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Bitzie first impressions

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    Posted: 25 Jan 2016 at 11:53am
The bitzie is great. I just can't stop listening to my music with it. The dac from my laptop sounds lifeless in comparision.
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HD540II uses quite a small driver compared to HD800 and other headphone designs. It has a linear bass response that rolls off naturally. Transparent with no hump or thump. The small driver size limits how much air it can move at low frequencies although using it with the Voyager's contour switch to enhance the bass gave it some more weight down low. HD800 does low bass at low volume much better than the Ref II; it's larger driver moves more air allowing the low bass to be much more audible at lower volumes. HD540II sounds best when volume is not too loud and not too quiet. But it is outclassed by the HD800 in bass weight. HD540II is about 25 years old though; the design is a quarter of a century old and can still easily compete with most modern devices. HD540 was very well engineered; uses a radial bead diaphragm surface amongst other things, also used by the HD800 I believe.
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I'm testing my mr speakers mad dog's now with the bitzie. I must say very good pairing very smooth sounding very relax. I feel that the hd540-II is slightly forced in its presentation compared to the mad dogs. Little strained or something i can hear it in the bass and mids.

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I was wrong the hd540-II does not sound strained. I am testing it now. But i do think if you equalize the bass i would sound strained. hd540-II is very linear aswell is the bitzie. But because of the small driver size it lacks some bass weight and impact. And the lower bass is on lower volume.


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I own both a Bitzie and Majestic, transparent and neutral and as Ash mentions, quite similar sounding which is a real compliment to something as small as the Bitzie. Although they are very analogue-like, I would not describe that as 'warmish' by any means. In both cases they are fed via the appropriate GSP Lautus cables

A couple of weeks ago I attended a local 'bake-off' with members of another audio forum & took along the Bitzie, fed by FLAC files from an iPhone 6 (this was without the benefit of a GSP Lautus, just a short USB A-B cable via an Apple lightning camera connector. Below is a comment posted by the host

"....Drewan had also brought along a Graham Slee portable DAC fed from an ipod which in my view performed better than others of the same type id heard....."

We played the same music via CD from his multi £££ transport/DAC immediately afterwards and it wasn't much different!

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Originally posted by Graham Slee Graham Slee wrote:

Always best to use the loaner program even if a secondhand purchase is being considered. The "bundle" (Bitzie & Lautus USB) could have been auditioned together and if they passed your taste-test at least you'd have a reference to go on. I take it that the seller hasn't made any mods?


That's what i intently wanted to do loan a bitzie and lautus usb cable. But then i found a Bitzie for a very good price on ebay and i tought if i don't like the bitzie i sell it again. If i did loan a bitzie and lautus usb i also had to pay the shipping costs.
I surely hope so that the seller didn't do any modifications.... i did not ask.  i have no idea how to see if he openend the bitzie?

I have a feeling that he bought the bitzie from Son Video.




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I once used Lautus USB and Bitzie into Lautus phono-XLR, Proprius pair and AKG K1000. This signal chain was how I first tested the K1000 and it was a phenomenal performance! It pretty much embodied everything I had been trying to achieve with headphone audio. The Bitzie did not hold the reproduction back in any way I could hear. I only really went up to the Majestic for the increased connectivity options and a linear power supply. Majestic probably enhances the sound further than the Bitzie but I won't pretend that I was able to tell the difference, nor did I do a side-by-side comparison. Had to pay a lot more for it but that's what the customer has to do if they want to see a cottage industry stay afloat.

Bitzie and Majestic both make some small noises when you connect and disconnect cables. When powering down the Majestic connected through to my MA speaker cones, I have to remember to turn down the volume pots on my Proprius because as soon as I hit the mains switch off, there is a roughly 2 second delay before a noise artefact is fed through to them, making the cones move. The movement is tiny if I turn the pots down first but can sometimes result in significant cone movement if I leave all the pots up with high gain. I'm overly cautious and even though I doubt the movement is enough to damage the driver, I turn it down anyway. I never like to see clearly visible excursions in cone drivers, especially not expensive ones. This is probably my only nitpick of the Majestic DAC; struggling to find something else to criticize...

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