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12281 Limonite Ave
Mira Loma, CA
 
Audio Toyz
(949) 888-6581
28622 Oso Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
AudioQuest, Boston Acoustics, Chief Mounts, Denon, Escient, Infocus, LG, Marantz, Monster Cable, Niles, Panasonic, Paradigm, PSB, Russound, Samsung, Sanus Mounts, Sharp Aquos, Sonance, Stewart, Sony, Universal Remote Control, Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Aaron Delgado, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Pacific Sales Kitchen & Bath
(909) 919-7540
5250 Ontario Mills Parkway
Ontario, CA
 
Eagle Products/Main St. Elec
(714) 835-2133
2800 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA
 
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23000 Savi Ranch Pkwy
Yorba Linda, CA
 
Surreal Systems, Inc.
(714) 470-2952
5540 E La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
We deal in many quality brands, including: Denon, Samsung, Pioneer Elite, Definitive Technology, Sharp, Panasonic and many more. Each project is individual and products are selected based on client needs and budgets.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Matthew Bernath, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

SAMS CLUB
(909) 476-9259
951 North Milliken
Ontario, CA
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2982 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA
 
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2852 Canyon Springs Pkwy
Riverside, CA
 
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4120A E 4Th St
Ontario, CA
 

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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