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  1. Surge74

    World's first portable Hybrid Valve Headphone Amplifier (with a footprint smaller than most cellphones).

    I have been using mine with an iPad Pro (large screen). No issues with distortion - just keep the iPad volume at ~75%.   However, even the slightest movement will cause microphonic ringing... I knew about this before I ordered, but I didn't know it was quite so sensitive. Your really have to...
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    The Sennheiser Orpheus 2? A First Look At The Sennheiser HE-1 (The New Orpheus)

    So, for what it's worth, coming from someone who has a SR-009/BHSE AND an all Kondo Japan 4 way field coil horn system (which alone cost about 50k Euros)... headphones simply don't come close to what a top end speaker system will do.    So I would never buy the new Senn system. It's just not...
  3. Surge74

    WA-234 MONO: The Latest Amplifier from Woo Audio

    Is there an actual owners' forum for the 234?
  4. Surge74

    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Really?! You try reading it instead of posting a condescending remark.
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Any chance we can learn what tubes David1961 is using is his bhse that make it sound so much better than stock, apparently?
  6. Surge74

    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Yes, my BHSE is noise free. It's actually the most noise free amp I've ever owned. I can turn the volume to the max and hear the faintest noise above 3 o'clock. Perhpas you have one or more bad tubes?
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    They are black jacks. I recall reading in this thread that Justin no longer uses Stax jacks, as they are not available? I didn't apply a lot of force- I got up from my couch (the amp is above and behind me), and as I did so, the Stax cord got pulled down, and this put downward pressure on the...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    My 2c on your setup - reduce your cord lengths! 25' and running the signal through switches is damaging the purity of the signal. Think of all the trouble Justin went through to select the best components. You wouldn't watch a 4K movie from 25' away, even though it would still look great.
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    No need to burn in and adjust bias. Justin does that before shipping.
  10. Surge74

    MCINTOSH LABS INTRODUCES NEW HEADPHONE AMP MODEL MHA 100

    Don't understand the "painful price" comments at all. Priced a Woo Audio, Head Amp, Cavalli, or any other high end headphone amp for that matter?? $5-6K is the norm, and those amps don't have a built in DAC, or speaker amp. And there's no brand name there to speak of, vs a McIntosh. This amp...
  11. Surge74

    Mal Valve and the greatest headphone amps on EARTH!

      So where is your review?!
  12. Surge74

    New headphone amplifier from McIntosh Labs, the D100.

    Too bad there's only a digital input
  13. Surge74

    New Ultrasone Edition 5 hinted in the Fujiya Avice Autumn Festival 2013

    B&H has them. Until I see a review that says they're as good or better than the SR-009s.... Forget it!
  14. Surge74

    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    What's wrong with it?
  15. Surge74

    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    No, not necessarily, it's anodized because you can't really clear coat aluminum.
  16. Surge74

    The Stax thread (New)

    Thanks guys. It's not easy to joke online as it's hard to interpret. I know I'm somewhat "anal retentive" but after spending so much money, I'm being extra cautious I suppose.
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    The Stax thread (New)

    Thanks for the worthless comment. If ever I want to waste my time, I'll ask you for advice.
  18. Surge74

    BHSE or Woo WES?

    :)
  19. Surge74

    BHSE or Woo WES?

    By stock tubes, I mean the less expensive tubes that Woo offers, as opposed to the optional tubes. I don't think there should be "optional" tubes, but I'm not running Woo. I have never heard of a manufacturer running in their devices. I'm sure Woo doesn't, and I know PS Audio doesn't. I have...
  20. Surge74

    Woo WES - upgraded, mint, like new *$2990*

    For sale is a 10 month old Woo Audio WES, includes the following: upgraded with the "Mk.II" chokes (done by Woo Audio) upgraded rectifier tubes (purchased from Woo Audio) upgraded phase splitter tubes (purchased from Woo Audio) comes with original unused stock rectifier and phase...
  21. Surge74

    BHSE or Woo WES?

    Would you mind sharing your comments on both the WES and BHSE, with the SR-009? Thanks
  22. Surge74

    Woo WES XLR Input or RCA inputs?

    Well put. It's easy to get caught up in the never-happy-upgrade-death-spiral. The objective here is to love the music, right?
  23. Surge74

    Woo WES XLR Input or RCA inputs?

    Well put. It's easy to get caught up in the never-happy-upgrade-death-spiral. The objective here is to love the music, right?
  24. Surge74

    BHSE or Woo WES?

    Well, not according to the comparison published on AV Guide. This all tells me (as Tyll's, and others' indicate) that the differences are very minor between them.
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