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I wonder how a pair of AD797's or the AD8397 would sound? I have often found the 4562 to be a little HiFi sounding but it is also in the implementation so I am glad it sounds good in this setup. In looking at the board it sure appears you are getting very much for your money. This is more like a low wholesale price. I have seen amps in China selling for 40 dollars and have no idea, even with their low wages and living cost, how they do it. My friends in China just say, "this is China, we can make thing cheap". I bought a soldering iron there that I still favor using over everything else I have. The cost, $2.25 and tips were 25 cents and the first one is still going strong (much better than my Weller tips that cost 6 dollars or more.

Has anyone compared this to headamps costing much more?
I think the Zero is still too new to HeadFi just yet. Hopefully, that will change soon. You are right, the quality of components is fantastic for the price. Opamp changes are immediately revealing, so I would bet the impressions of different Opamps from other reviews would be mirrored in the Zero. Maybe you should also "take one for the team?" It is a great unit to have around!
I keep finding myself listening too it and enjoying it, when I could have listened to something else. Have a good one!!
post #47 of 9354
where is the Zero avilibale to buy? not on ebay anymore..
post #48 of 9354
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where is the Zero avilibale to buy? not on ebay anymore..
Here is the email address of the seller I bought mine from: lawrencechanbig@msn.com You could ask him when more will be available.
post #49 of 9354
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Here is the email address of the seller I bought mine from: lawrencechanbig@msn.com You could ask him when more will be available.
I emailed him. We'll see what he says!
post #50 of 9354
I have been following this thread from the beginning and have decided to jump in, bite the bullit and get the whole enchilada. I also emailed Lawrence and requested info about purchasing.

Got his email response back already (very fast!) at 11:41 P.M. CST and sent my payment via PP. He will email me when he ships it to me.

Merry Christmas to me!
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I have been following this thread from the beginning and have decided to jump in, bite the bullit and get the whole enchilada. I also emailed Lawrence and requested info about purchasing.

Got his email response back already (very fast!) at 11:41 P.M. CST and sent my payment via PP. He will email me when he ships it to me.

Merry Christmas to me!
Exact same thing here. He emailed me back within 20 minutes. Paypal is sent and now I'm just waiting for it to ship.
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I have been following this thread from the beginning and have decided to jump in, bite the bullit and get the whole enchilada. I also emailed Lawrence and requested info about purchasing.

Got his email response back already (very fast!) at 11:41 P.M. CST and sent my payment via PP. He will email me when he ships it to me.

Merry Christmas to me!
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Exact same thing here. He emailed me back within 20 minutes. Paypal is sent and now I'm just waiting for it to ship.
Yes indeed, Merry Christmas to you both! As I'm typing this, my notebook is feeding the Zero via optical, I have my Senn HD-650s plugged into the Zero, and I'm listening to some old RUSH, "Subdivisions" from the Signals album. Sweet!
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Yes indeed, Merry Christmas to you both! As I'm typing this, my notebook is feeding the Zero via optical, I have my Senn HD-650s plugged into the Zero, and I'm listening to some old RUSH, "Subdivisions" from the Signals album. Sweet!
Thanks! I emailed back about shipping and his response was about 10 days followed by "it have a power upgrade recently and delay the shipping progress." I wonder what's changing.
post #54 of 9354
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Thanks! I emailed back about shipping and his response was about 10 days followed by "it have a power upgrade recently and delay the shipping progress." I wonder what's changing.
Someone posted the other day that they decided to upgrade the toroide transformer (the big round plastic wrapped item in the pics) to a better one and this was the delay in shipping them out. Which means you both will get an even better unit than mine!
post #55 of 9354
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Thanks! I emailed back about shipping and his response was about 10 days followed by "it have a power upgrade recently and delay the shipping progress." I wonder what's changing.
How much is he charging you guys? I found this BIN auction on ebay that seems to be the same seller as Penchum's.

Since I just picked up a pair of D2000 & not happy with my current amp, think I might pull the trigger on this unit.
post #56 of 9354
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How much is he charging you guys? I found this BIN auction on ebay that seems to be the same seller as Penchum's.

Since I just picked up a pair of D2000 & not happy with my current amp, think I might pull the trigger on this unit.
Fantastic! More at $139. Wish I needed a second one!
post #57 of 9354
I paid $179 shipping included ($139 + $40). The seller in your link is not the same seller that Penchum mentioned. That would be Biglawhk (Lawrence) whose email was provided above (lawrencechanbig@msn.com).

The seller in your link (snow48_6) appears to be selling the exact same unit for 1 cent less shipping ($39.99) and is also from Hong Kong.
post #58 of 9354
Do you know if this is the latest version with the larger toroidal transformer?
post #59 of 9354
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Originally Posted by edguetzow View Post
I paid $179 shipping included ($139 + $40). The seller in your link is not the same seller that Penchum mentioned. That would be Biglawhk (Lawrence) whose email was provided above (lawrencechanbig@msn.com).

The seller in your link (snow48_6) appears to be selling the exact same unit for 1 cent less shipping ($39.99) and is also from Hong Kong.
Ah...well Idunno, I just put 140183988497 in ebay search and snow's name came up. But anyway, I'll shoot Lawrence an email, maybe I can get my friend from HK to help me haggle a little in Cantonese (I doubt it, but a good price like this, how can I complain )
post #60 of 9354
I don't know for sure as I didn't get a detailed email explanation from Lawrence when I ordered. I initially asked him if he still had any units to sell and if not when he would sell again. He responded that he could send me a unit for the $179. No mention of the toroidal upgrade to me nor a time frame.

I think I will email him and ask for about this concering my order and post what I find out.
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