During he Cold War, Russians would steal X-rays from hospitals and run then under a press to make "records". Like the ingenuity of the SE Asian Indians and Cubans. (Just a friendly reminder of how freakin lucky we are) That is correct. No, just good old Mary Jane I'm sure Totempole 999 has built a few in his garage! LOL Lyr 2 as PreAMp is great for cost/value,. Overall, its a sweet gateway drug. I know what you mean about he volume. I have a pair of 25 ohm Fostex HPs, and still found myself using the higher gain (8).