All's well...sort of.
At least my security card still allowed me access into the office, and there wasn't a note asking me to clear out. Someone did print off the article and place it on my desk.
Got teased a bit. I'm sure there's more to follow.
Had to talk to the security sergeant about the box. He basically explained what had taken place just in case I wasn't aware, or had seen anything on TV or the Internet. It appears they were mere "minutes" from putting some sort of a "plug" or something and blowing it up. Thankfully, they didn't. He explained that the first cause for concern was the home-made nature of the box and the wires (I'm thinking it was the power cord) that they saw through an x-ray, as I don't believe the x-ray machine would have seen through the metal amp into the p2p wiring.
When I first saw the crate, I thought, "Wow, that's a big box!" But it's a relatively nice crate. Built well to protect the innards...
Here's where the "sort of" part comes in.
The amp itself appears fine and, what I thought were the tubes being tossed in the video was actually the power cord wrapped in bubble wrap. And, as Dennis has indicated in an earlier post, the tubes arrived safe and sound inside the transformer cover. So I pretty much figured everything was fine.
Figuring I was going to test out the amp at the office, I'd brought a pair of RCA cables, along with a headphone (K500). So I put the tubes in place, hooked up the CDP, and plugged in the power cord. The amp powered up just fine, and I turned up the volume knob to see if any sound would come out. A nice, comfortable listening volume was reached with the dial at about 12 o'clock. I was casually listening to a CD and, after a few minutes, shut the CDP off.
I then heard a grounding buzz coming from the headphones. The buzzing sound disappeared each time I touched the volume knob. I'm having a hard time figuring this one out, although in the back recesses of my memory, I recall having something like this happen in the past with some component. But unfortunately, I don't recall the component or, more importanly, whether it was something that was easily remedied.
So, disappointed (and assuming something got loose inside) I shut the amp down. I waited a minute and powered up again. It's been on for the last hour or so with no buzzing issues. It's now dead quiet when there's no music playing.
As for the amp, itself...man, this thing is big. Actually, it's HUGE! The body of the amp is the size of a really thick briefcase.
And the sound?
Very, very nice! I don't recall hearing a more "wrap-around-the-head" headstage from any of my other amps I've had in the past. This is one terrific sounding amplifier. Holy Cow! terrific, actually.
But the buzzing that I initially heard concerns me a bit. I'll try shutting it down in a while and powering it up later on to see if it comes back.
So if anyone has any clues as to what might have caused the problem, please chime in.