I’ve had the amp playing for the better part of a week. Yes, I have nothing but time
The highs sounded a bit rolled off and some passages sounded a bit grainy at times. This seems to be improving with time. The Alan Eaton is amp is wonderfully musical. Tons of prat! It throws a large soundstage, layered (improving) and is scorching fast. A lot more powerful sounding than the 1.5 watts would lead you to believe. It reminds me of my old decware zen. From memory they share more in common than not, but the 45 set has a bit more presence overall. Slightly meatier midrange, deeper bass, and dare I say just a touch quicker sounding. The Zen may be a bit more resolving, again all this from memory. Both amps can put the goosebumps on you and do! It really likes being driven by my Herron vtph-2a and audio mirror dac directly, sans preamp. May need to try a passive so I am not swapping rcas? The smooth dual gain controls begin at noon and gets loud by 3. A bit quirky and I do wish it had a larger range. Most of my listening is done at 2. The L/R gain controls do allow for fine adjustment, which is growing on me quick. I can hear a little power transformer buzz with my ear on top of the transformer. It’s worth mentioning, but not a distraction. Alan calls them lemons inside and assures me it’s fine. It self biasing but has a military grade rheostat on the back. The rheostat works in place of a resistor that way you can fine-tune and compensate the balance on the output tubes. The amp was shipped with tubes of different manufactures but they work. I swapped in some NOS hitachi 6sn7 yesterday and it responded well. Waiting on some tung-sol 45’s from vintage tube services. It’s definitely a quality tube amp with some nice vintage parts and solid looks. I do believe those old Japanese Tamura transformers Alan swears by, bring something special to the sound, along with the famous 45 toob! It has excellent synergy with my 3xrs ho speakers. I reckon with all omega speakers. I like being able to swap between it and my little LTA integrated for a change of pace, although I haven’t felt the need to swap.