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Audience Inc.
(214) 726-9089
4906 Shady Knolls Drive
Parker, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Telephone Systems, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
AMX, Crestron, Elan, Escient, Lutron, Sunfire, Martin Logan Samsung, Denon, Sharp, Velodyne, Universal Remote Controls, Chief, KEF, Monster Cable, Stewart, Middle Atlantic, Xantech, Leon.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jonathan Jolley, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

ARM Entertainment Solutions
(972) 549-1049
5100 Eldorado PkwySte 102 #584
McKinney, TX
Services
Central Vac, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Marantz, InFocus, Sharp, Toshiba, Grey Fox, NetStreams, Jamo, Proficient Audio, M&S, Channel Vision, Caddx, etc...
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Kelly Wells, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Safe & Sound
(972) 647-2474
3001 S. Hardin Blvd.Ste. 110
Mckinney, TX
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
Marantz,Denon,Onkyo,Triad,Kef,Jamo,Niles, Draper,Samsung, Panasonic,NEC,Toshiba,Fujitsu, Active Thermal Management, Panamax, Phillips.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jason Merrick, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Jesse Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Stereo East
(972) 335-5122
9150 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 
MyHomedia
(469) 361-6619
3309 N. Dallas ParkwaySte. 431
Plano, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Onkyo, Yamaha, Marantz, Denon, Sherwood, Samsung, JVC, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, RTI, Sony, Energy, Audioquest, Monster, APC, Furman, Panamax.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jerrme Stinnett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Enthusiasts Choice A/V Systems
(469) 450-5607
1812 Cotton Mill Drive
McKinney, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, SpeakerCraft, Sharp, Samsung, Chief, Yamaha, Lutron, Optoma, Da-Lite, Velodyne, Mitsubishi, Sonance, Vutec, URC, Harmony, Atlantic Technology, Gefen, Polk
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Grant Wilson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(214) 250-5939
8720 State Hwy 121 Ste 112
McKinney, TX
 
Hi-End Theater & Audio
(972) 208-4382
7508 San Jacinto Place
Plano, TX
Services
Home Audio

Modia
972- 40-4950
7300 Lone Star DriveSuite 120
Plano, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Bose Showcase Store
(469) 633-1083
The Shops at Willow Bend,6121 West Park Blvd.
Plano, TX
 

headroommax

POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE - ISSUE 5

headroom

the Max and Little headphone amplifiers

as reviewed by Carlo Flores

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The Max

Many audiophiles view headphone listening as playing with toys or trying to get the most from portable fidelity. Others believe that a well-designed transducer powered by quality amplification can yield good results regardless of the type of system. Headphones offer a choice to those who are limited in space. If you can live with a soundstage that exists within two inches of your skull, you can, with proper care, assemble a system that rivals similarly priced speakers. There are headphones and amps to power them in just about every price bracket. In the case of Headroom, a complete line of headphone products is available from one manufacturer, including the Blockhead, a fully balanced amp that can only be used with a specially terminated Grado RS-1 or Sennheiser. For those (like me) who like other headphones, the Max is Headroom's best offering, so I view it as their statement product, and the one I decided to review.

The Max has some nice features that allow for great flexibility. It can be used as a two-input active preamp, a one-box solution for those looking to incorporate a headphone amp with a speaker system. One of its inputs can be changed to a loop out, so the user can use the amp between a preamp/integrated's tape output and a recording device, with minimal influence on the sound. The Max's class AB circuitry is encased in a long rectangular chassis that is about half the width of most stereo components, with the simple, nondescript faceplate allowing for easy integration into a living environment. The Max's front panel is covered with user controls: toggle switches control gain (a welcome addition for better control of the stepped attenuator), Headroom's patented Crossfeed Circuit, and their filter settings. Two headphone jacks that lock in theory, but not in reality, allow for shared listening, and a toggle switch allows the user to float ground. Missing from the front panel is source selection; instead, it's on the rear plate, which will make the Max unpractical for many people. On the back, the IEC receptacle, fuse, and power switch are a one-piece unit, which means that that the large IECs on some power cords may get in the way when trying to turn the unit on or off. The Max is surprisingly lightweight—I had to place books on its top lid to use aftermarket power cords.

After the obligatory interconnect and power cord changes, I settled on the Tara Labs Air 3 for its soundstage and the Tek-Line PC12W for its top end linearity. I set the Max's crossfeed circuit and filters to their off positions (more on what they do later), and hardly fiddled with the amp again. I had the opportunity to borrow Grado HP-1s, Audio Technica w2002s, and Sennheiser HD600s during my time with the Max, along with the Grado SR225s and Sennheiser HD580s (with Cardas upgrade...

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