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Lightspeed Attenuator - Best Preamp Ever?
You know how I feel. Even with the Atma-Sphere S-30 I own where the sensitivity rating is nearly 3V this unit performs exceptionally well. I have used it with VAC Auricle . . .
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Audio Horizons TP 2.0 Preamplifier
The Russian tube that is a replacement for the 6922/6DJ8 is the 6N23P, which is an excellent tube and well worth trying. I don't own this preamp but I have used this tube in a . . .
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Fuses that matter.
I am not going to comment on this thread. However, I'm going to let this ell known designer speak for me: http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=105425.0
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New Rowland Criterion 2-chassis battery pre
I'm going to be running a Rowland Capri with Tubes (VAC). Should be an interesting experiment
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Favorite 300B: Sophia vs KR
Just to clarify a few things regarding the Electra-Fidelity amp referenced by Auntjenof2. The amp is a proprietary (patent pending) Class A3 design by Jack Elliano of Electra-Print. . .
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Clever Little Clock - high-end audio insanity?
Tice clock, Clever Litle Clock, what's next
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Best Integrated, period.
The TRL ST-225 is only available direct through Tube Research Labs. You can inquire about them by contacting Paul Weitzel directly. There is an Audiogon review on the integrated. . . .
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Holographic imaging
For me the use of psilocybin always increases my sonic holography taking it way beyond 3D
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Anyone HEARD the qol 'signal completion' device?
But with that ability, my question is then, why do so many recording's sound so crappy? . Simple, laziness or incompetence. That combined with a new generation that prefers . . .
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Classe move to China
Das Kapital anyone
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World's best Pre-amp for $10K and above?
Kudos to Ralph for telling like it is. People are welcome to evaluate components (and their parts) however they wish. In the end though, a component is only as good as the circuit . . .
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The future of preamps
If you can hear differences between interconnect cables then the source is not controlling the cable. This has been understood for the last 60 years. The history of balanced . . .
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Who is using passive preamps and why?
Have to agree with Herman, the topic seems to come up once a month. When discussing passives you need to break them out into a few different camps. There are those that use . . .
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Modern Linestages
When looking at the manufacturers costs to build a preamp lets be sure we understand that "audiophile" capacitors and other components like transformers, chokes, etc. . . .
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Passive Pre - No Regrets?
I was using a Joule Electra LA-100MkIII before moving to a passive TVC. THe TVC was built for me by Kevin Carter at K&K Audio using S&B TX-102 MkI transformers and Seiden switches. . .
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Tube Research Labs Dude vs. Shindo Labs preamps
I think Grannyring and Dev make some good points. Maybe you could tell everyone what amp you are planning to use with either of the preamps. Listing the rest of your system . . .
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VAC Owners:Outboard Phono Stage?
We used the Zesto phonostage in our room at THE SHOW Las Vegas this year and will most likely have it in Newport. I think if you are looking for an external phonostage and the . . .
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Are passive preamps better?
Why not try a pair of Endler or EVS attenuators. These are stepped attenuators that include custom RCA jacks. One end is male and plugs into the RCA inputs on your amp. The other . . .
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How do I smooth out violins?
If you decide it's the speakers that are the problem I just might be tempted to take them off your hands. I would love to revisit the 1/2e's in my system. Personally though I do . . .
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Amp more important than speakers?
I learned that voicing the speaker to the room and then getting an amp that played nice with the speakers was the way to go for me. As an aside, at two recent CA audio shows I . . .
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Is there any truth to this question?
Last time I visited with Roger he was using the RM-10 to power his 74 dB ESL loudspeakers. We were listening at a very moderate level in his room and there were no hiccups coming . . .
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TRL Dude or Joule 150 MKII for Major Pre Upgrade
Ever notice how a 5 minute call with Roger turns into 1 hour? Always interesting. If you ever get a chance to visit him you'll find a planned 1 hour visit can easily turn into . . .
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Ultra high resolution
Dazzdax, A TRL (Tube Research Labs) amp, either their monster tube designs (there is an ad for one on Audiogon right now) or their solid state designs will deliver ultra . . .
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Preamp Noise with High-Efficiency Speakers
It's virutes are transparency and lack of coloration. It's shortcomings are timbre and dynamics but you have to spend perhaps 10X or more $ to substantially improve on the LSA. . .
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Anyone using the Transistor Research LabsM 225's
I'll save Tvad the trouble of reading my comments on the M-225's (as I owned the stereo version D-225). My advice is to call TRL and arrange to get a pair. Listen for yourself. . . .
