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I just joined the second drop for this device. That should say something about the first one I bought. Look, if anybody thinks they're gonna get an audiophile-quality headphone amp for less than a hundred bucks they're delusional. I've read some of the discussion about poor build quality and noise. The build quality is what you'd expect for something at this price point. I have had no problem with noise. With the unit I bought, some can be heard if you turn the volume to full with no input signal, but when playing music it isn't an issue. Recently, I refurbished my fathers old (1963) McIntosh 240 stereo tube amp. I'm still working on the McIntosh MX 110 tuner/preamp, but wanted to test the newly refurbished 240. I first plugged my iPod directly into the amp's inputs and the sound was good and clean, but the iPod just doesn't deliver enough signal to drive the big amp. I decided to try the V3 as a preamp and was completely blown away by the sound. At high volume with no signal I did detect a little hum, but was able to make it go away by touching a good ground to one of the lugs on top of the V3 or anywhere on the chassis of the McIntosh.
My point is, if something is built so poorly it doesn't work, you should send it back and ask for a replacement or refund, but you gotta make allowances for a device that costs so little and does so much. I'd challenge anyone to find a tube preamp with a three band hardware EQ for twice (or even three times) the price of the V3. Hint: Don't waste your time. It ain't out there!
It's not a "true" tube amp. And while it does perform pretty good for it's price, mine broke within a month of regular use. I decided to skip "budget amps" and just upped my budget to get something more decent.
Was happy with it while it worked though and would've still been happily using it if I could.
I had the same problem, was a fun toy to begin with but it soon broke (high static interference and hum) so it went back.