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For people have more time than money does anybody have experience buying any tube audiophile equipment via slow boat from China delivery with tracking and reliability?

 

I've been pricing Aune T1 tube DAC with solid-state headphone amplifier and and finding it affordable even with the $65 China shipping fee which is the real hidden cost you don't see on Amazon. Well I could swing the total cost of that unit with this $65 shipping fee which Amazon advertises as free shipping, but if I want to get more elaborate in what I want in the way of tubes I think the only way I could afford it is via someone who's reliable and ships via a slow boat from China.

 

So is there any such thing of any reliable vendors you know of even if they only want to talk in Chinese that will ship to the USA via relatively bargain shipping compared to the way it's normally done. I say even if they only want to speak Chinese because there are translation programs I could use. So I'm thinking perhaps you can do the whole thing in Chinese if you know the people you are dealing with our reliable and will give you a tracking number to track your slow boat purchases. 

 

Of course an English aged that will give you good prices from China and take care of the dollar to yen exchange would be better. Does anyone know how to get a visa credit card payment or PayPal's exchanged to Chinese yen if that's the way the seller you are buying from wants it?

 

I have a lot more time than money and can afford to wait for something that's really good as long as I know it would be reliable. So what do you think? Is there anyway this is possible?


Edited by bbmiller - 2/8/14 at 7:11pm
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Sometimes it better to save money and look for something else or something more expensive: why? because tubes are sensitive devices and nobody will guarantee lifespan, Solid state amps are more reliable in that regard. You might not believe me and buy it anyway but it will end up somewhere in your closet.

Chinese money is yuan, yen is japanese currency. Have fun!

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I spoke with a guy who installs really high end audio stuff about this. He said he never carries tube dacs nor does he install them for his clients, because all they do is distort the sound.

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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

I spoke with a guy who installs really high end audio stuff about this. He said he never carries tube dacs nor does he install them for his clients, because all they do is distort the sound.

From the talking I been doing on these forums I found that you are right you should get the tube sound from a tube amplifier not a tube DAC.


Edited by bbmiller - 2/8/14 at 4:57pm
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Four people have more time than money does anybody have experience buying any tube audiophile equipment via slow boat from China delivery with tracking and reliability?

 

That's an oxymoron. ;)

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In all honesty, I'd buy a Schiit (those guys have out-Chinese'd the Chinese when it comes to inexpensive) one of tomb's DIY amps or an Elekit DIY amp (vkmusic.ca) if you are in the USA. I don't think the Chinese amps are all bad, but now there are too many good local options not to consider them first.

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In all honesty, I'd buy a Schiit (those guys have out-Chinese'd the Chinese when it comes to inexpensive) one of tomb's DIY amps or an Elekit DIY amp (vkmusic.ca) if you are in the USA. I don't think the Chinese amps are all bad, but now there are too many good local options not to consider them first.

 

 

Currawong - I will share the DAC and headphone amp I decided on in a moment with you complete with pictures and links, but before I do that if you're the one who is featured in that video you link to on the "JH Audio Roxanne video review" as I believe you are you maybe the ideal person to answer my outstanding question that hasn't been replied to on the headphone forms (Do any of you all pick a headphone for its equalized characteristics? Please tell!). 

 

At this point I probably should point out that my new set up will be exclusively to be used with my desktop computer so I will always have the free equalization program as outlined in these forms equalization thread available.

 

Exactly what was ask in the other thread was "can you tell me about your experiences picking a headset for equalized use?"

 

Since I have already made my purchase of my DAC and headphone amplifier my concerns as I first started to be concerned with in that other Fred I mentioned have intensified even more, so what I would greatly appreciate it someone would address my even greater concerns which are as follows .

 

Are there characteristics totally inherent to design of over the here headset and not it's on equalized frequency response? I mean characteristics like driver the its material and construction, headphone cup design, and whatever else there is I am unaware of which can create a total headset equalized package that far exceeds the headsets capabilities without equalization. And could this exceeding of the headphones abilities be so great that you should pick a headphone on what it can be equalize to, rather than what it is right now?

 

I basically have the same questions in the paragraph above in regard to Tube rolling. In the responses I am reading in a tube rolling threads where the people responding seem very enthusiastic I never hear them say well this tube gave me a wider soundstage with my J2 model brand XXX headphones, but after equalization it really got spectacular. They just say what changing the tube will do to soundstage and never mention soundstage plus equalization. So do you think there is knowledge worth having on how a tube change affects a headphones characteristics with and without equalization?

 

OK

if you happen to be interested in what I picked as a DAC and headphone amplifier here is what I picked.

 

 

Link to the DAC I picked: Little Dot DAC_I Digital to Analog Converter

 

link to the headphone amplifier I picked : Little Dot MK IV with SE better tube option

 

I really increased my budget further than the $300 or $400 I thought I would spend on DAC and headphone amplifier to a whopping $735 with all the shipping costs from China. But what me convinced was the me pictures and talk of all its fine capacitors and other components (I used to be electronic technician and I'm really impressed by good components) and this review.