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Decware - any substance here?
I used to own a Decware phono stage. Never had any problem with it. In fact it was better than a certain solid state phono stage at the time that was garnering rave reviews and . . .
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The Economy.. will hi end audio mfgs lower prices?
Doesn't he own a baseball team too
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I hope break in is true
It's going to get better
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Modwright SWL 9.0SE Pre ... your thoughts welcome
I had a chance to meet Dan Wright and hear the Modwright preampm at RAMF. It was paired with Dusty Vawter's CIA D-200 amps. This set-up sounded extremely nice and I was very . . .
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If money were no object, what would be in your rig
Yeah the room
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Music Reference RM9 - user comments please
I used the 6N23P tubes as well. Well worth it sound wise and very inexpensive. Otherwise the Siemens NOS worked for me too
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Slagle AVC Modules & Lightspeed Attenuator
Well better late than never. I appreciate the comments and information. To update everyone I'm using both in my system simultaneously now. The Lightspeed handles the phono and . . .
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Best tube integrated with Merlin TSM-MMI?
IMO you've had more than enough substantive input on this thread versus other similar threads I've perused of late. Kudos to Grannyring for suggesting the Joule Vamp. Rare, but a . . .
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Jeff Rowland Capri preamp
I'll be getting a Capri with the phono boards. For the time being it will be run through the amp section of a VAC Avatar SE, 70 watts ultralinear push-pull. I've enjoyed reading . . .
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What is wrong with negative feedback?
Roger Modjeski has some interesting design philosophies in general. Topics like feedback certainly stir the hornets nest within him. Just don't get him going on cables. At that . . .
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Negative feedback Amp=more faithful reproduction?
Roger Modjeski has some interesting views on this topic and the application of negative feedback in designs. FWIW I have an amp he designed that uses negative feedback and another . . .
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Dodd preamp vs. McCormack RLD-1 preamp
One of the reasons that swayed me against the Dodd was the high gain. However that was when I had an extremely high gain solid state amp in my system. With that amp most preamps, . . .
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What happened to Jfox
I too miss some of the former contributors, particularly Sean. Let's also not forget former contributors that have departed this world, for me in particular Lugnut and Pubul57 (who. . .
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Can HI FI components really make music?
Get the Bose, and with the money you save you can attend a lot of live performances. On a more serious note, I like the way music sounds live myself. I'm always seeking that type. . .
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I've narrowed it down...
If you are willing to commit to a new pair of speakers, are you willing to spend $2700 for a set that are flexible enough to be used with tube (SET, PP, OTL) or solid state amps, . . .
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If I like sound of Ayre Integrated I would Like...
Shameless plug, VAC Avatar SE
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Best preamp is no preamp: always true?
smokester - very interesting response. I have been researching passive preamps of late and have been getting quite confused in the process. Resistive versus transformer-based . . .
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Is preamp remote volume a deal breaker for you?
Preamp remote and source remote are two different things. Not only do I eschew remotes, my sources and preamps (both are single input/output so on occasion I'm switching cables) . . .
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Joule Electra LA-150 MK3 vs MK2?
I'm there
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What Solid State PreAmp?
Dave, The PC1 intrigues me. By converting the unit to operate in DC is the effect similar to what a well designed battery power supply would achieve? I know JRDG has used battery . . .
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VAC owners, sound off
The VAC selected tubes are excellent IMO but if you must play with NOS then Andy at VTS is the one. You want the lowest noise and best matched tubes possible. Andy has never let me. . .
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Tenor 75 Wi OTL
I see a pair of Transcendent Sound SET OTL monoblocks in your future (perhaps even the stereo version given your speakers). Maybe even a stereo T-16. My T-16 does run hot, but not . . .
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TRL ST225 - Goodness anyone else own this amp
I have had the D-225 (non-integrated version of the ST-225) in my system for over 2 years now. It was Brian Weitzel's amp which was upgraded to current specs about a year or so ago. . .
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SS or Tube Preamps with Dual-Balanced outputs
My Capri has one balanced output and one single ended output. As pictured in the link. http://www.jeffrowland.com/Capri-back.htm
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SET amps ?
I have spent quite a bit of time in the last couple of years listening to SET and OTL amps with my reasonably efficient speakers. I enjoy both equally as much. So much so I am now . . .
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Anyone else regenerating A/C?
Zaikesman, does the API provide redundant filtering in conjunction with the EP? I ask only because I see EP offers their balanced power solution with both a filtered and non-. . .
