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Geshelli Archel2 Headphone AMP Review: another champ?

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So it's differential to single-ended? If that is truly the case then I'm even more stoked as I'll end up with more power for SE output.
 
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It's a beautiful industrial design. Everybody say it's ugly, no better proof than that about what a beautiful design it is. It looks total punk, total outsider, looks ghetto, sounds like angels. The Basquiat of the amplifiers. Matches really well the aesthetics of a khadas tone board with clear case.

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My only concern, just my personal case needs, that it has no pass-through output for RCA to speaker monitors. I wonder how Topping A50 will compare to this and JDS Atom. Thanks for the awesome reviews!!
 
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Got it rock in’ with the D90 DAC. Had to remember to turn ON the gain as I initially thought there was an XLR/balanced issue. The combo sounds great as designed and intended.
 
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I was checking the Archel 2.5 Pro, it seems it can do 1W in high gain with the same specs? (600mw for the Archel 2), besides the addition of XLR.

https://geshelli.com/archel2-5-pro
 

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Archel 2.5, low gain, 12 o'clock, RCA from an SMSL M500 at 32(ish)/40 vol. My Grado PS1000 sound better than I've ever heard and I've played them through a fair few combos. Clarity and control.

Bravo for £200 or so after shipping and customs to UK.
 
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anybody compared it against the Atom?
 
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Honestly, with the amount of power something like my 789 spits out, I actually welcome less powerful amps. On the lowest reference level (for most music) that my RME sends to the 789.. I can't even get to 11 oclock on Low Gain without blowing my ears out. This is true of LCD2C's and HD58X and 6XX. Likewise with various IEM's.

I don't understand what the facination with so much power these days is. But then again I don't know much of anything with electronics and this whole talk about "headroom" and about how you can never have enough power due to "peaks" or some stuff like that I hear. With speakers I suppose this makes some sense, with headphones though? Are people really starved of "headroom" in some of these great performing headphone amps?
 
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Are people really starved of "headroom" in some of these great performing headphone amps?
People used to believe that headroom is useful for strong dynamic shifts that demand more "sudden" power in the driving of an in-efficient transducer. You can read up on Hifiman He1000 or Hifiman Arya which both demand a stupid amount of power and are part of this "power club" of audiophiles.

However, it could be irrelevant nowadays since these modern amps (jds atom etc...) are so efficient and transparent that improving the source immediately improves dynamics (as far as transmission of information goes).
 

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People used to believe that headroom is useful for strong dynamic shifts that demand more "sudden" power in the driving of an in-efficient transducer. You can read up on Hifiman He1000 or Hifiman Arya which both demand a stupid amount of power and are part of this "power club" of audiophiles.

However, it could be irrelevant nowadays since these modern amps (jds atom etc...) are so efficient and transparent that improving the source immediately improves dynamics (as far as transmission of information goes).
They are audiophile myths. These headphones are not as power hungry as they want you to believe.
Possibly due to HE-6 which is indeed very inefficient and power hungry, being made by Hifiman and a planar dynamic driver, has most audiophile misleadingly recommend high power amplifier.
 

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OMG that is ugly AF!

Maybe it'd be cool if I was still in college and living in a dorm room, saving my bong water for times when I was broke, but no way I'm having that in my living room....
I think that the Geshelli products with the smoked plexiglass front and rear panels and the black aluminum cases are handsome.
 
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We do purchase cut extruded aluminium. The case design is ours and we own the tool. I (Sherri) drill the screw holes, sandblast, wash, bake and powder coat each case. We have two laser cutters in house for the Plexi. We prefer to do it all in house rather than rely on outside vendors. This also allows us to make custom colors for folks.
Powder coat looks nicer than anodizing in my opinion.
 
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