 

"So, how does the Little Dot MKIV sound. Audio heaven is a good description. I have 2 headphones, the Sennheiser HD600 and Fischer Audio Master Series FA-003. Both sound the best they ever have. The HD600 are 300 ohms and FA-003 only 64 ohms. With the HD600 it doesn’t matter what your genre of music is. Everything is stunning. Sound stage is wide, instruments precisely placed, vocals so real you believe the artist is next to you, power and attack arrives instantly due to the Little Dot’s power and voltage reserves.  Plus there is no sharpness or brittle effects in the music. I was listening to Melody Gardot, and it was giving my shivers it was so real. Queen was awesome, the realism of the vocals, and instruments. I wish you all could hear what I can hear. Classical is spellbinding at times. You can listen for hours. In fact I do!"


Edited by bbmiller - 2/9/14 at 6:27am
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Little Dot is well-known around here and were quite popular at one time. I owned the MKV originally -- the SS amp. I never tried their other amps or DACs though, but the MKVI and later balanced amps had all positive comments from the owners. They have a guy, David, who handles all the English communication.

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Currawong - I will share the DAC and headphone amp I decided on in a moment with you complete with pictures and links, but before I do that if you're the one who is featured in that video you link to on the "JH Audio Roxanne video review" as I believe you are you maybe the ideal person to answer my outstanding question that hasn't been replied to on the headphone forms (Do any of you all pick a headphone for its equalized characteristics? Please tell!). 

 

At this point I probably should point out that my new set up will be exclusively to be used with my desktop computer so I will always have the free equalization program as outlined in these forms equalization thread available.

 

Exactly what was ask in the other thread was "can you tell me about your experiences picking a headset for equalized use?"

 

Since I have already made my purchase of my DAC and headphone amplifier my concerns as I first started to be concerned with in that other Fred I mentioned have intensified even more, so what I would greatly appreciate it someone would address my even greater concerns which are as follows .

 

Are there characteristics totally inherent to design of over the here headset and not it's on equalized frequency response? I mean characteristics like driver the its material and construction, headphone cup design, and whatever else there is I am unaware of which can create a total headset equalized package that far exceeds the headsets capabilities without equalization. And could this exceeding of the headphones abilities be so great that you should pick a headphone on what it can be equalize to, rather than what it is right now?

 

I basically have the same questions in the paragraph above in regard to Tube rolling. In the responses I am reading in a tube rolling threads where the people responding seem very enthusiastic I never hear them say well this tube gave me a wider soundstage with my J2 model brand XXX headphones, but after equalization it really got spectacular. They just say what changing the tube will do to soundstage and never mention soundstage plus equalization. So do you think there is knowledge worth having on how a tube change affects a headphones characteristics with and without equalization?

 

OK

if you happen to be interested in what I picked as a DAC and headphone amplifier here is what I picked.

 

 

Link to the DAC I picked: Little Dot DAC_I Digital to Analog Converter

 

link to the headphone amplifier I picked : Little Dot MK IV with SE better tube option

 

I really increased my budget further than the $300 or $400 I thought I would spend on DAC and headphone amplifier to a whopping $735 with all the shipping costs from China. But what me convinced was the me pictures and talk of all its fine capacitors and other components (I used to be electronic technician and I'm really impressed by good components) and this review.

 

"So, how does the Little Dot MKIV sound. Audio heaven is a good description. I have 2 headphones, the Sennheiser HD600 and Fischer Audio Master Series FA-003. Both sound the best they ever have. The HD600 are 300 ohms and FA-003 only 64 ohms. With the HD600 it doesn’t matter what your genre of music is. Everything is stunning. Sound stage is wide, instruments precisely placed, vocals so real you believe the artist is next to you, power and attack arrives instantly due to the Little Dot’s power and voltage reserves.  Plus there is no sharpness or brittle effects in the music. I was listening to Melody Gardot, and it was giving my shivers it was so real. Queen was awesome, the realism of the vocals, and instruments. I wish you all could hear what I can hear. Classical is spellbinding at times. You can listen for hours. In fact I do!"

 

Currawong - I am wondering being an administrator at this site if you have any perspective on where I may get on these forums or other forums my other questions answered? I mean perhaps I have to go to the right forum with the right title to get my other questions answered? I thought maybe you would be able to do it when I saw your video with the in ear headphones which talk of equalization as well. Or at least showed a built-in equalizer.

 

While perhaps those issues I bring up of equalization plus headphone choice and tube choice aren't issues with most of you, but being a newbie I can not imagine why. So Consequently your best guidance in where to get my headphone plus equalization questions answered would be appreciated.


Edited by bbmiller - 2/9/14 at 2:16pm
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