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Tube Research Labs Latest Dude Preamp
Thanks for the update and your closing comments Charlie. I hope this works out for you, please keep us updated. Glory, what was wrong with La45's post? As I said a number of times. . .
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Music First Audio Passive Magnetic Preamplifiers?
I recall John posting something on his forum about taking a break from manufacturing the Tap-X autoformer units. However, he did offer to build a balanced one for me, so maybe he's. . .
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Most transparent amp you've heard?
Agree with Pubul57. It is interesting to be able to hear the engineers signature in a recording, not to mention the sound stage changes from one recording to another
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Most resolving, transparent amps.
TRL D225 stereo amp. Monoblock version is available as well
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Best amp under $6k, in your opinion?
I was given a money back offer on my D-225. There was no need to take them up on it. It is a great amp that can handle difficult speaker loads. The transparency is amazing. I . . .
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Tube pre-amps $3500 under to add "warmth"
I'll second the Joule LA-100 MkIII. Very musical and at used prices tough to beat. At new prices they are slighly over your budget
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Is there any 50W 300B SET monoblock out there?
You can push an individual 300b to 15-17 watts but now you're simply stressing the tube and diminishing its inherent sonic attributes. Not necessarily true as regards to . . .
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Upscaling Speakers, Downscaling Amp...What to Do?
A set of VAC PA-90 amps just came up for sale. Just under a 100 watts. I'm sure they will have that glorious VAC house sound. Might be worth looking into: http://app.audiogon.com/. . .
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Best EL-34 Amps?
Those RM-10's sure don't last long when they're put up for sale here. Roger has been able to get roughly twice as much power out of the EL-84 versus other designs using that tube. . . .
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The disappearance of the traditional amplifier
Duke's speakers are indeed special. I own the Jazz Modules and in addition to the waveguide design and power response (summed omnidirectional response), another factor that . . .
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Passive preamp vs. powered
Read this: S&B Count me as a passive fan. I have a few different types lying around - AVC, resistive, opto-coupler - and listen to them regularly. Sold my last active preamp . . .
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Starting from Scratch -Please Help Pick 1 out of 3
Having owned VAC gear I would lean towards #1. You will get nice system synergy and a good dose of the VAC house sound. The speaker choice would be DeVore, but in addition to the . . .
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Thought on OTL tube amps
There are some very nice options to choose from on the OTL amp market these days. Atma-Sphere, Berning, Joule Electra, and Transcendent Sound to name a few. All of which are very . . .
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Warm and Detailed S.S. Amp?
I'm impressed with the Butler amps. A nice affordable (used) hybrid OTL design. They'll provide some warmth, without sacrificing too much in the process
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What amps do Electrical Engineers own...why?
Could it be that this hobby has become more about art than engineering? Just a question mind you
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$3500 to spend on a tube preamp....ideas?
Mechans: Everything you want to know about the Lightspeed attenuator and then some can be found here: http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/analog-line-level/80194-lightspeed-. . .
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Sacrilege Going from Tubes back to Solid State
This may or not be helpful. When I decided to move away from a tube amp I decided to try the TRL D-225. It is listed at 225 watts but tests out closer to 275 watts. It is $4k new. . .
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Anyone else evolve beyond tubes?
Recently I read something on here that Andy was closing up shop. I see the website is still up so is there any truth to that? Every purchase I have made from him (at least 6 . . .
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Importance of line stage pre--Who Knew?
With tubes, the sins are mainly of omission meaning that they generally roll treble, round fast transients, and muddle things a bit in even the best designs. This makes the sound. . .
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$$$Sensitive Speakers with $$Amps?
Are there really super values out there for these type of amplifiers, or do the typical spending rules apply? The short answer is yes. Your job is to go out and find the really. . .
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Why monoblocks?
What Pubul57 said. Furthermore, I have VAC monoblocks and just bought a VAC stereo amp. Soundstage is the same and I really can't tell if there is any difference in separation. . . .
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Help - Need Preamp under 5K for Class D amps
I believe the Dude uses 6SN7 tubes. TRL has always liked the RCA red base 5692s
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Seeking hot running amps
Cary V12i definitely heated my room up
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Which high power SET
I think this discussion leaves out an a couple of important factors. The first is the size of the listening room and the second is the listening level preference. The impedance . . .
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What new amp for my Merlins
The six pacs are even more attractive with the silver face plates. Don't let looks fool you. I owned a V12i and many Cary people preferred the six pacs to those amps. With silver . . .
