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In Reply to: RE: Raal vs Stax posted by Jon L on May 06, 2020 at 13:45:30
The SR1a's are a revelation. I received them today along with the Jotunheim R amp and after a bit of fiddling with the fit I'm dialed in. They are certainly different, but shed an absolutely clear window onto the music. I love it. The Meze Empyreans I was using still sound great, but have a different signature and now sound closed in. The detail in the SR1a's is supremely impressive, but not in a fatiguing way. However, I can see how with bad recordings they may irritate.
They make you want to listen to music!
Jotunheim R is much more of a bargain than we realized because it is a great amplifier for low impedance planar headphones also!
It doesn't have much wattage but is designed to push lots of current into ultra low impedance Raal SR1a (0.2 Ohms), and planar 'phones with low impedance benefit from the current.
Meze Empyrean is 100 dB/1 mW and 31.6 Ohms, so it doesn't need much amplification, but who knows the Jot R may push stout current into it to reveal some new abilities.
Jot R sounds fabulous with hard-to-drive Abyss 1266 Phi TC 88 dB/mW and 47 Ohms.
What one does need is 4-pin female XLR to 4-pin female XLR adapter with special pinout (Raal pinout is very different from usual).
Sorry for jumping on this thread, but found this post about pins wiring very helpful. Can I ask how the pins are enumerated in the Jotenheim R?
According to the pins conversion in your image and the letters in the one I uploaded, is it the below correct?
3 -> 1 (A)
4 -> 2 (B)
1 -> 4 (D)
2 -> 3 (C)
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