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  1. #51

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Schematic from Audionet product development...


    Work in progress... Believe this is the Stern though, as Humboldt’s capacitor bank is more heavily loaded.



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  2. #52

    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    This is at least how the finalized Humboldt looks from the inside.



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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    This is at least how the finalized Humboldt looks from the inside.



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    Is that a real phono input, or just in name?
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  4. #54

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Schematic from Audionet product development...

    That’s just a simple BJT amplifier schematic with small signal analysis and gm calculation. Any first year modern electrical engineering student can do it.

    Anyhow, Humboldt looks great. Congrats!!!

  5. #55

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    Is that a real phono input, or just in name?
    The Humboldt does not have an inbuilt phono pre, but one of the inputs can be configured for connecting one. And you can name any inputs individually to phono, DAC, or Sponge Bob for that matter, if you like.


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  6. #56

    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    That’s just a simple BJT amplifier schematic with small signal analysis and gm calculation. Any first year modern electrical engineering student can do it.

    Anyhow, Humboldt looks great. Congrats!!!
    Perhaps you could join the R&D team...

    Not sure what they were doing, perhaps posing for a journalist.


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  7. #57

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Perhaps you could join the R&D team...

    Not sure what they were doing, perhaps posing for a journalist.


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    Then, the next humboldt mk2 will catch fire.

    Yeah, probably for publicity. After all, there aren’t many who can read it. And the ones who can, half of them forget it. The corporate ladder has a way of making you forget things.

  8. #58

    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Then, the next humboldt mk2 will catch fire.
    Probably so...

    I think they’re probably doing just fine without without that additional skillset.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    Is that a real phono input, or just in name?

    It's just the name. My input n.5 is named "Drums" because I connected my Roland E-Drumset

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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Kuoppis - just catching up on this. Very exciting! Looking forward to reading about your impressions.
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  11. #61

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by AJR View Post
    Kuoppis - just catching up on this. Very exciting! Looking forward to reading about your impressions.
    Thanks Andrew, very kind. Appreciate it.

    I’m also excited. This is probably one of the world’s highest spec’d integrated amps at the moment. The pedigree is immaculate (Scientist Series Stern and Humboldt), and one rave review is chasing another. I would be surprised if it wouldn’t be great in my system as well .

    I just read the TAS review of the excellent Goldmund Telos 590 Nextgen II. It has a damping factor of 600 at 1kHz. Just to compare, the Humboldt has 1.800 at 10 kHz (10.000 at 100 Hz). That’s threefold at tenfold frequency, meaning it’s even higher at 1 kHz.

    I’ll report back.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    High damping factor does not have to be a good thing, as it normaly means that there is more negative feedback.
    (not saying that this is the case with Audionet amps)
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    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by imprezap2 View Post
    High damping factor does not have to be a good thing, as it normaly means that there is more negative feedback.
    (not saying that this is the case with Audionet amps)
    Yes, you are absolutely right. But neither damping factor nor negative feedback are a good or bad thing per se. It depends on the implementation. Damping factor is just an indicator for the amp’s ability to control the woofers.

    Ol’ skool says Class A all the way, please no negative feedback. Rationale of Class A is avoidance of crossover distortions through single-ended operation and constant power. Turn-side is the sauna-effect, i.e. most of the energy drawn is dissipated as heat. Not very comfy, not very green. In a push & pull output-stage topology power is generated more efficiently by using multiple output devices in parallel. Also, while a single-ended amp always operates in Class A, a push & pull design can operate in either A or B.

    Similarly, while negative feedback can be generally used to reduce distortions, sub-optimal implementation can lead to instability of the amp and cause oscillation. Therefore, the easy answer is to avoid negative feedback. Many great, but traditionally designed amps stick to these two rules as the path to audio Nirvana. It’s a bit like assuming displacement is the only way to create torque in a car engine. In both cases it works, but is a somewhat old-fashioned and inefficient approach (as often observed in US vs. European car engines).

    More modern amp designs, like e.g. from Soulution and Audionet, prefer to leverage the efficiency of A/B designs, and are not afraid to use negative feedback to minimize distortions to extremely low levels. In their designs the aforementioned potential problems of using negative feedback are eliminated through their meticulous designs. Distortions are further eliminated through ultra high-frequency designs operating up to 700-800 kHz levels.

