Before installing the vintage French tubes, the bottom had punch, but lacked power and depth. Given how much tighter the bass was and how much better the soundstage, mids and treble are with some of the tubes I'm going to consider a tube upgrade as part of the kit in the same way the Gateway is if you want the best results from it. It too has two output sockets with a gain switch next to the volume control. Have you seen the first Fantastic Four movie? Anyway lets put the future out of our mind right now and focus on the now and what I have in front of me. This amplifier offers two additional options for power supply. Overall Design and Build Though the overall build quality is great, if there is one thing almost everyone I know agree on is that the amplifier is built too small. Yes, I definitely do and it is incredible as far as audio performance in such a small package such as the PanAm.
Addicted to Audio are a bang to deal with. The Summary Portable audiophile headphone systems are following much the same path as the rest of portable electronics. Those wondering what to get in the modular system after buying the Pan Am should opt for the Passport first. I was on the way to the store back then, so I put the amplifier back into the boxes and took them to the store. High gain made it boom-ier, but at an ever so slight loss of bass clarity. Jack emphasised this point and that the amp is completely silent.
I think I would have been perfectly happy with how the Pan Am presented it had I not played the game or knew about the background of the game, but I did, and my poor impressionable brain liked the way it was done on the Lyr better. That scene where the four heroes were bombarded by that cosmic storm. The positive of this is that, say, one could use it with powered speakers during the day, then switch on the amp at night for use with headphones. But this is all I have to draw from in order to try and paint a picture of the differences I hear in this specific situation. If you enjoy the sound of your high impedance headphones on the low setting; so be it! Bass slam and impact are pretty amazing with this little unit. And small it most definitely is being not much bigger than the Triad Audio Lisa L3 amp which is classed as a portable headphone solid state amp.
You get enough warmth without being sacrificing clarity. Please check out more details and full review at: Follow Audio-Head on Facebook at: On Twitter: On Pinterest:. I also appreciate the versatility in that the Pan Am still plays well with lower impedance cans like my Grados and D2000s. Finally, after a long burn-in period and long listening sessions with both amps, I'm ready to give my impressions. As with many combo units, some concessions had to made in the name of simplicity in order to keep size and costs to a manageable level. This was just the initial impressions and review after a couple weeks with this device, but after I try more headphones and some different tubes I will definite come back to edit what I feel needs to be. The Schiit stack is connected via Optical to a first generation Macbook unibody.
Really like reading your posts. If you have the loose change I would also suggested picking up either the Passport or the Gateway for improved performance. They also give you longer cables just in case, but the short precisely cut cable is a nice touch. I am always on the lookout for new gear that provides an obvious solution to an individual setup need. The pair just played music.
Tube lifespans vary, but 5,000 hours per set should be doable. Portability wise, the Pan Am of course is the winner. Use high or low depending on your headphones and taste. It has to be said that I listen to the Lyr at 10:00, and the Pan Am at Low Gain at 12:00. Then when I read your review it would seem that the Passport is a must so that messes up the cost comparison.
There is also a single physical rotating control knob located along the back of the unit that allows you to switch between the one digital and two analog inputs. Somebody please help me out here. The intense sway of the music made it impossible not to bob my head. This three tier stack looks fabulous and much smaller than I thought likely before opening up the little retro black boxes they came packaged in. Though not that much more exceptional sonically than the Pan Am on this track, the added space and air between the instruments made it a more convincing listen. Only a single logo graces the top of the amplifier illustrated in a Cajun-script-style font.
Regardless, it emphasises the difference between both amps. They fared equally well on the Bass and electric guitar. That will bring up a page of different bundles for the Pan Am. I am hopefully getting the Cfte tubes from a member of this community a very good one at that and will be trying them on for size and when I do I will probably put down an edit list at the bottom where I place what tubes I felt made the best impression along with what headphones. The only issue is the occasional neck pain I feel after long sessions. You flick the switch, and an already resolute system is suddenly off the grid! The sound is authoritative and dynamic. Both possessed great bass impact that was both tangibly physical and musical.
At home, I do find myself plugging-in to the Lyr more often than the Pan Am. Overall I preferred the Siemens due to the greater balance across the range and the very lush mids than the stock and Russian tubes but bassheads may prefer the Russian tubes. Sure the Pan Am is portable just! If you need a whole slew of digital inputs, then Lyr+Bifrost is the clear winner. Power, power, and more power! I found the rails of the bottom unit to be a bit more rigid to tender surfaces than I liked. I would assume that they'll eventually supply another desktop solution that's not as pricey at the Studio Six. If you throw in a power supply that is truly mobile, you have something really special, especially for those guys who travel frequently who still want good sound.
I was equally impressed with the overall dynamic feel of the entire frequency spectrum as it was presented. Hard to find nowadays, but increase the portability and versatility of the Pan Am unit. This is an obvious danger within the world of high performance personal audio. Available for sale September 5, 2012- Matej Isak Mono and Stereo ultra high end audio magazine All rights reserved, 2012 www. The manual cautions about placing the glass on carefully -- straight down around the tubes and not at any angles in any direction.