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post #571 of 1887
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Originally Posted by Godkin View Post
Don't know if anyone has heard about this yet, but DARKVOICE has launched a new headphone amp - the FIGARO. Again, it's a tube design, with a compliment of two 6F3s. It retails around $190. Here's some pics.







Personally, I think it's a pretty little thing, and considering DV's pedigree it should sound good too.
FOR EVERYONE'S INFORMATION

I CLICKED ON THE BLACK FIGARO AND GOT A NORTON VIRUS ALERT. BLOODHOUND.EXPLOIT.109, WHICH WOULDN'T ALLOW NORTON TO ACCESS OR FIX .....

THE LOG LISTED IT THIS WAY: Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\BKYDDVIB\movie[1].qtl AND MVKE59MI\movie[1].qtl


I WAS NOT ABLE TO CLOSE THE WINDOW AND HAD TO SHUT DOWN IE BECAUSE FIGARO.EXE WOULDN'T CLOSE.

I'M SCANNING WITH NORTON AND AVG AND WILL MANUALLY REMOVE IT FROM THE TEMP FILES IF ACCESS IS STILL DENIED....
post #572 of 1887
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Originally Posted by Kataklystik View Post
A new 332? Mine will arrive in a few days and when I think that the new one could be better this just makes me feel like...don't like that idea at all.

ghiberti where did you get this info from? Jasmine himself told me "I have ask the factory,they told me there is no new version 332 amp."
I got the same response back from an AD in China; I even call the factory and asked 'the man' and got the same response too - no new 332.

not ruling out the possibility that they have all conspired to pull my leg
post #573 of 1887
The two-volume control model is the 337, isn't it?
post #574 of 1887
Today I got a call, there was someone telling me that I have to pay custom duties to get the amp..this would be around 60€(something like 20% of the price). I think this is really sucks. Did you all have to pay custom duty too?
post #575 of 1887
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
The two-volume control model is the 337, isn't it?
that would bother the hell out of me, because where 337 fails is not in sound but in level matching! Maybe if you put 2 DACT there, but it would be a $300 upgrade just for the parts.
post #576 of 1887
I didn't have to pay customs charges - but I live in the UK.
post #577 of 1887
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Originally Posted by bOUddha View Post
meloman-

Don't be surprised if those Hytron 6AK5s hum a bit when you first light'em up. It goes away completely in about twenty minutes though.

I'm curious as to your success with the ef95s...while my generic Russian 6S19P-Vs are a step up from the OEMs, they initially provided noticeably less bass ooomph. Now they seem fine, but I wonder about the comparison to the Svetlanas and Ulyanovsks...I seem to have plenty spares of the inexpensive variety! (wink-wink nudge-nudge)
bOUddha, Thanks a lot for your response! Apologies for not getting back to you earlier but I have been abroad for almost 2 weeks. In the mean time, the Hytrons have arrived and they do hum indeed. Very glad to hear that this does disappear within some time. The Ylyanovsks haven't found their way to my amp yet BUT I found a small paper in the mail saying that 'some package' has arrived. I'll be back with more impressions when I get the tubes. Thanks for your comments on the Hytrons.
post #578 of 1887
Kataklystik, I paid 25 € custom duties here (Belgium). Even at this higher cost I am very happy with the kit!!!
post #579 of 1887
Yeah I'm very satisfied too, btw Jasmine refunded me 30€ so total price incl customs duties was 350€. I think thats OK considering that this amp still has a good value compared to other amps because it is made in china.
Edit: I took a pic of my Darkvoice 332+K701 combo. I really love it!

post #580 of 1887

Lessons Learned!!!

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Originally Posted by Gradofan2 View Post
Well... it arrived about 5 days (including the weekend) after it was shipped.

Communications and shipment tracking were fine, package arrived unmolested, and the amp is... indeed beautiful.

And... the price was great at $390 shipped to my door from this eBay vendor... "3c-store."

So... "what's not to like?"

Except for... despite the fact that I specified the 110 volt US version (and they shipped it to the US with only 110 volt service), yet they sent me the 240 volt version! What total incompetence and lack of QC over their distribution processes!

I've notified them of their error, and requested that they air express for overnight delivery, the correct 110 volt US version I ordered (at their cost), as well as send me a prepaid shipping label to return the incorrect amp. I've also advised them that if the issue is not resolved by 8/23/07 (tomorrow), I'll file my claim with eBay / PayPal for a full refund, and will not return their amp, until they send me the prepaid shipping label.