    In the Humboldt design signals are in addition linearized in real-time at zero crossing, with positive and negative signals separated on component level, even down to separate power supplies for each. There are also no electromechanical (e.g. relais) or passive (e.g. condensator) components in the signal path.

    But there are also ways to implement pure Class A more efficiently, as e.g. with the microcontroller based operation approach in the latest Boulder designs, which also adjust the supplied Class A power constantly on a need-to basis. They therefore produce less heat compared to e.g. Pass and Gryphon designs.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post

    Work in progress... Believe this is the Stern though, as Humboldt’s capacitor bank is more heavily loaded.



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    That is the Humboldt chassis.

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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Dre_J View Post
    That is the Humboldt chassis.
    Chassis yes, as they’re the same for Humboldt and Stern, but how can you tell whether this is a Humboldt or a Stern?


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  16. #66

    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Chassis yes, as they’re the same for Humboldt and Stern, but how can you tell whether this is a Humboldt or a Stern?


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    It's pretty simple: The electronics and configuration inside (in addition to the rear chassis panel) are the Humboldt.

  17. #67

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Dre_J View Post
    It's pretty simple: The electronics and configuration inside (in addition to the rear chassis panel) are the Humboldt.
    You are right, the Stern has a horizontal row of connectors on the rear of the chassis and also the board layout is different.



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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    and....did the machine arrive by now?
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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by u-sound View Post
    and....did the machine arrive by now?
    Unfortunately, I’m still waiting.

    Delivery was promised by end of April, but there appears to be a couple days delay.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    and, any update?
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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Bump
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  22. #72

    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    There it is !



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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Kuoppis congratulations with it and now we are almost as excited as you , ha ha....now it will be interesting to hear your thoughts on it.
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    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    This is just to show the level of detail going into this amp.

    The packaging is not your regular card board box, or even double card board box, or a Magico M Series hammer and nails plywood box for that matter. It’s a proper professional stage gear box, metal re-enforced corners and all.



    There are layers of wood compartments, padding etc.



    Overall exceptionally high quality for consumer audio gear.




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  25. #75

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    And in-situ.


    Must say I love, love, love the Furutech Rhodium speaker binding posts. The best I have ever experienced.


    The remote in also proper metalwork, with engraved logo. Looks the part and handles well. And does not drop from the armrest all the time, like this ridiculous Soulution egg.



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    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Why did it take so long?

    Getting the transaction completed with trade-in of the Soulutions was a bit of an ordeal with the dealer. There were agreed schedules that were not kept, no updates and upsets when I inquired about the progress, and a little bit of porky pies about the actual situation etc.

    But at the end another dealer took over, who was very easy and pleasant to work with. And Audionet played their part, and supported the situation also very nicely. They’re a good company to work with. So, the new dealer picked up the amp on Monday in Berlin, directly from the Audionet factory. And he was also kind enough to run it in for me for three days and nights, before I could pick it up on Thursday.

    So end is well, all is well.


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    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Case work: the floating pane design is really gorgeous live. Even better than in the pictures. Esslinger’s design work is amazing, and the Audionet manufacturing quality really is immaculate. This amp is altogether a different level.


    The huuuge control knob is mechanically very satisfying to handle. I don’t really need to operate it, as I have the remote. But I want to! The double bearing just feels so nice to handle.


    This is what the floating pane design means, the panels are attached to an internal frame instead to each other to eliminate microphony effects.



    The cooling vents are probably the nicest I have seen in an audio amp. Very delicate indeed.



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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    That looks really amazing Kuoppis , and glad to hear that the situation with the dealer went well in the end....things like that are really annoying.
    Am sure you will enjoy a lot of happy hours with it.
    Flemming

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    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    How does it sound?

    The reviews I have seen are all singing the highest praise possible. Is it justified? In a word, IMHO yes. One review said that the Humboldt is probably better than similarly priced separates. In case of the Soulution 520/ 511 combo it replaces, most definitely.

