The 2 L marks is clearly not.
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The 2 L marks is clearly not.
Mine came from the official distributor packed in a hardcase black box with foam cutout, a manual (of sorts) and the cables and connector packed in plastic baggies. The 2 labels of the wiring indicating 'L' is of course not normal but unfortunately it doesn't surprise me. Sound quality is great but design and 'details' like that, well....
If they didn't come with the manual or in the hardcase box or if ANYTHING seems off, I'd return them presto. Did you purchase directly from Amazon or from an official distributor with an Amazon shop? If the former, take care. I don't know where they get all of their stuff but last year I purchased DVD's from them that turned out to be pirated. I filed a complaint with authorities and the copyright holder joined, end result was that it took me 8 months to get my cash back (ok, plus a box with other dvd's from the copyright holder ;-)
I'm gonna stay up with you late in a sign of solidarity...
The remote for this preamp sure is hefty. I'm pretty sure I can bludgeon someone to death with it. And for some reason I received one with 4 feet as the default is 3 feet.
The first thing I immediately noticed is an increase in definition. Everything is just crisper. It's like stale potato chips compare to freshly opened. Becomes more apparent as you keep listening. The other thing I'm noticing is the separation of the music; I can pinpoint other band members during a chorus. It's like everything has it's own individual place in the very 3-dimensional space. This helped a lot with the mids as it seems more put together. I have a hard time describing it, but the mids are just better.
I'm noticing another extra bit of magic. Music seems to have extra presence. There's more immersion and the bass has more texture. There's this resonance that didn't exist until now.
For the first minute, I almost though the upgrade was minute, but it's more apparent as I keep listening. Overall, the upgrade is still subtle but could not achieved otherwise.
The decision was between this preamp and an OR5. I think I got a bit more performance than with an OR5. Not a bad decision at all.
Would you kindly describe each of the five pieces shown? At the very top I see a slim unit and a power supply (I believe) underneath. Is this the new Pre? Lower down, I see a twin stack of audio-goodness.... isn't that what "gd" stands for? I forgot what Kingwa said when he was asked once upon a time. And at the bottom, is that the Krell or is it out of the pix and that's a power conditioner instead?
Poor vision prompted these questions.... BIG thanks for your patience!
O. Now we're straight!
I am thinking of going down the DIY route for my next amp for my HE-6. Has anyone tried a few of the First Watt amps? I'm thinking of either the F1J or the F5 - which do you think would be a better match for my HE-6? I do like my quality bass.
I know there is webpage talking about all the First Watt amps but would like to know the differences when driving the HE-6 - Thanks
Our community (the HE-6 thread) has both. Brunk builds F5 for others I have a F1J but it's not DIY. I don't think no one has heard them side by side as of yet. However, I do know both are great amps. Hell they was designed by Pappa himself.
Heck - go the mono block F4 route. That would be very interesting..