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Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier

Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier

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bought this a while ago, it was ok, a few months down the like it developed a horrible crackling sound, now it has stopped working all togher.
This thing was great for the first few months, but it's since developed significant clicking and popping. I tried replacing the tube, but the problem persists. It's now unusably noisy.
I'll try resoldering the joints when I have the time, or maybe buying a grounded power supply for it, but honestly I'm not sure if it's worth the trouble.
pieps
I grounded my power supply it doesn't make a difference, i have the same problem
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I was excited about this amp. This is my 1st amp. I plugged it in put in the tube and connect it to my headphones and pc and hear a crackling sound. :(
EDIT: LOL it was just my router signal interfering. My bad works perfectly
anyone has any idea, how is it on audio technica ath-m50x ?
ariji7
I'll find out when I get mine, that's what I plan to pair it with.
ariji7
It sounds nice. I don't have anything to compare it to though.
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Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 5/4 or sooner if something comes up.
ArthurM
Yay! I'm so excited to get this. Heard good things and can't wait.
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
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Got one and it broke. Massdrop gave me a replacement and that one broke, too.
It's garbage.
Do they provide a cord/power supply for EU countries?
I have had my Bravo V2 amp for almost a year now and I think its amazing, I cant switch back to normal audio its great for intro but it does have some occasional static noise because of its open design. V2 does use its amp can anyone tell me if its worth upgrading or if v3 does not use the tube (you have to wait for the tube to warm up and when you turn it off you can still hear the song/noise as if you never turned it off for about a second)
Appearance wise it is a rip off of the Garage 1217 budget tube amps and kits made here in the USA. I don't like rip offs and it's too cheap for me to take it seriously. Check out Garage 1217 if you like the looks.
Unfortunately, we're going to have to cancel this drop due to a vendor error. Thanks for your interest in the product. We'll work to source these as quickly as we can for an upcoming drop. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Forewarned is fore-armed. I own this amp, from previous drop. I have not been able to stop interference from objects in office. Constantly dealing with noise and crackles. Have even tried covering it with aluminium mesh with copper tape on it. No luck. I will be retiring this unit from this environment, or selling it, and finding something else. The sound is good for the price, and it's fun trying out different tubes, but be aware of it picking up random signals and killing your enjoyment. They do make a version with aluminium case for $30 more msrp of this unt.
cruz10n
Same here. Retired it for a Fulla Schiit. Best decision I've ever made. Love that thing, and it fits in my earbud case...
cruz10n
Its the power source issue. Find a power brick from a laptop that has a 3 pong adaptor.
I must say again that having tried 3 different Bravo units they all failed. I wonder if Massdrop reads their members comments on the products they sell. this is china made junk. buy made in the USA, plenty of really good amps/dacs available. Google search 'best headphone amps/dacs' Schiit audio makes very good tube amp/dac for cheap. read reviews on what you select and in the price range you can afford. you will find that a little research goes along way. you will be really happy you did. 46 yrs of experience
MIC1
Luckily the one I ordered from Amazon worked (v3), but I agree, you get what you pay for. I bought this for testing out tube rolling (12AU7s specifically), so it did it's job... I gotta say though, not being a shielded design (mesh or metal case), I get cell interference. So, yeah, great intro product, not for the Audiophile, tho.
I just joined the second drop for this device. That should say something about the first one I bought. Look, if anybody thinks they're gonna get an audiophile-quality headphone amp for less than a hundred bucks they're delusional. I've read some of the discussion about poor build quality and noise. The build quality is what you'd expect for something at this price point. I have had no problem with noise. With the unit I bought, some can be heard if you turn the volume to full with no input signal, but when playing music it isn't an issue. Recently, I refurbished my fathers old (1963) McIntosh 240 stereo tube amp. I'm still working on the McIntosh MX 110 tuner/preamp, but wanted to test the newly refurbished 240. I first plugged my iPod directly into the amp's inputs and the sound was good and clean, but the iPod just doesn't deliver enough signal to drive the big amp. I decided to try the V3 as a preamp and was completely blown away by the sound. At high volume with no signal I did detect a little hum, but was able to make it go away by touching a good ground to one of the lugs on top of the V3 or anywhere on the chassis of the McIntosh. My point is, if something is built so poorly it doesn't work, you should send it back and ask for a replacement or refund, but you gotta make allowances for a device that costs so little and does so much. I'd challenge anyone to find a tube preamp with a three band hardware EQ for twice (or even three times) the price of the V3. Hint: Don't waste your time. It ain't out there!
MacTexan
It's not a "true" tube amp. And while it does perform pretty good for it's price, mine broke within a month of regular use. I decided to skip "budget amps" and just upped my budget to get something more decent.
Was happy with it while it worked though and would've still been happily using it if I could.
