Looking for the Zero DAC and Little Dot amplifiers on eBay, I fell upon these,
Sweet-2 Mini Tube Amplifier W/ Tube Rectifier & USB DAC - eBay (item 300203830968 end time Mar-09-08 13:51:35 PDT)
Sweet-1 Mini Tube Amplifier W/ iPod Slot & USB DAC - eBay (item 300204184232 end time Mar-10-08 17:44:02 PDT)
I understand it's more than a Zero DAC or LD amp... Maybe a blend of both... Maybe more... But, maybe not...
Does anybody know these things? Is TNS a good company? Can we have a first feeling just looking at these amps?
Looking at the eBay listings, the first thing I noticed was an abundance of plastic. Who knows how much this impacts the unit. They are not showing us internals or even the sides.
The second thing I noticed was a lack of "proving it is a quality product" statements or testimonials and the like. There is a whole lot of nothing being said in those adds. Have they nothing to say about it? Also, why do they need to ship them to Canada for final QC before selling? That seems odd to me.
The third thing I noticed, was how it is a "all in one" solution. This means "generally" that all aspects of the unit have been cut back to keep the entire unit's costs low. No one area is worse, but no one area is better either. I wouldn't want to buy it just because they gave me enough stuff and features to warrant the price they are asking.
The last thing I noticed was the warranty. Forget about the tubes and look at the unit's warranty. One year, and YOU pay shipping both ways to Canada for your unit to be fixed. I don't like that part at all.
Every time I look at one of these adds, I get a feeling in my gut that says, "Run away!", "It's too good to be true!" It is just my uninformed opinion, but I'm sure others are having the same feeling too.