palatable price and stellar reviews, but I am unsure as to how it might synergize with my setup. Does anyone had other amp recommendations between 500 and 2000 for a wide range of cans that is a clear step up from a 789? Any advice is appreciated!

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Not sure where you landed on feelings on used equipment, but you can usually find an SPL Phonitor X or XE in the $1300-1800 range. Folks on this forum seem to largely consider it to be one of the most neutral and capable solid state amps (period - at any price point). I don’t have extensive experience with it, but the limited times I’ve heard it, I’ve been a huge fan. Here’s a review: SPL Phonitor x - Review

Also, it just looks so friggin cool with those VU meters :slight_smile:

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Well then, I had no clue you could find it that cheap! I will keep my eye out for deals as they come. I have no issues with used gear whatsoever, especially for non-headphones. I love the meters. What exactly is the difference between the X and XE?

I see them come up about once every ~6 weeks between here, head-fi classifieds, and US Audio Mart. You can always also check hifishark, which is an aggregator of sorts. I generally stick to the three forums I named, because the gear is typically sold by more “known” people in that they have trading histories within that community. The only difference between the X and XE is that the X can be used as a preamp, and the XE is headphones only. No other difference. You can get an optional DAC module in both versions, but no point, since your BF2 is way better.

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Ah I see. I will be sure to keep my eyes peeled! Thanks! :+1:

I can personally speak for the 6xx w/ soloist pairing and they have fantastic synergy. I don’t have the Arya but I find that all my headphones work well with the soloist (6xx, clear, aeolus, VC, nightowl, sundara). I was in the same position wanting to upgrade from 789 and the soloist didn’t disappoint. Plus it’s a looker of an amp!

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It really has been calling my name ever since you mentioned it on the last thread. Do you find the soloist to be colored in any particular way? There is such little information on it online compared to many of the other amps just north of its price range. Its an interesting portion of the market that it captures at $1100; I wonder why it isn’t more popular?!

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No, no coloration whatsoever. Very transparent and not fatiguing at all (unlike 789). Though I never found the 789 to be fatiguing, I only noticed it when I got the soloist in.

Exactly! The price it sits at is perfect imo. I did get it at pre-order price but wouldn’t hesitate to buy it at full retail. The only thing around this price that isn’t a tube amp is the spl phonitor se which I have no experience with. But the soloist looks better aesthetically imo, you can change op-amps if you’d like, and it has balanced connections. Balanced doesn’t make it sound better but I like the actual connection over single-ended (kind of weird I know).

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You can also read reviews on the Conductor 3, which is an all-in-one that has pretty much the same amp section as the Soloist, according to Burson.

This was the best review that I found on the Soloist when I was doing my own research, and it (combined with @hifiDJ’s enthusiasm) led me to buy the Soloist myself:

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@hifiDJ @PaisleyUnderground

Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm! I when the time is right I think I’ll snatch a soloist for myself. I’m just sold honestly. This is some seriously untapped value if others impressions hold true, which I don’t doubt they do!

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I have a Lyr 3 and just ordered Atticus. How did you like that combination? I like acoustic music with nice vocals, some jazz and blues and more mello rock.

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Atticus will be totally fine on the Lyr 3. For vocals maybe consider suede ori pads.

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Would the Lyr 3 also be a good pairing with the Aeolus, especially for someone who likes his music fun, musical and lush, rather than neutral and analytical? Recommendations I’ve received for the Aeolus include the Lyr 3, Felix Echo and ZDT Junior. Any suggestions?

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I used a Lyr 3 with my Utopias until I replaced it a few months ago with this…
Quicksilver Amp
It’s a little less than $1200, beautifully handcrafted in the US, simple as it can be; the only controls are the silky-smooth volume knob and the on-off switch; and it can power just about anything really well. Sound-wise, it’s in a different league altogether from the Lyr 3 - good vs blew-me-away awesome. I’m guessing that those amps from Feliks, ZDT, Ampsandsound, and others like that would give you at least as good performance as mine (I’ve not heard any of the others).

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Atticus leans into what you’re looking for way more than Aeolus. Completely different tuning. Echo is suitable for people wanting a holographic mid range and silky top end. While it is fairly dynamic, I don’t think bass heads would be satisfied. Some comment on the Bottlehead Crack being pretty lush. @TylersEclectic may be able to help. For slam you probably want a Jot 2 over Lyr 3. Do you have a budget? If you don’t want to spend much I think the CTH was pretty good. Best of luck finding something that suits your preferences.

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