Originally Posted by zilch0md
I'm confused and should probably back up and re-read some of your posts, but I'll just go on memory, instead...
You had purchased the Mills resistors in hopes of eliminating a noise problem you were having with the original box - the one equipped with concrete resistors.
So you sent Jan the Mills resistors, he built you a new box, then he returned both boxes, having proclaimed there was nothing wrong with the original box. He marked them so that he could tell which was which, but he didn't tell you which was the new box with the Mills resistors vs. the original box with concrete resistors.
Then you tested the two boxes (not knowing which was which) and you concluded that your favorite is a box that Jan is now saying was your original box.
What happened to the noise problem you had originally experienced with the original box?
Apparently the Mills resistors didn't fix the problem - they just made for a warmer sound.
Not quite. The original box that Jan sent me was set up for SE connection, not balanced (XLR), and I was using a balanced connection, so I was getting noise. I sent that box back, and he was going to send me back a box set up for balanced connection at no charge (except the couple of bucks to send the original box back... it was really light).
After all of the discussion of resistors on this thread, I figured what the heck-ll, as long as you are going to send me a new box, why not do another comparison... identical boxes, except one would have the cheap resistors he normally uses, the other would have some more expensive "audiophile" low-inductance resistors. He agreed to sell me a 2nd box with whatever resistors I wanted... at the regular cost of the box ($100), plus I would supply the resistors. Given that most of the cost of the boxes is in labor and all of the other parts (the resistors cost him about $1), I agreed to pay him the $100.
After looking hard at Duelunds, I decided they were too expensive, so I bought 3 pairs of Mills resistors for ~$30 shipped, and had them sent to Jan. Note that the design only calls for 2 sets (4 total), but at $4.25 each (no extra for shipping) I wanted a backup pair in case there were any bad ones, since I didn't want to have to wait for any replacements to be shipped.
Our agreement was that Jan would mark the boxes so that he knew which was which, but I would not know. I did not open the boxes until today, after I had done the comparison Friday and Saturday, posted my review above, then had called him and had learned from him which was which. I then opened the box I called "Box 1" just to confirm that my understanding of his markings and his memory were both correct, and there were the little orange Mills resistors...
So now, instead of my original box, which was not the correct one for my setup, I have a box with the same cheap resistors, but the correct circuit, and it sounds great. I also have the Mills Box, which is the identical setup for balanced headphones, except using Mills resistors. The Mills box sounds warmer and not quite as clear through the low-mids as the box with the cheap resistors. My view is that the Mills resistor is just not a good match with the Millenia, which is already a pretty warm-sounding amp. Added together, they provide a tube-amp-like sound which is not really my preference with the LCD-3s, but for somebody who wants to warm up a speaker-amp and headphone combination that is on the dry/analytical side, the Mills resistors might be perfect.