So, @CEE_TEE has very kindly given us one of these amplifiers for a review/impressions tour!
Initially I am going to do this outside of the normal Community Preview Program, so participation requirements are going to be a bit different. If this works well, I will consider using it as a model to add other gear to the CPP that isn’t carried by heapdhone.com partners.
And, after the initial tour, I may well add it to the library of gear available as part of the CPP.
Here’s how this will work:
You’ll have the amplifier to listen to for 7 days.
After your time with it, you’ll ship it directly to the next person on the tour.
You must post impressions of the unit, in this thread, in a timely fashion (ideally before the next person receives it). Pictures are not required for this. If you want to post a full review with pictures, that’s even better - but it still needs to be timely.
To participate, you must be a regularly active member of the forum (at least trust level 2 or “Member” status), which is a lower bar than for the CPP - beyond which participation will be at my discretion.
And you must have a balanced headphone or IEM to try it with; this unit is definitely at its best from it’s balanced output. A balanced source is less of a concern.
Your “cost” to participate is purely in your shipping it to the next person on the tour. It’ll need to go “signature required”, with a trackable carrier (UPS or Fedex preferred), and insured at $300. For this unit, this will typically run about $20-25, depending on where you are and where the next recipient is. I will optimize the shipping route/sequence to keep costs as low as possible.
For now, if you want to participate, shoot me a private message rather than cluttering this thread. For this first round I want to see at least 5 participants before I kick it off, 10 would be ideal. In the future, if I/we do more of these, I’ll do it via public threads for sign-up and tracking (in their own category). This first run is an experiment.