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post #61 of 547

evolutionx,

 

Please post a webpage link to the site you purchased your 385 from, as the only retailers I can find are Japanese and Google Translate isn't always accurate deciphering the language.

 

Thanks!

Andy.

 

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Originally Posted by evolutionx View Post

Thanks Gavin. Just ordered Mass Kobo 385. Now the wait. Will probably check out Wagnus when I am in Japan end of the month. Cheers.
post #62 of 547

From the pictures mass kobo seems to be built like a tank. From what I have been told mass kobo will hiss with sensitive BA, it is designed for headphone in particular specifically "CDR-900ST and Senheiser HD25-1 II ".

post #63 of 547
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evolutionx,

 

Please post a webpage link to the site you purchased your 385 from, as the only retailers I can find are Japanese and Google Translate isn't always accurate deciphering the language.

 

Thanks!

Andy.

 

Hi Andy, usually i go thru kaneda-san of Pricejapan, but got no respond from him for few days.  So i go thru white rabbit express but they charges a higher fee.   Mass-kobo is not listed in some of the common japanese sites.    Kaneda-san just reverted today as he was on vacation and that is why he did not respond earlier.   Now i got a quote for Wagnus amp and still deciding to pull the trigger or not......since already ordered mass-kobo.

post #64 of 547
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From the pictures mass kobo seems to be built like a tank. From what I have been told mass kobo will hiss with sensitive BA, it is designed for headphone in particular specifically "CDR-900ST and Senheiser HD25-1 II ".

I tried the mass kobo at the mook festival in singapore and Masuda-san used HD25-1 II feeding off an iPod, and it sounded fantastic.    

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I tried the mass kobo at the mook festival in singapore and Masuda-san used HD25-1 II feeding off an iPod, and it sounded fantastic.    

I can't lie I have spend a good 4-6 hours searching the web and I finally managed to find the designer and speak to him, he is such a nice guy and honest one I love to order the mass kobo but if it was not that I did not own so many IEM and if the unit cost less I would have been all over this amp.

 

I've read that few people prefer this over Wagnus and even one member on head-fi whose view I trust a lot prefer this over his dozen amps he has. 

 

I'll just wait for now, I rather spend the cash on a decent pair of headphone and wait and see what Masuda is going to bring next year or till the Aussie dollar is strong again. 

post #66 of 547
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I can't lie I have spend a good 4-6 hours searching the web and I finally managed to find the designer and speak to him, he is such a nice guy and honest one I love to order the mass kobo but if it was not that I did not own so many IEM and if the unit cost less I would have been all over this amp.

 

I've read that few people prefer this over Wagnus and even one member on head-fi whose view I trust a lot prefer this over his dozen amps he has. 

 

I'll just wait for now, I rather spend the cash on a decent pair of headphone and wait and see what Masuda is going to bring next year or till the Aussie dollar is strong again. 

Totally agree that Masuda-san is such a nice guy and this make my decision to purchase a lot easier.   I have already owned a few good headphones and iems and so i am now more experimenting with the various amps.   I think a good pair of headphone is more important that a good amp as i have learn from my few years of head fi journey thus far.   

post #67 of 547
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Totally agree that Masuda-san is such a nice guy and this make my decision to purchase a lot easier.   I have already owned a few good headphones and iems and so i am now more experimenting with the various amps.   I think a good pair of headphone is more important that a good amp as i have learn from my few years of head fi journey thus far.   

 

+1

 

I concur totally...to get the best out of the portable amps I highly recommend the use of a decent mini I/C, do not make this connection the weak part of the system. 

post #68 of 547

They do have a sale still running for another week

 

http://www.masskobo.com/jpn/sale/sale.htm

 

English language / PayPal should be fine and the e-mail address is found in this brochure


http://www.masskobo.com/products/m370/model370-385-brocher-eng.pdf‎

 

The won't ship their amps to Singapore / Thailand / Hong Kong from now on so there might be some kinda workaround if we're living in Asia. If they could waive the sales tax for overseas orders, just give them an agent's address in China or something. Otherwise, just go through the "usual suspects" instead:

 

http://www.fromjapan.co.jp

http://www.jshoppers.com/forward/index.asp

http://www.tenso.com

 

Obviously shipping outside Asia should be piece of cake so most likely anything could be delivered directly.