We'll see how they respond.

I'll keep you informed.

But... until then... my suggestion to anyone thinking of "saving a few bucks" by purchasing from "3c-store" on eBay is to - just don't do it for now! Buy from Casque HiFi, or Jasmine HiFi, or some other proven vendor, who has a proven track record.

"Caveat emptor."
Some lessons learned from my experience noted above...

1. Do Not Buy from "3c-store" on eBay - no matter what a few others have experienced - they do not honor their warranty / guarantee!

2. Do Not Rely on PayPal to honor their "Buyer Protection Plan," or to assist in resolving such matters - they won't!

3. Do Not Rely on eBay to honor their "Buyer Protection Plan," or to assist in resolving such matters - they won't!

4. DO NOT PAY THE VENDOR VIA SEPARATE PAYPAL INVOICE HE MAY SEND YOU - DO MAKE ALL SUCH PAYMENTS VIA THE PAYPAL LINK PROVIDED ON THE EBAY PAGE CONFIRMING YOUR PURCHASE - TO OBTAIN PAYPAL'S "BUYER PROTECTION PLAN" COVERAGE (although I'm sure they've got "a number of other clauses" in their agreement that will preclude coverage).

5. DO MAKE ALL SUCH PURCHASES WITH A MASTERCARD OR VISA ACCOUNT WHICH GUARANTEES BUYER SATISFACTION, AND PROTECTS AGAINST FRAUD, AND WILL REFUND YOUR MONEY - THEY WILL!!!

6. DO NOT TAKE COMFORT IN GOOD FEEDBACK FOR 3C-STORE EITHER ON EBAY, OR HEADFI - YOU ARE STILL VULNERABLE!

In fact... it's probably better to just avoid international purchases from small, unknown vendors altogether... if you wan't to avoid the difficulties of resolving such issues.

3c-Store sent me the 240 volt version of the amp, despite confirming it was the 110 volt version - and then would not pay the $80 shipping cost for me to return the amp for replacement with a 110 volt version.

They did the same thing to a member in the UK, but that member saw my post before he received his amp, and refused to accept his shipment from 3c-Store - thereby avoiding these issues with this vendor. I assume he will eventually receive the correct amp, or a refund... but, you can't be sure with this vendor.

I asked PayPal to resolve the matter, or refund my money, via their so-called "Buyer Protection Plan." They promptly informed me that I "had no protection" from their so-called "Buyer Protection Plan." They made clear... that "small print on page 27 of their agreement" explains that the buyer is only protected... IF... they click on the link on the eBay site to PayPal and pay via that link.

3c-Store, very cleverly directs its buyers to pay only via a separate invoice they will send to the buyer - which excludes the buyer from receiving PayPal's "Buyer Protection Plan."

I asked eBay to resolve the matter, or refund my money - and they informed me they provide no protection to buyers... that is provided only by PayPal. The most they would do is provide me links to various consumer fraud sites to report the vendor.

On the other hand... Mastercard... does have an effective process for resolving such matters... and will refund the buyer's money... if the buyer provides the documentation supporting their claim - in this case a fraudulent merchant. Fortunately, I had "reems" of supporting emails - and they have refunded my money, and presumably have charged back 3c-Store.

The only issue remaining is... I still have an amp, which is really 3c-Store's amp... but, for which they refuse to send me the money to pay for the return shipment. No problem... I'm enjoying it... until they do!

"Caveat Emptor!"
post #581 of 1887
meloman-

Bad news. I acquired some of the Western Electric 403-Bs a couple of weeks ago... THAT's what I was looking for! I now have five more coming.
post #582 of 1887
Yes, that _is_ bad news indeed...

The Hytrons have been in use for just a day and humming has gone away entirely. Shall to the same with a second pair I ordered.

I picked up the Ulyanovsks from the post office today, plugged them in and there's no hum at all. Here too, I ordered 4 so there's 2 more to be tested.

I finally also received a matched pair of Tektonix Inc(that's what it says on the box) GE EF95's.

When all these have reached break-in time, comparisons can start. Shall post my findings here later.
post #583 of 1887
can 332i drive 16ohm earphone like PK2? the spec said
output impedance : 32-600 ohm
post #584 of 1887
Yes, the 332 could drive the 16ohm ear-phones, but, to be honest, the 332 works best with higher impedance cans, like Sennheisers and Beyers.
post #585 of 1887
any more info about the next version of the 332?
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