I am very honored to be the first person to get my hands on the RSA P-51 Mustang this afternoon when uncle wilson miraculously produces an unit infront of me when initially he told me it still 'somewhere' at the customs. i am starting to wonder if uncle wilson has ability like Hiro Nakamura from Heroes.
So immediately i plugged it into my rig and tried it with UE11. Am i surprised!!!
it does not have a very good synergy with UE11 as the bass was so powerful that it is unbearable, thus i did not proceed to listen with my UE11 any further. One thing to note was that the soundstage, separations and clarity was very very similar to Larocco PR II MK 2.
However, I am very curious about the reviews at Headfi where it stated that the Mustang is able to drive the lengendary AKG 701 which is known to be a very hard to satisfy headphone, and without any delays, I went ahead with the test.
Once again, i am SURPRISE
At high gain mode, AKG 701 suddenly turned into a beauty to my ears. I believe those who have owned or heard AKG 701 knows it characteristics. it is very analytical and kind off lack of the punch in the bass region. But the Mustang complimented this short coming of the AKG 701 and makes it sound so PERFECT!!!
From 0 hours, the Mustang already have a very good soundstage and HUGE amount of bass. Under the following rig Imod+vcaps oimp/tftf+crystal cable+Mustang+AKG 701, here are my initial impressions
BASS: Excellent and plentiful. However, this can be a cons if the IEM/Headphone are already on the bassy side.
MIDS: Very similar to Larocco PRII MK2 and better, the vocals are very lush and smoothing. The live tracks sounded 'REAL' and the separations of instruments, vocals are so.... incredible. they all seem to have their own place in a huge hall and yet beautifully harmonize together. you can easily identified the claps of the audiences in pace with the beat of the music. you can identified whether the piano is a classical or electric type as a classical piano will have sound that seem to be produce from strings being hit from within a wooden enclosure.
HIGHS: The electric guitars scream at high pitches without breaking yet your ears will not hurt from the sound. i do not know what the instrument name is but they are those tiny tubes of metal that hang in a row that produce tingling sound like a wind chimes, they sound so crystal clear.
Finally, i am really very impress by the Mustang. Some may wonder that my impressions could be partially due to the rig i have and mainly the vcaps oimp/tftf, but i have heard this setup countless times that i can i identified the slightest change. So to said, the change of the amp and headphone, sound signature are almost equivalent to my default if not better. i am very picky person when it comes to music and i dare not claimed i have the golden ears but the Mustang coupled with AKG 701 definitely delivered something very spectacular.
At the size from my memory of 4cm x 4cm estimated, the Mustang P-51 sure swept me off my feet with it performance. it have been quite a while that an amp could get me so excited since the last which is PR II.
Uncle wilson, i really hate you because i am in trouble now.....