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Negative Feedback a deal killer?
I have two sets of amps that use zero feed back (Atmasphere, Electra Print), one amp that uses minimal feedback (VAC), and another amp that uses moderate feedback (Music Reference. . .
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Bent Audio Autoformer vs Tube Pre
Don't you own a TRL Dude? At least that is what I have seen you post previously. Surely you must know Grannyring owns one given the TRL family is pretty well connected. I'm . . .
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Reliability of Cary Audio Products
I have owned a number of Cary products (new and used) since 1996. I have never had a problem requiring service with any of them. Not even a blown fuse
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Best Power amps in $7000 range
Second the Moscode 401
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Poll - Active vs. Passive preamp
You can see my system components here: http://cgi.audioasylum.com/systems/7245.html I didn't take the time to add it up properly, but without including the cost of cables the . . .
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Does the volume control effect sound quality?
The Atma-Sphere M-60 amps are available with a volume control upgrade that IIRC is implemented at the amps input. Pretty sure it is a stepped attenuator as well
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Passive Preamps
I've tried several, even use a few
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Room treatment success story
Treating the reflection point at which the sound from the right channel speaker hits the left side wall (and vice versa) may actually be more beneficial than treating the first . . .
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Need Some Help Choosing an Integrated Amp
I'm surprised no one mentioned the Red Wine Audio 30.2. I've been looking at them, however I just scored a VAC Avatar SE so unless the VAC doesn't work out the RWAs are on the back. . .
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Do Passive Pre-Amps 'Limit' the Lower-Mids?
I was a big proponent of magnetic passives for quite some time and I still own one. They are less immune to some of the impedance matching problems associated with resistor . . .
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Dual volume control - it should be standard
I can certainly understand why some manufacturers don't go down the path of designing preamps or integrated amps with dual volume controls. However, I much prefer dual volume . . .
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Power Conditioner for your amplifier?
I also use a Running Springs (Haley) with great results on my 225 watt amp. I found that when I plugged my amp straight into the wall (front-end in the RSA) I would get some faint . . .
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Hi Fi Dealers in NYC - where to find them?
Wow Take 5 Audio, a blast from the past. Glad to hear they are still around. Sad to say I can't say the same for Rhymes Records (long gone) or Cutlers Records (still kicking but a . . .
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Speakers: $3,000-$4,000 on Audiogon
Along the lines of the Harbeth suggestions Spendor (1/2e or SP100) might also fit the bill
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TVC Promethius versus Bent
I have the EVS attenuators and compared them to the K&K TVC that I also have (with S&B MkI transformers and Seiden switches). The TVC was better in regards to micro dynamics and . . .
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Best SS amps with sound similar to tube amps
TRL D-225, dual mono solid state, 225 watts per channel, $4k new
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Home Entertainment Show in Los Angeles
The Stereophile Room was definitely the best. Eighth Nerve products really made a difference in there (compared to upstairs where Rives had a before and after test set up with two . . .
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LDR Active Preamp - does it exist?
You would want to use the ZStage between your source and the Lightspeed. If your source is 2V you can use the buffer to add another 2 or 3V to the signal. Then use the Lightspeed . . .
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Are ICEpower amps really that good?
I don't think I have ever heard the ICE amps, but have definitely heard my share of digital amps. Most enjoyable of the bunch were the Channel Islands amps. They don't look like . . .
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SET sound without a lot of money
The Music Reference RM-10 is not a SET amp. It is an EL-84 based push/pull. It is however an amp that is a game changer as a couple of us on here who also own Atma-Sphere amps can. . .
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Amplifier specs, does they matter?
At least one company claims that their really-fast negative feedback loops eliminate the problems traditionally associated with negative feedback. Just when you thought you've . . .
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Tube-amp for Magnepan?
They were using Bryston amps at THE SHOW with the 1.7s, no complaints here. One of the best rooms I heard
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Audio Horizon Preamp
Try a TVC passive. I have the K&K TVC using S&B transformers. There are a number of people here impressed with the Prometheus which is low cost and has a 30 day trial. Bent Audio . . .
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How important is S/N Ratio....?
I found it interesting at RMAF that Roger Sanders insisted that more power was better. He was biamping his electrostatic speakers with 600 (top) and 1000 (bottom) watt amps. His . . .
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Theory about Cary amps and their reviewers
I would have to say I have had nothing but positive experiences with Cary equipment. Currently I own the V12i amp, SLP-98L preamp, and PH-301 phono stage. All have been very . . .
