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Bravo Ocean Tube Amplifier

Bravo Ocean Tube Amplifier

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I also bought this like four years ago on Amazon. It was in the storage for a whole year last year. After I took it out, it's noise has increased to an unacceptable level (it used to be quite noticeable also). I tried replacing the tube, got better, then worse again after two weeks. I wonder what the problem is. I bought an O2 and a little dot MKIII instead now.
Hmm, 5549 sold and still 0 reviews?
While this is intriguing, it's a bit disconcerting that there are no actual power output specs listed, or what kind of impedances this would work with. I think you're a lot better off getting something reputable that will drive a wide variety of headphones: Schiit Vali 2 http://www.schiit.com/products/vali-1 it was $169.00, now $149.00 and its made in the US (except wall wart)
I've bought one of these off of Amazon a wile ago. During the first use I went to unplug the rca cables from the back of the unit and the female plugs ripped out of the back. If they haven't increased build quality in the past two years be gentle with it!
This unit looks a bit nicer, IMO, with the LED turned backward.
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I'm curious about tube amps. I'm currently using the Massdrop LCX and I'm not looking to buy a new amp at the moment. If I want to buy a cheap-o tube amp one day just to try it out, would this be a good unit just to try out a few tubes on? Then I'd upgrade later from there. Fostex TR-XOO MH and Senn 6XX are my main cans, the 6XX being the only ones that are hard to drive.
cwelton17
I have Fostex TH-X00 MH and HiFiMan HE-560. The gain on the Ocean is a bit much for the X00s when I run line level from my Fiio X3-iii. Hardly have to turn the knob. The HiFiMan's need more power, less gain, it seems. The X00's really benefit from the tube (I'm using a Mullard 12au7 replacement). Sound is lucious.
Does it come with RCA cables?
Edit: It does not..
Would it be smart to replace my bravoV2 with this or is it essentially the same but with a metal housing?
RKIN1987
The V2 and the Ocean are basically the same, except the Ocean has (as you said) a metal housing and rca outputs.
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I have this Amp and its great for The price. Unfortunatly the stock tube was blown out of the box. The reviews on Amazon recommend using different tubes, which help with nicer sound
Is this a hybrid amp? I am skeptical that a single tube can be providing all the work. For those that do not know, 12AU7/12AX7 type tubes are basically two gain cells in one package. On a guitar amp these are usually split up so that one side is preamp and the other side buffers the EQ circuit. Or commonly they use 3 tubes so you get 6 gain elements, to get more high gain and EQ options. 12AU7 are not high gain tubes. So I am pretty sure this is an opamp based amplifier with the single low gain tube simply buffering between the input and output opamps. Or possibly it is the line input stage and the output is a couple TLO72.
Calaverasgrande
It does not use opamps, but fets and hence hybrid amp.
I was wondering if the Russian Electro Harmonix 12au7 tube in this amp is high or low gain? I’m going to do some tube rolling once mine is delivered, but I’d Like to know what my starting point is with the factory tube.
CtDrummer
EHX tubes are usually high gain (and kinda noisy) But a 12AU7 is a low gain tube when compared to 12AX7 and ECC83.
Received mine, and after the power light initially turned on, it faded out after 10 seconds and has not turned on again since. Tried multiple outlets, no improvement. No power, no sound. only disappointment.
Chme85
You should contact them and claim a replacement
If you did not start using tube amp, get it immediately, it is great start, which helped me to hear new sound. You will never regret it!
It was a long wait to save just $10 bucks. And the shipment is delayed now. Typical Massdrop... Need to cancel my order and buy from Amzon for $89 with one day shipping.
DeadJoker
Take a look on ebay ... ;o)
Hi im new to tube amp, so i got my Bravo Ocean 3d ago, also i have Sennheiser HD600 to pair with, just want to ask what 'extra' other tube can i try beside the the original tube that comes with Brave Ocean? i just want to experience the other extra tube, also where do you buy those extra tubes? any website suggestion (with international shipping)?
KvGN
12AU7 / ECC82 tubes. You can spend as little as 15 bucks, or as much as maybe 50 for some new old stock thing.
I am pretty happy with a russian Electro Harmonix in mine, but I might pick up a new old stock RCA "clear top" 12AU7, which are supposed to be pretty good.
Believe it or not, you may actually have access to some pretty dope tubes in places outside north america. You should also look around domestically. These tubes were absolutely ubiquitous for a LONG time.
I just got mine in and started listening to it and the right channel is noticeably quieter at lower volumes than the left. I’ve got it hooked up to the SMSL M3 DAC/amp right now. I know it isn’t the headphones bc I play the same music through the SMSL and there isn’t an issue, and I’ve tried swapping the cable. I reached to Bravo Audio, but is there something I can do in the meantime?