    The amp has now been running incessantly for maybe 120 hours, so the expectation is that it will further improve. But already now it’s surpassing the Soulutions by a really wide margin. While I liked the Soulutions, they do have a darkish sound signature. The Humboldt does not, it’s therefore more neutral, while sounding full and detailed, with spectacular sound colors.

    A couple things to pick out:
    - the level of definition with absolutely zero etchiness or sharpness you are getting from this amp, is simply phenomenal - I have not heard similar before
    - the soundstage is very deep and wide, expanding to a different level compared to the Soulutions (which are world class amps, and the combo is about 50K) - it’s very easy to pinpoint the musicians’ exact locations, and e.g. when they’re moving around in live recordings
    - micro detail retrieval is exceptional, which allows to listen deeper into the recordings and hear things like venue reverberations on a frankly speaking new level - I’m flabbergasted
    - bass is very deep and detailed, without being a bit bloated or a result of a warmish sound signature
    - dynamics are really excellent, guess due to the high capacitance and quick rise-time, this amp is super fast and transient speed is just lightning quick

    Will I complain and send it back? Don’t think so. It’s in my own system everything I was hoping for, and much more. I’m really stoked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FDPDK View Post
    Kuoppis congratulations with it and now we are almost as excited as you , ha ha....now it will be interesting to hear your thoughts on it.
    Thanks Flemming, as just reported, even after only 120 hours of operation the first impressions are that it’s staggeringly good.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Congrats. What a gorgeous piece of kit. I’ve heard that amp and it is impressive. Congrats and enjoy in good health!


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    An impressive piece, Kuoppis. At this level, it's really nice to hear that it's surpassing your expectations. Congratulations! Probably too early to ask, but I will anyway: does this upgrade make you want to upgrade something else in your system?

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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Congrats. What a gorgeous piece of kit. I’ve heard that amp and it is impressive. Congrats and enjoy in good health!


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    Thanks Mike, I’m happy it worked out at the day’s end.

    It’s a nice one.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Whoa! I see in another thread that you have new speakers on order!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    An impressive piece, Kuoppis. At this level, it's really nice to hear that it's surpassing your expectations. Congratulations! Probably too early to ask, but I will anyway: does this upgrade make you want to upgrade something else in your system?
    I’m re-working pretty much my entire system. But that’s not really related to the Humboldt, except that I do need a separate phono pre.

    The overhaul is more a general thing I do from time-to-time.


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    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Whoa! I see in another thread that you have new speakers on order!
    Yes indeed, very much looking forward to that, but it will be a very long wait due to custom color.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    I’m re-working pretty much my entire system. But that’s not really related to the Humboldt, except that I do need a separate phono pre.

    The overhaul is more a general thing I do from time-to-time.


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    Congrats on the Humboldt.

    Perhaps the Scientist series phono will be released soon to compliment it :-)

    Enjoy in good health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdp632 View Post
    Congrats on the Humboldt.

    Perhaps the Scientist series phono will be released soon to compliment it :-)

    Enjoy in good health.
    Thank you .

    I had a look at the current PAM G2 with EXP, but decided to go for something else. Reason is that there’s quite a difference in sound signature between the scientist series and previous models.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    While the Humboldt does all the loud stuff, bass, dynamics etc. very well, this is the kind of music where it pulls away from competition: delicate details, fast transients, tons of micro detail, enabled through 140 db channel separation and a > 120 db signal noise ratio.




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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    coool, thx for the entertainement!

    yeah, the humboldt sound can not really be described, the combination of abilities are too overhelming.
    parts with higher specs than anything allowed to use a circuit that was not possible to use before.
    this resulted in a sound with an enhanced spectrum. call it as you want.

    the best thing, the pleasure is long term.
    still after a year i am as fascinated as in the beginning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by u-sound View Post
    coool, thx for the entertainement!

    yeah, the humboldt sound can not really be described, the combination of abilities are too overhelming.
    parts with higher specs than anything allowed to use a circuit that was not possible to use before.
    this resulted in a sound with an enhanced spectrum. call it as you want.

    the best thing, the pleasure is long term.
    still after a year i am as fascinated as in the beginning.
    I do agree, the Humboldt is really exceptional.

    I’m very happy with it.