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difference between an active and a passive preamp?
The input impedance of your amp is 20k ohms. IMO this is not a great match for a passive preamp. There could be exceptions, but I am not aware of any. On the other hand you could . . .
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How many us a Line Conditioner with a Big SS Amp
Running Springs Audio works for me. Although I'm not sure if my Big Solid State Amp is as big as your Big Solid State Amp
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Best kt88 for VAC Avatar Super
I always followed Kevin's recommendations for tube replacement and bought all output tubes from VAC
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what is an ideal tube amp
Get an Atma-Sphere S-30 and don't look back
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Modwright SWL9.0 SE Tube Rolling
From what I heard at RMAF last fall it works great. Excellent synergy between those two components and Dan did a great job on the tube output stage of the player
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Atma Sphere S30 amp
You just helped me make a decision I was struggling with. The S-30 was used in the voicing of my speakers, so I've been wanting to try one. Now I definitely will. The S-30 would . . .
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tube amps with El 34s your favorites ??
While I had it in my system the Cary V12i was a nice sounding EL-34 based tube amp. You could also experiment with other output tubes as well
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How does Berning ZH270 compare to Cary Cad211 AE ?
I like the analogy. It's got me wondering how a Berning would sound with a Joule LA-100 MkIII preamp, or whether I should save up for the Joule amps. They come around used around $. . .
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Preamp - 18 dB Gain too low?
I have the Lightspeed and use it with an amp that is not very sensitive, around 3V or so. You will have to go further around the dial to achieve adequate SPL levels but that really. . .
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The best passive preamp
I have heard it. It is nothing special sound wise in terms of comparisons to other resistive passives. Better build and quality of parts though IMO versus other resistive and even . . .
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$5000 integrated budget: Please help me choose....
Heard the new AMR 777 integrated at CES this week. Very nice and features tube preamp section with solid state amp section. Price is around $3500 new
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SS Amp for natural vocals
It's not main stream but the TRL D-225 will do it for you. Even though it is made by Tube Research Labs it is a solid state design
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Tube or SS for Vocals/Strings
Interesting in that I was not going to join this thread until it became evident that the room size and speaker efficiency of Baroque_lover's set-up is very close to mine. I have . . .
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3 preamps with transformer hum, DC on the line?
Ask your question over on Audio Asylum. Many more techies over there that can help you. blue 84 carrera
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Balanced or Unbalanced?
Spoke to Ralph just this week and he indeed does like the Mogami Neglex. I'll be trying it myself
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"Light Loading" Amps - Music Refence and others...
There is clearly something going on with that amp that allows it to output 35 watts from a pair of EL84s when no other amp is even close to the figure. In fact, there are no . . .
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Please suggest good balanced Preamp
Add the Jeff Rowland Capri to your list. This preamp really surprised me and has great synergy with my VAC tube amps. While you mention the MP-1 being expensive, the MP-3 should . . .
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Who makes the best passive volume control?
I have tried both the Endler's and EVS attenuators favoring the EVS in the end. I still keep them around. I have always been curious about two other passives that come in balanced. . .
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Attenuator recommendations
I've used the EVS, Endler, and Rothwell attenuators. I preferred the EVS which have just come back into production. They allowed for fine tuning where as the Rothwell are a finite . . .
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Best used amp in the $1500 range
I thought the Channel Islands amps sounded excellent. I heard them at Dusty Vawters and again at RAMF. Very impressive amps, the 200 being a bit better than the 100. Also, I hear . . .
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Does your system take you there or...?
Good point Rok2id. I'd also say that the recording plays a big part in how we might perceive the presentation as well
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I need a lower gain 12au7 for Mastersound
Roger Modjeski at Ram Labs sells low noise tubes. Follow the link: http://www.tubeaudiostore.com/index.html I've had much better luck buying from him and Andy at Vintage Tube . . .
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Ground Loop Issue 427
When I lived a few blocks away from a radio station I had all sorts of RFI issues resulting in hum. Phono stages (even solid state) were especially problematic. One of my preamps . . .
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What is the best place to buy tubes?
Andy at Vintage Tube Services
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How to thwart cats
Funny, my cats never mess with my gear and I never had a problem with them clawing at my speaker cloth. On the other hand, I was at Dusty Vawter's house once doing an audition of . . .
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Is solid state obsolete?
Since Tube Research Labs, makers of some fine quality and expensive tube gear, is now making transistor amps, which they indicate are much quieter than their tube models, I would . . .
