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post #3211 of 4963

Always wanted to try a tube amp like this.

 

I've asked around some of the hi-fi shops in Tokyo, they never even heard of Schiit.

 

Would it be worth shipping here from the US? (Keep in mind that shipping US > Japan is ridiculously expensive.)

post #3212 of 4963
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Originally Posted by JHern View Post
 

Always wanted to try a tube amp like this.

 

I've asked around some of the hi-fi shops in Tokyo, they never even heard of Schiit.

 

Would it be worth shipping here from the US? (Keep in mind that shipping US > Japan is ridiculously expensive.)

 

That's not surprising at all. I would not expect them to have heard of it.

 

Well, just think about the bragging rights you'll have, when you own an inexpensive, Made in America headphone amp, with Tubes in it no less, that is equal to or better than anything else in its price range, regardless of where it's made.

 

Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to buy a Vali and Modi stack, and show those Japanese hi fi shops what American technology is like these days. That may make a few heads turn. I would think that would be worth the price, all by itself :D

post #3213 of 4963

 

I spent 160Euro (includig tax, customs - still less than from electromod) to get Vali to Slovakia (directly from Schiit) which is more than 200$, but it is worth every cent. Smallest piece of schiit, but standing firmly between Oppo-103 and Denon's d2000 !!!

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Originally Posted by prsut View Post
 

 

I spent 160Euro (includig tax, customs - still less than from electromod) to get Vali to Slovakia (directly from Schiit) which is more than 200$, but it is worth every cent. Smallest piece of schiit, but standing firmly between Oppo-103 and Denon's d2000 !!!

 

 

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I'm in the cheer-squad for euphony and musical involvement.

 

You need to hear the ZDSE sometime...

 

-Daniel

 

It pains me every time an EC amp pops up for sale and it's not 230v and the seller has limited the sale to their region. I've come close to pulling the trigger on the S7 a few times. Probably a good thing I haven't. The neurosis of rolling 7 tubes would be the end of me.

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It pains me every time an EC amp pops up for sale and it's not 230v and the seller has limited the sale to their region. I've come close to pulling the trigger on the S7 a few times. Probably a good thing I haven't. The neurosis of rolling 7 tubes would be the end of me.

 

Tube rolling is a blessing and a curse. I've rolled tubes on a couple of amps and the temptation to try another tube or set is nearly irresistable. I try to research the signature that I'm looking for and buy one set and never look back. :rolleyes:

post #3217 of 4963

In discussions with Schiit technicians about Vali A/C adapters and shipping costs. I want one. However, they don't offer Japan  compatible A/C adapters…probably a deal breaker, I'm not buying a frigging transformer just for this amp.


Edited by JHern - 1/28/14 at 7:57am
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Originally Posted by JHern View Post
 

In discussions with Schiit technicians about Vali A/C adapters and shipping costs. I want one. However, they don't offer Japan  compatible A/C adapters…probably a deal breaker, I'm not buying a frigging transformer just for this amp.

 

Hi JHern, shouldn't something like the below work?

 

http://www.soundhouse.co.jp/shop/ProductDetail.asp?Item=656%5EAC16V1A%5E%5E

 

Edit: Of course, the tips need to match, and regulated/unregulated may be another thing to consider. But I thought maybe you can find an adapter you can use in Japan, rather than getting a voltage transformer. Just a thought. Maybe I'm way off.


Edited by Shinnbone - 2/3/14 at 7:25am
post #3219 of 4963

Just got my Vali in the mail and I'm running into some issues. The left ear is much quieter and has a lot more white noise in it than the right. I understand that there's going to be some white noise with the 598 but I can barely hear any coming from the right side. I've listened to the noise just coming from the Vali by unplugging the RCA cables but it's still a problem. Any idea what I should do?

post #3220 of 4963

I'd go ahead and contact Schiit and let them help you work through the problem. I'm not sure that the Vali will be a good match for the 598's regardless though as they are pretty sensitive. 

post #3221 of 4963
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Originally Posted by JHern View Post
 

Always wanted to try a tube amp like this.

 

I've asked around some of the hi-fi shops in Tokyo, they never even heard of Schiit.

 

Would it be worth shipping here from the US? (Keep in mind that shipping US > Japan is ridiculously expensive.)

What I would do is solicit in the for sale threads. If the amps coming in that I have surpass the vali in preference I wouldn't mind selling it to you. There are a lot of people like me that want to try out a new product just to see what the hype is about hoping to be blown away. Then they sell it in like new condition. 

