So about this DN1 (the "prototype" version right now is named the Cor Caroli Lite). I actually wanted to hear his products before commenting, but a higher being graced me with that opportunity... and pretty much cemented my view on this guy.
The maker (Music_Daedalus) has made constant attacks on pretty much every big amp maker in the US (that includes Eddie Current, Cavalli, KG, Pete Millet etc.) on the chinese forums, either in the form of sarcastic remarks at how much their stuff sucks (sound.. materials.. circuit.. you name it) or else straight up saying how he knows better then them, and he can do better. When asked why he wouldn't this post stuff on head-fi (put up or shut up), where he could argue with a much larger DIY community (aka people with much more knowledge about this stuff)... no response. Maybe he's afraid of getting called out, or maybe he's afraid of what people will say after they see the inside of one of his amps. Or he could prove me wrong...
Man up and post the internals of that 4000 USD DN1. Go on.
And don't post the souped up versions (there is a 9100$ "completed" version he made for his friend, hahahahah... I think it's been a year and it's still not completed) Nah, I don't think he will... I mean you can't judge an amps sound just from the materials, but for a guy who keeps on harping on how other people's materials are cheap/ crappy (the most used insult in his repertoire is "overpriced").... Lemme put it this way, when you hold the amp you can feel that the only real heft is in the transformer which is on one side, while the other side is (almost) completely empty.
He actually posted a little escapade of his at the Cavalli table during this meet, where he says Alex clearly didn't like him right when he arrived (I doubt Alex even knows who he is), and then proceeds to "save" the entire rig by changing his cables in... I think he called the Liquid Lightning a souped up 727 (sonically) somewhere in that thread (and of course all its "deficiencies" could be rectified with a cable change.. his cable), but then again he got banned right after posting it so I can only .
Oh right he's got a stat amp in the works. (Among other things.. such a CDP and DAC).
He also states that his amp/products can beat them all (again, include various jabs at how much the others are inadequate). In fact he started making stuff because everything available is inadequate, or so he says. He also makes cables (compares his third tier 500$ on par with a Nordost Valhalla, while his second tier beats anything out there ...go ahead and check it out https://sites.google.com/a/cornell.edu/audio-dnya/), vibropods (http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=20910347261 - - link to China's version of ebay where he has a shop... feel free to view his other offerings), and even his own racks...
Anyways I recently had the chance to hear this amp (which btw can only be purchased with one of his handmade power cables for the amp), and uhh what? It's tuned for a specific kind of sound (I can see it doing well for ACG music... piano sounded overly bright but overall not bad). Catch is for 4000 usd the only thing it did well with was an HD800. I tried the TH900, Qualia 010, and a bunch of other phones on them (the 010 with this amp sounded as if I had two laptop speakers strapped to my head). As for claims of driving orthos and K1000's .. Nope. Couldn't even drive my YH100s.
Edited by En_R - 8/16/13 at 7:34am