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I have the old Matrix-M-Stage 2010 v.2 -- is it worth upgrading to this? My sound card is the Asus Essence STX. My headphones are: Beyer 1990 Pro, Beyer DT880 and soon to come HD6XX and Hifiman 4XX. How do I run these in balanced mode, is it a big difference? What are some other good solid state amp choices for these headphones? Thanks!
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Would that produce balanced sound using RCA cables or do you need a dedicated balanced DAC and XLR cables? This unit does come with the XLR-to-RCA adapters. Sorry I'm new to balanced sound.
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Wow, it does come with the converter and specifies you can use unbalanced signal as input. I think you should be fine in that case. But seriously, consider the Jotunheim too, since you're not saving as many $ too (esp if you have warm headphones). I guess either should keep you happy for a while.
Lol anyone notice original 420 price???
Would this be better than an NFB 11.28? Or is it worth it to go balanced with this setup with the HD6XX on the way. Can't decide what DAC/AMP combo to get for the HD6XX.
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I recently bought a new NFB 11.28, and use it with My Senn 650. I have to say it is an amazing dac/amp combo. I do have the Jot dac, and it also sweet to my ears. I found no difference in sound quality between both. and I was using the xlr out to my senn's. the NFB is only 345 shipped, but I dropped 500 on the Jot,. I think that the NFB is much better value, and it offers clean, sound and powerful amp, and I also use it as a preamp to my Darkvoice and it sounds really good. .
People typically go for DIY bottlehead + crack for 650s (or 600s). See if you can fit it in your budget. I have the single ended HPA-3u+ unit and I don't think it pairs well with the 650. It makes the 650 sound analytical and thin and the highs sound a little weird to me. Works great with my HE560s though. If the 6xx is the only pair of headphones you're going to use for sometime it's better to pick bottlehead (apparently).
So has anyone ever compared this to the Jotenheim? That still seems like a better value with all the features; however, I would still go with the better sounding one.
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Just came back fromt the California Audio Show this past weekend and I'm glad I heard the Jot; the treble glare is real to my ears and didn't want to listen for more than a few minutes. I think the Schiit DAC's are good, but the amps not so much. The Gumby was good but the Mjolnr 2 I would also pass on, as much as I'd like the aesthetics of a stack.
elau
This amp imo is much better (clean, very slightly warm, a bit laid back) than the Jot with it's glare. Gobs of headroom too but I prefer low gain if possible for most amps to keep distortion down.
I bought this one about two and a half years ago and matched this one with HD600 . I'm quite satisfied with the product.
Real quick. yes you can. Good dacs are low noise so if you amplify them they are less noisy overall.
How would this one compare to the Gustard H10 if I'm not interested in a balanced setup for now? Is it worth it for SE?
Schiit released the Jotunheim balanced DAC/amp a week ago. Good reviews so far. Not sure how it compares with M-Stage though.
FairDinkum
My thoughts exactly.
How does this compare to the earlier M-stage versions?
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Clearer sound. Lower output impedance. Balanced input/output. Runs cooler. Lots more power.
Mine is DOA... Any one else having issues???
but, damn..... it is pretty!!!

!!! WAIT !!! Hold the phone, If anyone else is having an issue, they shipped it on 230V . There is a switch on the left rear of the amp that you need to flip for standard US plug Voltage.

Glad that's solved!
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