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post #46 of 245
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Demolition, do you know if the tape out is actually a pass through or whether its an actual buffered pair of tape outs?
post #47 of 245
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I phoned Craig and I found out the tape out is a pass through/ loop out. The outputs are not buffered. This is perfect for adding another headphone amp to a single source for comparison purposes; or to be able to use two amps from one source. I have this with my gilmore v2-se and its very useful.
Also, for all you Singlepower mpx3/ supra users, Craig told me Sophia is coming out with a killer 6SN7. The exact cost has not been set yet but he believes it should run around $40.
post #48 of 245
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I first want to thank kentamcolin for bringing this amp to our attention. Additional thanks to those who attended and posted from the moth meet; and tuberoller for his basic follow up impressions. I am highly optimistic the amp will exceed our expectations. It is clear Craig is a exceptionally nice fellow who has both the passion and knowledge to produce some of the best audio products possible for their modest cost. He is providing real value to us with this amp. I am excited about this product and hope the days until it arrives go by quickly.
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I was just curious whether or not its worth it to have both a solid state and tube headphone amp in the same system. I have never heard what a tube sounds like and there are no stores in the area that sell tube amps so it's not possible to audition one. So I'm quite intrigued about this warm, liquid midrange everyone speaks of and I'd like to order the HD300 before the end of the first production run if it's a worthwhile investment. What do you guys think?
post #50 of 245
I am really looking forward to receiving this amp. I have been using my HD-650's thru my low end Pioneer reciever and they sound great. I can only imagine how they will sound with this amp. In case the wait is the full 4 to 6 weeks, I just bought a Marantz 1060 to hold me over. Thanks to mkmelt who posted the buy now ebay link.
post #51 of 245
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highflyin9, if you want to try a tube amp, the hd 300 or the singlepower ppx3 are the best out there in this price range, IMO. I own the ppx3 and it has that warm, rich sound, but with plenty of speed and impact. The hd 300 will likely have the same warmth, and possibly even better bass; but with added features. The hd 300 has a line out and a tape out/pass through and two extra inputs the ppx3 lacks. The ppx3 uses three 6cg7 tubes, which are reasonably priced, but not always easy to find. While the hd 300 uses two tubes, the first, a 6as7/6080, is very inexpensive at about $8 each. The hd 300's second tube, the 6sn7, can be pricey; but you only need one. Like the ppx3, the hd 300 is run very conservatively and Craig told me today the tubes can last up to five years.
I have an excellent solid state amp, the gilmore v2-se, that does everything you could want quite well. But I still like having the tube amps and I see no reason not to have both. Craig told me he didnt know if he would even do another run of this amp, so it may be now or never for this particular amp. Tubes do sound different. There is something special about tubes that no one can really explain; but you know it once you hear tubes. I say go for it! This amp is a steal for the price.
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You are quite welcome sacd lover, thanks for mentioning it. It was just by chance that I ended up with the prototype. I have benefited much from the experience of other tube lovers here so finding a gem like this was a nice way to be able to give something back to the community, and hopefully add to the growing numbers of tube lovers.

To those sitting on the fence, I don't see how you can go wrong here. The production numbers are going to be low, the quality will be high, so the amp should really hold it's value should you decide to upgrade or find that it's just not right for you. Prices will only go up over time for new ones, and to keep them anywhere near where they are at Craig has to do these production "runs" vs. building to order.

I'm anxious to hear what you all think when the production amps start arriving on your doorstep. Only a handful of people have even heard the amp, but I'm certain once word starts getting out that this will become a favorite Head-Fi amp at the price.
post #53 of 245
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I agree with you about those sitting on the fence Ken, nows the time to take a chance. This amp is a no brainer for the price, features and sound quality you will be receiving.
post #54 of 245
i understand that the amp is good for high impedance (300 ohm) cans like the senns. how would grados sound with the HD? are there other relatively inexpensive tube amps that would fit better w/the grados, like maybe the ppx3,mpx3, or mad ear+? any help would be much appreciated...
post #55 of 245
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If your going to use grados the ppx3 is the one to go for IMO. The ppx3 has the highest gain in the singlepower lineup and will drive the grados with authority. The mpx3 is another excellent amp that should drive the grados well, but its quite a bit more expensive.
post #56 of 245
Thanks for your informative responses Kentamcolin and Sacd Lover, I'm very swayed to make the pre-order, which I most likely do shortly. Fortunently I have a couple more days of contemplation on my side before I have to drop the cash.
post #57 of 245
If your using primarily Grado's Eddie Current will offer an HD25, designed for loads to 25 ohms, to be sold exclusively through Todd the Vinyl Junkie. I believe introduction will be a couple months after HD300 launch.
post #58 of 245
Does anybody have any pictures of a finished HD300? (perhaps from the moth mini meets or something)
post #59 of 245
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Craig told me he didnt know if he would even do another run of this amp, so it may be now or never for this particular amp.
I heard the same thing from Craig today. He has something like six orders so far and he may not build any more at this rate. He can't turn a profit at this price building only a few at a time, and in this fickle economy it would be hard to justify stocking a bunch of amps. I encouraged him to stay the course. Only a handful of people have heard the prototype and when more reviews are posted there will be more interest. At the very least the price will go up for the next batch at the current order rate. There were some photos of the prototype but the production model will be a bit different. No one has a production model yet so no photos. Just think, if only six are built it may turn out to be a nice investment as well.
post #60 of 245
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Originally posted by kentamcolin
I heard the same thing from Craig today. He has something like six orders so far and he may not build any more at this rate. He can't turn a profit at this price building only a few at a time, and in this fickle economy it would be hard to justify stocking a bunch of amps. I encouraged him to stay the course. Only a handful of people have heard the prototype and when more reviews are posted there will be more interest. At the very least the price will go up for the next batch at the current order rate. There were some photos of the prototype but the production model will be a bit different. No one has a production model yet so no photos. Just think, if only six are built it may turn out to be a nice investment as well.
Yikes. Hope this doesn't make him reconsider building the HD25, which I would certainly buy whenever it's available. I think he just needs to give it a little time considering few have heard the amp, and the reviews are sure to flow by sometime next month.
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