What. A forum thread on head-fi.org names tube headphone amps known to work well with the interface: a new Solaja SET of a 300B driving a 300B; Viva's Egoista 845; MalValve's Head Amp Three MkIV; Auris' Nirvana; and Aries Cerat's Genus.
SETs by Woo and Felix Envy "need 100-120Ω to shine and our 32Ω interface doesn't load them properly". The Riviera AIC 10 again has happy users.
For best results, matched Ω when combining non-ribbon amps with the TI interface is key so an amp sees a load it expects. It's why the interface steps up the 0.2Ω load of a single Raal ribbon though today's paralleled ribbons already raise that a bit. Some personal trials simply remain. It's why ribbon headfi isn't 100% plug 'n' play; just 99%.
For 100%, we could pursue a dedicated amp like an SAEQ, Solaja or Schiit. Now a perfect match for optimal drive is baked in. From the paralleled ribbons in Magna and Immanis we expect higher sensitivity over the single-ribbon models to approach our volume control a bit more gingerly.
The TI-1c version of the interface is for 3wpc+ speaker SET of 4-8Ω output impedance so the included cable sports standard banana-type speaker connections. Here my mid January broadcast suspended until Alex's February 1st launch filled all the holes on actual pricing, specs and photography.
To keep us amused and for a vital tangential jumping-off point, I had this carefree party music from the wider region.
Looking at Serbia's map, my music pick and 'wider region' become clear. Zajecar sits virtually on the Bulgarian border, Romania is close by. Mining Balkan Roma fare is fitting. To make sense of reviewer comments, one also needs their map on bias and preference.
Unlike pure headfi reviewers whose focus is far tighter, I've not heavily canvassed the scene for novelties since I settled down with 'phones I love. Those are the SR1a and HifiMan Susvara. Once I realized that to my ears my most electrostat-like planarmagnetic still came second to Raal's ribbons, I cleaned house on a number of lesser orthos and dynamics.
I've kept a pair of Final D8000 for my desktop because they're comfy of wear and voicing to plumb Spotify and Youtube for new discoveries. I also kept Final's top Sonorous X dynamic though its sheer weight means I only use it as comparator during reviews. Ditto my original pre-fazor Audeze LCD-2 and LCD-XC though more for sonic reasons. For casual listening and a sub €1K reference I have a Meze 109 Pro. For sitting in the yard overlooking the river, FiiO's €300 FT3 plugs into a Shanling M3 Ultra DAP.
Had I not already owned Susvara, I'd have bought my review sample of Kennerton's Wodan. I thought the Russian's sonics comparable to Susvara, its built far superior. Costing nearly 2/3rd less a good three years ago would have really sealed the deal. But Susvara's infamous inefficiency already doubled as benchmark on amplifier cojones so I was all set.
Long gone are AKG K1000, Senn HD800, Beyer T1 & T5p, assorted Grado, Fostex rebuilds, Audiotechnica and a budget Focal. My premium head amps are Enleum's AMP-23, Cen-Grand's Silver Fox and Vinnie Rossi's L2 Signature direct-coupled preamp with Western Electric 300B into a Kinki Studio THR-1 with lateral Exicon Mosfets. Secondary head amps are iFi's iDSD Pro Signature and FiiO's R7.
Against this backdrop you can see that I must prioritize speed, dynamics and resolution. Once I add that my speaker systems run very capable sealed or cardioid 'super-dipole' subwoofers and AMT tweeters—one of them a dipole Mundorf AMT whilst another speaker sports Raal ribbons—you also appreciate that full bandwidth in both directions is important, too. Once I bought Schiit's Jotunheim R, I stopped with the original resistor-based interface. Whilst other ribbon-direct amps will be better and certainly far costlier, I've not felt compelled to investigate. Already the Schiit has the SR1a ahead of the game. That's been good enough. You should also know that since my initial encounter, the SR1a seriously rewrote my book on speaker/electronics choices. I've actually tried to clone the ribbons' lit-up-all-over nature and strict absence of blur, fuzz and reticence with top 'n' bottom augmented widebanders. Subs enter via active analog xover for precise hi/lo-pass splits on two Lifesaver Audio Gradient Box II. I wanted bass that stops as quick as the SR1a to be as adroit and articulate. I wanted as little time confusion as multi-way speakers can manage on a good day. Hence Qualio Audio's IQ speaker in the main room, MonAcoustics' isobaric 4" minis upstairs. Both 2.1 setups use 2.5MHz direct-coupled class AB amplifiers from Kinki Studio. That choice is for the same reason. I call it speed. Speaker systems reshaped by ribbon earspeakers? You bet. It's taken a few years. I've come as close as my budget and limited exposure allow. Voilà, your map on my headfi 2024 status. Should synchronicity strike for comparative opportunity, Magna and Immanis will cross paths with Camerton's Binom-ER with its new-for-2024 driver and other refinements. Otherwise it'll be SR1a, Susvara, D-8000 and Sonorous X.
And this might surprise: "I'm looking forward to your impressions. I just hope they won't disappoint. I mean, I know they're both really good but still, the fear of not delivering has never left me." It's the kind of honesty and drive which propel extremists to dig deep whilst constantly questioning their best effort. It's the curse of the creative person. Can't stand that heat? Stay out of the musical kitchen and go back to counting out 11/8th beats at the conservatory.on the eastern border; visit Magyar repertoire at the northern one; or stay in Serbia with the legend, Šaban Bajramovic. To not forget the southern border, there's clarinet player Ismail Lumanovski from Macedonia, one third of The Secret Trio.