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  1. Armaegis

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    @Luckbad

    I have the Babyface Pro FS, and I used to have the ADI-2.

    My choice interface for sound is still the Prism Lyra. In fact, the Babyface is currently serving as a usb/spdif bridge into the Lyra because the RME drivers are more stable. I've been halfheartedly thinking to sell the Lyra because the convenience and stability of the Babyface is great, but I just can't let go of the sound from the Lyra.

    On mic duty, the RME has more gain on tap but I vastly prefer the Prism preamp.

    The Lyra headphone jack has an awful high output impedance though, so that might play wonky with IEMs.
     
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    Anybody have experience with the Atticus and both the MCTH and Liquid Platinum? I know the Atticus has awesome synergy with the MCTH, but can't figure out if that synergy carries over undiminished to the LP - thoughts? Thanks!
     
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    Can I get some opinions on what is a better buy the BH Crack or the Drop x EDC ZDT Jr? I have an order in for the Starlett but wont get that for about 6 months, so was trying to sell my DV and get a better tube amp until then. Would you guys recommend the Crack or the ZDT Jr. since they are similar priced. Thanks for the help guys
     
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    Call me crazy, but if I were on a 6-month wait I might instead go for a Cavalli Tube Hybrid (just saw one a eBay for $177) or a Schiit Vali ($149). No doubt, I've enjoyed BH Crack and Drop x EC ZDT Jr. but each involves some compromises that I don't think are necessary or a benefit to listen for short term. The CTH and Vali I thought were a small part tube, but also more generic use amplifiers at low cost.
     
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    The CTH is also on sale from Drop at $175. If you go with the ZDT Jr., beware of the hum issue. Fixed units have a white dot next to the serial number.
     
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    @sheldaze That is true. Maybe getting something like the Vali or CTH would be a better option since itll be a shorter term amp
     
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    It is a gamble with the ZDT, although I picked one up new in box from ebay recently that did not have a white dot next to the serial number and it is perfectly silent. It did have a wonky volume pot which I replaced with an ALPS RK27 a couple months back.

    The ZDT Jr. was my introduction to tube amplification and it has been thoroughly enjoyable. Makes a great piece of desk candy too.

    One observation with the ZDT Jr., it's definitely sensitive to ground loop from USB sources. My current setup is my laptop -> Schiit Modius (via USB) -> ZDT Jr. and with my laptop plugged into AC power there is some minor but audible USB noise. Unplugging thr laptop from mains power is my easy fix for that.
     
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    It's a gamble. I bought a ZDT Jr. From ebay a few months back that was brand new never used (the seller seemed pretty clueless about it too) that did not have a dot next to the S/N and it is perfectly silent.

    I did replace the bad volume pot on my particular example with an ALPS RK27 due to audio cutout on certain portions of the left channel contact.

    One caveat is that this amp is sensitive to USB noise from poorly shielded/isolated (correct term?) USB sources including the Gigabyte laptop I use as a source. Thankfully unplugging the laptop from AC power fixes that and everything is dead silent.

    All that aside, I love the ZDT Jr. It was my introduction to tube amplification and I love the sound it puts out which really does bring my Senn HD6XXs to life. The whole origins of the amp starting life as the Laconic NBM is a great story as well.
     

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