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I joined in nonetheless. I simply couldn't resist. I've got little experience with amps in general but hot damn, tubes are so sexy. I know this is very much budget but got to start somewhere (I won't ever be an audiophile but if this enhances my listening experience, why not?)
I could've have gotten the ODAC+O2 which is objectively better but yo... Dem t00bz...
I love mine. Sure, it's an entry level analog tube/hybrid amp, but I learned so much about headphone amps from this little unit. Easily modded and easy to roll tubes with, too. I was fascinated by the whole 'tube' amp circlejerk, so I went for it.
Since this was my first tube amp, I did a lot of research and searching for tubes online. Found a dozen or so from the 50s-60s for $20 from some radio guy in WI. RCA clears, RCA black top, Sylvania, etc. Have tried many of them. The cool thing about the 12AU7 sized tubes is that they are very cheap, available, and have two channels per tube.
This was a low-priced headphone amp for my desk (my work PC has a pretty weak signal), and did exactly what it was intended for. Lots of conversations about this little glowing box on my desk. The ladies seemed to dig it more... so there's that?
Ended up taking it home for my home amp 'cause I got some S5s in the recent Brainwavz grab bag and they are very low impedance. Works great for gaming, music, etc. I like the EQ on the unit for quick adjustments if you are shuffling songs. Just don't set your cell phone by it! No shielding!
Thank you for the review (sort of)! I do believe these are 6922 tubes instead of 12AU7 (V2 has 12AU7). They are similar though and both can be used if you make a small adjustment apparently.
I am aware that it isn't shielded and that may be a problem. Wondering if putting it on top of my PC will be a good spot (2 fans at the top --> cooling tube amp --> longer lifespan). I do love the look of this amp and tubes in general, something about "older technology" just fascinates me to no end.
I will no doubt enjoy it though :D