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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Is that a wifi signal in the upper right side of display?
    If so whats it for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsrule View Post
    Is that a wifi signal in the upper right side of display?
    If so whats it for?
    Roon.


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  44. #94

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsrule View Post
    Is that a wifi signal in the upper right side of display?
    If so whats it for?
    Sorry, I misread your question. My bad.

    I thought you were referring to the album cover picture. Yes, that’s Wifi in general and for Roon.

    On the Humboldt display it is a Wifi connection for SW OTA updates. No need to connect cables. Wifi can be shut off when not in use.


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    After adding the Humboldt I feel like I don’t have an audio system anymore. Just music.


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    “Life’s too short to listen to bad audio.”

    Big rig: Brinkmann Taurus DD TT + 12.1 arm + Lyra Etna Lambda SL MC + HRS M3X2/ Cardas Clear Beyond phono/ Stillpoints LPI/ Brinkmann Edison mk2 phono/ Synology NAS with Roon + HD Plex linear PSU + Shunyata HD/ AQ Vodka RJ45 + Aqvox Network Switch SE + AQ Diamond RJ45 into DAC/ Brinkmann Nyquist mk2/ Audionet Humboldt/ Cardas Clear Beyond ICs/ Semi-active Lansche Audio 4.2 LS/ Inakustik Reference LS 4004 AIR/ 2x Audioquest Thunder HD for LS/ Audioquest Niagara 5000/ Shunyata AlphaHC (x2)+Alpha+Alpha Analogue+Alpha Digital/ Finite Elemente Pagode/ Stillpoints Ultra SS.

    Small rig: Naim UnitiServe/ Curious USB/ Tidal/ Linn Klimax DS3/ Shunyata Power cable/ Pass Labs INT-60/ Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II/ HiD Diamond 8/ Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary/ Shunyata Venom EU7 & Venom 3 HD.

    HP rig: MacBookAir/ Tidal/ Auralic Gemini 2000/ Sbooster LPSU/ Audeze LCD-2 Classic + WyWires Red/ Shunyata HD/ Shunyata Hydra 2/ Shunyata Venom.

  46. #96

    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Adding the Brinkmann Edison mk2 as phono pre, as the Humboldt does not include a phono option, it appears there’s great synergy between these components.


    Also, comparing this combination to the in-built phono pre in the Soulution 520, it’s on a different level. That said, I liked the Soulution phono better than the 6K Grandinote I had before.


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    “Life’s too short to listen to bad audio.”

    Big rig: Brinkmann Taurus DD TT + 12.1 arm + Lyra Etna Lambda SL MC + HRS M3X2/ Cardas Clear Beyond phono/ Stillpoints LPI/ Brinkmann Edison mk2 phono/ Synology NAS with Roon + HD Plex linear PSU + Shunyata HD/ AQ Vodka RJ45 + Aqvox Network Switch SE + AQ Diamond RJ45 into DAC/ Brinkmann Nyquist mk2/ Audionet Humboldt/ Cardas Clear Beyond ICs/ Semi-active Lansche Audio 4.2 LS/ Inakustik Reference LS 4004 AIR/ 2x Audioquest Thunder HD for LS/ Audioquest Niagara 5000/ Shunyata AlphaHC (x2)+Alpha+Alpha Analogue+Alpha Digital/ Finite Elemente Pagode/ Stillpoints Ultra SS.

    Small rig: Naim UnitiServe/ Curious USB/ Tidal/ Linn Klimax DS3/ Shunyata Power cable/ Pass Labs INT-60/ Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II/ HiD Diamond 8/ Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary/ Shunyata Venom EU7 & Venom 3 HD.

    HP rig: MacBookAir/ Tidal/ Auralic Gemini 2000/ Sbooster LPSU/ Audeze LCD-2 Classic + WyWires Red/ Shunyata HD/ Shunyata Hydra 2/ Shunyata Venom.

  47. #97

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    The Humboldt’s dynamics, bass, full mids, sweet top-end and capability for micro detail retrieval come become apparent in a great way when listening to this nuanced Bach harpsichord recording. Also in the Viola di Gamba record played with period instruments. The materials and techniques used at the time are creating an overall softer presentation.

