My Kickstarter Headphone Amplifier Gamble


About a month ago I noticed a new offering on Kickstarter that caught my attention. It was for a silicon carbide headphone amplifier with the unfortunate name, Sicphone. But despite the moniker, the SicPhone headphone amplifier looked like a very good headphone amplifier at a very attractive price. So, as an early 61st birthday present to myself I pledged $279 for a full-assembled version (a kit version was available for $229) and then, frankly, I forgot all about my pledge.

A couple of days ago I received an email in my junk mail folder informing me that the Sicphone Kickstarter project was fully funded and Kickstarter was billing $279 from my credit card account. At first I wondered if it was another e-mail scam - click on this link...but after I received a second e-mail I realized that it was legit and I had indeed purchased a $279 headphone amplifier, unheard...

As to when I will actually receive the Sicphone headphone amplifier is anyone's guess. The second email contained little in the way of specifics. Colin Shaw, Sicphone's project initiator wrote, "Thank you all so much for pledging to this project and helping make it a success.  I want to spend a brief moment filling you in on how Kickstarter seems to work from this point forward for fulfillment and delivery...For amps, both assembled and kits, there will be a survey sent out for addresses, but it will be a while.  The transistors are the big holdup, and currently it sounds like the lead time is about 8-10 weeks.  I will get that moving as soon as possible, but it gives you a sense of when to expect a survey for your address and other information.  Keep in mind there is kitting time and build time associated with the amps also...I will post more updates when there is news to report."

So, I'm in wait mode. Obviously I plan to review the Sicphone amplifier, but where and when the review will post, well, that's still WAY up in the air...

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