I am hoping they will be able to attend CanJam '08.
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3/15/08 at 12:33pm
Indeed, Miguel, it looks VERY similar to that amp, which IIRC was less than half the price. I actually just picked one of those Jasmine amps up used for my Dad for like $150. It's fine, but nothing special.
It certainly does not appear (from the pics) that this amp is as well made as the WooAudio 3, and it's considerably more expensive than some LD amps, the Darkvoice 336i, and the Eddie Current Lunchbox II. In fact, it's only $90 less than the excellent sounding Ming Da MC 84C07, which has tube rectification, and is much nicer looking and extremely well made.
Yes, it includes a USB DAC, but unless that was really important, I'd be very wary that this is just a new faceplate on an older design that was kind of mediocre.
Damn, those look nice. I wonder if these are serious headphone amps, or mainly intended as speaker amps with a headphone jack thrown in as an afterthought? Will they drive a 25ohm headphone like a Denon?
I wonder what the skinny is on Amp 2?
PS: I think they have a 30 day trial. At least I know audiomagus.com does, and they sell these. Seems like a pretty safe bet. This might be just the way to satisfy a tube headphone jones without breaking the bank.
|It certainly does not appear (from the pics) that this amp is as well made as the WooAudio 3,|
I guess what I was reacting to that it *appeared* that this amp was a re-hash of an older, mediocre, and much cheaper amp that was given a slightly different faceplate and was being sold at a higher price. According to the maker (as posted above), while they are very similar on the exterior, they are totally different inside, which makes them worthy of consideration anew to be sure, although I still think the similarly priced WooAudio3 looks much better built. But the proof will be in the listening, of course.