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post #121 of 2502
I've sent four emails in the past two weeks with no response. Pity, I was keen on getting one of these.
post #122 of 2502
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Originally Posted by xenithon View Post
I've sent four emails in the past two weeks with no response. Pity, I was keen on getting one of these.

There is one for sale on eBay right now.

MHDT Havana DAC on eBay

Do it... you know you want to.
post #123 of 2502
That is actually the manufacturers selling page for the havana I think. It does say seller: mhdt labs
post #124 of 2502
Yep, they have one listed as a bid, starting $799. I bought the other one that was listed using the live.com discount, so $200 off the havana for me
post #125 of 2502
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Originally Posted by Ricey20 View Post
Yep, they have one listed as a bid, starting $799. I bought the other one that was listed using the live.com discount, so $200 off the havana for me
Nothing wrong with that!
post #126 of 2502
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
That is actually the manufacturers selling page for the havana I think. It does say seller: mhdt labs

Yes, it is.
post #127 of 2502
A new review here of the Havana DAC, done by the same guy who reviewed the other MHDT DACs.
post #128 of 2502
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Originally Posted by tk3 View Post
A new review here of the Havana DAC, done by the same guy who reviewed the other MHDT DACs.
Thanks for that link.

That's the guy who first got me hot and bothered about the Paradisea.

I agree with his comments completely.

Especially the improved low level resolution of the Havana, which is quite striking compared to the Paradisea.

Also, as I've posted before ... Havana does indeed have a noticeably better soundstage and the detail is far better ...
post #129 of 2502
Gotta say, MHDT service is good (as well as a bit weird). I bought the Havana from ebay on the 23rd but paid by e-check and it wasn't going to clear until today and guess what was delivered today? lol they weren't kidding when someone said you'll find an unexpected package soon after you give a big hint your going to buy
post #130 of 2502
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Originally Posted by Ricey20 View Post
Gotta say, MHDT service is good (as well as a bit weird). I bought the Havana from ebay on the 23rd but paid by e-check and it wasn't going to clear until today and guess what was delivered? lol
Congrats!!
post #131 of 2502
Has anyone here tried/heard the havana with a stax rig?
post #132 of 2502
mine is coming up and I'm gonna be using it with a stax 2050
post #133 of 2502
Im using the Havana with my T1/O2 MK1s. All I can say is wow, it sounds much different than my Cary 306. Voices especially sound incredibly natural. My Havana isn't anywhere near being burned in yet, but it sounds VERY nice. Its also a lot smaller than I thought it would be, I'd actually label it "Cute" looking lol. Its actually quite detailed where I thought one of NOS dacs weaknesses were detail. Soundstage sounds quite expansive as well. I need to let it burn in some more though, maybe get a better tube since I hear the GE 5670 isn't exactly the greatest. I might add, the synergy with the O2s is very good, I think better than my Cary. The Cary does sound quite digital, especially after listening to the Havana, so now the music sounds a lot fuller and natural and works well with the O2 (some things through the Cary sound incredibly dry with the O2).

Edit: Man I just cannot get over how enthralling female vocals are through this tiny thing. Oh and piano and violin sound very natural. Its hard to mimic its real tone and stuff but I think the Havana does an excellent job. So what are good tubes for the Havana? I heard the Bendix 6385 was the best but incredibly hard to find and Sylv gold pins stink Any other good choices?
post #134 of 2502
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Originally Posted by Ricey20 View Post
Im using the Havana with my T1/O2 MK1s. All I can say is wow, it sounds much different than my Cary 306. Voices especially sound incredibly natural. My Havana isn't anywhere near being burned in yet, but it sounds VERY nice. Its also a lot smaller than I thought it would be, I'd actually label it "Cute" looking lol. Its actually quite detailed where I thought one of NOS dacs weaknesses were detail. Soundstage sounds quite expansive as well. I need to let it burn in some more though, maybe get a better tube since I hear the GE 5670 isn't exactly the greatest. I might add, the synergy with the O2s is very good, I think better than my Cary. The Cary does sound quite digital, especially after listening to the Havana, so now the music sounds a lot fuller and natural and works well with the O2 (some things through the Cary sound incredibly dry with the O2).

Edit: Man I just cannot get over how enthralling female vocals are through this tiny thing. Oh and piano and violin sound very natural. Its hard to mimic its real tone and stuff but I think the Havana does an excellent job. So what are good tubes for the Havana? I heard the Bendix 6385 was the best but incredibly hard to find and Sylv gold pins stink Any other good choices?
My personal opinion on tubes?

bendix 6385
bendix 2C51
western electric 396A

In that order.

Glad your digging it.

Tis a wonderful bit of hardware to be sure.

post #135 of 2502
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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post
My personal opinion on tubes?

bendix 6385
bendix 2C51
western electric 396A
Tube rolling definitely matters less for the Havana compared to the Paradisea. But to my ears the Bendix 6385 is also the best sounding one.
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