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YoYo JoKeR

Bravo Ocean: Perfect Introduction to The World of Tubes


Pros: Sonic Presentation, Build Quality, Rolling Capability, Excellent Driving Power

Cons: Heat Emission

Me: I am a 21 year old student living in a small town in India. I would like to call myself a music enthusiast, rather than an audiophile. I was inspired by music since childhood, and as the time passed, the passion of music grew in me, and that subsequently led me to join Head-Fi. Eventually, I found the pleasure of listening to music mainly by the HD600 and recently, by the seductive LCD2 headphones, and realized the true components of recorded music. I usually like to listen to Indian Classical Music along with Bollywood songs. My main listening genres include classical, vocal, instrumental, jazz and sometimes pop.   Intro:  Bravo Audio is a popular Chinese...
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Bravo Audio Ocean Headphone Amplifier - "My favorite place to vacation is anyplace by the ocean." Nina Arianda


Pros: Warm sound, looks great, solid build, dual headphone outputs

Cons: Gets quite hot, no feet attached

  Bravo Audio LTD was established in May 2010. They are a Chinese company developing Tube Headphone AMPs, Tube speaker Amps, USB DACs and Guitar Amps. They were one of the first companies to produce affordable, high quality tube amplifiers. Today I'm reviewing the Bravo Audio Ocean.   Disclaimer:   The Bravo Ocean was sent to me by Bravo Audio for the purpose of this review. The opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product. I'd like to thank Henry from Bravo Audio for the opportunity to test the Ocean.   Bravo Audio website: http://www.bravoaudio.com/index.php?route=common/home Bravo Ocean product page: ...
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Great Value


Pros: Price, Build quality, RCA Output line, Jack output

Cons: Color-Design

Nice quality, and great audio!!

Nice intro to tube world


Pros: design, build quality, warm sound

Cons: not for all genres

Before listening to this charming little amp, I was very skeptical about overall tube amp idea. But this amp changed my mind greatly. First of all, I have to admit it's design and build quality - it's really great, amp looking very stylish. As for sound, I have to mention, that it's really giving "warmth" to sound. This is hardly explainable by words, but old rock, for example, starts sounding much more pleasant. I've listened Led Zeppelin, Doors, The Who and really rediscovered some of my favorite tracks in a new way. Also I found it sounding good with almost all genres of metal, except Nu-metal. Very nice sounding for Nile, Behemoth and other "brutals" Only exception I need to...
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Perfect Headphone amp and in a pinch a decent pre-amp for a small system


Pros: Small size, ability to use NOS tubes, pretty blue

Cons: Bright as the sun LED, slight interference with bluetooth audio receivers, temperature and fiddly case

Folks!   Just found the joys of tube audio and have to say this little guy opened my ears.  I did a lot of research here and on a few other sites and bought 3 NOS tubes.  I realised that with my renewed interest in headphones and building a dual speaker and headphone capable system I needed a tube in there somewhere.  I don't have the cash to splash out for a full on tube preamp or amp.  Finally I decided on 3 tubes: a Mullard, Telefunken and Radio Technique.  So far the Mullard is my favorite, warm and detailed opened up the sound, creating a great soundstage.   With well recorded music it's night and day.  With dynamic music a godsend.  ...
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Decent Entry Level Amp with minor QC issues


Pros: Drives higher impedance headphones easy, Bright addition to soundstage with stock tube, cheap interconnects for source and output (includes passthru)

Cons: 6.35mm jack/wiring quality, light buzzing can persist past warmup, ambient exterior temps

Longitudinal review.  Personally had some early quality issues due to the group buy I purchased this as a part of (fabrication facilities were not ready for the increased demand) resulting in 2 RMAs for separate reasons.  Shu Guang 12AU7 tube is a good affordable starter tube if you listen to contemporary, jazz, and pop/rock which is less bass heavy.  Regular source component utilized has been PC audio feeding into a FIIO E10 Olympus or a Schiit Modi 2.  Did notice a difference in ease of driving my modded Fostex, but only a bright warping to any other headphones/iems I paired to the system.     3 years in currently and getting ready to perform first...
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Fantastic little performer


Pros: Rich, deep presentation

Cons: Overbright LED, no feet, flakey power input

I picked this up second hand on ebay, more out of curiosity than anything. I'm just getting into listening with headphones and one of my amps doesn't have a headphone socket, so this seemed like as good a pace to any to get started. Note also that I'm using a very basic pair of headphones right now: AKG K44s. These are no doubt looked down upon by many in this community, but with decent reviews on many forums given their super-economy price tag (I paid  about GBP20 (c.US$32)for them on Amazon). I was pleasantly surprised by the capability of the headphones when running straight out of my Macbook or from my vintage Yamaha AVC-30 amp, but once I'd got the little Bravo Ocean hooked up...
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Budget Tube Masterpiece


Pros: Build, Appearance, amount of inputs and outputs, sound

Cons: I'm not sure if the tube is easily exchangeable

Sometimes, we as audio enthusiasts want new gear to power our favorite headphones, but can't afford to spend too much.Enter Bravo Ocean  This hybrid tube amplifier is a gem for anyone on a budget that wants the renowned sound that a tube can bring. At $130, the Bravo Ocean is truly spectacular. I normally find myself using this amp to power my Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro and Takstar Hi2050. Usually, I find the Hi2050 to be a bit cold and boring, but with the Bravo Ocean amp powering it, the sweet tube sound gives them the warmth that I feel they need.  Now, with an already warm-ish headphone like the DT770, the Bravo Ocean does not make the sound become boomy or anything, however it does...
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Great value -sweet tube sound


Pros: Compact size, large and small heaphone jacks, build quality, line out

Cons: Not quite sure on the colour

I was searching for a budget tube headphone amp and this one caught my eye just because of the colour and shape. There was very little in the way of reviews for this I could find other than a utube clip. Having had Cmoy type amps and a few solid state amps in the $100-$200 running off a cowon S9 with various audio technica and sennheiser headphones I could not  get the sound i was looking for. Took a risk and brought this little amp and I am very glad i did. In my view this made my ATH-a700 and ATH-M50s sound significantly better than being driven straight from source. The bass and sound stage depth appeared much better and i found myself listening and getting...
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