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post #10231 of 16783
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

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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Originally Posted by jimbob54 View Post


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. 

post #10232 of 16783

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.

post #10233 of 16783
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

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
post #10234 of 16783
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

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.

post #10235 of 16783
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

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.

post #10236 of 16783

Once you get your amp all on the good side, Joseph.

 

You can safely add the Sylvania 5751 triple mica black plate tube, to your list of must haves.

 

It is fantastic with the MAD EAR....phenomenal.


Edited by whirlwind - 11/3/13 at 9:49am
post #10237 of 16783
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

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.


so has the tightening of the screws totally eliminated the problem ??

post #10238 of 16783
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

Once you get your amp all on the good side, Joseph.

 

You can safely add the Sylvania 5751 triple mica black plate tube, to your list of must haves.

 

It is fantastic with the MAD EAR....phenomenal.

Yes, I've save the site to my reading list that you directed me to, so when I'm ready I will definitely try it out.

 

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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 


so has the tightening of the screws totally eliminated the problem ??

Well it definitely made the sockets solid as a rock, but I'm still getting some crackling/popping. I'll see what happens when the tube arrives, it should be here this week.

post #10239 of 16783
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Originally Posted by ieliulanqi View Post
 

I am really baffled by the claims of shrill and fatiguing highs, and a thin sound lacking in bass. I love the presence and punch of the mid bass here.

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What headphones are you referring to?

post #10240 of 16783
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Originally Posted by ieliulanqi View Post
 

I am really baffled by the claims of shrill and fatiguing highs, and a thin sound lacking in bass. I love the presence and punch of the mid bass here.

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Your image didn't show up on the post.  Were they calling the Grado thin and lacking in bass, or the Mad Ear amp?

post #10241 of 16783

Proud PS-1000 owner here.  I'm currently using MAD Ear+ HD Super II (which I love).  I'm thinking I'd like to possibly upgrade to EAR HP4 or maybe even Melos Sha Gold (if I could find one). Would either of these amps be a significant upgrade? Any other recommendations?  Just looking to get the most out of these cans.  Source is Oppo BDP-95.  Thanks!

post #10242 of 16783

I would love to buy Ear Zonk L-Cusions (or G-Cushions) from Amazon, but by some strange reason they do not ship to EU.

I can pay by Paypal (with some extra for extra costs). Is there any other place I could buy them?

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by Rauliki - 11/5/13 at 3:22am
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Edited by mcandmar - 11/5/13 at 6:22am
post #10244 of 16783
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Originally Posted by zimzim2001 View Post
 

Proud PS-1000 owner here.  I'm currently using MAD Ear+ HD Super II (which I love).  I'm thinking I'd like to possibly upgrade to EAR HP4 or maybe even Melos Sha Gold (if I could find one). Would either of these amps be a significant upgrade? Any other recommendations?  Just looking to get the most out of these cans.  Source is Oppo BDP-95.  Thanks!

The EAR HP4 had a little bit extra energy in the treble area so not the best suited for PS1000s, in my experience. The ECBA was much better.

No experience with the Melos SHA Gold.

post #10245 of 16783

Someone is selling a pair of SR200 headphones on ebay. I had never ever heard of that model before. Anybody have any idea how old those might be? There is also a really nice set of 325 Goldies, those look SO nice. Someday I would love to get a set of those. Just hang em on the wall like some modern art work.

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