Some of you may have read this in the LCD-XC thread but it involves the HA-1 as well so I'll re-post it here. So........... After my wife took our beagle out for a walk he decided he hadn't had enough excercise so he began to tear around the house at full speed at the same time I took a restroom break from listening to my XC. I heard this horrendous yelping and I thought he had broken his leg or something while being a complete mental case running around. To my horror I rushed out of the bathroom to see my XC cord wrapped around his leg and both dog and headphones were lying on the slate tile floor!!! :eek: My HA-1 amp was pulled about 45° from its normal position as the balanced jack didn't pop out and it yanked the unit very hard over. I had placed the XC on the seat cushion when I got up and he jumped up on the sofa at full speed where a cord loop had somehow caught his leg, forming an instant noose, and they both went tumbling to the ground. He was more scared than anything and he's just fine. My HA-1 is fine and my headphones as well!! I was terrified that the balanced receptacle would be ripped out of the HA-1 or it would play static given that the jack was pulled so hard. This unit is BUILT and everything seems to be working great! . I'm quite impressed with the durability of the HA-1, and thankful that it wasn't more serious (for dog, amp and headphone!). Lesson learned! This is the culprit Spoiler: Mug Shots I love my Head Fi gear, but I love the little jerk even more! Apologies for the dog pics in an amplifier thread.