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  1. Can confirm this is true, was close to buying one as I keep tabs with my connections in the US, Hong Kong and Taiwan and confirmed it with a distributor manager that it is pulled from reaching retailers/distributors till Oppo rectifies software/firmware issues. Cheers,
  2. Never mentioned that Stereophile were of, hence why I still do enjoy a couple of reviews time to time on Stereophile. Old man John Atkinson's reviews are worthy pieces to be read. I like his musings/opinions/approach to how he structures his reviews on X audio product. Another great thing about the human perception and our 5 senses to things is that something that may measure and look bad on paper or by eye may sound a symphony of bliss to our ears. And something that may look exceedingly spectacular on a technical blueprint and point of view or look as exquisite as the Mona Lisa may sound like human faeces. The devil is in the detail.... Cheers,
  3. It absolutely should for anything not limited to just audio, try before buying where possible and I agree with you. But unfortunately its a problem I see many times thanks to the rise of the internet where people are so focused on the "words" of others that they forget the fundamental logic of the "listen to it before buying, seek technical details before buying". It's either this or people parroting incorrect and non-sense information made by others where it forms "stereotypes" (i.e. "all tube amplifiers sound warm and all solid state amplifiers sound bright") and people take it the wrong way and make purchases that ends up letting them down. Anyway enough old man ramblings from me as I feel it is derailing the point of this thread. I recently purchased one of those Tivolli all in CD player/radio player, horrible little bugger. Cheers,
  4. Honestly reading reviews on 6moons website is like reading a fantasy make believe book or a literature on fairy tales where everything falls in place, works well, looks and sounds good. For the sake of not naming and shaming said specific products, it's not that I don't like Goldmund or MBL it is the fact that the "things" I had purchased is not on par based on what X reviewer describes or written about them as. It took me 4 very very expensive purchases (moderate 6 figure price tag territory) to make me realise why many people either on Audiogon, whatsbestforum, AK and many more; tell newcomers getting into the foray of high end audio to avoid 6moons as the last holy gospel on high end audio reviews. Listen with your ears otherwise your money will bleed tears. Cheers,
  5. @hyper I want that case! Cheers,
  6. I remember reading old Stereophile reviews where they actually pushed gear till it either broke down or blew up and they would point out the obvious flaws. They have changed from that massively nowadays. I still enjoy reading some of there online reviews from time to time. I generally find that most popular reviews for uber expensive audio cables are paid reviewers (shill's) spewing nothing but delusional garbage in text format with overuse of hyperbole's. 6moons is also one website I tend to avoid when it comes to reviews, some of the stuff I've tried based on Srajan's overwhelming positive reviews for various Goldmund amplifiers, MBL cd players and many more exquisite high end European manufacturers have left a sour taste in my mouth. Cheers,
  7. Tried the GEC 6SN7's, RCA Redbase 5692 or WE 421A's? All considered to be holy grail status 6SN7's similars or equivalents by many out there.
  8. I believe you can buy replacement panels (anodised in any colour you want). Get in touch with Justin @ Headamp to confirm. Cheers,
  9. The whole "running-in/burning-in" definitely raises some eyebrows from people in both sides of the camp. If we approach the theory from a scientific and physics point of view, technically fresh and new audio components, amplifiers or a DAC should sound best straight out of the box because none of the internal parts/components be it capacitors or resistors have "mileage" on them and are fresh. Electrical components only wear out and go out of there original intended specifications as they age and are frequently used, they don't last forever. Just like buying vegetables and eating/cooking them when they are fresh, they taste the best compared to vegetables left in the fridge too long and then cooking them, same concept/analogy applies here with electrical parts. Then we have people who say that "running-in/burn-in" with parts does work, in fact it is true that running-in things does work and improve with some stuff to an extent (such as in the automotive industry) but for the most part and based on the many of these type of discussions/arguments I've read online, most tend to agree and would tell you that any perceptive changes you hear from audio burn-in is simply your brain tuning in or getting adjusted to the sound frequencies of the audio components (amplifiers or DAC's) you're listening to. Cheers,
  10. From what I was told during the session, it is the maxed out edition with the silver transformer and Jensen caps. The sound was more resolving than the MSB Diamond IV Dac, in fact I would be seriously disappointed if I had purchased a near $60,000 top of the flight DAC only to have it surpassed or equal by a DAC costing very tiny in comparison. The MSB sounded plasticky and sterile on some material, simply un-natural sounding. Even when we compared the Holo DAC to the MSB Select DAC which is their flagship DAC, the differences aren't that huge aside from the huge price tag on the Select DAC and better aesthetics, yes it did have maybe bit better resolution and detail extraction but the DAC is in the 6 digit price range. Cheers,
  11. Had the recent opportunity to hear an upgraded version of the Holo DAC, it sounded on par with an MSB Diamond IV DAC with it's own power base. Cheers,
  12. If it helps you can use a hammer and a chisel or the pry-in side of a crowbar to pry open from just the top pieces so you can lift out the box without destroying the crate. Cheers,
  13. A number of my amplifiers use crimped connectors to the rectifiers with a 700vdc rated crimp insulator sleeve. The rectifiers are 50amps. Crimped connectors are easier for troubleshooting they still require a good bit of force to remove from the rectifier legs. Cheers,
  14. The power transformers go melt down after some years of usage when used continuously on our 240-260vac AC. Best recommended to use a step down transformer to regulate the AC to our standards and also reduces the power inside feeding the valves and other components since the circuit is not regulated or order one with a 240v primary AC. My tech has shown/told me a number of Chinese tube amplifiers which end up on the bench in for repairs or disposal after the power transformer is completely shot, can assure you it is not scare tactics used by importers. One of the biggest issues with these amplifiers especially the Ming Da and Meixengs is ensure the AC ground is grounded to the chassis of the amplifier. Cheers,
  15. That's some crafty photoshopping! I would not have realized it if you had not posted the ebay photos. When somebody says they only accept bank deposit that is usually a high alert giveaway for a potential scam. Most people in this day and age use or have used Paypal. Cheers,