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Inspire IHA-1 tube headphone amp

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by burn1, Oct 18, 2014.
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  1. N15M0
    Can anyone compare this amp against the eddie current zana deux s and DNA stratus? I know that they are not on the same level in terms of pricing. I am mainly using the amp with the LCD3 and HD800s. Thanks. 
     
  2. comzee
    I put in an order for an iha-1 a few days ago.
    I just recently listened to ZDS, and have heard Stratus. 
    I'll update you when I get it. 
     
  3. jelt2359 Contributor

    Thanks! Were the Lundahl power/opts ever considered as well? Just wondering how the final trafos were chosen- as you said Lundahl have a stirling reputation, so I'm curious why they weren't selected for the other trafos.
     
  4. Xcalibur255
    I would imagine they might be hesitant to give out information like this, but my personal assumption from the beginning was that they were coming from Cary Audio, or whoever custom winds them for Cary if it's not all in house.  That's just my own guess, not a fact.
     
  5. decoratingdiva2
    Lundahl output and power transformers for the Dragon Inspire IHA-1 tube headphone amplifier would be almost twice the size, thus requiring a bigger chassis.
     
    The cost of the transformers are also substantially higher, meaning big price difference in the unit.
     
    Maybe in the future we will do a version with these. We wanted a more affordable amp with top notch performance.
     
  6. drubrew Contributor
    The stock transformers do not come from Cary Audio. And neither does anything from the amp. Dennis is no longer affiliated with Cary Audio. He retired and sold his piece of the pie:) The Transformers are custom wound for us by a manufacturer that would not be well known.
     
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  7. Xcalibur255
    My guess is going to be Edcor or Heyboer then.  I totally want a cookie if I guessed right.  :)
     
    Or, if I want to throw a wild left field guess out there........ maybe O'netics?  They way people describe the sound of Bud Purvine's iron resembles the sonic signature of the IHA-1 a lot.
     
    Either way thanks for checking in with this thread and being a good sport Drew.
     
  8. drubrew Contributor
    No cookie for you yet:) But thanks for the info on these 2 companies. Edcor looks very interesting. May have to buy some samples.
     
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  9. Xcalibur255
    Haha, you replied while I was editing my post. 
     
    The only other name that comes to mind would be One Electron, but they don't seem like they'd do custom.
     
    edit:  I'm not throwing Hammond out there either because they're too well known and honestly the Inspire sounds too nice to have Hammond iron in it.
     
    edit edit:  I suppose Electra-Print could do a custom like this too, but I thought they were in the "well known" category too.
     
  10. jelt2359 Contributor
    Cinemag?
     
  11. Xcalibur255
     
    I would chance that Cinemag is too expensive given the selling price of the IHA-1, but it's not impossible. 
     
  12. jelt2359 Contributor

    Sent mine in for the upgrade!
     
  13. comzee
    Got my IHA-1 today.
    Quick pick of it, plus fire-bottle in the back.
     
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    Now I just gotta wait for my Psvane tubes to really make it sing. 
     
  14. Xcalibur255
    You don't like your Melz tubes?
     
  15. N15M0
    How it compared to the ZDS and stratus?


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