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Stolen straight from Xin's website





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It's apparent from the design/size of the case all the way to the nut-lock battery compartment that he's a fan of the SR-71...

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Originally Posted by RickG
It's apparent from the design/size of the case all the way to the nut-lock battery compartment that he's a fan of the SR-71...

While I am sure the idea of using dual mono design to create the 'ultimate portable amp' might have been sparked off by the success of SR-71, I am sure Xin is not copying the SR-71 blindly.. In fact, I was the one who suggested to Xin to use SR-71's design of nut-locks for the battery compartment door.. and apparently, the suggestion made sense that Xin incorporated it in the design of the second prototype which appears in the above photos..

In fact, Xin is taking the design of the SR-71 and trying to solve its apparent shortcomings like the price, lack of AC power compatibility, bass boost (for those who need it), crossfeed (again, for those who need it), gain selector... etc.

I don't imply that the Supermono is inspired from the SR-71, but improvising a proven good concept is not bad..
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Without question, raaj!

I own the SR-71 and the build is amazing and I wouldn't chastise anyone for keeping some of the attributes of this amp in mind while designing one.

I meant no disrespect to Xin (I own a few of his creations and appreciate his talent). On the contrary, it looks like a very nice piece of equipment. Just curious, is it metal or plastic?
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I believe it is metal - it started out in a hammond case too, so i think he's going for durability - he did say this is going to be one of his biggest amps (tho big to xin means tiny to the rest of us) I am SO looking forward to a comparo to the SR-71 next month!
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Originally Posted by Jahn
I am SO looking forward to a comparo to the SR-71 next month!
You and me both...

I just know I'm gonna end up buying one even though the SR-71 was supposed to be my last portable amp...

Oh well, like I've said before...I'm doomed...doomed I say.

This headphone stuff is madness I tell you...madness....

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Originally Posted by RickG
It's apparent from the design/size of the case all the way to the nut-lock battery compartment that he's a fan of the SR-71...

Many people before Xin, had used those hammond cases for amps with similar designs, I don't see any resemblance between this one, and the SR-71, honestly, one is done in a custom case, and the other is done in a hammond case, about this kind of battery placement, IIRC the first Grado amp (HA-1) was also with those same kind of nut-lock...
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Mmmmmm......can't wait for the comparison! Anyone got a hint on pricing?
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The starting price for the SuperMono is aimed at $200 for the plain vanilla version (not sure what the standard features are, but I guess the Impedance selector, Crossfeed/Bass boost will be standard, with gain switch, custom cases and volume knobs being optional..).. I guess the fully loaded version of the SuperMono might cost around $300 (my estimate, FWIW)..
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Base price will be $200, with some options that can be added for additional cost. That's at least what I recall from my reading at Xin's forums (www.fixup.net).
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Thanks for the credit card, ill be sure to order one now!!
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Originally Posted by raaj
The starting price for the SuperMono is aimed at $200 for the plain vanilla version (not sure what the standard features are, but I guess the Impedance selector, Crossfeed/Bass boost will be standard, with gain switch, custom cases and volume knobs being optional..).. I guess the fully loaded version of the SuperMono might cost around $300 (my estimate, FWIW)..
$300? Not bad if the workmanship/performance is there.
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Originally Posted by KenW
$300? Not bad if the workmanship/performance is there.
Ken.. as I said in my previous post, I am just guessing that it might be $300 considering the base price of $200..

I guess the workmanship would be better than the previous Xin amps, but the refinement of SR-71's design and materials comes at a cost.. so, that is an area of compromise/indulgence depending on how much you want to spend on the Supermono..
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Originally Posted by raaj
the refinement of SR-71's design and materials comes at a cost.. so, that is an area of compromise/indulgence depending on how much you want to spend on the Supermono..
LOL, raaj...

This is seriously funny stuff! How much is the good Dr. paying you?

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Originally Posted by RickG
LOL, raaj...

This is seriously funny stuff! How much is the good Dr. paying you?

Rick.. I am not on anyone's payroll..

I'm just as excited as any, but I have had the opportunity to offer some design feedback to Xin, to which he responded positively.. as simple as that..
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