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Audio Consultants, Libertyville*
(847) 362-5594
757 North Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL
 
Home Automation Services, Inc.
(773) 430-7126
211 Autumn Ln
Vernon Hills, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Central Vac, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Adam Jablonski, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

FortiFi Technologies, LLC
(847) 438-6810
89 E Harbor Drive
Lake Zurich, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
Artison, Aton, Denon, Draper, Elan Home Systems, HomeLogic, Jamo, JVC Pro, Middle Atlantic Products, Panasonic, Polk Audio, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Triad, Universal Remote Control
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brad Curtis, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
7021 120Th Ave
Kenosha, WI
 
Best Buy
615 E Palatine Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
 
Cadre Communications
(847) 245-7325
P. O. Box 1052
Lake Villa, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Telephone Systems
Brands
Pioneer Elite,SpeakerCraft,Niles,Peerless, Premeir Mounts,Denon,UniversalRemote,Leviton, Channel Vision, Bosch, Panasonic and Sharp
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Rob Davis, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

OneHomeCinema
(847) 838-0604
P.O.Box 642
Antioch, IL
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, Krell, Vidikron, Stewart Filmscreen, James Loudspeaker, Sonance, Klipsch, Monster Cable, Bass Industries, Fortress Seating, and Middle Atlantic Racks are our main lines. We are involved in automation of blinds, drapes and shades.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Larry Heuvelman, CGR, CR, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
20771 N Rand Rd
Lake Zurich, IL
 
Inspired Electronics, Inc.
(847) 471-4420
1341 E Virginia Dr
Palatine, IL
Services
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, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Home Automation / Systems Integration, Home Networking, Service Repair, Preventative Maintenance
Brands
Denon, Samsung, Panasonic, TruAudio, Niles, Polk, NetStreams, Russound, Atlantic Technologies, James Loudspeakers, Canton, Leviton, InFocus, Sharp, Toshiba, Universal Remote, Philips Pronto, Logitech Harmony, JBL, Crown, Shure, HAI, Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Rob Schultz, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

J Pauls Design
(847) 772-3140
491 New Castle Drive
Cary, IL
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

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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