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Can you have too many tubes?
I actually think that you can have too many tubes. My amp, preamp, and phono stage are all tubes. When I upgragded my digital set-up I looked hard at a tube CDP, but ended up going. . .
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Tube preamp with great pace?Cary, Supratek, etc.?
I have the Cary SLP-98L and find it to be very musical, especially with vinyl. The combination of the Cary preamp with the Cary PH-301 tube phono stage produces a very magical . . .
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Best Balanced Tube Amp To Pair With Meridian G02?
Ralph, thanks for the explanation on the modification. Can you elaborate a little more based on the following: First, is what you describe the same technique that is referred to . . .
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Most powerful and popular EL34 tube amp?
If still available these could be an option. Slightly over your budget though. http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampstube&1271128369&/Cary/AES-Six-Pacs-black---redu
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the tough question: Which preamplifier? and why
Yes the Lightspeed is quite good if a passive will work in his system. I own one and have to agree that it is transparent without sacrificing anything in the mix. I was also under . . .
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Seeking suggestions for Preamp
Joule Marianne Electra (LA-300
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Solid State Preamp recommendation for $2500?
A Jeff Rowland Capri will be dead quiet. Good used prices on them right now too. Klyne also gets good recommendations here as does the Placette Active. What are some of the tubed . . .
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Berning ZH270 vs 845 SET amp
Music Reference RM-9. Like the Berning you can use the feedback settings to tailor the sound, but it is an EL-34 based amp that will one up the Cary (and I have owned Cary gear
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Warmest solid-state integrated for under $2k
The Vincent line is available in the states, but not extensively. I know that Audio Unlimited in Denver, CO carries the line and they are high on them considering the price. I have. . .
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Music Reference RM Mono?
I'm think another 3db is volume isn't going to make any difference to me, but.... That's what Roger basically told me. My room is 18.5 x 14.75, and we listen to the same type . . .
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McIntosh and Brystons: Fair comparison ?
Sorry to stray off topic but the Shakti Stones tweak on the breaker box is one of the best I've tried. Better yet was adding Alan Maher Designs CBF's inside the breaker panel
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Best preamp for atma sphere m60 under $3000 used?
Jeff Rowland Capri might work here. However, I have heard the M60s with the MP3 and the combination was excellent. Might be worth sticking with Atma for synergy
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Jeff Rowland amp in unbalanced mode
I have a little over 400 hours on my Capri which I bought used. I'm not sensing any darkness or imaging problems. Detail is there in spades as well (at least enough detail for me. . .
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Do tube dampers improve sound?
I've done well with Herbies Halos as well. However, it is important to note that the use of Herbies Halos is not an exact science. While there is a recommended position for them, . . .
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Tube Amp Recommendations
The RM200 has tighter bass and slightly more punch IMO. In some ways the RM200 reminds me of the Moscode HR401
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Amp/preamp suggestions in $3000-4000 range
A hybrid amp could be a good compromise between tube and solid state. last I looked there was a used Butler for sale here. 250 watts hybrid for about $1500. With the money left . . .
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Is there a killer preamp for 1500?
They are different animals but you'd be surprised how similar they sound. Cary seems to do a great job maintaining their house sound and both are evident in the SLP-94 and 98. IMO . . .
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Tube amp location
I've used Pearl tube coolers on a Cary V12i amp at one time. I really didn't notice that much difference when I removed them
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CD output voltage too high for preamp: what to do?
I have a similar situation with a high gain amp (.8v for full output, 30 db gain) and was having the same issue with the volume control, both for digital (1.5v) and analog playback. . .
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ExactPower EP15A
PS Audio offers a 30 day trial on their products. Worth a try based on this
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Need help determining next upgrade - 3rd ATTEMPT
I had a room similar to this at one time. It was not easy to set up but what worked for me was using the Audio Physics method of speaker placement. It may be worth looking up and . . .
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A phono amp that beats the MFA Magus's phono?
I agree with Allen. Its one of the reasons I went to a moving iron cartridge. You don't load it down. At one time I had a discussion about this with Keith Herron and he also agreed. . .
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Good Tube Selection for Atma Sphere S30?
I don't mess with the 6AS7's, I use the stock ones that came with the amp. As for 6SN7 tubes I use Raytheon VT-231 in the front row (Ralph mentioned this would be the best spot to . . .
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What is the best integrated tube amp under $3k ?
