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By the way, my Little Dot I+ came in a couple weeks ago, and it sounds great! I'm extremely happy with the way it drives my SR80's.





I just put in an order with Mouser for parts to build an RA1 clone. It was a bit expensive (~$60) for an amp based on a 50 cent chip (and I didn't even buy an enclosure), but that was mostly because of things like the 5uf caps, ALPS "blue velvet" pot, as well as ordering a few extra parts. I probably could have done it for ~$30 with standard quality components. Besides, the real RA1 with cheaper parts sells for $350. I'm way excited to put it together; I'll be making a wood enclosure and wiring it p2p.
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Hi there! Is this rig good enough to get me in the club?

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Hi, s1rrah! I posted a "hello" thread in the newbie forum. I hope I don't embarrass you too much... kind of like when your little brother shows up and wants to hang around your friends. Thanks for introducing me to this place. Great site!
yes that will get you in but I charge an amp per membership

very nice setup
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are the d2k's markl moded also?

No, I have not heard the mod. I'd love to hear it sometime to know which is better for my taste. I'm pretty happy with the way they sound, but there are always different headphones to explore and enjoy.

And yes, that's a Woo stand... new version with the curved headphone rest at the top as opposed to the pole that they used to offer.


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If you know Joel, you're family already
Thank you! Yes, I am sure Joel will be by soon to either confirm or disown me.
    
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Hey there Orcin, I recognize you from HF .

Welcome to what I consider one of the better well-kept secrets in the headphone world. We're neither Head-Fi nor Head-Case; this is just the little hang-out where everyone knows each other and discussion is genuine. Metaphorically speaking, if HF is a mass conference, and HC is a local bar, then OCNHC is a local coffee shop. We're not quite as "expressive" as the nuts on 'Case, but we also don't get in bar fights and go on binge drinking (well, most of the time we don't ).

Welcome to OCN and OCNHC.
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Hey there Orcin, I recognize you from HF .

Welcome to what I consider one of the better well-kept secrets in the headphone world. We're neither Head-Fi nor Head-Case; this is just the little hang-out where everyone knows each other and discussion is genuine. Metaphorically speaking, if HF is a mass conference, and HC is a local bar, then OCNHC is a local coffee shop. We're not quite as "expressive" as the nuts on 'Case, but we also don't get in bar fights and go on binge drinking (well, most of the time we don't ).

Welcome to OCN and OCNHC.
What a commendably accurate description of this club, Brian. I think I shall honor it with a nice bout of binge drinking .
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Hey there Orcin, I recognize you from HF .
Hi Aura, thanks for the welcome. Yes, if I recall correctly, you sent that gorgeous modded pair of Denons to our Houston meet last fall?

I will be checking this thread daily. Some great stuff here!. I have browsed this thread several times... either when Joel posted something exciting and linked it for me or when Gollie went on one of his famous spending sprees (speaking of binges).

I am going on vacation next week, and I will be visiting my family in Robinson, Illinois. It's about an hour east of Effingham. I grew up there, lived in Champaign for a while, and I graduated from Illinois State. So I am very familiar with your neck of the woods. I really wanted to go to Champaign for the Central Illinois meet, but I couldn't work that out.

We'll be doing another Houston meet this fall... feel free to send yourself this time!
    
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Hi there! Is this rig good enough to get me in the club?

Denon D-2000 with Moon Audio Blue Dragon v3
Sennheiser HD-600 with Moon Audio Blue Dragon v3
Woo Audio WA6SE with Sophia Princess rectifier
Grover SC interconnects
MHDT Paradisea+ DAC
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Hi, s1rrah! I posted a "hello" thread in the newbie forum. I hope I don't embarrass you too much... kind of like when your little brother shows up and wants to hang around your friends. Thanks for introducing me to this place. Great site!
Right on Ken! (oops, I mean "Orcin") ... glad you finally popped your OCN cherry.

(to the uninitiated ... Ken is the sole financier behind making the last Houston Head-fi meet possible ... though the idea came to the both of us in some way distant Head-fi PM's ... we've both been losing money to this affliction at about the same hysterical pace over the past year ... specially since I just got my Raptor in the mail!)

The kids around here are pretty accepting (though they will remind you that your an old fart like me) ... but then again ... that's sort of fun in a way.

Your setup looks divine, friend. Your as visually particular as myself and I'm a designer by trade ... slight OCD is a good thing!

Anyway. Glad you showed up. Best. .joel
    
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Got the Raptor in today ...

Currently putting it through it's paces with a tube set recommended by a friend on Head-fi:

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So far so good. Impressed.

I'll be writing up a detailed HP100 vs. Raptor thread later but for now I'll just say that they are close competitors ... equals maybe ... with some extra liquid/creaminess coming through with the Raptor ... and likely just a bit more pronounced and deep bass with the RS amp. But I've only been listening for an hour and so ... you know.

