- Jun 13, 2013
Maybe KeithR should have tried this on his new YGs?
Looking forward to you feedback on the V1 and V3. I finally got my Thiel CS3.7 sorted out (new drivers and many other fixes). So now I am looking for an amp that is more suitable for the Thiel CS3.7. The amp needs to go down to 2 Ohms since the speaker spends a lot of time at 2-3 Ohms. I was also wondering if more power would translate into better sound at lower volume. So the best speaker+ amp match between the V1 and V3 were something I was wondering about.Further update: ordered a n.8 V3 version, much more powerful than the V1 now on trial in my hands.
The V1 (150 w) seems sufficient in terms of power, I have not exceeded the red area of Vu-meters, nevertheless my experience shows that usually an higher reserve of power in SS amps grant more realism also at lower SPL's.
I look to a similar experience had by Mike Lavigne going from Dartzeel 108 (150 w) to the monos 458 (450 w). Speakers were same as mine, the EA MM3's with an impedance module of 7 ohm declared with minimal deviation.
Amp will arrive in Italy in January I Hope and I'll put my final impressions. Source and preamp are Emmlabs an old CDSA-SE-X going into a Pre 2SE.
Hi Steve, do you think the Coda 16.0 is a better amp than the 41.0 ?Hi,
I have owned CODA gear for several years. I’ve owned the CS, CSX, 15.5 and now the 16 amplifier. I’ve also owned the CODA CP preamp and now the latest 0.7x preamp.
The latest designs with the new FETs are amazing products. The noise floor is amazingly low resulting in detail, depth, imagining and soundstage that have to be heard to believe. The tonal qualities of the 0.7x rival tube designs that I’ve owned or heard over the years. The Automobiles and Roadhouses cut is just amazing. It cause goosebumps as big as Horseturds!
This combination of preamp and amplifiers (I own two CODA 16 amplifiers and the 0.7x) combined with my Legacy Audio V speakers and my Lampizator Pacific DAC brings the sound quality of my system to heights I’ve never heard anywhere. I always loved my Pacific and had no idea I hadn’t really heard what it could do. Ditto for the Vs. I think that Lukasz and Bill might be surprised at what their respective designs can do.
One thing the CODA preamp does that I’ve not heard from other designs capable of occurs when I use the volume control to turn the system up. Usually a preamp plays the system louder (Duh) but the 0.7x volume control causes the instrument(s) and voice(s) to swell individually without one being reminded that the volume has increased. Listening at low volumes is a treat as one doesn‘t notice a loss of detail or impact.
I would be glad to write more if any are interested.
One thing for sure if you’ve not heard the CODA new designs believe me they are game changers and well worth seeking out.
AZWink, who did you purchase the No 8 from? I'm guessing the Coda 07x would be your best bet.
I say go for it. Agreed that Coda needs more coverage. Also will need pictures, of the Coda gear but also your six pack of JL subs(!).
I was uncertain about my choice. I ended choosing a n.8 without meters (expecting arrival: end January or early February). First: the vu-meters version is listed almost 700-1000 euros more; second: actually the vu-meters pointers are barely and poorly visible from my listening point; only in the front of the amp you can detect easily where the pointers are and if the amp works in the safety range.First component that I’ve owned with meters since the 80’s. I have to say the performance of this amp makes me forget all about the meters... really, really good!
A dimmer option is one thing I wish they would have included. I have thought about changing the lights to an amber backlight to tone it down a bit.I was uncertain about my choice. I ended choosing a n.8 without meters (expecting arrival: end January or early February). First: the vu-meters version is listed almost 700-1000 euros more; second: actually the vu-meters pointers are barely and poorly visible from my listening point; only in the front of the amp you can detect easily where the pointers are and if the amp works in the safety range.
In off mode IMHO they looks pretty, likes some old SAE amps of the Seventies; on the contrary when amp is powered on the Blue light is a bit aggressive, not an elegant choice.
I'm a bit surprised that Coda n.16 does not have a satisfying synergy with Gamut speakers. Gamut produce solid state amps only, and their widely appreciated d200i has some similar specifications with Coda's amp.My Coda 16 played superbly with my TAD ME-1 stand mount speakers. Highly recommend. My problem now is that the Coda doesn’t seem to have the same synergy with my new GamuT RS5i speakers. The GamuT‘s definitely prefer tubes. I just bought the Coda and now I’m considering selling it. Does this Audiophile insanity ever stop?
My Coda 16 played superbly with my TAD ME-1 stand mount speakers. Highly recommend. My problem now is that the Coda doesn’t seem to have the same synergy with my new GamuT RS5i speakers. The GamuT‘s definitely prefer tubes. I just bought the Coda and now I’m considering selling it. Does this Audiophile insanity ever stop?
I posted above about buying the Benchmark AHB2 instead of the CODA #8. Well I got a second AHB2 and also bought a used CODA CSi8 integrated (a July 2018 build). Not exactly the same as the #8 but supposed to very close sound wise and identical configuration wise. I got Version 1 with 150 watt and fist 18 Class A. I compared the mono AHB2s vs the CODA CSiB and liked both. I decided on the AHB2 because for the increased clarity in sound. I also have an all Benchmark stack and the AHB2 was just better, cannot ignore component synergy either.
However, the CODA is an amazing integrated and the amp section was more than adequate power wise for my notoriously power hungry Thiel CS 3.7's. A single AHB2 was not cutting it power wise. I was 80%+ on the volume dial for only 65dB of sound. The CODA CSiB had a lot more room to move on the volume dial as does the mono AHB2's.
I am using the CSiB as a headphone amp for my RAAL SR1a headphones. It is amazing on this application. The Benchmark AHB2 was awful as a headphone amp with the RAAL SR1a. The RAAL are pretty amazing and I think a lot of 2 channel folks would like it. The sound is unlike other normal headphones. It is like speakers attached to your ears.
Now that I dipped my toes in with the CODA sound I will try and do a home demo of the CODA #16 and their top end pre-amp with the Yamaha NS5000 speaker. It is now the right time to build out that system. I heard the Yamaha with the Yamaha 5000 series separates and after hearing the CSiB I believe the CODA #8 or #16 would be a good match.
BTW - Whenever I saw photos of CODA gear I was not that impressed. However, now that I own a CSiB and see it up close I think the CODA is a rather attractive piece.
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