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DON'T BUY THIS AMP IT IS A FIRE HAZARD.
I bought this quite some time ago and it's now in the bin. The amp is a literal fire hazard, made with bottom of the barrel components (sum around $20) and in typical Chinese fashion is a rip off of a English design.
I pulled mine apart and had a look at the internal components and it was a really sad place to look. ALL of the capacitors were crushed on install, all of the resistors were not audio grade and the POT was a noisy knock off of an ALPS.
I tried to talk to massdrop about this product already and they obviously didn't listen to my concerns after providing photo evidence of the terrible build quality.
DON'T BUY THIS AMP AT ALL.
Literally ANY OTHER OTL amp at this price point is better.
Mind showing the rest of us your photo evidence so we can draw our own conclusions?
@Apples22 did you buy this through Massdrop? I got one awhile back after wanting one long before I even knew about this site. After six months of quite a bit of use I have no complaints. You got me thinking though, maybe I should open mine up and take a look at the insides.
I beg to differ. I was one of the few people who were in on the first drop for this back in August 2013. It's been nothing but pleasant to me after all this time, and even more so after adding in the Fitz mod. This is a poor mans Bottlehead Crack.
I bought one on the last drop a couple months ago. Yes, there are better headphone amps but it's a very good headphone amp for $220.00. so don't compare it to more expensive one. It's not Bottlehead Crack, but it's a lot cheaper and I didn't have to do anything but enjoy it after I got it. It's a Chinese knock-off but again how much would it be if it made else where??? Anyway, it had a little hum for the first 10-20 min every time I turned it on and it got quiet once it's warm up. I bought a CAIG DeoxIT Gold Vacuum Tube Survival Kit and clean all the tubes and all tube sockets and it's dead quiet after that.
I typed "This is a poor mans Bottlehead Crack". I never compared it sound wise or quality wise. I don't know how you read it like that.
Sorry Doco, I did not mean you. I meant other people who like to compare more expensive stuff to the less expensive item. Anyway, you can go wrong with it for $220.
Just curious but, what does the Darkvoice knock off? What is it copying? Or is it that you're calling it a knock-off only because of it's Chinese origin?
What was the price of this amp in massdrop?. Thanks