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vollkanzr
On the NFB?
Is support directly from Bravo?
just missed the drop..... anytime redropping soon??
If i got this and the Jubilee 58X would I want a DAC to go with it? I don't know a thing about audiophile stuff but I'd like one nice setup/pair of headphones just to have
BlueCrowned
I believe a DAC would be good depending on your source. From an iPhone or Android device, you can connect to the input of the amp from the headphone jack. From a CD or DVD player, you can connect from the RCA output of the player. I both of these cases, you’re using the source device’s built in DAC. Your sound would improve if you go directly from the source digital signal to a dedicated DAC then to the Bravo.
for me, I’m building my system gradually. I’m getting this amp and then later, when I have a little more cash, I’ll get a nice DAC. In the meantime, I’ll connect this to my Macbook’s headphone output and use the Mac’s onboard DAC.
JJumper
I'd be using a CD player, an LG android and a PC. So I would want to connect the source to the DAC, then the amp, then the headphones? (Or just to the amp then the phones if I'm not using a DAC of course)
Listening to mine now, which was delivered yesterday, with a selection of a few inexpensive tubes. It certainly does tubey things. Don't know much else to say about it than that.
Edit: After about half an hour, the left channel has gone dead, looks like a bad RCA jack. I popped the lid open and also found taht one of the mosfets aren't even screwed down to the heat sink plate completely.
Bummer, off to massdrop support again.
Edit: 3 days and massdrop is still silent. cool story guys.
Edit 2: they offered me 20% back and keep, or a return. I took the 20% and broke out the soldering iron.
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Seemed that way with mine
PigmonkeY
They might as well make this in to a kit set so people could do their own soldiering, much like the OLKB keebs haha.
Has anyone listened to this alongside the Vali 2? Any thoughts on how those two would compare? I imagine the Vali is better quality, but I’m intrigued by this guy.
aaronber
I have both, vali sounded actually worse with its original tube, after I change it to better one they begin to sound similar, considering the price, having both if them is just great.
I did not notice if it comes with power supply and what voltage, it is not mentioned it the drop. I guess it should by still...
tacit57
I was wondering the same thing but on amazon there were some answer saying it have the power supply between 100-240v to 24v dc in. Still don't know how that work with so wide range of voltage tho
New to tube amps here. Does it need time to warm up (heard thats a tube amp-related thing) and does this particular model do simultaneous outputs? I have a soundbar and an old 2.0 speakers which I sometimes switch both on to get stronger beats lol.
Lozalttp
tube amp process is like if it is done warming, it allows you to listen, if not warmed you get less sound than without amp or none.. but warming up process is too quick any ways.
Is this worth the extra over the v2 (I believe it was 50 during the drop)? In terms of sound and/or reliability. Also what is the warranty, and how is it handled?
skyrider
I have owned a V2 for about 4 years -- it was my first tube amp. Due to the open chassis, beware of electrical shorts and be extremely cautious around coffee and soda. I've zapped myself a few times, and even got the "red screen" on an old iPhone. That required a hard reboot and full OS reinstall but the phone was okay.
The V2 is also very light, whereby I've pulled it off the shelf many times (but never broke the tube). I now wrap a cable around a post to keep it in place.
If I had it to do over again, I'd choose Ocean (or another amp with full tube protection) in a heartbeat.
I now own a Massdrop CTH and love the sound, but wish every day that its tube was protected.
skyrider
By information from the maker (received personally), it is worth it.
This or little dot mk1 / mk2?
I'm new to Amps, and Dacs. Currently I have Fiio A3 that is my first amp. And I'm not sure if the Boomcloud360 can be classified as a dac ? I have a set of Hifiman HE-4xx., and I also have a set of HD 6XX that I'm waiting on. In my case my music will be playing through my Note 8. I'm unsure what cables to purchase to make this work. I just need to learn what is a great setup . My A3, and Boomcloud360 seem to sound Eh?? Ok, actually looking for someone with Knowledge about amps, and dacs to help with what I don't know, and there is plenty that I'm lost on. Any help from someone who has a setup they are pleased with. To guide me in the right way. Would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Scott
Excellent amp for 650, 600, T90 etc. Do no mind the price!
Will this be good with the k712 pro?
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I'm using it on my pc and it's onboard audio is pretty bad. Motherboard manufacturers don't really care about putting good audio :/
JarlRahkos
Look at Topping NX4. It is in your price range. It was also a drop here some time ago. You could also buy from Amazon or AliExpress.
i have low impedance headphones and this amp will blow em up right after 9 O'clock. cant wait to test them with some 300 ohms
theobeams
The Bravo amps are extremely powerful. My V2 is ear-splitting before 12 o'clock with Sennheiser HD600s (300 ohms). I often turn down the input source.