I purchased my R8 in Jan. From China-hifi-Audio.com. Today I removed the bottom cover plate to prepair to do the upgrades and mods. Having red plated the V2 power tube several weeks ago I first looked for fried resistors and any other faults to no avail. I did however observe that the power caps were 500 volts not like the 450V that the R8 Stephi was working on had. Also all the resistors appeared to be of better quality with a smoother surface and no visable flaking. So it appears that Someone at Willsenton is listening in on us R8 fans.
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Not necessarily. It's well known that they change components based on shortages, what they can get or have on hand. I have been down these rabbit holes with some other Sino brands. Electronics built during the height of China's Covid era and lockdowns are a little suspect to put it mildly.
That's good news!