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Bravo Audio V2 Class A 12AU7 Tube Multi-Hybrid Headphone Amplifier by Review Summary ,  Sep 6, 2015

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Bravo Audio V2 Class A 12AU7 Tube Multi-Hybrid Headphone Amplifier
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 197 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music4.6   above average
Headphone4.5   above average
Sound4.5   above average
Quality4.3   average
Price4.1   average
Audio4.0   average
Listening4.0   average


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Audio

Audio:
"Might not be the best for everyone but if you have a clean audio in this device will definitely pump the audio out even BETTER! "
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"Dirty audio"
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"Was very disappointed in the audio quality."
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"Bottom line is that if you're just getting into audio and want a simple, cool looking, great sounding headphone amp, this is kind of a no brainer at the price they're charging."
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"I later used HDMI audio out and that worked perfect."
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"I have used it with my smaller Klipsch Image Ones as well as a larger set of Audio Technica ATH-M50x."
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"To date, my soldering electronic skills have only been developed building custom speakers repairing damaged wiring, so I am gearing up to get my arms into finer circuit board work with this amp and install trim pots to account for the lack of them on this model in addition to making the additional mods suggested on audio forums (some great info on Rockgrotto like others have mentioned)."
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"5 5 love the Bravo Audio V2 Class A 12AU7"
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Headphone

Headphone:
"Hence if you have decent ears and a pair of sennheiser headphone without any amplifier, here's a decent one to consider :)"
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"Quite simply, if you have high end headphones and are not using a headphone amp, you do not know what you are missing."
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"Great headphone amp, only complaint is that it's not shielded against all RF (so your cell phone will click your headphones if it gets too close)."
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"The headphones that I'm using are the Monoprice 8323s - not the best cans in the world, but good enough to appreciate what this amp can do."
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"This with the even mediocre Beats headphones produced AWESOME sound!"
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"There's nothing wrong with this headphone amp."
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"The amp pairs well with my Modi2 DAC and HD598 headphones."
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"A fantastic headphone amplifier that just sounds great."
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"Bottom line is that if you're just getting into audio and want a simple, cool looking, great sounding headphone amp, this is kind of a no brainer at the price they're charging."
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"I use it with the Sony MDR 7506 and it takes those headphones from 'good' to 'outstanding'."
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"This little headphone amp lives up to all of the great reviews and online hype, but like the reviews also state, it's not without its flaws as well."
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Listening

Listening:
"I have only had one issue with it since I got it 8 months ago: the degraded after about 5-6 hours of listening, the tube gets hot and I think I just ran it too long."
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"On the other hand, as another reviewer has stated, if you can't control your own enthusiasm for good music, you could potentially damage your hearing by listening too loudly with these, its a delicate balance of sorts, so do not underestimate the discretion you will need when using a device like this."
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"On the 3rd day of using it, or 3rd session, after about an hour of prolonged loud music, something I thought I'd endured a million times in the past with no issue, my right ear took damage (partial loss of hearing) while listening to this."
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"My main disgust with listening through a PC is that you can only turn up the volume so much and I lose all enjoyment if I cant go that extra bit higher when I need to."
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"On the other hand, as another reviewer has stated, if you can't control your own enthusiasm for good music, you could potentially damage your hearing by listening too loudly with these, its a delicate balance of sorts, so do not underestimate the discretion you will need when using a device like this."
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"If you've never used a tube amp before, but your an avid music listener and have a decent set of headphones, this little guy is fun to use with listening."
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"While the stock tube is pretty much like listening to day old cotton candy, replacing it really make this ding dong shine."
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"Very disappointed with the build quality since I liked its performance (it was about an hour of listening experience though.)"
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Music

Music:
"On the other hand, as another reviewer has stated, if you can't control your own enthusiasm for good music, you could potentially damage your hearing by listening too loudly with these, its a delicate balance of sorts, so do not underestimate the discretion you will need when using a device like this."
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"But if you just spent money on something as excessive as a tube amplifier just to listen to music, just well is not good enough."
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"Music sounded great, but I was very disappointed, and not eager to think about returning a device that took 40 plus days ito arrive."
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"Enjoy your music and don't waste money on fake tubes."
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"Again it was not horrible but on some songs where the music or vocals cut out, I could hear it."
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"It makes my music fun again."
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"On the other hand, as another reviewer has stated, if you can't control your own enthusiasm for good music, you could potentially damage your hearing by listening too loudly with these, its a delicate balance of sorts, so do not underestimate the discretion you will need when using a device like this."
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"I'm new to the audiophile game, but I love my music."
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Price

Price:
"As it is, good compromises for good sound at a good price."
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"Now, that isn't to say that it doesn't sound good with the factory tube, its just a lot better with this cheap upgrade."
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"Although they did refund my money, the whole ordeal was a hassle, and it cost me money to ship the defective amp to them for diagnoses."
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"Another very slight negative is the tube itself, it's cheap and so is the sound it produces."
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"I expected the tube to not be the greatest from how low the price of the entire unit is."
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"Enjoy your music and don't waste money on fake tubes."
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"To me, it was a good value for the price."
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"As it is, good compromises for good sound at a good price."
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"^_^For the price this little tube amp is really nice especially since my 250 ohms Beyerdynamic DT770's were lacking w o one."
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"It could just be a quality-control issue, but I've been reading online that the components used to build the V2 are pretty cheap."
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Quality

Quality:
"Very disappointed with the build quality since I liked its performance (it was about an hour of listening experience though.)"
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"Was very disappointed in the audio quality."
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"I am delighted with this purchase, but truth in reviewing, some people have reported quality control issues and others have complained about the hum."
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"Even dropping in another 12AU7 can have a negative impact on all DC operating points and sound quality."
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"I asked him how the quality was and he said it was excellent."
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"Sound quality is quite good - surprisingly good, actually."
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"Great improvement to sound quality."
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"This one has already delivered slightly better quality and seems to have slightly better quality capacitors which I appreciate."
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"The quality is amazing."
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Sound

Sound:
"As it is, good compromises for good sound at a good price."
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"I've had this for awhile now and when I first got it there would be this annoying popping sound here and there."
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"Its really a very poor product, as an audio professional for 25 years I just could not listen to it, sounds horrible even compared to a laptop output."
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"Now, that isn't to say that it doesn't sound good with the factory tube, its just a lot better with this cheap upgrade."
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"This is my first type of amp like this...... so I do not have anything to compare it to..... but it suits my needs and and I like the sound that it puts out,while it is still getting broken in ..... mine does not seem to run as hot others have noted."
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"Another very slight negative is the tube itself, it's cheap and so is the sound it produces."
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"The low freq sounds absolutely amazing."
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"Great hardware, some parts came a bit jiggled and the knob wasn't straight but think of it as a chip PC it's a fun product but don't expect it to be a shield and you'll need to upgrade the tube for sure for great a true amp sound for your products."
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"A fantastic headphone amplifier that just sounds great."
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"GREAT sound."
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"Sounds decent with my HD-555s."
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