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Edited by austonia - 1/16/15 at 2:36pm
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Same type of stand. My wife's "fashion cans". These are felt covered.

 

 

You're among friends here.  No need to fib us to let us know that these are your wife's headphones.   Please feel free to be open an honest among us.  :D

 

In all seriousness, the work looks excellent.  I'm sure she loves them.

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$50 is not cheap but for a handmade wood stand, with good materials and craftmanship, it seems pretty reasonable. and it will last a lifetime i would think

yeah. i wasn't disagreeing with that sentiment 

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You're among friends here.  No need to fib us to let us know that these are your wife's headphones.   Please feel free to be open an honest among us.  biggrin.gif

Very good! Free therapy at Head-Fi works for me.

Speaking of therapy, I like your picture. Small Change, Blue Valentine, and Rain Dogs have been desert island albums for me for years.

Staying on topic, Tom sounds real on Grados.
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This was originally posted in the Mad Ear+ Purist appreciation thread, in response to my impressions of the Ear+HD:

 

No, I'm still waiting for the tube to arrive.

Haven't really had the time to listen lately, but the last time that I did the tube was really acting up, lots of crackling through the left driver. It's hard to give any impressions as of now, but I can say one thing is for sure, I listened to the MAD/RS1/Meridian dac, with optical out and MBP, and I had no crackling what so ever, it was dead silent, so I really hope that the tube is the issue. This issue seems to occur when I'm using the Modi/USB port. but did also occur without it plugged into the MAD. Another thing that I definitely noticed when I listened through the Adcom GFP-710/Meridian/MBP, is that the Adcom was dead silent with a much faster, tighter, impactful bass, and a very black background, where as the MAD is definitely less punchy (as far as now), but is musically warmer with a more of a 3-D effect and wider sound-stage. They both sound very different, but I really don't have many hrs on the MAD, but I am hoping that the bass does get tighter than it is, but right now I must first eliminate the problem I am having with the MAD. It does sound beautiful from what I've heard when there is no trouble with it, but I must say at this point I'm not exactly thrilled with this issue. I'm starting to think it may be the Modi with the USB giving me the issue. I was thinking of selling the Magni/Modi, so I can purchase the Bitfrost because of the optical out. My Meridian is next to my couch, and it is not part of my desktop setup, so I don't want to transfer it back and forth. 

Does anybody use the MAD with a MBP/PC and dac with a USB and find that they get interference with this setup? Only asking because like I said, I had no trouble at all with the optical out from the Meridian, so I'm a bit confused with what is going on. Also don't forget, I had this distortion/crackling with no source to the input of the MAD, so I don't know where the issue is. I feel like I'm all over the place with this, but need to start with the new tube, so I'm waiting for it to arrive. Also remember when I first powered up the MAD there was no gain on the volume with either headphone out, I had to turn the volume up all the way to get a mid level volume out of it, but an hour later when I powered it up again it worked fine in that respect, so I really don't know whats going on, but like I said, I'm not too thrilled right now.

Thanks for asking whirlwind, I appreciate your concern, and your wanting to hear my impressions, but this is all I can say as of now, (which isn't much, but complaining), but when I

can give a true impression when everything is good, I'll let you know.

 

I also never mentioned that the left tube socket on the MAD is very loose from day one, so I don't know if this is a problem.


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Edited by joseph69 - 11/2/13 at 2:45pm
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A loose socket is a terrible problem! Get it fixed before playing again lest a short puts you out of the game!

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That socket should not be loose.

 

Does yours have any phillips screws there by the sockets.

 

Mine does.

 

Maybe check and make sure one does not need tightened.

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Actually both of the 2x-12B4A sockets are loose, but the left one is very loose, where as the 1x-12AX7 socket is solid as can be.

Yes, there is one on each side of all the tubes. I really didn't want to try to tighten them incase the amp has to go back to MAD, this way they don't think I played around with t, I don't know what to do! 

