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post #871 of 1511
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Last I chatted with Yulong, he told me the A28 was actually like an evolution of the A100 amp. While A18 is warm and musical, A28 will be more neutral, like the A100 was. Not many people seem to have heard the A100 - it's a severely underexposed amp considering the level of technical ability it achieves. Maybe it came along too early before Yulong started blowing up.

 

Yulong still thinks A18 is ultimately the "better" amp - pure discrete output, more complex power supply, etc - which is reflected in the price. Seems like the D18/A18 are his musical line and the DA8/A28 will be his true balanced, more neutral configuration. If he can make the A28 as technically brilliant as the A100, but with the "soul" of the DA8.... it will be a winner for sure. 

post #872 of 1511

Definitely both of them, although I haven't heard any of his previous amps to know their character.

post #873 of 1511
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Yamaha & Sennheiser sold to koiloco! Now, a new auction... :L3000:

roflmao.  :D

post #874 of 1511

Hoping to try out a few different amps with my HE500s in the coming months and making a decision towards the latter half of 2014 or early 2015. So far, the amps I'm hoping to try are:

 

Liquid Glass

Woo audio wa22

Woo audio wa5

Krell KAV-400xi

Headamp GSX mkII

 

And now the yulong amps.

 

I'm also looking for something that will eventually drive the HE6s down the road.

 

 

post #875 of 1511
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Hoping to try out a few different amps with my HE500s in the coming months and making a decision towards the latter half of 2014 or early 2015. So far, the amps I'm hoping to try are:

 

Liquid Glass

Woo audio wa22

Woo audio wa5

Krell KAV-400xi

Headamp GSX mkII

 

And now the yulong amps.

 

I'm also looking for something that will eventually drive the HE6s down the road.

 

 

 

From your list, I have tried my HE500 on 3.  Wa22, Wa5 and GSX MkII.

 

IMO and to my ears, I would rank them in the following order for HE500 :

 

  1. GSX
  2. WA5
  3. WA22

 

No, I am not dissing my own WA22  :D but I know its limit driving the HE500.  Liquid Gold is another wonderful amp driving the HE500 but $ is way up there.

post #876 of 1511
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From your list, I have tried my HE500 on 3.  Wa22, Wa5 and GSX MkII.

 

IMO and to my ears, I would rank them in the following order for HE500 :

 

  1. GSX
  2. WA5
  3. WA22

 

No, I am not dissing my own WA22  :D but I know its limit driving the HE500.  Liquid Gold is another wonderful amp driving the HE500 but $ is way up there.

 

I trust your input on the wa22 from here and previous impressions too. Definitely not the front runner although wouldn't hurt to try sometime :)

 

The emotiva should hold me over nicely for the rest of this year and I can be patient with amp shopping.

post #877 of 1511
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Last I chatted with Yulong, he told me the A28 was actually like an evolution of the A100 amp. While A18 is warm and musical, A28 will be more neutral, like the A100 was. Not many people seem to have heard the A100 - it's a severely underexposed amp considering the level of technical ability it achieves. Maybe it came along too early before Yulong started blowing up.

Yulong still thinks A18 is ultimately the "better" amp - pure discrete output, more complex power supply, etc - which is reflected in the price. Seems like the D18/A18 are his musical line and the DA8/A28 will be his true balanced, more neutral configuration. If he can make the A28 as technically brilliant as the A100, but with the "soul" of the DA8.... it will be a winner for sure. 
Don't put it like that, you'll just have me spend more money.
post #878 of 1511
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I trust your input on the wa22 from here and previous impressions too. Definitely not the front runner although wouldn't hurt to try sometime :)

 

The emotiva should hold me over nicely for the rest of this year and I can be patient with amp shopping.

Or after the Emotiva, you will just be very happy and save yourself a lot of $.  Personally, I am not looking for any more amp for my HE500.

I might try the quickie and another preamp in front of the Emotiva to refine it just a touch more though.

post #879 of 1511
Reality Check

Are you really comfortable sending $1,300 to a Canadian distributor or directly to China for a product built by one guy who updates products regularly ?

Whatever happened to resale and strong support?

Is cutting edge really bleeding edge?
post #880 of 1511
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Reality Check

Are you really comfortable sending $1,300 to a Canadian distributor or directly to China for a product built by one guy who updates products regularly ?

Whatever happened to resale and strong support?

Is cutting edge really bleeding edge?

Sounds like McIntosh is right up your alley.

post #881 of 1511
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Reality Check

Are you really comfortable sending $1,300 to a Canadian distributor or directly to China for a product built by one guy who updates products regularly ?

Whatever happened to resale and strong support?

Is cutting edge really bleeding edge?

I share the exact same concern with you.  I am sure Yulong, from feedback on HF, is a stand-up and excellent gentleman to deal with but I've been burnt a few times in the past dealing directly with vendors in China.  Personally, I would go the distributor route for some peace of mind.

post #882 of 1511
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Sounds like McIntosh is right up your alley.

Now that's a good one.  Heck of funny too.:D

post #883 of 1511

Wait. Wait. Each DA8 is hand-assembled??? By one man? No assembly line?

 

Find that hard to believe.

post #884 of 1511
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Wait. Wait. Each DA8 is hand-assembled??? By one man? No assembly line?



 



Find that hard to believe.


 



Is he full time at least ?
post #885 of 1511
Seen Brunk's post 861 above.

And, although I don't have McIntosh, we all know it will hold its value MUCH greater than Yulong.
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