QUOTE(youngy @ Jun 4 2019, 11:14 AM)
Yeap... they increased the price but it is still worth it. Hah
eh my friend bought a used unit at a price higher than retail price because of the hype.
at the end of the day, he was disappointed with the amp because it sounded almost the same as jds labs atom = transparent amp with no coloration whatsoever = not a good choice for quite a number of 'bright' sounding headphones like the HD800/S and the Focal. Its transparency is its own Achilles heel because it exposes the flaws of the headphones too (and no headphones r perfect).
I personally tested it at his house too for comparison n i kinda agree with his assessment. I mean its not like that they cant drive those headphones well, its just that ive heard better thru those type of headphones better with other amps. Even the 'veiled' sounding HD650 sounded better on similarly priced hybrid tube amps or OTL tube amps.
It's an amp that is overhyped by the community for being 'the only amp you'll ever need' or 'flagship killer' when it doesnt really do anything special, to be honest. Its a flat but bright-ish sounding amp, that excels in all 'objective measurements' in which most of the measurements' differences cant be discerned with our own ears lol. Is it a great USD500 amp? Yeah. but is it an amp that punches way above its price point? urmm.. not too sure about that one.
But as always, synergy is the key. If u have bright headphones like those from the hifiman, beyers, fostex, hd800/s, focal elex, etc, i think u should try other amp if u want to reduce ur chance getting permanent tinnitus
so yeah, if u want a 'budget' thx 789 and has a pair of headphones that dont require too much power like the HD660S, get the jds labs atom instead. From there, u can decide whether or not u want to upgrade to thx789 because their sound is similar except maybe thx789 is slightly better in terms of technicalities (but not by much).This post has been edited by G_KeN: Jun 6 2019, 12:05 PM