Sadly I have had to pack the TU882R amp so I can send it to Rob. This has been a very enjoyable experience and the most telling part is how good the amp sound specially the price for which it is sold.
I firmly believe that it should be easy to build a great sounding amp if it sells for over $2,000. By the same token it should be hard to build a great sounding amp for under $400 and thus why I am so impressed w/ this unit.
Skylab, I would love to build one and based on the instructions it should not be a very hard undertaking. However, I have very little free time. For example I have had a Graham Slee Novo Kit for about 3 months and I have not built it yet.
I hope you (Skylab) posts on your impressions w/ high impedance cans since I do not own any. Plus it will be good to read your impressions with the low impedance cans.
Victor, I had a great idea! Sure it is great because not only is mine but I could benefit from it! Yes I am shameless, anyways here it goes ... any chance you could send me an un-built kit and I build it w/ pictures! The idea of course is to help the novices out there! Sure it is.
As the said headphone, Senn HD650, seems to convey the power very effectively, it no longer has to be connected to high impedance. Connect it to low impedance and get the best sound out of it. Low distortion and high damping.
Nice review, Miguel. Funny to have looked for a review of this and to find that you wrote it (fellow Mapletree fan). I have a small stash of 5670W tubes and have been thinking of a little amp to try them.
After reading this thread, it came down to the AudioTailor Jade and the Elekit TU882AS. I liked the fact that the AT Jade has two headphone jacks to listen to. I like that it is more transparent. The Elekit, on the other hand, seems to counter with more tube magic.
Being new to head-fi.org, a little background is in order.
I have been a traditional two channel guy for almost 10 years and not a head phone guy. However, I find that I don't have as many chances to listen as I'd like. Therefore, I am in the process of selling my two channel system and getting a decent head phone rig.
Headphones I have to date are: Shure EC2 (essential for plane travel), Grado SR 60s (my first real head phones) and AKG 701s.
I will use the TU882AS with the following system.
Source: Logitech Duet ripped to FLAC
DAC: Electrocompaniet ECD-1 (left over from two channel system)
Digital Cable: Stereovox
Analog ICs: Signal Cable Silver Resolution
Getting the AKG 701 convinced me a head phone set up could satisfy my audio cravings and allow me to do it more often.
Thanks to every one on this thread and esp Skylab for doing some very good reviewing and comparing. More than the rankings, it's the comparisons (neutral, euphonic) etc that really help.