Haven't had much time to test them, but I'm not catching any differences to be honest.
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Ordered this in China from TaoBao which is similar to eBay.
Guy who makes these has 3 other small cheap tube amps. One based on a single 12AU7, one all-in-one 12AU7 DAC and amp, another amp on a pair of 6N1's. All are under $70. The 'top line' has an outboard power supply. Clearly the guy is a DIY hobbiest and wants to spread good sound for cheap to many people. He will customise the amps with input switches, multiple outputs, RCA or mini, just ask and he will do it.
This is obviously a LD clone, but the other amps are small originals on established simple circuits and I see no issues with that and ordering on eBay - just do not understand your comment about that.
Shipped from Chongqing in bullet proof packing with the tubes already installed and everything arrived in perfect condition.
Listening to The Vapours 'New Clear Days' on it as I type this. Great little amp to start with and tube rolling can be done.
Couple of times the small nature of the amp has had me snag on a cord and knock it over, once I bent one tube to my horror. I straightened it out and turned it one and everything worked as always.
marone - can you or someone who read your post that is now old refer me to the Pacific person you're talking about. I see this is being offered on the site you mentioned by more than one vendor. It also now cost ¥480 which is now about $80. Well that's a price difference isn't a big deal but who is this guy? I would like to judge's other offerings.