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Audio Video
(979) 268-6010
909 University Drive E
College Station, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Audio Video
(979) 268-6010
909 University Drive East
College Station, TX
Services
Central Vac, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Home Networking, Service Repair
Brands
AMX Audioquest B&W BellO Bryston Chief Classe Control4 Definitive Draper Elan JL Klipsch LG Lutron M&K Marantz McIntosh Mitsubishi Panamax Pioneer Elite Premiere Revel Sanus Sharp Sonance SoundAdvance Sony Stewart Sunfire VisionArt Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Steven Summarell, CEDIA Certified Professional ESPA C-EST

Sound World
(713) 778-9120
9788 Bellaire Blvd Suite C
Houston, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Relative Sound
(281) 537-7373
14200 Stuebner Airline, Ste Q
Houston, TX
 
Austin Home Systems
(512) 293-3179
6800 Westgate Blvd.Ste. 132-46
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Meridian, Savant AV, Totem HAI, LifeWare, TruAudio, Denon, Onkyo, Polk Audio, Nuvo, Avocation, FatCat, Samsung, Sony, JVC, Sharp, Panasonic, Philips, inFocus, Mitsubishi
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Lucas Libbon, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
805 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX
 
Dominion Design & Integration LLC
(210) 404-9838
16161 College Oak
San Antonio, TX
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Central Vac, Environmental Controls, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Energy Management / LEED, Service Repair, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Sony, Crestron, Lutron, Sim2, Integra, Klipsch, Boston Acoustics, LG Electronics, Niles, Stewart Filmscreen, Nuvo, Paradigm, HAI, Panasonic, Chief, Kaleidescape, Channel Vision, Speakercraft, Sound Advance, Liberty Wire
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Victor Gardea, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Fry\'s Electronics-Austin
(512) 733-7000
12707 North Mo Pac Expwy
Austin, TX
 
DM Home Entertainment
(972) 992-3155
4300 Marsh Ridge Road Suite 112
Carrollton, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Bose Factory Store
(512) 864-7118
Round Rock Premium Outlets,4401 N IH-35
Round Rock, 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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