EvoSteven
I had the same problem, was a fun toy to begin with but it soon broke (high static interference and hum) so it went back.
just recived mine 1/15/2016 it's shiped international to Turkey/istanbul in very very good condition perfect packing by massdrop i've alrady have a schiit audio magni 2 uber/modi 2 uber so i've used modi 2 uber as a dac to this tube amp first there was an increadble distortion sound was vey bad but that was my bad you need to realy psuh the tube to conect corretly after that i can say this is incradble it's good as magni 2 uber and o2amp ad it's half of the price only bad thing that i can say is there is no high/low gain switch so low if you are gone use this with some 34- 50 ohm headphones be you are warned i've used this amp with sennheiser hd 598- 600-800 run evry one of them for 60 bucks you can't beet this
First, the bad. The left and right channel inputs are mislabelled. White goes to red and red goes to white. This thing is really sensitive to poor quality input cables. With a cheapo cable, it had a lot of background noise. With a decent cable ($15ish off Amazon) there was very little background noise.
Overall, it sounds OK. Really bright sounding unless you turn down the treble and mids. Makes my hd650s sound like dt990 pros. Sounds less bright once you turn it down a bit.
Just got mine 1-8-2015 and ... Wow! I realize in theory a tube amp, even a very modest one like this t-with one tube (a very nice EH 6922) should get better some hours in but so far, so good. I was a bot worried by some of the reviews that these HD amps were noisy , had shielding issues and even some build quality concerns ... and that the reliability and longevity could be an issue but after three hours of listening to some of my hi res FLAC files I am hearing some very nice details with that unmistakable tube warmth I was looking for. Back in the day I owned a Macintosh Tube pre and separate amplifier and that was heaven. Two kids both in college now needless to say I don't have them or the bank account to spend that way right now. As I said above, so far, I am enjoying this little HD amp. I'll update if I need to (should things go wrong or get even better). Any recommendations on a DAC that offers the same type of bang for the buck as this V3?
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Our vendor has informed us that the bulk shipment was picked up on Monday, and it is currently en route to our warehouse! Transit time typically takes about a week, so we are expecting to receive the order by early next week. Once received, our warehouse team will work hard to turn around your individual orders as quickly as possible.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 1/6 or sooner if something comes up.
We have some great news everyone. Our vendor has informed us that inventory will become available to them within the next few days. They will be working hard to prepare this order for shipment and aim to send it from their location by the beginning of next week. We are currently trending for everything to be shipped out of our warehouse before the estimated ship date of 1/6.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 12/30 or sooner if something comes up.
Thanks again for joining this drop! With your help we were able to make it successful for the community. We've just submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where we'll break it up into individual orders and ship them directly to you! The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 1/6.
Rest assured that we will provide you all with updated information regarding the status of your order throughout the process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 12/23.
ArthurM
6th of January...ah man.
soo when is this shiping
Didn't have a lot of problems with it (other than the power supply isn't grounded --> noise, only on my phone though).
Except for today. It sounded like it "popped" and while sound is still coming through, there is very audible white noise right now. I'll give it a day and if it's still the same, I'll have to return it unfortunately.
I did like it while it lasted. If it really is broken, it lasted a bit over 3 weeks. Not worth the money at all, lol!
EvoSteven
If you haven't done so already, take the top off and use a screwdriver to fiddle with the yellow pots in front of the tube. There's no clear best setting to put them at, but I had a similar issue that I solved by rotating the pots fully to the right. Once you find the best setting for your particular amp, it's very satisfying.
I bought this a year ago. It kept dying after 20 minutes. Apparently the power supply was bad, so it was exchanged. When the new unit came, the L/R inputs were reversed (so I just reverse the way I connect), but that says something about the quality control. The volume pot is noisy when changing volume and there is also a high noise floor. My recommendation is to avoid this product.
like i said everyone this amp is very poor quality. not worth the money period. have being enjoying music for many yrs and have a lot of experience on the tech side. the components used to make this amp are poor quality. on a scale of 1 to 10 - this unit is a solid 1 and my comment to tayylmao420 the first step is - change out the tube Dude
Just got the smsl dac/amp off amazon for around 60bucks ... want to try a tube amp is this a good cheep way to see if i like that sound ... i have hd598 and thinking about getting some k7xx next time massdrop puts them out
I had a pretty quiet but nonetheless noticeable hiss with my HD558s but with my K7XX I have none until I up the volume till where, with music playing, it could pop my ears. Probably impedance related. Hooking up my DAC tomorrow to see if that makes the already great sound better.
I do get nasty static sounds with my phone if it's too close (which is like within 2-3 meters...). Also a lot less audible on the K7XX.
To anyone looking to buy this, it's a bit of a double-edged sword. I'm not sure I'm fully convinced about the "tube sound" on this one and might buy a new tube for it soon to compare. Other than that, I love the looks and the heat it puts out (gives it that bit of "retro" vibe yet it looks futuristic-ish kinda). Not quite retrofuturism but I love it nonetheless (just like fallout).
I don't have any noise with my K7XX so I'm alright.
Just sent my second one back. Poor build quality for sure, lot of static noise even with volume turned down. very intermittent.
The most useless thing ever buy.I recived the AMP in good shape, but the sound is a mess. Once I plug in the headphone the noice is killing me. And you can not reduce it by turning volume button down. I tried to put it away from any electronic device and even make some modification, but nothing works. Don't buy it.