 


 

For WAGNUS. cables and amps, pretty much the same deal with English / PayPal as long as we cover that 3.6% PayPal fee ourselves while international shipping should be going through EMS. E-mail address as follows

 

http://wagnus.exblog.jp/i10/

 

Sugar Spector speaks both French and English since he grew up in Belgium

 

https://twitter.com/sugarspector/status/357843044676022272

 

Their flagship "Baby Sheep" mini-mini Cable for 19,000 yen seemed to be interesting but nobody posted any impressions so far

 

http://wagnus.exblog.jp/17211456/

 

http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20111205_495957.html

 

Still awaiting their tube amp and I could match that with PAD-SO for my TG!334 if that were actually being made. If not, it could be fun to try Mass-KOBO 385 / PAD-SO combo for reducing hiss even though that might not be recommended by WAGNUS.

post #69 of 547
May you elaborate on the Pad-So?
Is that an IEM amp?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by seeteeyou View Post

They do have a sale still running for another week

http://www.masskobo.com/jpn/sale/sale.htm

English language / PayPal should be fine and the e-mail address is found in this brochure

http://www.masskobo.com/products/m370/model370-385-brocher-eng.pdf‎

The won't ship their amps to Singapore / Thailand / Hong Kong from now on so there might be some kinda workaround if we're living in Asia. If they could waive the sales tax for overseas orders, just give them an agent's address in China or something. Otherwise, just go through the "usual suspects" instead:

http://www.fromjapan.co.jp

http://www.jshoppers.com/forward/index.asp

http://www.tenso.com

Obviously shipping outside Asia should be piece of cake so most likely anything could be delivered directly.

For WAGNUS. cables and amps, pretty much the same deal with English / PayPal as long as we cover that 3.6% PayPal fee ourselves while international shipping should be going through EMS. E-mail address as follows

http://wagnus.exblog.jp/i10/

Sugar Spector speaks both French and English since he grew up in Belgium

https://twitter.com/sugarspector/status/357843044676022272

Their flagship "Baby Sheep" mini-mini Cable for 19,000 yen seemed to be interesting but nobody posted any impressions so far

http://wagnus.exblog.jp/17211456/

http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20111205_495957.html

Still awaiting their tube amp and I could match that with PAD-SO for my TG!334 if that were actually being made. If not, it could be fun to try Mass-KOBO 385 / PAD-SO combo for reducing hiss even though that might not be recommended by WAGNUS.
post #70 of 547
There's some newer competition but to my ears, the Wagnus still leaves me with a bigger smile :-


post #71 of 547
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Originally Posted by lescanadiens View Post

May you elaborate on the Pad-So?
Is that an IEM amp?

Thanks

The Pad So is a resistor and also attenuates by 10 db....
post #72 of 547

Now you are just teasing us! wink_face.gif

 

How on earth did you get hold of an MH Audio HA-11?!? As I was told by Kiro Jubo that the HA-11 was being released in Japan this weekend.

 

Cheers,

Andy.

 

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

There's some newer competition but to my ears, the Wagnus still leaves me with a bigger smile :-


post #73 of 547
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Originally Posted by smial1966 View Post

Now you are just teasing us! wink_face.gif


How on earth did you get hold of an MH Audio HA-11?!? As I was told by Kiro Jubo that the HA-11 was being released in Japan this weekend.

Cheers,
Andy.
Not mine. All courtesy of Fujiya. Really it's not available till this weekend? I actually tested this weeks ago and was under the impression it was already available.

Anyhow it's a very nice amp. It's a hard choice between the MH or MK - the Wagnus is still a step ahead to my preference though.

However the MH or MK for that matter would give the other non-Japanese amps priced around the same a run for their money (talking about straight FX conversion excl importer/distributor's markup, etc).
post #74 of 547

This is the Wagnus "Pad So"

 

post #75 of 547
Oh goodness....

By the way, Pad So is paired great with Fitear models?
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This is the Wagnus "Pad So"


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