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5.0 out of 5 stars PAINLESS CLARITY, AN UNLIKELY WINNER, 13 Dec. 2013
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BRAVO Audio V3 Tube Headphone Amplifier EQ Equalizer, Shenzhen Audio

I wasn't expecting much from a £50 headphone amplifier from China, but how wrong I was!
It took 10 days to be delivered to me in Scotland and was trackable all the way via Singapore Post.
The packaging was basic but did the job as it arrived unscathed-except that on first switching on there was a crackling sound coming through the headphones. The amp was very cold after its journey so I left it switched on, without any audio signal, for a few hours-after which the crackling had gone. I presume there was damp/condensation on the connections as I have had no such problem in 4 months of subsequent use.
The supplied valve/tube is easy to insert and needs to warm up by playing music through it for about 10 minutes to sound sweet,(all valves sound better warmed up). Thereafter, you will appreciate the rare combination of full volume clarity without excess treble harshness which, in my experience, is a rare event in affordable headphone amplifiers.
Detail within the wide sound-stage is quite amazing, achieved at full volume without any ear pain or fatigue.
Bass is clearly defined but not over prominent, never muddying things up by straying into the mid-range.
Mids are very well projected, and most naturally integrated with the lower and higher frequencies. The treble is well extended and sweet.
Vocals are gloriously portrayed, there seems to be endless headroom, even with modestly priced headphones.
Large scale orchestral and jazz bands benefit from the open space and detail as do smaller ensembles and solo instruments.
The volume knob is responsive and I am usually happy at the 9 to 10 o'clock level and I do like my music loud.
Equaliser circuits often degrade the sound due to their electronic components, but not here, where the controls are passive filters, you use push and pull levers, and they work well. Beware though, there are no instructions with the amp but the only thing that I could not work out intuitively was that the 'off' position for the filters is with the levers fully 'up', rather than in the middle of their movement. The equaliser may also be used to modify the sound to avoid the cost of experimenting with different valves.
It's not portable as it requires mains electricity, but it's small enough to sit unobtrusively, glowing prettily.
Finally, the customer service is first class. I emailed Shenzhen a couple of times to enquire about one or two technical points and on each occasion I received pertinent and easily comprehensible replies within an hour. None of these automated emails informing you that you should get a reply within 5-10 working days.
If your expectation of a valve amplifier is, as mine was, of a warm, rather opaque, cuddly, fifties radio sound, you will be in for a surprise!

KIT: Marantz CD6004, Cambridge Audio DAC 3, Audiolab M-DAC, SoundMagic E10, Sony MDR-ZX300, ATH M50, Beyerdynamic DT880(250 Ohm), AKG K701, Senheisser HD 205,600,650)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I get one of those before?, 28 July 2014
This review is from: BRAVO Audio V3 Tube Headphone Amplifier EQ Equalizer
Probably the best spend 50 pounds of my life.. Amazing sound, warm and mellow, gets you near the singer as if you were there. A beautiful piece that puts a smile on your face. The V3 with the equalizer lets you tailor the sound and avoid tube rolling, which eventually you will do just for tinkering with it..
It took about 20 days to arrive but came really well packaged, with no damage, sadly no instructions with it, I didn't need them but maybe someone else will. Seller, sent the correct AC plug also, good job! I should have bought two of them, it makes a really nice gift as well
Want my advice? get one! !
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... V3 for two year now and am more than happy with it, 14 Dec. 2014
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Had my Bravo V3 for two year now and am more than happy with it. There is a point that may be of interest to owners and that is that there is a circuit link on the board which can cause trouble after a while, namely the connection in the form of a printed circuit track running from the +connection of the 6800uv to the red led immediately behind the tube. This has a tendency to fracture causing intermittent loss of signal an severe headphone noise. A small point but can be a bit of a problem in tracing break.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sound and looks the part, 13 Mar. 2015
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Fantastic product and very good sound. I was totally surprised when it was delivered in only 2 weeks. It was very very well packaged with foam in a box and with bubble wrap about 1inch think all around the box. It looks fantastic on my desk! The product comes with a power brick, the main tube amp, one valve and a gold plated 3.5mm Socket to 6.35mm Jack Plug. Unlike what some reviewers mentioned about loose heatsinks or a skew tube fitting - I have NO such problems with mine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but brilliant with a bit of work., 17 Mar. 2015
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Very good for money but some crappy components. Upgrade tube (telefunken is really nice) and recap it, i used silmics and cerefines. You will need to drill holes in top as new caps likely taller. Check and reset bias, instructions can be found on Rock Grotto. Sounds like a lot more money now, very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audio V3 Headphone Amplifier., 19 Nov. 2014
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This has been bought as a Christmas present for my husband, it arrived nicely packed and protected, it looks exactly as stated, I hope my husband is just as thrilled as I am.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the money I paid for., 12 April 2015
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Really cool tube amp. One down for jitter noise for the power supply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this device it makes a big difference, 18 Dec. 2014
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You wont regret it. I love this device it makes a big difference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Jan. 2015
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A great tube amp for the buck, also acts as a pre amp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. As good as I expected., 22 Mar. 2015
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Perfect. As good as I expected.
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