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P. C. Richard & Son
(201) 262-7676
317 Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ
 
Best Buy
Garden State Plaza Route 17 S
Paramus, NJ
 
Electronics Expo
(201) 634-0001
166 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
 
Audio Vision Decor by Conklin
(201) 891-4000
189 Greenwood Avenue
Midland Park, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Media Connections, Inc.
(201) 819-3844
50 East Palisade AvenueSte. 222
Englewood, NJ
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, ReQuest Multimedia, Krell, TETRA Speakers, TRUAUDIO, Thiel, Fujitsu, InFocus, Parasound, Panasonic
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Duane Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Sixth Avenue Electronics
516- 21-4530
530 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Sixth Avenue Electronics City
(201) 597-0520
331 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
 
Associated Installations, Inc.
(201) 225-9200
700-76 Broadway #215
Westwood, NJ
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Telephone Systems
Brands
Sonance, Parasound, Marantz,Audio Pro, Mb Quart, Sunfire, Russound, Seleco, Buttkicker, Daylite, Jamo, Channel Plus Sim2 Seleco,Luce,Fujitsu,Sharpvision.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- David Johansen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Talk of the Town Video
(201) 236-1006
319 Franklin Turnpike
Allendale, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

GREEN T
(201) 327-2729
342 Rt 17 North
Upper Saddle River, NJ
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
GREEN T Eclipse Private Home Theaters, GREEN T Equinox Family Home Theaters, GREEN T Multi-Room Audio, GREEN T Home Network Solutions, Lutron Lighing Contols
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Vincent Blehl, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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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