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Old 02-21-2012, 04:33 PM   #21
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Bringing this one back from the

I bought my front-end Bada DC-222 Hybrid & Bada HD-22SE HDCD from Pacific Valve back in '08. Great sounding gear at down to earth prices. Nice people to deal with too.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:32 PM   #22
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I just pulled the trigger on Ming Da 75 Integrated Amp! This is the only one I know that will fill my needs. I know this is a blind buy since it is only available through the website. It was back ordered though, the dealer said I should get it by next week Thursday.

Right now, my dream tube amp is far beyond my budget and can't wait for it so I decided to get this temporarily.

I'm just hoping Ming Da will satisfy my taste, I always like the sound of the tube from warm sound or neutral sound. I just want to share this exciting experience I'm having now.
Main: 55" 8500 Samsung LCD 1080P/DT Front BP-7002/Def Tech Ctr/DT Sur Mythos Five/Dual DT Sub Super Cube II/Integra 80.1/ XPA-2 /Denon DVD-955 DVD-A/ SACD/OPPO BDP-83/Monster Power HTS2600 MKII / halo a23s
Stereo: Conrad Johnson Classic Preamp / ) Ming da 75 tube amp/Emotiva ERC-1 CD Player/NAD Turntable/ Paradigm 100s / CA DAC Magic Plus / CA Azur MM phono amp
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:04 PM   #23
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I just pulled the trigger on Ming Da 75 Integrated Amp! This is the only one I know that will fill my needs. I know this is a blind buy since it is only available through the website. It was back ordered though, the dealer said I should get it by next week Thursday.

Right now, my dream tube amp is far beyond my budget and can't wait for it so I decided to get this temporarily.

I'm just hoping Ming Da will satisfy my taste, I always like the sound of the tube from warm sound or neutral sound. I just want to share this exciting experience I'm having now.
Congrats on your good news. I also bought somewhat blind with the Yaqin and am very happy. If the Ming sounds as good as it looks then you wont have any worries. BTW, whats the dream amp?
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:20 AM   #24
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Congrats on your good news. I also bought somewhat blind with the Yaqin and am very happy. If the Ming sounds as good as it looks then you wont have any worries. BTW, whats the dream amp?
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Main: 55" 8500 Samsung LCD 1080P/DT Front BP-7002/Def Tech Ctr/DT Sur Mythos Five/Dual DT Sub Super Cube II/Integra 80.1/ XPA-2 /Denon DVD-955 DVD-A/ SACD/OPPO BDP-83/Monster Power HTS2600 MKII / halo a23s
Stereo: Conrad Johnson Classic Preamp / ) Ming da 75 tube amp/Emotiva ERC-1 CD Player/NAD Turntable/ Paradigm 100s / CA DAC Magic Plus / CA Azur MM phono amp
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:02 PM   #25
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Finally, I hooked up my newest baby (tube amp) for my stereo set up. Sound of tubes are just amazing. Dealer said I should break this in about 80 hours before it can reach its full potential.

The power cord that came in with it is a cheapo. Never ending upgrade, I love this hobby. Anyway, gotta spend some time with the wife before spending time again with number 2 (babies)

My Halos will find its newest place, my HT. It is going to be a very busy for the next few days.
Main: 55" 8500 Samsung LCD 1080P/DT Front BP-7002/Def Tech Ctr/DT Sur Mythos Five/Dual DT Sub Super Cube II/Integra 80.1/ XPA-2 /Denon DVD-955 DVD-A/ SACD/OPPO BDP-83/Monster Power HTS2600 MKII / halo a23s
Stereo: Conrad Johnson Classic Preamp / ) Ming da 75 tube amp/Emotiva ERC-1 CD Player/NAD Turntable/ Paradigm 100s / CA DAC Magic Plus / CA Azur MM phono amp
BR Set up:Def Tech BP-7006/Sony S550 blu-ray player/Onkyo-Integra TX-DS 939/ apc h10 per cond.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #26
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Finally, I hooked up my newest baby (tube amp) for my stereo set up. Sound of tubes are just amazing. Dealer said I should break this in about 80 hours before it can reach its full potential.

The power cord that came in with it is a cheapo. Never ending upgrade, I love this hobby. Anyway, gotta spend some time with the wife before spending time again with number 2 (babies)

My Halos will find its newest place, my HT. It is going to be a very busy for the next few days.
look into the Shunyatta Venom power cable, its not too expensive and supposed to be very good. I was happy to see that my Naim Nait 5i came with a pretty heavy duty power cable.


Congrats on the unit as well.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:29 PM   #27
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look into the Shunyatta Venom power cable, its not too expensive and supposed to be very good. I was happy to see that my Naim Nait 5i came with a pretty heavy duty power cable.


Congrats on the unit as well.
From music direct website, it come with only 1.5 meters and the extension cord can add another 1.5 meters. That will cost me about $ 300.00. I tried audio advisor for a third of a price. Pangea AC-14SE.

Also, I finally hooked up my processor that has been collecting dust in the closet. Got to watch a lot of movies all over again.
Main: 55" 8500 Samsung LCD 1080P/DT Front BP-7002/Def Tech Ctr/DT Sur Mythos Five/Dual DT Sub Super Cube II/Integra 80.1/ XPA-2 /Denon DVD-955 DVD-A/ SACD/OPPO BDP-83/Monster Power HTS2600 MKII / halo a23s
Stereo: Conrad Johnson Classic Preamp / ) Ming da 75 tube amp/Emotiva ERC-1 CD Player/NAD Turntable/ Paradigm 100s / CA DAC Magic Plus / CA Azur MM phono amp
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:57 PM   #28
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The lowest priced Vacuum Tube products are made in China by manufacturers such as XiangSheng. They are sold by a few Chinese dealers on Ebay.

