Okay. It made it... Wow. Pictures don't do thing justice. It's an absolutely gorgeous amp. I know some people don’t care for the blue, but it really is a luxurious colour. It is darker than you might expect and not at all tacky. Don’t let it deter you. It really is a work of industrial art.
But enough talk, right?
Fresh out of the box!
It's going to be espresso and Pavarotti time!
With the stock tubes....
But not to worry, I have some upgrade that I will roll in. Right now, I want to use the stock tubes and enjoy the amp as it is, so these will sit in the box for a little bit (IE about week).
And my new DAC that arrived last month. I haven't really spent any time with it yet, so today is an EXTREMELY exciting day. It's a level 4 gen 4.
And my cans. The HD433's have never sounded so sweet. I have to upgrade the stock cable though
Okay, seriously... But I am still hemming and hawing over which cable to get for the HD800's.
And just for fun, with my other favorite hobbie.
Thank you Donald for doing this! Excellent idea! Wonderful attention to detail.
In two years from modest ear buds to this:
(Speedball, Mundorf caps and an Alps Blue Velvet Pot made a world of difference on the amp.)
And finally to the Lampi + Stratus+HD800. Holy cow. I'm letting the Stratus and everything warm up, so I am just casually listening but my initial impressions are this setup will be with me for years to come. I'm sure what else I could really ask for out of headphones. That said, the Crack + HD600 is a helluva bargain. It's not in the same game as my system now, no, but it is going to go to my office and my enjoyment of will be in no way diminished by my new system. It really is an incredible value.
It's been an adventure and Head-Fi has been with me every step of the way. There are a lot of really great people on these forms. So, thank you for all the advice and guidance over the years (you all know who you are).
Anyway, happy listening!!