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Horizon Home Install Group, Inc.
(818) 898-7705
11335 Pala Mesa Drive
Northridge, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Sharp, Samsung, Control4, AMX, Sonance, Atlantic Technology, Denon, Panasonic, Panasonic Telephone Systems, Toshiba, JVC, Stewart Filmscreen, DirecTv, Niles, Xantech
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dave Hirsch, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Maxsystems aka Maxsecurity Systems
(800) 540-4022
P. O. Box 8076
Van Nuys, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Creston, Trufig, Lutron Homeworks, Kaleidescape, DPI, Sim 2, Dynaudio, Sunfire, , Sonance, Samsung, Denon, Panasonic, LG, Stewart Filmscreen, JBL, Sunbrite, Gefen, Furman, Nuvico, ATM, Chief, RTI, URC
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Joshua Gore, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Audio Video
(818) 251-3540
21603 W. Victory Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA
Services
Home Audio

Video & Acoustic Solutions
(818) 471-6793
5715 Kester Ave.
Van Nuys, CA
 
iSYS
(818) 996-6500
18314 Oxnard StSte. 7
Tarzana, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Satellite, Telephone Systems
Brands
Audioaccess, Proficient, Jamo, Stewart, Pioneer, Panasonic, Russound, StereoStone, Triad, Toshiba, RTI, Lexicon, Zenith, Sony, RCA, Premier, Chief, Middle Atlant, Audio Source, Hughes, Sharp, Yamaha, Totem Acoustics,Niles, Control 4,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Christopher Morris, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Integrated Home, Inc.
(818) 994-9409
6910 Hayvenhurst Ave. #102
Van Nuys, CA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Crestron, Kaleidescape, Fujitsu, and many more of the finest names in audio, video, networking, and computing equipment.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Isaac Saboohi, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Connex A.D. Inc.
(818) 994-5252
7261 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Designing for Individuals with Special Needs, 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, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Telephone Systems, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Energy Management / LEED, Service Repair, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Crestron, Lutron, SpeakerCraft, Panasonic,GE security, Nevo, Anthem, Denon, Tantra, Genelec, Velodyne, RBH, Middle Atlantic, Triad, Kef, AirVac, Doorking, Douglas, D-box, Pronto
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dagoberto Bardales, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(818) 686-1839
13510 West Paxton St
Pacoima, CA
 
Wilson Home Theater Systems ~Founding Member~
(818) 881-7665
6130 Melvin Ave.
Tarzana, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jules Leach, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Randy Wilson, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
4500 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, 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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