    Monumental electronically amplified stuff or small ensemble is easy, but these delicate classical orchestral recordings are demanding a great amp. The amp’s qualities come to the fore, it’s really impressive.





    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    “Life’s too short to listen to bad audio.”

    Big rig: Brinkmann Taurus DD TT + 12.1 arm + Lyra Etna Lambda SL MC + HRS M3X2/ Cardas Clear Beyond phono/ Stillpoints LPI/ Brinkmann Edison mk2 phono/ Synology NAS with Roon + HD Plex linear PSU + Shunyata HD/ AQ Vodka RJ45 + Aqvox Network Switch SE + AQ Diamond RJ45 into DAC/ Brinkmann Nyquist mk2/ Audionet Humboldt/ Cardas Clear Beyond ICs/ Semi-active Lansche Audio 4.2 LS/ Inakustik Reference LS 4004 AIR/ 2x Audioquest Thunder HD for LS/ Audioquest Niagara 5000/ Shunyata AlphaHC (x2)+Alpha+Alpha Analogue+Alpha Digital/ Finite Elemente Pagode/ Stillpoints Ultra SS.

    Small rig: Naim UnitiServe/ Curious USB/ Tidal/ Linn Klimax DS3/ Shunyata Power cable/ Pass Labs INT-60/ Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II/ HiD Diamond 8/ Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary/ Shunyata Venom EU7 & Venom 3 HD.

    HP rig: MacBookAir/ Tidal/ Auralic Gemini 2000/ Sbooster LPSU/ Audeze LCD-2 Classic + WyWires Red/ Shunyata HD/ Shunyata Hydra 2/ Shunyata Venom.

  48. #98
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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    So if I could have
    Demo Humboldt + RME ADI-2 DAC
    or
    Demo MBS Premier DAC + Benchmark AHB-2 amp
    .
    .
    Which pair should I take?
    No other source but streaming

  49. #99

    Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    Quote Originally Posted by ICUToo View Post
    So if I could have
    Demo Humboldt + RME ADI-2 DAC
    or
    Demo MBS Premier DAC + Benchmark AHB-2 amp
    .
    .
    Which pair should I take?
    No other source but streaming
    Of course the Humboldt with the MSB Premier .

    But out the two listed ones, I would take the Humboldt pairing. Reason being, that with a lesser DAC you will nevertheless be able to experience the amps qualities. With other combo, while the MSB is great, you will not really be able to get the full benefit of all its qualities driven by the lower tier amp.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    “Life’s too short to listen to bad audio.”

    Big rig: Brinkmann Taurus DD TT + 12.1 arm + Lyra Etna Lambda SL MC + HRS M3X2/ Cardas Clear Beyond phono/ Stillpoints LPI/ Brinkmann Edison mk2 phono/ Synology NAS with Roon + HD Plex linear PSU + Shunyata HD/ AQ Vodka RJ45 + Aqvox Network Switch SE + AQ Diamond RJ45 into DAC/ Brinkmann Nyquist mk2/ Audionet Humboldt/ Cardas Clear Beyond ICs/ Semi-active Lansche Audio 4.2 LS/ Inakustik Reference LS 4004 AIR/ 2x Audioquest Thunder HD for LS/ Audioquest Niagara 5000/ Shunyata AlphaHC (x2)+Alpha+Alpha Analogue+Alpha Digital/ Finite Elemente Pagode/ Stillpoints Ultra SS.

    Small rig: Naim UnitiServe/ Curious USB/ Tidal/ Linn Klimax DS3/ Shunyata Power cable/ Pass Labs INT-60/ Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II/ HiD Diamond 8/ Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary/ Shunyata Venom EU7 & Venom 3 HD.

    HP rig: MacBookAir/ Tidal/ Auralic Gemini 2000/ Sbooster LPSU/ Audeze LCD-2 Classic + WyWires Red/ Shunyata HD/ Shunyata Hydra 2/ Shunyata Venom.

  50. #100
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    Re: Heads-up, changes en route: Adding AudioNet’s engineering-marvel Humboldt to the system

    In the last 4 months, I reviewed the Humboldt and the MSB Premier DAC. I bought the Humboldt.

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