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H.H. Gregg
6325 Tacoma Drive
Port Richey, FL
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(352) 200-3478
1389 Wendy Court
Spring Hill, FL
Clear Systems Integration, Inc
(813) 781-5782
613 Sugar Mill Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration, Home Networking
NuVo, Denon, Yamaha, Triad, Boston Acoustics, JBL, Jamo, On-Q, Samsung, JVC, Universal Remote Control
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Chris Luecke, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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6325 Naples Blvd
Naples, FL
Blue Kangaroo, Inc.
(239) 597-3737
5405 Taylor RoadSte. 7
Naples, FL
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Crestron - Control4 - Lutron - Marantz - ELAN - PSB - Russound - Escient - Middle Atlantic - Panamax - Pioneer - Samsung - Sony - Stewart Filmscreen - Vutec - Tributaries - and more...
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jack Decloedt, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Frank Valcarcel, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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9409 Us Highway 19
Port Richey, FL
A Sound Decision
(727) 789-1121
1810 S. Pinellas Ave.Ste. K
Tarpon Springs, FL
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Elan Home Automation, Yamaha Receivers, , Vantage Lighting Control, Sunfire Speakers & Receivers, B&K home automation, Denon Receivers, Klipsch speakers, Epson projectors, Vutec Screen Art systems and motorized projection screens
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jason Johnson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Terry Moore, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Robert Wolff, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

(954) 345-3443
950 University Drive
Pompano Beach, FL
Recycling Services
Recycle Ink - No landfill guarantee

Bose Showcase Store
(407) 277-7710
Waterford Lakes Town Center,709 North Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL
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2499 Sw 27Th Ave
Ocala, FL




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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