Saturday, October 30, 2010
On My Radar: Heed Obelisk SI integrated amp
When I mentioned the LFD integrated in this blog a couple of weeks ago, I instantly heard from Sandy Greene, fellow audio writer and former colleague at TONEAudio. Sandy said I should check out Heed before going with the LFD Zero Integrated or the Naim NAIT XS. Dan Muzquiz of Blackbird Audio/Gallery is also a Heed dealer, and he has had great success in matching the Obelisk SI with Rega speakers. So Heed is definitely on my radar now.
According to Dan, "retail for the Obelisk Si is 1550.00 and its optional external power supply, the X2 sells for 1150.00. The first input has the option to be a simple line level input or it can be fitted with either a MM phono card or DACtilus D/A card." That means the Heed with the X2 is about the same price of the Naim, and somewhat less expensive than the LFD. The Obelisk alone is a very intriguing idea...and I could certainly upgrade to the X2 in the future.
At only 7 kg, the Heed is compact and relatively light--which is why it reminds me of the Naim NAIT 2. I can remember picking up the NAIT with one hand and walking around with it. How many great-sounding amplifiers can you say that about? (And no, I don't want to hear about those $59 class-D amps from China!)