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post #76 of 482
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Added Musical Paradise MP-301.
post #77 of 482
Great job, Skylab on the reviews. Is there (or was) a review on the DV 336SE?

Give this man a TIGER
post #78 of 482
The Decware Zen Select CSP-2 doesn't cost 695$ any more. New price 795.00$ Will that affect its rank, or are they ranked after sound quality alone?

Thanks for your reviews
post #79 of 482
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Originally Posted by greenarrow View Post
Great job, Skylab on the reviews. Is there (or was) a review on the DV 336SE?
Thanks! No, I never actually did a formal review on the DV336SE.

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The Decware Zen Select CSP-2 doesn't cost 695$ any more. New price 795.00$ Will that affect its rank, or are they ranked after sound quality alone?

Thanks for your reviews
My pleasure The change in price does not effect the rank of the CSP-2 - the rankings are based just on sound quality.
post #80 of 482
Maybe you should rank them on a scale of 100 with #1 being 100 so we can get a relative feel of how good they're from each other IYO of course.

Any thought?
post #81 of 482
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Sorry, but that's just more specific than one can be about this sort of thing. IMO, it doesn't work that way, because there aretoo many variables - especially with tube amps. What tubes, headphones, music, etc. - I was hesitant enough to rank them at all.
post #82 of 482

Advice about Musical Paradise MP301 vs Ming-Da MC-84

Hi Skylab, I thought I'd ask for your advice since you seem to have heard most of the amps I like. I'm still in the market for a (low- to mid-end) tube amp of the warm, tubey, meaty and generally 'euphonic' variety. I would not spend more than $500 on it, hopefully around 300 (the main amp will have the more serious 'pro sound').

The two amps I have recently read about that seem to fit the bill are the Musical Paradise MP301 and the Ming-Da MC-84C. The first seems more fun and coloured, the second more transparent and balanced while still on the classical 'tubey' side. Both have a very good performance/price ratio.

However I would like to hear your opinions on the differences between the two, regarding detail, dynamics, definition etc. as well as their particular signatures, including the degree of 'tubeyness'.
Also if there is any other amp you might recommend, fitting the 'musical' profile and with a high performance/price ratio.

Thanks
post #83 of 482
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Those 2 amps are definitely strong contenders given what you indicate as your proclivities. I don't have time at the moment for a detailed comparison, but the Ming-Da is better in terms of detail, dynamics, and definition. That really isn;t what the MP-301 gives you. The Ming Da is the better amp, but well tubed it will cost you $400, versus the $250 for the MP-301 well-tubed. You pays your money, and you takes your choice. The MP301 is also the better choice for low-impedance headphones.
post #84 of 482
Thanks for your help. If you remember any other interesting details, I will not buy any of them for another 2-3 weeks. The thing is all my amps already are / will be warm to some degree. So in this case I'm also very interested in the amp's "character", it has to be 'something different' as well as sound reasonably good to a trained ear to justify another purchase
post #85 of 482
great review.

Skylab, if you like you review RSA Raptor, I can send it to you since I've not used it for a while now.
post #86 of 482
You HAVE to take the generous offer Skylab!

On the other hand, I have a DAC (Keces DA131.1) lying around, would you be interested in doing a review for this mid/lo fi DAC?
post #87 of 482
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great review.

Skylab, if you like you review RSA Raptor, I can send it to you since I've not used it for a while now.
Thanks VERY kindly, but I will pass, since Ray has been kind enough to offer to loan me an A-10 to review

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You HAVE to take the generous offer Skylab!

On the other hand, I have a DAC (Keces DA131.1) lying around, would you be interested in doing a review for this mid/lo fi DAC?
Thank you as well, but I will pass on that too. I have a Carat-Topaz DAC on the review bench now, and I already have 3 amps in the cue behind it. So my dance card is pretty full at the moment
post #88 of 482
Skylab, did Xiangsheng agree to send you any of their products for review? I doubt it.

Btw, I agree with an earlier post that without one or two of Little Dot's tube headphone amps on the list, the list is missing one of the big players in this category.
post #89 of 482
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Skylab, did Xiangsheng agree to send you any of their products for review? I doubt it.

Btw, I agree with an earlier post that without one or two of Little Dot's tube headphone amps on the list, the list is missing one of the big players in this category.
I did get a PM from Xiangsheng offering a review, and I replied, but no confirmation yet. So I am hopeful, but not a done deal.

As for Little Dot, I'd be happy to review one of their amps, but I am not going to buy one just to review it
post #90 of 482
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Dear Head-fiers:

I have done some extensive comparisons lately between the Decware CSP-2, Darkvoice 337, and the Singlepower Extreme, just for my own edification. I have decided, following these, that a re-ranking was in order. The Decware CSP-2, with Amperex 6DJ8's and the Sophia Princess 274b, outperforms the DV 337. It is also quieter - in fact, it is the quietest tube amp I own. It also does better with lower-impedance headphones than the DV337 does, although the 337 itself is better in that regard than most OTL tube amps.

I also think the CSP-2 is very nearly as good, if not as good, as the Singlepower Extreme.

Given that it is very questionable if the Singlepower amps are available for sale (and even if they were ordering one would be a very risky venture indeed, it seems), the Decware would be my go-to amp in the $1000-ish price range (although I have never heard the Woo 2 or 6 outside of meets).
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