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I have to be honest here I have read these comments for about 5 to 10 minutes and I'm scared to death to buy anything I am more confused than I was before I started reading it and don't know what to buy or what to do anymore I just want some good pure jazz sound with the base , clear clean horns and it sounds like I'm listening to an actual band any suggestions
I had some issues with the tubes on my unit (oxidation) but support is getting it squared away. If you have any problems with yours, you can just return it or get a new one. Most people's issues dealt with shipping, but that was because we all joined the drop on the last day, so we got pushed to a back order and got them a month late.
This is my first tube anything and second headphone amp. It sounds like various versions of this amp have been around for a while and while there may have been quality problems from time to time the design is solid if not state of the art. The beauty of this amp is that the decidedly mediocre stock tubes are an easy upgrade. There are many current models and many truly great NOS tubes from the 50s 60s and 70s To consider. Tubes can be expensive but don't have to be. I paid $39 for a NOS 1963 Tung Sol preamp tube (most important and said to be one of the finest tubes ever made) and about the same for 2 NOS RCA power tubes from the 70s.
so we will see. It's fun.
So is this. better than the headphone output jack on my 3000.00 pioneer elite receiver????
I really can't answer that question, sorry.
I'm not even needing to buy a new set, Massdrop is just letting me source my own tubes and compensating me for them, up to the cost of the amp. $200 in tubes for free. #itslit
hard to say. I'm sure your pioneer is a fine piece of kit. But in general the headphone jack on a receiver is not as good as a dedicated headphone amp. I assume the Pioneer is solid state so for sure it will be different as it is a tube amp. The quality of the tubes especially the input tube in the front is the main determinant of sound. I was able to upgrade to a very fine NOS 1963Tung sol for less than $50