I would look at a VAC Avatar SE or Avatar Super, both in our price range
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Goldpoint Passive Preamps
I'm currently trying out an Electra Print PVA and a couple pairs of attenuators, EVS Ultimates and Endlers. The Luminous Axiom was recommended to me and the Monolithic passive/. . .
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Good sources for tubes other than Upscale
Andy at VTS and Brendan at Tubeworld (although he is a bit pricey). Also, Audiogon member Whoppadeedoo has supplied me with some excellent tubes at very reasonable prices
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Atma Sphere deserves praise
Roger Modjeski has a section on his site that talks about where the next generation of audio engineers are going to come from. He makes a pretty good point and is willing to be . . .
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Joule-Electra Destiny mono blocks, Opinions?
What would you expect Jud to say? Might be best to give him a call or send him an email. I've had good luck reaching him that way. He hardly ever participates on these forums
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SS Preamp with Tube Amp?
My Capri with VAC Auricle Musicblocs is a nice combination. Prior to getting the VAC amps the RM-10 was on my short list to use with the Capri. FWIW I also like, and to a degree . . .
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Can a preamp's gain be lowered?
Mingles, You could always specify your choice of resistors to Cary. Typically I like the Audio Note Tantalum, but in some instances the Roderstein or Vishay resistors also worked. . .
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Wood v. Metal for stands. Is there a clear winner?
I've had good results filling hollow rack legs with a variety of materials: lead shot, fine sand, kitty litter, and even combinations of kitty litter and lead. This is somewhat of . . .
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Coincident Dragon Amplifier
Welcome to the VAC family as Kevin would say
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Removing power conditioner...
When I needed a power strip I used a BPT PPC. Best power conditioner I have had was a Running Springs Haley. Now I use the Alan Maher power enhancer products, mostly the original . . .
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Not ENOUGH GAIN
Agree with Jeffreybehr. I much prefer the volume control past the 12 o'clock position and closer to 2 or 3 o'clock for normal listening. I assume 7 is at the top end of the range. . . .
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Music Reference RM9 and Preamp Experiences
Maybe the Cary SLP-98 could be worth a spin here. With the right combination of 6SN7 tubes the sound could be tailored a bit. Overall the signature is classic Cary with lush mids, . . .
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Passive Preamps? Anyone?
Are you still using the Paradigm Reference Active 40 speakers? If so and I read the amp specs correctly the line in input impedance is 15k ohms. That is something to take into . . .
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Non-current limiting power conditioners
The RSA Haley did great in my system. These days I'm using a combination of Alan Maher's Power Enhancers
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Used Preamp for $2000 to $3000
I second the Joule Electra, either the LA-150 or LA-100 MkIII. A couple used ones here now under $3k and $2k respectively. The LA-150 gives you greater dynamics and extension from . . .
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Has anyone actually bought a Zesto Phono preamp?
We used this phono preamp in our room at THE SHOW Las Vegas. The rest of the system was our own Electra-Fidelity A3-500 300B monoblocks and OTL preamp, Fritz Carbon 7 Speakers, . . .
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SET amp recommendation
You may not know this but Ralph has built for his own use a 45 SET amp. He has mentioned it before in some threads here. You might want to chat with him about the sonic attributes . . .
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4-ohm setting with 8 ohm speakers
The output tubes or transistors will see less of a load using the 4 ohm tap, perhaps maybe half of what it would using the 8 ohm tap. That is the purpose of output transformers (. . .
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How to divide up $4,500, Amp/Speakers
I own a pair of the Tonian Labs TLD1 speakers and have heard the Merlin's numerous times. I have to say they offer up quite a different sound. The Tonian's are fast, detailed, and . . .
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Tube amp with SS like bass
Of the ones you mentioned the Butler would be my pick. I heard it at RMAF and thought the bass was very good. It is a hybrid design and OTL, no output transformers. That being . . .
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Wanted:Warm, Sweet preamp.
Budget allowing I would also second the Joule (LA-100 MkIII) or Cary SLP-98. I have had both in my system and although the Joule still remains the Cary is an excellent product. . . .
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Transistor Research Labs ST-225 Integrated amp
Paul, He's probably too busy listening to respond:) I actually received the latest model, the D-225 which is a non-integrated version. If you're interested you can email me and I'. . .
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Sound of transformers in preamps?
If I read the manual correctly I believe Steve is using the input and output transformers to attain balanced operation and to achieve 6 dB of gain if required. I just don't get . . .