 

The price for shipping this item to you is 42 dollars. so 99 plus 42 dollars is 141 total shipped to you depending if you use paypal or not(always use paypal). That seems like a bargain considering the sonic value of the vali that I find quite good. You can probably do cheaper as well if you are patient and look around or list a price that you think is fair. 

 

Create a willing to buy add in the amp section of the for sale/trade threads and specify that you need someone to ship it to you in Japan. even at 150 total its still a good deal. Don't pay more than 155 total I would say. 

Schiit products are sturdy built so buying a used one is of little sacrifice. 

 

As far as the whole trying to show japan what US audio is about... that is a bunch of bologna. Buy something because... after you researched it you find it worthy of your heard earned money and believe it will satisfy you. All else is superficial. This hobby is musical enjoyment first.  


Edited by grizzlybeast - 1/28/14 at 11:58am
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Originally Posted by Shinnbone View Post
 

 

Hi JHern, shouldn't something like the below work?

 

http://www.soundhouse.co.jp/shop/ProductDetail.asp?Item=656%5EAC16V1A%5E%5E

 

Edit: Of course, the tips need to match, and regulated/unregulated is another thing to consider. But I thought maybe you can find an AC/DC adapter you can use in Japan, rather than getting a voltage transformer. Just a thought. Maybe I'm way off.


Looks OK to me (Vali consumption only 8W), being AC regulated/unregulated doesn't come in to it, ask Schiit if specs OK (maybe they'll sell you a Vali without adaptor for a discount :wink_face:).

post #3223 of 4963
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I've decided to go with the crack for the hd650 as an end game setup. Never to be touched or tampered with. Not that I wont buy other headphones and gear...I will. But after hearing the crack w/sb on the hd650 a few weeks ago, I'm convinced that there is no better pairing out there for my favorite hp.

olor1n 

I hope you can stick with it. I really do.

I think a lot of us are fools in this one particular way: we find our personal holy grail of listening setups, and then tear it apart to try out other thing that are "just as good or even better." We just can't enjoy the greatness we have in our hands but instead seek other flavors and variations that distract us from listening to what we have in bliss.

Ok, I can only speak for myself, but I have been a big fool in that way.

My favorite stereo setup was a humble Adcom GFP-565 running an AudioNote Kit One 300B amp through AudioQuest Type 4 speaker cable into a pair of modded Klipsch Heresy speakers. I haven't heard anything quite as musical despite years of building, tweaking, and listening. I even worked at audio boutique in Manhattan where we sold multi $K and $10K tube amps and preamps and didn't hear anything that I thought was quite as captivating.

But something burned out in one channel of the Kit One, and instead of fixing it, I moved on to all manners of other gear and projects, none bringing me quite as close to the joy of that humble setup.

So I hope that you listen to your 650/Crack and truly appreciate and enjoy it for a long time!
Edited by K.T. - 1/28/14 at 5:48pm
post #3224 of 4963
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post
 

 

It pains me every time an EC amp pops up for sale and it's not 230v and the seller has limited the sale to their region. I've come close to pulling the trigger on the S7 a few times. Probably a good thing I haven't. The neurosis of rolling 7 tubes would be the end of me.

 

That's the nice thing about the Zana-just roll a single cheap driver tube and be done. Also, based on your comments, the ZDSE would be more up your alley than an S7-more euphonic, slightly lush mids, but w/ the speed and technicalities of ss. And since you like the Vali which is a pooooor man's Zana-it just seems like an easy suggestion. Oh-and step up transformers can be had dirt cheap. I actually preferred my ZDSE out of a $100 Tripp Lite isolation transformer than straight from the wall. YMMV.

 

-Daniel

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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post
 

 

It pains me every time an EC amp pops up for sale and it's not 230v and the seller has limited the sale to their region. I've come close to pulling the trigger on the S7 a few times. Probably a good thing I haven't. The neurosis of rolling 7 tubes would be the end of me.

 

That's the nice thing about the Zana-just roll a single cheap driver tube and be done. Also, based on your comments, the ZDSE would be more up your alley than an S7-more euphonic, slightly lush mids, but w/ the speed and technicalities of ss. And since you like the Vali which is a pooooor man's Zana-it just seems like an easy suggestion. Oh-and step up transformers can be had dirt cheap. I actually preferred my ZDSE out of a $100 Tripp Lite isolation transformer than straight from the wall. YMMV.

 

-Daniel

 

Yeah the ZDSE sounds like it fits the bill. The Stratus is another based on purrin's impressions. Impulse will see me owning one of these amps - unless Schiit enters the arena in the foreseeable future.

 

I should look into a transformer. It'll open up the US market for me. I try to minimise the number of steps in my chain though. Don't really want to fret about the quality of another component in my system.

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