Originally Posted by Todd S
That didn't exactly appear to be a glowing endorsement anymore Ferbose.
You see, I got mine $300 used. At the time I thought they would sell for at most $500 in the US market.
Now they are asking for $750. It is all about value/price ratio.
$750 is already approaching the price of some very good headphone amps near $1k range. I would like to see it priced around $650.
As an ordinary headphone amp, HA-1A has the weakness of high noise floor with high-sensitivity cans. This is an inevitable trade-off because its output level is high enough to drive K1000 and efficient speakers. For a K1000 amp, it is actually very good, on the same lvel as Grace m902 or RSA Raptor. HA-1A has four main functions: drive high-impedance headphones, drive K1000, drive speakers and pre-amp. If you use at least two of these functions, then $750 could be worth it.
If you really like its looks or its small footprint or don't want exposed tubes, then HA-1A should be right for you even if it is only used as a headphone amp .