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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

Paragon Technology Group
(970) 845-7850
910 Nottingham Rd.
Avon, CO
 
King Systems LLC
(303) 410-0924
11495 W. 8th Ave.Ste. 104
Lakewood, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Crestron, Runco, Kaleidescape, Marantz, Denon, SpeakerCraft, Sharp, Fujitsu, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, NEC, Samsung, Extron, RBH, Russound, RTI, Lutron, Control4, LifeWare, Niveus, Music Giants, Stewart and many more.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Rhett Coffman, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Larry Doe, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Glenn Harrison, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chris Judge, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- David King, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Scott Steele, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Adam Zatorski, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jeremy Zat

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
 
Bose Airport Kiosk
(303) 317-1204
Denver International Airport, Concourse B Center Core,8900 Pena Avenue
Denver, CO
 
Bose Showcase Store
(720) 887-3049
Flatiron Crossing,1 West Flatiron Crossing Drive
Broomfield, CO
 
Best Buy
8682 Park Meadows Center Dr
Littleton, 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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