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Quick update for the group. These are in Chinese Customs and are currently awaiting customs clearance. Chinese Customs has not provided an ETA for us, but due to the the past Holidays shipments are moving a tad bit slower than usual. We will be reaching out to see if the process can be expedited in anyway. We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process.
Expect an update from us on 1/7 or sooner if something comes up.
I just received mine today and there is terrible background noise! It makes a crackling noise constantly that increases and is combined with a whine anytime I do anything on my PC like scrolling in a web browser or even moving my mouse cursor...
I might try getting a DAC with optical as the noise seems to be directly related to my PC.
I have had that issue with other amplifiers, Particularly a high pitched whine whenever the mouse is moved. I was able to resolve it with an external USB DAC (FiiO E07k if I remember the model correctly). I think it's noise that couples into the onboard audio driver, usually fixed when the driver runs off a separate power source.
Out of curiosity, have you tried the Darkvoice with something else, like say a cellphone/mp3 player? If so, what are your experiences?
I have a USB DAC; I've been using an ODAC that didn't give me any trouble with my previous amp... but it is bus powered. I have gone ahead and bought a Fiio D3 that I intend to connect via optical which should eliminate any interference from the PC, in theory.
I have no problems listening to it with my phone as the source and the amp itself is completely silent. So, here's hoping that I get it to be friendly with my PC because I do like it. I look forward to trying some better tubes with it...
Crhjz, I am contemplating buying this amplifier, is it working for you and could you comment on the sound quality please?
I literally just got it hooked up with a Fiio D3 via optical to my PC and it is working perfectly, dead silent. Other than that, I can't comment too much on sound because I haven't really had time to listen to it a whole lot, but it drives my 600 ohm Beyers very well. From the little time I have spent with it; I like it but I imagine it would benefit greatly from a good set of vintage tubes.