hi guys , I took delivery of the 339.. it was suppose to come in Wednesday but it came Monday night..I'll take pics later..
I'm not much of an audiophile with golden ears, and even lesser of a reviewer..I just look for ways to enjoy music more.
all I can say is I'm very impressed and this has it all over my bottlehead crack speedball as far as looks/build are concerned.
I listened for some time using stock tubes with the hd650, through a havana dac and could tell the amp had a lot of potential.
Then next day I swapped tubes to some NOS Chatham 2399 and RCA red 5693 input tubes. Things got much better.
The next day I swapped out the hd650, for my the hifiman he500 , oh man oh man jeez louise, that is the ticket I kept asking myself what
more can you ask for than this. Then I thought this amp hasn't even broken in yet also I I'm listening to 320kbs streaming on spotify
havent even listen to FLAC files yet..
LIke I said Im no writer so let me summarize like this, this amp has kept me till 2am, the straight 3 nights.
I find myself listening to entire songs , I'm not listening to "snippets" I love this F'n thing!!
The only thing I want to change is the metal input tube, I rather have glass. anyone know a source for the Tung Sol mesh plate input tubes?
The HE-500 with that pairing will make you wonder if you even really need the HD650 after a while... unless of course, you have comfort issues with the HE-500.
He'll want to keep the 650's with his Speedball....