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sorry to hear of your issues joseph

i'm not very technically inclined, but it does seem to make sense that sockets being loose

could be the problem, if you aren't comfortable tightening the screws if they are loose, i'd be

shooting of an email pretty quick

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Actually both of the 2x-12B4A sockets are loose, but the left one is very loose, where as the 1x-12AX7 socket is solid as can be.
Yes, there is one on each side of all the tubes. I really didn't want to try to tighten them incase the amp has to go back to MAD, this way they don't think I played around with t, I don't know what to do! 
Not to in any way criticise anybodies craft, but a lesson I learned with all things electronic is, if not right at first, send it back.
Continual tinkering/parts replacement will only lead to added stress and doubt.
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sorry to hear of your issues joseph

i'm not very technically inclined, but it does seem to make sense that sockets being loose

could be the problem, if you aren't comfortable tightening the screws if they are loose, i'd be

shooting of an email pretty quick

Thank you, its not that I'm uncomfortable with seeing if the screws are loose, its that they are painted the same color as the chassis (red) after the build, and I don't want Lloyd to think I had anything to do with this, being the paint will be removed from the inside of the screws after I try tightening them, besides I don't think the screws are loose (just assuming), I think the chassis holes for these two tubes are much bigger than the sockets themselves or something internal may be loose Thanks for your concern.

 

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Not to in any way criticise anybodies craft, but a lesson I learned with all things electronic is, if not right at first, send it back.
Continual tinkering/parts replacement will only lead to added stress and doubt.

Your 100% right, I should have immediately sent the amp back as soon as I had no gain on the volume control. I did also inform Lloyd of this and he did say this is a problem and also the popping/crackling was a problem, but he gave me a choice to send it back by airmail or send me a new 12AX7 tube, which he thought may be the cause, but being the volume control started working correctly I opted for the tube. Everyone is saying the sockets should not be loose at all, so I'm going to shoot him an e-mail letting him know I definitely want to send the amp back to him. As I've said, I'm not at all thrilled with the build on this amp, but don't forget this had to go through customs, so who knows what goes on with customs, maybe they opened the box to see what was inside and didn't care about the content, and just threw it back inside with no regard, (after all this wasn't the best packaged item I've seen, by far). So by all means I'm definitely going to give Lloyd the benefit of the doubt and I'm blaming anything on him or talking bad in any way about him. And on the other hand, sometimes thing like this just happen, so who knows. 

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I am sure Lloyd will make this right for you Joseph.

 

I really hate that you must go through all of this trouble to get to hear this great amp properly.

 

I hope you get it all sorted and please keep us posted.

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I am sure Lloyd will make this right for you Joseph.

 

I really hate that you must go through all of this trouble to get to hear this great amp properly.

 

I hope you get it all sorted and please keep us posted.

Well, I decided to check the screws on the sockets, and yes every single one of them on the top of the unit needed to be tightened, including the 12AX7 socket which wasn't loose, but the screws were loose anyway. I tightened them all down at least a 1/4-1/2 turn each, even though this wasn't visible with the eye. I'm still going to send the amp back due to the popping/crackling, and also the initial problem with the volume control.

Once again, I certainly appreciate everybody's concerns, and I'm also sure that Lloyd will take of the situation. Thanks everyone.


Edited by joseph69 - 11/2/13 at 6:55pm
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Well, I decided to check the screws on the sockets, and yes every single one of them on the top of the unit needed to be tightened, including the 12AX7 socket which wasn't loose, but the screws were loose anyway. I tightened them all down at least a 1/4-1/2 turn each, even though this wasn't visible with the eye. I'm still going to send the amp back due to the popping/crackling, and also the initial problem with the volume control.

Once again, I certainly appreciate everybody's concerns, and I'm also sure that Lloyd will take of the situation. Thanks everyone.

 

Good to hear.  I don't think this has any connection to the craftsmanship of the amp, but I suspect it has a lot more to do with shipping. The rattles, shakes and jolts can happen to a device regardless of how much foam packing is utilized.  Then again, maybe a kind note to the builder that a drop of thread-lock might be considered for future builds and that should alleviate a lot of headaches even if the package rattles a lot during shipping.

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Good to hear.  I don't think this has any connection to the craftsmanship of the amp, but I suspect it has a lot more to do with shipping. The rattles, shakes and jolts can happen to a device regardless of how much foam packing is utilized.  Then again, maybe a kind note to the builder that a drop of thread-lock might be considered for future builds and that should alleviate a lot of headaches even if the package rattles a lot during shipping.

Exactly what I was thinking, I use Loctite on many screw applications where it is necessary. If the screws should loosen up again due to the heat then cooling constantly, I will apply a little Loctite. But I'm glad this was the issue with the tube sockets. Now I'm just going to wait for the new 12AX7 to arrive before making any other moves. I also didn't think this had anything to do with the craftsmanship, but more to do with shipping/customs. Thanks for the "Good to hear", I appreciate it.

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