What's in the box!

Thanks, @raindownthunda. Definitely done with this one :slight_smile:

Thanks, @xiaoyaoyou. Donald North Audio is a very small operation, but boy are the amps something special. Up and down the line, really great value. You’ll have to email the owner for specifics (or poke around on forum threads for his amps), but if you’re considering a tube amp, Starlett, Stratus, or Stellaris are worthwhile to have on your list.

Thanks, @ufospls2! I feel like I’ve stumbled my way into a neat setup!

Sounds better than it looks! And thank you!

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Hey man. That is really something. I’m incredibly happy for you. The design and build look really first rate. :slight_smile:

I guess it is holographic tube time imaging. I’ll let you be. :relaxed:

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I thought I’d have a little fun with scale today, and show another chair, a forum tradition. These rockers are about 100 years old, and were made as trade goods by Indians living in Tioga county PA and north into NY State. This pair of children’s rockers sat on my Grandma-in-Law’s covered porch for as long as I can remember. Family says they were bought in the mid 1920’s for my Father-in-Law and his sister.

They make the Sabaj DAC/AMP look huge. But it’s about the size of a Bifrost 2.

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Nice kit, nice listening chairs too!

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Yep Yep Yep.

Already tube rolled I see.

Welcome to the club!

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Will be interesting to see if this’ll top my current fav can (utopia)…

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Nice chairs if you are 2 or 3 years old. I’d totally enjoy an adult-sized model.

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@xiaoyaoyou

What are your thoughts on the Ara? Do you still have them? Drop has them right now at a pretty good price… What are you using them with?

Thanks for any feedback!

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I heard enough of the stock rectifier when I had the demo Stratus :wink: Leaving the stock 2A3’s in during burn-in, and then my NOS Sylvanias will take over. The 6N1P is also out, replaced with a Philco (by Sylvania) 6BK7B.

Thanks! I’m so happy to be in it :slight_smile:

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@robson,

I bought the Campfire Ara a little over 8 months ago during CFA’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale as an upgrade to my CFA Satsuma IEMs. I paid $899, which coincidentally enough is what Drop currently has them for. For $899, I think they are worth the price, considering sound quality, build and materials, accessories, and country of manufacture. It’s a substantial upgrade from the Satsuma. While not perfect for all the various genres I listen to, it does a good enough job that if I had to pick one headphone or IEM to keep, the Ara would be it.

Currently, I am using the Qudelix 5K as my primarily DAC/headamp, connected to my iPad Pro either via Bluetooth or USB-C. I don’t hear any hissing with the 5K and the Ara didn’t hiss with my Schiit Asgard 3 nor with my RebelAmp at normal listening volumes. I’m still in the process of trying out different ear tips, but so far the only ones I dislike are the stock silicone ones (not the Final Type E).

Feel free to DM me if you have any specific questions you’d like me to address.

Regards,
Vic

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I agree with these impressions too. I have the Ara now and enjoy them - they do lean neutral-bright, so keep that in mind.

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These showed up today.

FiiO FD7 and KA2

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JDS Labs Element II. $200 off due to the release of the Element III. Personally, I prefer the simplicity of the II (no display or too-clever-by-half automatic gain switching).

Volume-matched A/B comparison with RME ADI 2 suggests they’re identical. IF there’s a difference, the Element has a slightly softer presentation - like the difference between San Pellegrino and Perrier (but less pronounced), which may be preferable for extended listening at my desk.

Looks as though the RME is bound for the living room.





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Box…

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Bee!

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Bee with cover? (so far I find the sound better without the covers)

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Welcome to the hive club. It looks like there were a few changes since my model. Strips instead of grid on the outside, and Sajiv decided to get BOXES! In the early days it was bubble wrap in a generic box. Can’t wait to hear your commentary.

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Thanks!

It’s a new model - Bee instead of Hive, Planar instead of E-stat.

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