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post #16 of 59
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Originally Posted by hugz
Ha I never noticed that before, quite interesting.

So in the interest of science and all things good I opened up the power brick to have a peak inside. It does in fact seem to be AC output.

Inside the power brick is a big toroidal transformer and some power filtering. The transformer is bigger/taller than the amp itself so I suppose that's why they kept it seperate.
Do you know what the AC output is of that PS?

thanks,
Garrett
post #17 of 59
It seems that this model has been around for a while, however, from what I have gathered, it's a two channel design, using a pair of NE5532. For those who can read Chinese:

http://www.silsonic.com.cn/av/401-4/0404-53.htm

I am wondering what's besides the 5532 in that relatively big enclosure.

Who can show some guts?
post #18 of 59
Nice review. I shortly auditioned this a long time ago when I had Rega Ear and HD650 as my rig. Then I preferred Rega Ear by small margin but Original Master was very good considering its price.
post #19 of 59
Hugz -

Thanks for the write-up! I always see all these new Chinese amps & other audio products, and always wonder if they are worth while, or not. It seems from your review that this one is a real value. I'll certainly be keeping my eye on the "Original Masters" CD players too.

Do you happen to have a link their web site? (hopefully an English version)

- augustwest
post #20 of 59
I too liked the SQ (and the price) of this amp at the National meet, so I went ahead and ordered one a few days ago. The sales rep, Ping Gong from AAA Audio, also seemed like a really good guy. (His web site is www.aaa-audio.com) Glad to know I probably won't regret my purchase. (Now, I also have a HeadFive on order, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do with two headphone amps in a crowded New York apartment.)
post #21 of 59
As I said earlier I thought the Original Master with the CD A8 was a magical combo, but I wonder how much was it due to the CD player. I find that the influence of the source is much more important than the amp.
The CD A8 has a dual output and I believe it was using the tubed output.

Has anybody heard this CD player in other configurations? I believe it sells for about $600, but not sure.

BTW thanks for the excellent review Hugz
post #22 of 59
I might be too critical of original in my orignal thread (no pun intended I fine their CDP very detailed, punchy, tight..I just prefer eastsound more melodic delivery of music more engaging. I am gonna give orignal another listen next week as I was scheduled to visit China for 2 weeks. And I will be sure to bring back my Zhaolu 2.0
post #23 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vic
As I said earlier I thought the Original Master with the CD A8 was a magical combo, but I wonder how much was it due to the CD player. I find that the influence of the source is much more important than the amp.
The CD A8 has a dual output and I believe it was using the tubed output.
I played my iPod through the Original amp at the meet and I thought it still sounded pretty good. Not as good as the Original CD player, but IMO better than the iPod played through a few of the portable amps at the meet, which were more expensive than the Original.
post #24 of 59
Sounds like an intriguing little amp. I'd also be interested in those nude shots if someone could take some
post #25 of 59
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kramer5150
Do you know what the AC output is of that PS?

thanks,
Garrett
on the unit it dsays 15V 50hz.. u just cant see it in that photo
post #26 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by augustwest
Hugz -

Thanks for the write-up! I always see all these new Chinese amps & other audio products, and always wonder if they are worth while, or not. It seems from your review that this one is a real value. I'll certainly be keeping my eye on the "Original Masters" CD players too.

Do you happen to have a link their web site? (hopefully an English version)

- augustwest
This is original's website: http://www.original-cd.com/
In USA their distributor seems to be: http://www.aaa-audio.com/ . Many people have bought from them and had good opinions and i think that was who was at the meet
In Australia: http://www.coemaudio.com.au/ is who i buy from. Good people also
Worldwide, i'm assuming that their parent company, http://www.coemaudio.com will be able to help you.
Cattylink may also sell stuff, but I wouldn't expect as positive experience with them
post #27 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vic
As I said earlier I thought the Original Master with the CD A8 was a magical combo, but I wonder how much was it due to the CD player. I find that the influence of the source is much more important than the amp.
The CD A8 has a dual output and I believe it was using the tubed output.

Has anybody heard this CD player in other configurations? I believe it sells for about $600, but not sure.

BTW thanks for the excellent review Hugz
Yeah I think an original master with a tubed input would be really nice. Like i said in my review, the amp is real good for the price but isn't perfect. However I suspect that having tubes in the chain would probably neutralise any problems

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iron_Dreamer
Sounds like an intriguing little amp. I'd also be interested in those nude shots if someone could take some
If I get the guts to open it up i'll be sure to post pictures. I may bring the unit over a friend's place today to compare it with some of his gear, so if we get bold then at least we'll have a digicam on hand! The parts list on one of the website's is reasonably good.. so the circuitry probably isn't junk

edit: thanks for the positive comments by the way. Doing a review can be a daunting experience when you've not got a history of it. I just wish i had more headphones to review it with
post #28 of 59
Anyone heard this with the K701, or perhaps alongside a Corda Aria?
post #29 of 59
I have ordered mine today and it should be here by the end of next week; it took a bit longer because I need a 240 version for UK.

Just curious to know if you have any new impressions. I believe three of you own this now.

I am also quite tempted by the CD A8T, the dual output CDP
post #30 of 59
I received my Original Master amp by mail five days ago and have been using it with the HD650. I have to say, I am totally blown away by this setup...for a total cost of around $550, I have entered sonic bliss (and I am only using a humble iPod as my source.) Unless the amp blows up in a week, I can't imagine that I will regret this purchase. I highly recommend this amp.

I also suspect the amp was "sounded" with the HD650, since that is the headphone that the US sales rep was using at his demo table at the national meet.
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