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.
huh...it is always easy to make things up...
Constant attack? Well, in all these forums there is a tendency to worship these amps for their scarcity. What I did is just point out these amp are not perfect and have their trade-offs as will. II also did say no audio circuits is really anything new and audio components are not priced on cost, when someone praised the some amp so much and said the component is so good and it worth the price it charges. If you call this constant attack. Fine.
Keep making stuff up please, $9100 amp, I never heard of it, along with the $3000 repair fee. Or do you mean the one Jay ordered. Yeah, it has been a year since I start making it, it is completed though and he is picking it up. The price is $7000 since he asked for fancy caps like Audio Notes. Interesting enough, he has been patient and has always been happy with my other stuff, while you guys are being sarcastic about it.
I prefer BHSE to LL at the meet Well, I know you prefer LL to BHSE when driving 009, so it is just a matter of taste, why so agitated?
Similar for abyss, Alex was quite unhappy about the cable swapping though, anyway only 2 people including me heard it. It does sound better to me, might not to you.
Ａnd, I got banned because there are JPS and Cavalli dealer in that forum, simple as that.
For cables, the comments are actually from owners. Smilence once compared the tier 3 with the JPS aluminata, commenting aluminata is more controlled but lacks the liveliness in comparison.
Yes, I got a stat amp at work, for my HE60, I got an amp at work, for my podium sound speakers. After all, I start making all the stuff because nothing out there complete fits my need (if you translate this to everything is inadequate, fine). If it happens to suit your taste, be my guest, I need to cover up for development cost after all.
The websites does help me when people ask do you have a taobao shop for a product list or description, I have not updated it for a while though.
Yeah, you recently got the chance to hear a damaged/repaired-numerous-times DN1. First it does use a neutrik powercon connector but it does comes with a stock cable. The amp was half destroyed by rough handling during shipping. Fortunately and Unfortunately, there is a plethora of audio repair shop back in China, so the owner let them fix it instead of sending it back. Should I also note that just before your meet, a transistor was destroyed and swapped out and even the owner did comment that the amp is half broken at the meet.
So overall, how does it feel scrapping all over others works?
I think I heard the same Dyna amp earlier this year at CHANGFest, and I do have to admit it was pretty darn good with the HD800s, although I wasn't familiar with any of the recordings. The only issue I would have had is that the setup seemed tonally colored to make the HD800s pleasant - and the HD800s really are necessarily a headphone I would describe as pleasant sounding. (I guess his could be either a good or a bad thing.) Still, I did consider his setup with the HD800 one of the more notable ones (top 3) at the meet.
Now I've heard second hand on numerous occasions that he's crapped all over other people's stuff, but I don't know if this is true. I went to bbs.headphoneclub.com (a Chinese forum) where I noticed his account was banned. Maybe his statements were something lost in translation? I know English is not his first language. Anyways, I don't have a beef against him, and he seemed pleasant enough to me when I spoke with him.
He should probably be an MOT if he's selling the stuff.
Well, the one your heard did has a wiring problem so one channel is out of phase. The new one has numerous improvements. Hopefully you could get a chance to hear it again. The pleasant sounding is mainly by the recable though. This time, it is driving LCD2 and TH900 and sound as good.
I think what they said about me crapping other people's stuff is about the 307a. One guy get a 307a and posted on the forum about how prestige it is and the silver transformer it has. Then another guy went on commenting about how transformers are important. So I just said, before trying different transformer, why not first try to use one with impedance matched better to headphones rather than a 3K:8ohm speaker transformer. It was merely a suggestion since I know some people felt BA does not drive high impedance as well as lower impedance ones. But it was taken as I was point out a design failure, so they started to translate my comments （based on their understanding) to somewhere, probably here, to let craig comment on it. I remember the answer from craig is for headphones, voltage transfer is more important than power transfer, so it is not that important to match like speakers. So they use this to prove that I am wrong and the BA and 307a is doing it the right way and ask me to post my idea on head-fi though I am not interested in proving who's right and I was just presenting an idea that not many people have tried.
p.s. I never openly sell or promote any of my stuff on this forum? Do Ｉ still need to be a MOT?
I guess it is equally serious to spread ungrounded accusations. Ｔhere is one amp, which is the one En_R heard, I found need repairing, based on feedback from others. It was half-destroyed by shipping. "Repair" numerous times by others, so it become hard to determine the condition and come up with a repairing plan. To make things worse, my laptop died and I lost the orignal pcb file. So I did offered him, remembering once he asked about the preamp upgrade, an option to give him the complete new amp of newer version with upgrade (more costly than the original one he got). Otherwise he could just send it back for repair. I guess after a few people, it becomes I refuse to repair unless pay for upgrade and with solid proof lol.
Edited by Music Daedalus - 8/16/13 at 1:31pm