(and maybe it's just the rubber tube dampeners, but the Raptor's tubes have a slight smell about them! Not bad like electronics burning ... just a "hot" smell, like an iron heating up before you press a shirt. Hope that's normal)

    
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Hi Aura, thanks for the welcome. Yes, if I recall correctly, you sent that gorgeous modded pair of Denons to our Houston meet last fall?

I will be checking this thread daily. Some great stuff here!. I have browsed this thread several times... either when Joel posted something exciting and linked it for me or when Gollie went on one of his famous spending sprees (speaking of binges).

I am going on vacation next week, and I will be visiting my family in Robinson, Illinois. It's about an hour east of Effingham. I grew up there, lived in Champaign for a while, and I graduated from Illinois State. So I am very familiar with your neck of the woods. I really wanted to go to Champaign for the Central Illinois meet, but I couldn't work that out.

We'll be doing another Houston meet this fall... feel free to send yourself this time!
Heh, yeah that was me who sent the Denon.

Haven't heard of Robinson, but I have been past Effingham a few times. Springfield is generally about as far south as I get in Illinois unless my father and I are driving to St. Louis for a Cubs/Cards game. Been to Champaign plenty of times of course, and I've got a load of friends at ISU along with some family in Bloomington as well.

Hopefully we'll do another Champaign meet; the venue was just fantastic. Probably as ideal a listening environment I'm likely to ever experience for a meet.

Flirted with the idea of visiting Joel before, who knows, maybe this fall I'll really commit to it. Probably moreso if I can't get the cash together right now for CanJam.

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Got the Raptor in today ...

(and maybe it's just the rubber tube dampeners, but the Raptor's tubes have a slight smell about them! Not bad like electronics burning ... just a "hot" smell, like an iron heating up before you press a shirt. Hope that's normal)

Yeah, it could be the dampeners. 5687's get hot as hell, and the Raptor in particular is one real scorcher. I have experienced the same smell before; I powered up my Moth after a few weeks of non-use and the 2A3's smelled like that for about 30 seconds. Just confirmed that I ought to get a slow heating rectifier one of these days...
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Yeah, it could be the dampeners. 5687's get hot as hell, and the Raptor in particular is one real scorcher. I have experienced the same smell before; I powered up my Moth after a few weeks of non-use and the 2A3's smelled like that for about 30 seconds. Just confirmed that I ought to get a slow heating rectifier one of these days...
After burning/playing for a couple hours ... the ambient smells aren't nearly as perceptible ...

But if I hover over the two front tubes ... putting my shnoz over them and all ... that same "hot" smell is evident. Really ... it's *just* like an iron heating up. That's what it smells like and all. And yes ... those 5687 tubes are quite near too hot to touch ...

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...

Anyway ...

I'm very much liking the RaySam amp. I can already tell I'm going to have about three months of tube rolling/testing in store before settling on a win ... but that could be fun.

The Raptor, as I've read before, is a very solid-state sounding tube amp in regards to detail and low level resolution.

But then it's far more "liquid" and "smooth" and "wet" sounding than my HP100 Stello amp ... (though, in the strictest of approximations, the Stello might be a tad bit better in sheer detail .. but at the same time, not as good in sound stage, bass and high frequency image) ...

Really .. more later and as I get the time to properly review both amps and author a review ...

The solid state Stello HP100 is a damn impressive bit of gear. A direct competitor when set next to the RSA Raptor for sure ... only lacking the Raptors ability to tube roll and thereby tailor the sound. And also, quite noticeably lacking the Raptor's smooth and tube induced loveliness ...

Currently wading into a great Trans Am album ... "You Can Always Get What You Want" ... a prophetic title or not ... it still is sounding quite rich.



More later ...
    
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Wow, that Raptor looks very sweet! I love RSA amps for the design and appearance. If the Raptor stays around long enough, I will be very interested in doing a Raptor/WA6SE comparison. I am particularly curious about this comparison with my D2000's because the Raptor is OTL vs. the Woo's transformer-coupled design.

Of course, you have the same "low impedance issue" with your GS1000's, which I believe are 32 ohm. And you obviously don't see a problem so far. But the D2000's are 25 ohm and below the minimum spec of 32 ohm for the Raptor.

In theory, your solid-state HP100 will be better with extreme low impedance phones. In theory, a tube amp with high quality transformers will be a better match than an OTL amp for a 25 ohm phone. In practice, everything is colored and maybe the color of the Raptor is more pleasing than the WA6SE color.

Using the HP100 as a baseline (being ss and not subject to the issue), it would be interesting to see the difference, if any, between the two tube amp designs when both amps are of very high quality.
    
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