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Best Buy
4040 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
 
Rocky Mtn. Home Ent.
(970) 566-1438
220 Egyptian Court
Fort Collins, CO
 
Encore Sight and Sound
(970) 217-7018
7080 Mount Adams
Wellington, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Central Vac, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Home Networking, Service Repair, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Control4, Denon, Optoma, Mitsubishi, JBL, LG, Sony, Yamaha, RBH Speakers, Proficient Audio,Panasonic, Samsung,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Pantle, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

PearTree Systems
(303) 716-3486
P. O. Box 27508
Denver, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Monitor Audio, Arcam, Denon, NAD, Definitive Technology, Logitech Harmony, Escient, Polk, In-Focus, Samsung, Sonance, Pinnacle, Sharp Aquos, Tributaries, Channel Vision, Universal Remote, Vutec and others.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Tim Fine, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

NuLine Ltd.
(303) 478-3728
3834 Orion Ct.
Boulder, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bill Jacobsen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Dream Theater Colorado
(970) 224-4484
5100 S College Ave Unit A
Fort Collins, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Runco & JVC projectors. Stewart & DaLite Screens. Mitsubishi, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba TV''s. Sonance, AT, Phase Tech, Velodyne speakers. Integra, Marantz, Yamaha receivers. Panamax & Richard Gray''s Power. AMX & Control 4 control systems.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mark Hovey, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Bose Factory Store
(970) 593-5633
The Outlets At Loveland,5600 McWhinney Boulevard
Loveland, CO
 
Recycled Audio
(303) 449-0153
9501 WCR13
Longmont, CO
Services
Home Audio

Paragon Technology Group
(970) 544-8494
601 Rio Grande PlaceSte. 101
Aspen, CO
Services
Audio / Video, 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, Energy Management / LEED, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Lutron Speakercraft Universal Remote Lexicon Mark Levinson Crestron Integra B&W Revel Digital Projection Leon Panasonic Professional Samsung Sharp Velodyne JBLSynthesis Stewart Filmscreen Kaleidescape James
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Collins, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Steve Corr, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Derek Davenport, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Aron Mooney, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- John Valiton, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Brad Whitehead,

Best Buy
271 E Flatiron Cir
Broomfield, CO
 

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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