Hagerman Tuba thoughts?

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    I share your curiosity. This was pointed out to me recently as a low impedance tube amp. Most of my headphones are low impedance so I am exploring this market. I found some reviews and actually spoke to the guy by email. Still hemming hawing though.
     
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    I’ve had one for 2 or 3 weeks, I like it better than my ZDT Jr.
    It’s pretty dry sounding, better staging that the ZDT, less noise, and less power.
    Drives my Aeolus and Eikon to good volume levels at about 1 o’clock on the low impedance output, which I prefer to the high impedance output. Haven’t tried it with my 6XX, but I’ll get around to it.

    Give me a bit more time with it and I’ll give real impressions.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I'm moving to an apartment and will need to give up on my vinyl rig for a while. I'm hoping headphones will fill the void for a while. I'd love a Starlett but can't make the investment at the moment. Hoping the Tuba will be adequate.

    Does yours have the crossfeed option?
     
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    No they used to all have it, but now it's request only I believe.
     
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    Are you using any low impedance headphones with it?
     
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    I haven't tried them, I have a pair of Elex here I can and will try at some point, I've never really liked the way Focal's sound on the pure tube amps I've tried them on, but the Low impedance output on the Tuba is I think 5 Ohms so it might not be terrible.

    I think Hybrids are a better fit in most cases for Low impedance headphones, I really like the Elex on the Liquid Platinum.
     
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    I don't think of the Elex as being particularly low impedance. I suppose it is compared to the Senn HD6 line.

    My lowest are 25, 32 and 32 Ohm. He claims, quite proudly, that they work great with Grado's. That is the only reason that I am considering this amp.
     
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    I have not had much luck with hybrids. I have had three so far. (1) I thought the Loxjie P20 was junk. (2) The Vali 2 is a nice amp, but in no way "tubey", to me. (3) XDuoo TA-20 is nice and the balanced option is handy. It is not as clear as the Vali 2 and I guess some might call that tube-like.

    I have considered a new Lyr 3 and a used Mjolnir, but I am disappointed with the whole hybrid thing.
     

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