Originally Posted by oatmeal769
If it was powder coated, you'd know it. It's definitely a coating like a paint. I'll bet it's anodized to match the sides.
I think they should call it Darth Zana. Definitely cool looking!
I think Craig should coin that name, Darth Zana. I've been burning in my Darth for the last 2 weeks and enjoying it all the while. I tried 2 different NOS tubes during this time, a Valvo 6SL7GT 1957 vintage and a Sylvania VT-229. In my system, the Valvo was the hands down winner. It is well balanced from top to bottom. The midrange is so engaging...unbelieveable. This is with my HD800 with a Moon Audio Blue Dragon cable. The Sylvania tube's highs were more prominent and bright and not to my liking. I may like to try a Tung Sol 6SU7GTY or Brimar in the future but I'm very happy with the Valvo. Thanks Norspoon, I bought the Valvo after reading your posts.
After a bit of tweaking and burning in, my system is sounding so intoxicating. In addition to the Valvo tube rolling, the Blue Dragon HD800 cable has made a nice change by adding a bit more bass while leveling and opening the highs even more so than before without any brightness. The mids are even more transparent with this cable. I also tried switching out some spare ICs that I've collected over the years and I settled on the Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference (original version not MkII). Who said that the HD800s are analytical? I get lost in the music listening to them in my new system.