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  1. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    I am very interested in what no mesh would do to the Caldera closed.
  2. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    idair, I've seen you say in other threads that you also have the Caldera open, I am curious as to whether you can hear any of these things on the open, because with my Caldera open on my HA-300 I really can't hear anything remotely resembling what you have described.
  3. ArkNerevar

    Cayin Soul 170HA: A Beastly TOTL Vacuum Tube Headphone/Speaker Amplifier wth KT170

    AndyKong did give some dimensions earlier in this thread but I don't think they are accurate, he stated the power and rectification units have differing depths yet in the pictures of the prototypes at Munich high end and Shenzhen audio you can see the 2 units stacked on top of each other having...
  4. ArkNerevar

    Cayin Soul 170HA: A Beastly TOTL Vacuum Tube Headphone/Speaker Amplifier wth KT170

    Interesting, ty, I guess Cayin have prioritised the users ability to make very fine volume changes in such a powerful amp.
  5. ArkNerevar

    Cayin Soul 170HA: A Beastly TOTL Vacuum Tube Headphone/Speaker Amplifier wth KT170

    I'm curious about the volume control system, is it a stepped attenuator or smooth potentiometer?
  6. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Robert has a point, I've never heard the MKI but I do have a HA-6A which is said to be better at background noise than the MKI. I was expecting my MKII to be worse than my HA-6A and to my modest surprise it's actually better, it's quieter and seems to handle tube noise better than the HA-6A...
  7. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Oh and the MKII besides being black (which looks awesome btw) has a vastly superior volume knob, the most annoying thing about my HA-6A to me is the lower number of steps, like a breath of fresh air when using my HA-300 MKII's volume control in comparison.
  8. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Personally I would take the MKII, if only for the peace of mind you mentioned. It's open box, so a ex demo unit, so not much use, the MKI has been used a unknown amount but by being a MKI we can safely assume it's been used extensively, 1 year warranty as well is like buying it new, that's...
  9. ArkNerevar

    ZMF Caldera - New Planar Magnetic from ZMF!

    I'm curious what you think of this pad idair, I've seen more than one person say they didn't think it was a good match on the Caldera.
  10. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Philips is Sylvania, the name changed when Philips bought them but it's the same factory.
  11. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    That's a interesting idea, do you think it's something that could benefit the ZMF Caldera? (lower power requirement than those two) Would a 4 pin XLR input work on this adapter? (my main cable is 4 pin).
  12. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    My advice would be to still look into your DAC if its preferable from one output over the other, you could be leaving some free performance on the table.
  13. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Robert is right, it's influenced by your DAC outputs, the Yggdrasil for example has superior performance from the XLR out. Even with the above aside I feel based on my own testing that the XLR & RCA inputs will result in a slightly different sound, not nearly as big as the difference between...
  14. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Every time I hear something like that it makes me think of the comment by "he who shall not be named" in that so-called audio science site that tube amps are just for senile old people being hypnotized by the bright lights.
  15. ArkNerevar

    ZMF Caldera - New Planar Magnetic from ZMF!

    I've found it was the older magnesium's that could chip, my Verite is chipped now but the newer Atrium & Caldera are pristine.
  16. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    That's major news, I've yet to hear about people using them before this comment. Means we can use it, you can't get lucky with something like this, either our amp is compatible with it's specs or it's not.
  17. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Well that would explain a great deal. That's not even remotely enough to judge a amp, the capacitors change a great deal with burn in as they form and my dad (an old school 2 channel Audiophile) says that transformers need hundreds of hours to fully burn in before you hear it's final sound...
  18. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Im curious of something, when you posted earlier how you were not that impressed by the difference between your modded crack and new HA-300, how many hours did the HA-300 have?
  19. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    That's the mesh plate not the more normal solid plate XLS, just look at that glowing mesh anode, that's just freaky, makes me want it just for that tbh.
  20. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    I'm not making any sort of general statement or trying to be unfair (I don't even own any Elrogs) I'm just raising the point that we are seeing people saying their Elrogs died on them. I'm not making any scientific case here with a sample size or anything, just going from what people are saying...
  21. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    Are you concerned about them going? Starting to see comments from multiple people about their Elrogs dying on them, given the cost that's a bit off-putting.
  22. ArkNerevar

    Cayin HA-300MK2 (2022) TOTL Transformer coupled Direct Heated Triode Tube HeadAmp (Page 91)

    High impedance dynamic driver headphones, like your HD800, will pick up even the slightest noise from the amp, it was a constant bane for me with my Verite & Atrium on the HA-6A, the HA-300 is actually not as bad for me and now I have the Caldera which barely picks up anything thankfully. The...
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