Loaner: RAAL Requisite CA-1a

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  1. penguins

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    Shipped to miter53.
     
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    Per PM from @miter53, he received it today.

    Thanks again to SBAF for arranging this. Had been wanting a real listening session with these for quite a while before the loaner.
     
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    I received the package yesterday, but I've got questions. I don't have a headphone amp with xlr out, and I'm hesitant to use the bananas to connect to the speaker out on my 150w monoblock power amps, as the transformer says 6w max on it. It would appear I have no way to connect these headphones with what I have. Fortunately, @rhythmdevils is generously loaning me an amp with a balanced output, which I should have later today. I think it would be a good idea to include some documentation and an adapter for single end amps with the loaner.
     
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    You can use the TI-1b interface with your monoblock power amps. On Head-fi, the RAAL MOT's say that they have hooked up the interface to 900W monoblocks without issues.
     
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    @rhythmdevils I've pm'd you to make arrangements for handing off...
     
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    Replied. We’ll hand off soon.
     
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    I've got the CA-1a setup and first impressions are very positive! It sounds nothing like the SR-1a! :-0
     
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    Tonally it's a quite bit different from SR-1a. There's still those harder edge transients so it depends quite a bit upon upstream components.
     
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    I have a feeling I've got some magic synergy going on with a Get Set Go speaker amp, which is really liquid, and wet but super resolving. I'm hear what seems to be near perfection. No hard/sharp transients at all. I don't want to make bold claims yet though :)
     
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    Is it still possible to join this loaner? If so, please add me. Thanks!
     
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    @loadexfa is a neighbor, we could easily do a handoff, no shipping necessary.
     
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    I'm assuming @loadexfa can join the loaner, he's coming over on Friday so I can hand it over to him then or he can listen to it and decide they're not for him and then I'll ship them out Monday to the next person in line.
     
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    I'm fine with that.
     
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    I am next in the loaner. After careful consideration, I will have to pass on this opportunity. Have not listened to my headphones in two weeks due to being busy with bunch of stuff and work. Dont think I will give these a fair shake, @loadexfa, @rhythmdevils dont see why there is a need to rush this to the next in line after me.

    Thanks for the opportunity.
     
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    This should be fine and sounds like you guys self regulated the handoffs. I’ve updated the first post.
     
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    Hey, I actually just got a RAAL CA-1a in a trade. Should be getting it next week. So you can remove me from the tour. Thanks for the opertunity!
     
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    I made a set of less acoustically dense filters for the CA-1a which I'll send along with the loaner. They came with the gray foam filters below and I made the black ones, which are less dense meaning they do less so they are in between the gray filter and no filter at all. I had to acclimatize to the sharp transients and it really helped to go from gray to black to none at all.

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    Hi!
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