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post #16 of 361
I am hoping they will be able to attend CanJam '08.
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GLOW Amp One answers

Hi All: I am Patrick with GLOW AUDIO. One of you contacted me with some questions so I thought I'd answer here s well. First, we use the C-Media CM-102S 16 bit DAC mainly because it is tried and true, it is consistently reliable and it sounds excellent.

As for the Jasmine amp (or for that matter the TMS or Timester amps), yes there is an external similarity, but I assure you the GLOW amp is a completely differnt animal. GLOW searched all over China for someone who could make an affordable SE amp with the featrures we want... including poiont-to-point wiring and hand wound transformers. We spoke to Kenny Wu, maker of the TMS and Jasmine amps, because we liked those little amps. He agreed to make significant changes, and we even entered into an initial agreement with Kenny. But he had a falling out with his investor partner, who took control of the company, and we walked away because we had no confidence in the new management.

We retained another company to make the amps to our specs. But, we retained the basic footprint of the old Jasmine amp. I assure you, they are completely differnt inside. Consider this.. the GLOW Amp One is almost 50% heavier than the TMS or Jasmine, due to the hand made transformers and beefier components. Also, we don't use printed circuit boards.

These are very different amplifiers. By the way, I remain friends with Kenny Wu. He has gone on to design amplifiers for Tecon.

I'll try to attach an image of the point-to-point wiring, and you can see from that the quality of our product.

If any of you have any questions for us, contace me at info@glow-audio.com
Thnaks.
-patrick
www.glow-audio.com
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post #18 of 361

GLOW Amp One

Just a quick note, i posted photos in my previous post of the insides of the GLOW amp versus the Jasmin and Timester amp. NIght and day.

Keep in mindTimester is defunct, as is Jasmin I believe. You cannot get the manufacturer to provide service. We are a US based company (el paso Tx)and we are here to stay. We provide a full 30 day trial period and we stand by our 1 year full warranty.

I don't mean to knock those earlier efforts, they are pretty good little amps, and that is why we took the time to contact Kenny Wu, the designer. But we wanted to take it to the next level!

Regards,
-Patrick
www.glow-audio.com
post #19 of 361
Hello again, Patrick. Welcome to Head-Fi.

Tim
post #20 of 361
That's good information, thanks. Now the question is, who will try one
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post #22 of 361
I gonna have to give Patrick some marketing lessons. This little amp is a VERY attractive object. It needs to be seen:

Pearl...


Rasberry red...


Lemon yellow...


The little black amp...


Simply silver...


Will somebody try one and tell me they suck before I spend money?

Tim
post #23 of 361
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?

-M

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.
post #24 of 361
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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.
Jeez, you guys are a hard room.
post #25 of 361
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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post
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?

-M

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.
Patrick -

Perhaps you can shed some light on these questions since most, if not all, of us here would be interested in using the GLOW Amp One primarily as a headphone amp. Any thoughts as to how it sounds with Sennheiser HD650s or AKG K701s? I am rather smitten with this little amp and some clarification on these questions would help greatly.

Thanks,

JP
post #26 of 361
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
That's good information, thanks. Now the question is, who will try one
I sent them a PM to see if they would be willing to send me a test unit. If they do so I will be sending you and vorlon1 a PM.
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post #28 of 361
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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post
Jeez, you guys are a hard room.
Yeah, I thought that was a bit harsh, and I just didn't get this part:

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It certainly does not appear (from the pics) that this amp is as well made as the WooAudio 3,
Did the paint make it look cheap?

Tim
post #29 of 361
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.
post #30 of 361
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
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.
Fair enough. Still not sure what it is about the Woo that "looks" much better built, but fair enough.

Tim
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