Received the V5 today and had a quick test, sounds great even though it still needs
a good burn in. Even in low gain it drives my Beyerdynamic DT1770’s extremely well,
a lot better than just using the headphone output from my ibasso DX80. No noise at
all and a very clean sound, great build quality too, many thanks.
I collected the amp this morning. It was expertly packed and is working flawlessly.
I’m just sitting down to listen with it, but very very(very) early impressions are,
expectedly, quite positive. Smooth, extremely transparent and natural.. And it’s
very ‘fast’.. The effortless, natural speed it processes is reminiscent of better
implemented tube amps I’ve heard (not the muddy, slow ones)...Thanks again for terrific
customer service and top notch kit.
...the current feedback amp is another world. Straight out of the box more involving
and organic. Perhaps not quite as detailed but more complete and musical. With two
hours of burn in everything is noticeably better on the current amp. Bigger, more
intimate, more alive, easily the more correct of the two amps...
Plus 20 + hours of break-in. This amp is ridiculous...so frickin real in the sound
it recreates. But that fails to convey how infectiously alive it sounds. Music bounces,
kicks, and blooms in the way I have only heard in a few other instances. The V4
is a stunning amp but this amp is clobbering it in every regard! ..This thing just
takes over and brute forces and gently finesses the Slants to obey every command
the amp makes. So much i have never heard before! Oh my gosh wish i could transport
you to what I am listening to... because it is transporting me to live venues and
The amp arrived early this afternoon - thank you so much! An hour later or so I listened
to it for about 5 minutes, and my first impression was that its power is inexhaustible
and that there is absolutely no noise. It's a powerhouse. You got to know that I
sold my Ultrasone Signature Pro and bought an Audio-Technica R70X instead, 470 Ohms
fed properly by the v5 "prototype".
I noticed that v5 is an improvement regarding women's voices. I was listening to
the high-resolution files (24 bits at 96 to 172 samples) that came with my AK100:
Rebecca Pidgeon - Spanish Harlem, etc. Really nice, IMO v5 copes better with high-res
files than v4.
...I've compared it once again with v4 with LME49710s (listening to
Pavarotti). However, there is one point I'd like to mention: to my ears v5 sounds
very powerful but also rather tight. It's like sitting in front of the stage (or
at least very near to it), letting you feel involved but sometimes unable to get
the full picture. v4 with LME49710s sounds flatter but I can see more of the landscape.
With v4, the stage is larger at the cost of impact, so to speak.
In my opinion, both impressions represent valid use cases. Some people enjoy being
part of the scene, others prefer the high seat. I'm lucky because I can choose the
viewport size I prefer.
Possibly but not necessarily independently of this, the v5 prototype adds a little
bit of color to voices, making them sound warm and detailed. This is what I meant
when I said that v5 is somewhat between the OPA627s and the LME49710s on v4. Coloring
is not as obvious (and sometimes annoying) as with the OPAs, but clearly audible
in comparison to the LMEs. For me, this comes down to a very good compromise. I love
"hanging on the lips" of singers, but don't want to miss the instruments around them.