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Mine has the SE sticker on the back of the unit but does not have the SE part on the front. Wondering if anyone got one with SE on the front? Ah snap, the Volume label is botched too.... what to do?
Did it come with the upgraded M8100/CV4010 driver tubes and 6H30PI power tubes? Perhaps one of us might want to pop one open and check on the internal upgraded components? Mine is arriving sometime tomorrow hopefully...
Yes. The tubes are as advertised. Strange though, not seeing this drop in the recent drops listing. Had to access this discussion through transactions screen.
Something is not right. I looked online and all SE models have SE stamped on the front of the unit. Hopefully they didn't just upgrade the MKIV tubes and sell them as SE. Mine won't be here until Tuesday so hopefully we'll get more people receiving theirs and reporting what they received. If they are in fact just IV and not the SE version I'll be requesting a full refund.
Received mine yesterday and it is marked SE on the front. I would contact MD directly. Keep us posted, if you don't mind, on the outcome. I switched my unit to high gain (both switches off) to drive the DT 880 600 Ohm 'phones. Around 10 hours of burn-in at this point so don't have too much to report. Edit: was happy until the next day.
Grrrrr...... I made the change to gain of 5 and now the left channel stopped working. I tried reseating the tubes and even swapped sides with them and still no luck. Made sure dip switches locked in too. This is getting frustrating.
Can anybody tell me what components have been upgraded & how to identify them? From what I have seen on this amp, I don't even trust that it has the upgraded components. Apart from the locking Neutrick headphone connector (which is a pain in the a** to deal with) & the nice RCA jacks I can't tell. Haven't pulled the tubes to check them.
Verified that the tubes, on mine at least, are correct. The RCA connectors also look correct. The tube socket seems loose as the slightest jiggle wreaks havoc. I had to push the left tube towards the back of the amp in order to get the channel to work properly. I have gone from happy to disappointment in the span of a day. Off to browse the forums in the hopes of figuring out this amp.
Looking at the way this amp's pcb is installed, there is no support behind the tube sockets, so if the board has any flex in it, it will be flexing when you press down on the tubes. Not the best design. Maybe that's why they have the board bent up at the ends to apply more pressure on the tube sockets. Not the right way to do it, sorry to say. Also check with a flash light through the holes in the bottom & see if the solder flux has been cleaned off your board. If not, it can be a problem as I have described previously.
The vacuum tube pins may need to be cleaned. Search YouTube for instructions.
thanks for the tip but I have already tried that. I do think it is the tube socket that is the culprit. I submitted a support ticket to MD and hoping for the best. Thanks again
This is from the user's guide and I thought it was something you may not have tried. "General: For general strange behavior (noise, non-functioning channels, etc) please check and re-seat the fuse. The fact that the amplifier powers on does not necessarily mean the fuse is making optimal contact. When new, the gain switches can be tight. Move each switch back and forth several times and then securely set them into position. Swapping the power cord is also a recommended troubleshooting step."
Finally heard back from MD. Bekah M needs to reach out to their product specialist & will get back to me. Apparently they have a high volume of inquiries.
Well saw the bit about swapping the input & output causing the problem that I have. Volume control does not attenuate the signal. That was indeed the issue, so the input/output jacks are either mislabeled or connected backwards. Mine has the RCAs nearest the edge marked as input. I still have an issue with the bent pcb & solder flux on the board. Either of these will likely cause the unit to fail in the future.