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My only real complaint with this amp are the bright blue LEDs. For digital inputs (optical and USB specifically), the LEDs will keep flashing if no input is detected. This means on a desk setup, simply pausing your music/Netflix/YouTube video will cause the LEDs to flash.
The only workaround I’ve found is to enable power saving mode. That way, the LEDs only flash for about 30 seconds or a minute before they go dark.
It sounds super minor but these LEDs are SO bright, it makes the amp almost unusable in a dark room esp. when they’re flashing for your attention. Just something to keep in mind for those considering the amp. I wish there was a firmware update/setting to adjust this, but none that I have found.
ah yes, thats very annoying...i have a monitor with bright blue light THAT IS ALWAYS ON....some black electrical tape fixed that right up. lol
I use a dark black microfiber cloth (that I got with some Apple product) and drape it over the TEAC. But I'm not a fan of this hacky solution, I would prefer it if the device was just designed well in the first place. I'm actually on the market to purchase a vintage amp that I'll use underneath my monitor stand. The vintage amps get it right - one unobtrusive LED when switched on and no flashing BS.
I wonder how a marker would attenuate the brightness?
That's the first thing I tried. Used a sharpie black marker. It did not work, the light bled thru. Need something thicker - maybe touch-up paint for example. The electrical tape worked for me since it wasn't a permanent solution.