You bring up a good point. It is somewhat of a gamble getting units from china it seems. That charge to send stuff back is a killer. I am sure it wont cost as much for other units but this AUNE T1 was on the heavy side made of all aluminum and such which didn't help in sending back.. But you know you can't find great gems without some risk involved I suppose. My curiosity got the best of me. I try n get stuff from Amazon first but many of these newer Chinese made dac/amps are only sold on ebay..Even if sold on Amazon it is the same companies just selling them on Amazon so not all that different in the whole return process as they are 3rd party vendors from China.
I had 2 tubes for the Aune T1 and the shouty nature was still very evident. The stock tube did a better job in curbing the brightness but I kept on listening to it and I found myself fatigued again..I did burn the unit in as in just running music through it using my laptop for over 24 hours straight. I am pretty sure there was something not right about it..Buying stuff unseen and untested is a gamble but hey call me an adventurist. I don't see US manufacturers making something like an ELe dac for $18. If so I would have bought one to try out..
It is a choice all of us gotta make. Go with a well established product that is easy to return or take a bit of a risk for something over seas. I am testing the ebay waters I suppose..You guys should try this. You will be surprised just how many DACs there are on ebay. Type in the word DAC and you will get almost a limitless choice. I had no idea there was that many different kinds using different configurations.. We spend a craptacular amount of cash for better sound and all these I am sure great sounding dac/amps are sitting there on the bay just waiting for folks to discover them. Risky yes but so far I don't regret my experience one bit.
Now I don't plan on making this thread all about cheap made in china dac/amps as you guys should know I am all about my earphones and headphones. But It seems to me many people I know at headfi have never tried an external sound card to get better sound. Something like that Ele dac is a no brainer imo as it gives out a much better sound and is not too much of a risk compared to getting a $200 unit...
Edited by Dsnuts - 11/28/12 at 4:27pm