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What should I get from China?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I contacted my Chinese friend who works as a buyer of industrial goods. Turns out she can get me a substantial discount on many Chinese brands. I'm in the market for a headphone amp up to 300 bucks - got any suggestions? The more powerful the better, I have a 600 ohm K240.
post #2 of 14
The Cayin H1-A1 is quite nice.
post #3 of 14
I enjoy a Ming Da MC84c07 with both my Modded k340, and Beyer dt990/600ohm. ........of course (as with most amps these days - you will want to replace tubes with NOS tubes). I use orig. Mullard EL84 with this amp, a Amperex 6HU6, and pair of Raytheon 5751/windmills (Skylab prefers Mullard here). While not really germaine, this Ming Da is physically beautiful - a work of art. The only point that may be off-putting to you - it only costs $385 in USA. I should also mention that base cost is only part of the equation. You can expect shipping from China will end up being costly for only one or two pieces.
..........just like I learned shipping a case or two of wine from Europe. Shipping cost equaled the cost of the wine.
post #4 of 14
The Ming Da MC84c07 is a very nice amp and will be a great match with your 600 ohm K240.
post #5 of 14
Your K240 are the only hps that will benefit from a powerful amp. The other two don't need as much power and won't scale as well. A DAC on the other hand will benefit everything you use with it.

You need to see what the savings are compared to the US market price. You might be able to get a $600 US amp for $300 US there. As mentioned, you are going to eat some of the savings in shipping though. That is unless your buyer can have it shipped in other equipment, then re-shipped once in the states.
post #6 of 14
The Audio Tailor Jade works quite well with high impedance cans. My 600 ohm Beyers are a great match for it. He may still be selling it for $300 including shipping. One of the better values out there.
post #7 of 14
I'm heading out to China in two weeks. Do you guys know of good Hi-Fi shops in Beijing or Xian'?

-JC
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Great suggestion on the ming-da, that looks like the one for me. But i read that it doesnt work well with low-impedence headphones. What would happen if I used it with my Sr-225? would something explode?
post #9 of 14
I also recommend the ming da. It drives 600ohm cans with ease, and sounds absolutely great doing it. I like it better than the cayin h1 a1. It's also a lot cheaper than the cayin.
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Originally Posted by tvrboy View Post
Great suggestion on the ming-da, that looks like the one for me. But i read that it doesnt work well with low-impedence headphones. What would happen if I used it with my Sr-225? would something explode?
LOL, no, it won't explode. But you could get an unacceptable level of hum, and they might not sound their best.

With the Ming-Da there is zero hum with my 600 ohm Beyers, but there is a just barely noricable hum with my 80 ohm Beyers. With the 70 ohm JVC;s, the hum is enough to be bothersome.
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Originally Posted by darkvoice2003 View Post
Of course, darkvoice
But not Jade , Can save nothing even buy in China.
post #12 of 14
I would be disinclined to use a home amp for the 225's (if they really require amping) - the qualities of those are far different that your k240. I'd be looking at......let's say a Pico for the 225's. I say that because Pico works very nicely with my RS-1's.......there certainly are other choices that may be better for that particular model. Don't look for one amp to cover all bases........it really is a matter of matching amp to 'phones. If you insist on one amp for all - your choice becomes an amp with the OTL feature...............but, you asked about an amp for your k240.
You really must do some thinking about what you want portably for a complete setup, and ditto for home eg. I use top Grado models and Darths at home (building system(s) around them).........portable - I use HD25-13, and Klipsch x10, building setups that suit them. All are different.
post #13 of 14
Ming DA be pretty cool. Although Pacific Valve already has them half off for $300, I keep checking it out everyday this week, haha!

Price very tempting: http://www.pacificvalve.us/MDMC84C07.html

Interior is pretty, very neat and clean compared to SinglePower, hehe

post #14 of 14
I heard the best Chinese tube HP AMP is a DIY product, made by Mr. Ye Li, who used to work for Beijing Public Library before retirement. The AMP is called TA8PR.




The 8PR in pictures might not have the original tubes. Mr. Ye designed and built TA8P series AMP, 8PR is one of them. But I doubt you can get one, because Mr. Ye is not interested in selling AMPs for money. He builds his AMPs only for the right person, at least, this is consensus among several Chinese audiophile forums. But you can ask your friend to try ... I know lots of Chinese guys are begging for one ... The price of 8PR is around 5K RMB, if you are lucky enough to see one in the market.
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