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post #6331 of 8727

Cleaning it properly and giving it a coat with zapon lacquer will keep it looking nice ;) 

post #6332 of 8727

Wow, your computer consumes 750W!

Bitcoin mining? :wink_face:

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Wow, your computer consumes 750W!

Bitcoin mining? :wink_face:

4k resolution gaming, so I actually tend to lose money over time this way.

post #6334 of 8727

My BHSE arrived last week and I've had a few nights of listening.  

 

It's hard to compare back to back, as I sold my previous electrostatic amp, a Woo WES, 1.5 years ago to prepare for the 'imminent' arrival of the BHSE.  I almost cannot believe it's actually here, in my media room, sitting on my custom-built shelf.

 

The quality is top top tier. I don't think you will find any better quality of components out there - from the way the switches feel to the look of the polished aluminum face plates.

 

A word of caution with the Stax jacks though - I managed to chip off a piece of the plastic insulating material off one of them, because I pulled the headphone cord down, and it put stress on the connector and broke off a piece.  I don't think it will affect it at all, and I will bond it back.  But just so you are aware, those connectors are quite fragile.

 

The sound quality?  I actually don't remember much about how the Woo WES sounded like since I haven't had it for 1.5 years, but I do remember the noise and hum-like sounds that the WES had.  The BHSE has nothing of the sort.  It's dead quiet with XLR inputs, and very quiet with RCA.  

 

(The WES is unusable with RCA inputs, by the way.  It's a flaw in the design and shouldn't even have unbalanced inputs.  The quality of the materials and fit and finish of the WES is incomparable to the BHSE.  The BHSE blows it away.  As a manufacturing engineer, I suspect the WES is actually made in China, even though Jack Woo markets it as made in the USA.  No way.)

 

In short, the BHSE is magnificent, and I highly commend Justin on pulling off a top-tier piece that compares favorably with the best there is anywhere.


Edited by Surge74 - 11/5/14 at 12:12pm
post #6335 of 8727

Do you have amphenol jacks or hombrewed headamp jacks (white ones) ?

 

Ali

post #6336 of 8727

They should be white teflon.

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I understood that Justin used a mix of black Amphenol and white Teflon. I would guess this chipped one is not Teflon as I could not imagine Teflon chipping due to its softness, whereas the black Amphenol would be much much harder and therefore could be chipped when exposed to directional forces it was not designed to withstand.
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A word of caution with the Stax jacks though - I managed to chip off a piece of the plastic insulating material off one of them, because I pulled the headphone cord down, and it put stress on the connector and broke off a piece.  I don't think it will affect it at all, and I will bond it back.  But just so you are aware, those connectors are quite fragile.

 

 

Had this happen to me once with an authentic Stax jack.  I don't know if Yamas still sells them but I got a replacement jack for $50.  Curious to know what jacks you have with your amp?

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They are black jacks.

I recall reading in this thread that Justin no longer uses Stax jacks, as they are not available?

I didn't apply a lot of force- I got up from my couch (the amp is above and behind me), and as I did so, the Stax cord got pulled down, and this put downward pressure on the jack.
post #6340 of 8727
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They are black jacks.

I recall reading in this thread that Justin no longer uses Stax jacks, as they are not available?

I didn't apply a lot of force- I got up from my couch (the amp is above and behind me), and as I did so, the Stax cord got pulled down, and this put downward pressure on the jack.

Stax doesn't sell their jacks, to try to discourage competition with amps. Justin ran out of his stock of them a while ago, current jacks are custom made just for him.

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Just want to be clear that it was entirely my fault.  Just letting you know to be careful with the Stax jacks on your new BHSE.  

I have now designed a 'strain relief' for the headphone cord, so that it will not put and undue force on the jack.

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Originally Posted by Surge74 View Post
 

Just want to be clear that it was entirely my fault.  Just letting you know to be careful with the Stax jacks on your new BHSE.  

I have now designed a 'strain relief' for the headphone cord, so that it will not put and undue force on the jack.

Pics?

post #6343 of 8727

Has anyone received their 230v unit yet?

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I hope not, else it would mean my 100V went through the cracks ...
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100 Volts only ? ... those tubes will never start glowing :biggrin:.

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