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post #31 of 2602
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
Saw a picture of this in another post. I WANT one now. But they are $80+$35 shipping from indeed on ebay. Is that what you guys were paying? There are a couple regular auctions but they are already around $30-40 with 3-5 days left, which means they will probably get up close to that $80 mark. A headfier said he got it for close to $30 and is very pleased with the sound. Are these worth $115?
Paid $38 + $12 shipping to the UK in an auction for mine. I saw a few go cheaper. It looks like they started hiking the cost up once they got more popular though. All in all, cost me just under £30. Cheaper than my CMOY and better sounding. Still very pleased.

Bought some metal mesh to cover the sides with since then though. I have a young baby in the house and it'll only be a few months before he starts getting curious.
post #32 of 2602
Kinda cool looking!

Anyone have impressions on how it works with the Senn HD580/600/650 family?

[edit: Every time I look at it, I want to get it more and more, just to see how it is. Damn, maybe if I can sell some of my other gear, I'll pick one up.]
post #33 of 2602
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Originally Posted by squid+ View Post
Kinda cool looking!

Anyone have impressions on how it works with the Senn HD580/600/650 family?

[edit: Every time I look at it, I want to get it more and more, just to see how it is. Damn, maybe if I can sell some of my other gear, I'll pick one up.]
I have one here playing with my Sen HD595, an open back headphone, which is 50ohm, sinc3 Bravo or Indeed amp is class A is able to handle the load with ease. Recommended.
post #34 of 2602

Sounds Good with HD580

Mine arrived yesterday, well packaged and in good shape. Been using it for about two hours with my Senn HD580s. Have to say I am really impressed. There is lots of detail, clarity, air, all that good stuff. The main thing is though that it has got the power to drive the HD580s. A lot of amps I have tried just do not have the necessary oomph (technical term) to get the best out of these headphones. This little amp grabs them by the scruff of the neck and makes them sing. I have the volume control at 8 0'clock and that is ample. I have read that these are not the last word in bass. To me the bass is all there, solid and kicking without being bloated. All in all a well balanced sound. I am now wondering if I still need my Little Dot II++.

One caviat, it does run very hot. The heatsinks on the transistors and regulators are too hot to touch, so I won't (touch them). I'll just enjoy the sounds and hope it is reliable.
post #35 of 2602
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Praise indeed. I have to say that since buying this thing I've been pressing the fast forward button a lot less in Foobar2000 and just listening to the music. I'm taking that as a good sign.
post #36 of 2602
I like the sounding of this little amp with the Shure SE530, the buzz is driving me crazy. Any member has any idea how to eliminate the buzzing.
post #37 of 2602
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Originally Posted by electra View Post
I like the sounding of this little with the Shure SE530, the buzz is driving me crazy. Any member has any idea how to eliminate the buzzing.
Try it with another headphone if the buzz is still there then there is something wrong with the unit, talk to the supplier on how to fix it.
post #38 of 2602
Hey guys, since this thread has come back up, I have some information.

Last night I ebay messaged the guy who sells these amps, asking when he's going to list some more for auction. He said that he'll start listing them again on the 15th of October, because the amps are undergoing some changes. He says it'll be worth the wait, but no information regarding the changes themselves. I'll try to find more info from him.
post #39 of 2602
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Originally Posted by squid+ View Post
Hey guys, since this thread has come back up, I have some information.

Last night I ebay messaged the guy who sells these amps, asking when he's going to list some more for auction. He said that he'll start listing them again on the 15th of October, because the amps are undergoing some changes. He says it'll be worth the wait, but no information regarding the changes themselves. I'll try to find more info from him.

Interesting. Perhaps worth waiting. I noticed there's another vendor who is currently selling these things though - indeed-hi-fi-lab. I don't know anything about them though.

I'm pretty tempted one way or another... Must... Resist...
post #40 of 2602
I had a problem with my amp - its noisey - so its gone back - and he said that the new amps will be out after the 15th.
post #41 of 2602
The description of the amp made my day

Q: This Amp has only 1 Tube, how can It amplifier stereo signal?
A: There are 2 triodes in this Tube (6N11), It's just like dual core CPU in your PC. So both channels were get amplifiered by the Tube.
post #42 of 2602
I just pulled the trigger on the upgraded version of this - it has a couple of upgraded capacitor (Rubycon - I don't know the fist thing about this, supposedly improves filtering noise & power stability and a Chemi-Con), an upgraded headphone socket, an alps pot, a better 3.5mm input and stronger RCA connectors. We'll see... It'll be my first valve amp. Fun.
post #43 of 2602
I just brought one of these as well, it was only £30 with shipping so if the sound is half decent I will be pleased. Can anyone who has heard one give me an idea of how it will compare to my Headroom ultra-micro amp and DAC (I know I probably should have asked that before I brought it!)
Mostly I am just hoping the fact that it is a tube amp will make it sound very different, as I really cant see it sounding better than my headroom gear.
post #44 of 2602
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Originally Posted by noparanoia View Post
I just brought one of these as well, it was only £30 with shipping so if the sound is half decent I will be pleased. Can anyone who has heard one give me an idea of how it will compare to my Headroom ultra-micro amp and DAC (I know I probably should have asked that before I brought it!)
Mostly I am just hoping the fact that it is a tube amp will make it sound very different, as I really cant see it sounding better than my headroom gear.
This amp will sound different to your Headroom amp for these reasons:

1. Higher distortion mainly 2nd harmonics, greater 0.1% and less than 1%(*)
at 1V output.It will worsen as tube ages. The higher dist. will give it a
tube sound.
2. Operates in Class A mode.

A combo of these 2 factors will give this amp a large sound stage and good imaging.

Enjoy your purchase.

* based on the tube supplied.My 6922 tube gives higher distortion! Yes I measured it.
post #45 of 2602
silly noob question since I'm new to amps, but what are the benefits (if any) of using RCA to mini interconnect as opposed to a mini to mini interconnect?
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