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#191181 - 01/08/08 11:36 PM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: EFalardeau]
Mojo Offline
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Registered: 01/21/07
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 Originally Posted By: EFalardeau
...but within a week, I will be in a position to concur with John.


It's a good thing you're not biased \:\) .

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#191203 - 01/09/08 01:50 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: EFalardeau]
ihifi Offline
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Registered: 10/06/06
Posts: 280
Loc: CT
 Originally Posted By: EFalardeau
Okay... It is DONE! Order placed.... Amp + VP150 + Some cables + Axiom Jacket (Yeah! Axioman with super-hearing capabilities +10 ).

I can't wait for the next few paychecks to cover the newly formed hole on my credit card! \:\(

I can't wait to have the second VP150! \:\)

The jacket might come a bit early in the year for Canada... ;\)

Incidentaly, I will tryout that A1400-8 thingy to see if it can really remove groundloop hums from my cable. I am having second thoughts as to if I clicked on the right icon...

PS: I am actually shaking with excitement...


Hi Eric,

Could you please elaborate on what you are referring to regarding the "thingy" that removes the ground loop hum. I have the A1400-8 hooked up to an Integra DTC-9.8; there was a hum with the unbalanced interconnects that resolved when I switched to balanced cables.

I think the amp will meet, and likely exceed, your expectations.

John


Edited by ihifi (01/09/08 01:51 AM)
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#191206 - 01/09/08 02:17 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: ihifi]
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Registered: 07/20/06
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Hey, I'm glad the balanced cables worked for you.

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#191209 - 01/09/08 04:38 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: ihifi]
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Registered: 08/27/07
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Sorry, it was just a joke (insinuating that I bought the A1400 thinking I was buying the ground insultator).

As for expectations, with Axiom the story has always been so far: expectations high THEN because it is Axiom, expectations even higher and THEN it gets exceeded. So, EVERYTHING, I raise my expectations higher... and they manage to exceed them. So, I am truly looking forward to the A1400-8! \:\)
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#191211 - 01/09/08 06:51 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: ihifi]
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I just ordered the Integra 9.8. Did you try the pre-amp with any amp besides the a-1400-8? Have you had any issues with the Integra?
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#191212 - 01/09/08 07:07 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: jakeman]
EFalardeau Offline
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Registered: 08/27/07
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Where did you order it from? I am looking at that for next few months.
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#191214 - 01/09/08 07:14 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: EFalardeau]
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I'll send you a PM.
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#191239 - 01/09/08 11:18 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: jakeman]
ihifi Offline
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Registered: 10/06/06
Posts: 280
Loc: CT
 Originally Posted By: jakeman
I just ordered the Integra 9.8. Did you try the pre-amp with any amp besides the a-1400-8? Have you had any issues with the Integra?


Hi John,

I initially used the Yamaha DSP-A1 as preamp for the A1400-8 and there was no hum. With the Integra DTC-9.8, there was a hum and this resolved with balanced interconnects. Kerr here also has the same combination and on my request he tested his DTC 9.8 with unbalanced interconnects and heard the samne hum as well (he went with balanced cables from the beginning). So, my advise is to use balanced cables with this combination if there is a hum or as prophylaxis.

Integra really shines with high rez audio from HDMI connection and even with CDs when this connection is used vs digital or analog inputs. With FW 1.04, it allows access to all of the Reon's settings and with the latest version of FW (1.05), it allows Auyssey Pro tuning capability. Its analog output stage may not be as good as your Arcam preamplifier and I did not have a chance to test the Integra thouroughly in this regard. If your use is mostly HT or multichannel music (such as with SACD or DVD-Audio), then I think the Integra is outstanding and for $1600 USD it is a steal. You may be interested in reading Kal Rubinson's review of the DTC-9.8 in the January issue of Stereophile. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

John
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#191240 - 01/09/08 11:25 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: ihifi]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
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Loc: Up yonder
Does the A-1400 come in a satin or gloss finish? It looks like a flat black from the pictures I've seen.

Don't even start Rob..... \:\)
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#191246 - 01/09/08 11:41 AM Re: Reflections on the A1400-8 and other amps [Re: michael_d]
EFalardeau Offline
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Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3288
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
Satin or gloss finish would add coloration to the sound! \:\)
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