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Chinese headphone amp: Timester Audio

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...748926169&rd=1
I saw this on eBay a week ago...



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flashy. i wonder why it has a USB logo on it
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On that site it says:

"It is an USB version with a 16bit USB decoding"

Well, I don't see any USB port at all...
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It's pretty cheap, I wonder what kind of tubes you can swap in that? I'm not sure I like that blue, but damn that would look sweet in black!
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Interesting little amp, especially the notion of driving speakers for an office or bedroom system. It sure is nice looking and the one on eBay seems to be priced well, except for the shipping from Hong Kong.

I wonder how it would compare to the likes of the ASL MG Head OTL, and also what the tube rolling options might be. Anyone familiar with the 6J1 and 6P1 tubes that is uses, and what other types of tubes one might be able to use?
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Amp designer might be color blind...I dunno champagne gold, glittery silver, and an automotive blue paint job topped off with a green power button.
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same seller has this too....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...757808479&rd=1

comes in 110 also

shipping to chicago is something like $130...lol

yeah I was looking at it
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come on...someone has to take one for the team here..anybody?
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o_O 190USD... makes you wonder if this is any good...

this for 250:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...757512472&rd=1

sure looks nice...
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Hmmmm....looks suspiciously like mine

Hey folks, I have this, under another logo.

See THIS ugly looking link for a pic, down the page a bit.

To quote this site:

Jasmine T-200 (395 euro)
Jasmine T-200 multi-media mini tube amplifierIt's not only a wonderful mini tube amplifier but also an amazing external hi-end tube computer sound card. It's
especially designed for those who love music but have to sit opposite to computer working for hours everyday. The computer brings astonishing media to the
desk. Unfortunately, these audio systems are fatiguing and non musical. The T-200 is the best upgrade you will ever add to your computer. In fact, it will probably
outlive your computers. Absolutely tube sound: musical, warm and smooth.

"Jasmine T-200 can be connected to computer, MP3/I-Pod player, or CD player to drive traditional speakers and headphones. With the USB port , the amplifier can
be directly connected to the computer as an external USB sound card. Now, you can take advantage of endless music sources on the internet. Your computer
can be used as a sound source and play any format of music files. Your flat, sterile digital audio will jump with life. You do not have to be a hard core audiophile to
enjoy warm, musical tube sound. Its compact size will also serve as an excellent travel or dorm room system with a portable music source and a quality pair of
loudspeakers. The T-200 is the ideal fusion of retro and modern technology."
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The power tubes are EL-84 compatible; I thought the included ones made the amp dull pretty much across the spectrum. Got some Tungsram EL-84's, made a NICE improvement. Can't remember what the driver tubes are, but I didn't find a suitable NOS replacement based on my first search.

I drive my Grado SR-60's with it and it's a great combo. My soon to be had SR-325i's will also go off this amp.

FYI, mine DOES have the USB input, but I haven't tried it off a PC yet.... I also have a pair of 4" Fostex horns I want to try this on (it supposedly will output 5wpc); again, gaven't made that move. I SHOULD try my K-1000's on it, though.

BTW, it has a slight hum, too, but it disappears from audibility once music starts, even fairly low-level music.

I got mine for $275 (? - I think that's what I paid) on Audiogon Auction. Seller was Vlad at Audio Mirror, nice gent.

I am so straight out at work, I am working nights and weekends. But I hope to report more on this in its different setups someday soon....
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ah hah. so dont get that ebay one if the back doesnt have a usb input like the pic below...

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Originally Posted by bhd812
same seller has this too....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...757808479&rd=1

comes in 110 also

shipping to chicago is something like $130...lol

yeah I was looking at it
Oh, my goodness! This looks like the same amp that Sophia Electric sells for US$900! Same spec, just slightly different casing.....

Sophia Baby Amp
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Originally Posted by gundam91
Oh, my goodness! This looks like the same amp that Sophia Electric sells for US$900! Same spec, just slightly different casing.....

Sophia Baby Amp
looks like somebody is sneaking some out the back door and selling them on ebay...lol j/k or not
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