I bought a XiangSheng 728A Vacuum Valve Tube Pre-Amplifier for $332 plus free shipping a few months ago and I am very happy with its performance. You can't find such low prices anywhere else.
HT Room: Panasonic PT-AE8000, Epson 1080UB Proj., Mitsubishi 65" Diamond Series HD TV, Yamaha-RX-A3010 Rec., CinePro 6-Ch. Amp. (350 W/Ch, 8 Ohm), Proton D1200 Amp., Behringer EP4000 & EPX3000 Amps., Oppo BDP-83, Sony BDP-S790, Audio Technica Tuntable, Mitsubishi S-VHS, 2 Def. Tech. Super Towers w 15" subs, 1 Def. Tech. Center & 1 Martin-Logan Center, 2 Def. Tech. Surr. & 2 PSB Surr., 2 Cadence Presence, 2 Bose 901 Rears, 2 Modified HSU 12" Subs, 1 ED DIY 12" Sub, 1 ED DIY 15" Sub, Velodyne SMS-1 Subwoofer Equalizer, DirecTV HD, Monster HTS 5000 & APC H15 Power Conditioners.
Two-Channel Room: XiangSheng Tube Preamp., Carver TFM-45 Amp. (375 W/Ch), Behringer EPX4000 Amp., Onkyo CD player, Denon Turntable, Yamaha Tuner, 2 Vintage Polk RTA-15TL Speakers, 2 LCY 100 Super Tweeters, 2 DIY Folded Horn Super Towers with 15" Sub., 1 Modified AA HD-SUB12
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:30 PM   #29
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The lowest priced Vacuum Tube products are made in China by manufacturers such as XiangSheng. They are sold by a few Chinese dealers on Ebay.

I bought a XiangSheng 728A Vacuum Valve Tube Pre-Amplifier for $332 plus free shipping a few months ago and I am very happy with its performance. You can't find such low prices anywhere else.
Thanks for the website bd. It took me a while since that would be a blind buy, no audition of anything. But I know this would serve me for a very long time.

Are u gonna go all tube in a near future?
Main: 55" 8500 Samsung LCD 1080P/DT Front BP-7002/Def Tech Ctr/DT Sur Mythos Five/Dual DT Sub Super Cube II/Integra 80.1/ XPA-2 /Denon DVD-955 DVD-A/ SACD/OPPO BDP-83/Monster Power HTS2600 MKII / halo a23s
Stereo: Conrad Johnson Classic Preamp / ) Ming da 75 tube amp/Emotiva ERC-1 CD Player/NAD Turntable/ Paradigm 100s / CA DAC Magic Plus / CA Azur MM phono amp
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:05 AM   #30
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Thanks for the website bd. It took me a while since that would be a blind buy, no audition of anything. But I know this would serve me for a very long time.

Are u gonna go all tube in a near future?
No, I don't plan to go all tube in the future. I have too much money invested in solid state equipment. At one time, I had a Carver tube CD player. Unfortunately, it died. Currently, I only use a vacuum tube preamplifier in my two-channel room.
HT Room: Panasonic PT-AE8000, Epson 1080UB Proj., Mitsubishi 65" Diamond Series HD TV, Yamaha-RX-A3010 Rec., CinePro 6-Ch. Amp. (350 W/Ch, 8 Ohm), Proton D1200 Amp., Behringer EP4000 & EPX3000 Amps., Oppo BDP-83, Sony BDP-S790, Audio Technica Tuntable, Mitsubishi S-VHS, 2 Def. Tech. Super Towers w 15" subs, 1 Def. Tech. Center & 1 Martin-Logan Center, 2 Def. Tech. Surr. & 2 PSB Surr., 2 Cadence Presence, 2 Bose 901 Rears, 2 Modified HSU 12" Subs, 1 ED DIY 12" Sub, 1 ED DIY 15" Sub, Velodyne SMS-1 Subwoofer Equalizer, DirecTV HD, Monster HTS 5000 & APC H15 Power Conditioners.
Two-Channel Room: XiangSheng Tube Preamp., Carver TFM-45 Amp. (375 W/Ch), Behringer EPX4000 Amp., Onkyo CD player, Denon Turntable, Yamaha Tuner, 2 Vintage Polk RTA-15TL Speakers, 2 LCY 100 Super Tweeters, 2 DIY Folded Horn Super Towers with 15" Sub., 1 Modified AA HD-SUB12
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:31 PM   #31
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Started to "tube rolling". Bought a couple of RCA 6SN7 and Mullard 12AT7. It made a slight difference already! I have to wait til is is fully break in. For a mean time, I need to save money for future KT-88 replacement once they are no longer good.
Main: 55" 8500 Samsung LCD 1080P/DT Front BP-7002/Def Tech Ctr/DT Sur Mythos Five/Dual DT Sub Super Cube II/Integra 80.1/ XPA-2 /Denon DVD-955 DVD-A/ SACD/OPPO BDP-83/Monster Power HTS2600 MKII / halo a23s
Stereo: Conrad Johnson Classic Preamp / ) Ming da 75 tube amp/Emotiva ERC-1 CD Player/NAD Turntable/ Paradigm 100s / CA DAC Magic Plus / CA Azur MM phono amp
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:16 PM   #32
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Thumbs up Musical Paradise

I have some experience with Musical Paradise Products: http://www.musicalparadise.ca/store/ . See my review of the Musical Paradise MP-D1 DAC here: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread....=1#post6767249

They are designed in Canada and produced in China using very high quality components and are extremely well constructed, but the big thing is they sound incredible!

I’d recommend checking out the other Musical Paradise equipment offerings as well. Other reviews are starting to appear that suggest Garry Huang’s products could be one of the lesser known bargains in the audiophile world, comparing well to other equipment 3-4 times the asking price!
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