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Tube Power Amp Recommendations around $2000
An Atma-Sphere S-30 on a $2000 budget? Last couple of Mk3 versions (one stock, one with 3 of the 4 upgrades available) that came up used were $2800+. Not sure settling for anything. . .
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stepped attenuators
I know there's more to this unit than the volume control but I feel it must have a huge influence on the sound quality. How do you feel about them? All switches impart a sonic . . .
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Anyone have a Music First Preamp ?
The S&B MkI transformers which I had in a K&K TVC were according to Kevin Carter the warmer of the three versions. As they progressed they became more neutral. For some reason the . . .
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Zero Feedback: Atmasphere vs. BAT
I own the Audiokinesis Jazz Modules and have heard them with the S-30 amp. I believe Duke even voiced them with the S-30. Atma-sphere amps have a high output impedance (the S-60 is. . .
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Unity gain with tube buffer?
I think the reference to Promitheus was for the Apollo preamp, but that uses the TVC with a gain stage (6 or 12db) which is not what you are looking for. I'm sure Nicholas could . . .
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Looking for a crystal clear / dynamic tube preamp
I am using a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII (dual mono with dual volume controls and remote). They are available used in your price range. Jud Barber of Joule can supply you with a set. . .
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Why does my new tube amp and preamp sound so bad?
Tubegroover, IMO, the bass on my Cary V12i with stock tubes is not quite as you described about the Cary house sound in general. Perhaps this is just my experience, but being very. . .
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Best tube integrated? anyone know?
If you can stretch it a bit the VAC Avatar SE is worth pursuing. I saw a listing for one on here recently for $2500. Not sure it is still available but having owned one I can say . . .
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Can I ground my preamp?
Rather than use cheaters I disconnect the ground wire at the IEC end of my PC. Of course, you can only do this if the PC has a removable plug, like Oyaide, Watt Gate, etc. Only my . . .
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Best tube amp $2000-2500?
VAC Auricle Musicblocs (70 watts
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Preamp Experiences with Atma-sphere Amps
Tvad, Were the Tek Lines the cables you mentioned to me a few weeks back? I have tried Scott's cables before and found them to be good values. Is he on to something better with . . .
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Tube preamp suggestions.
If its in your budget First Sound Presence
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help with a lush 50 watt+ amp
I'd also suggest the AES Six Pacs or Cary V12 (original, i, or R versions). I owned the V12i myslef at one time and enjoyed the sound, it just didn't have enough power for my . . .
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Do I need power conditioning
Tbg, You seem to have done some researsh on the subject. Any thoughts on Audio Magic or Running Springs? Thanks
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Will Vincent "Dynaco" Amps
The kit offered by Kevin Carter at K&K Audio has always been of interest to me. Turns the original 35 watts per side into 10 watts triode
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Best integrated amp for 10K
The Atma-Sphere M-60's can be upgraded with internal volume control. If you have a single source system this could be an option
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RIP - Richard Brown, BEL
You might want to contact Sal Zambrano at Audio Summa in SoCal. At RMAF last year he was representing BEL cables (which he later let me demo) and had mentioned he had taken over . . .
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Passive Pre-amp: Improves overall sound quality??
I will answer part of your question. The main circuit of a passive preamp typically does not require a power supply. So no AC power required. In some cases, such as those using . . .
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Tube amps known to have a low damping factor?
I think the information in the posts by by Duke and Nsgarch is worth keeping in mind. There are speakers that are designed and voiced with specific amps or types of amps. That . . .
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Tube Preamp suggestion for the uninitiated
The tube preamps from Mapletree Audio are supposed to be very good for their price. Another Audiogon member I know well is using one and he's owned the likes of the top end CAT and. . .
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Best U.S. made integrated tube amp under $2500?
VAC Avatar, though an older piece of gear, is well built and would power your speakers nicely
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advice on amp - $3,500 maximum budget
I agree with Springbok10 and if I were you I'd consider the one for sale here direct from George Kaye. I'd even ask him for an in home trial on it, he may oblige: http://www.. . .
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Promitheus Ref TVC and RWA Sig 30.2 Power Amp
You would typically like to see a higher input impedance. The number given to you by NAD, 20k ohms, is a bit on the low side. Since the Promitheus uses transformers this will be . . .
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WHAT'S THE BEST SOLID STATE PREAMP FOR $3000 ??
To me the specs on the X250.5 do not look like a match for any type of passive (low sensitivity, input impedance, and gain). A low output impedance active preamp should do the . . .
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Power conditioning
The RSA Haley is a great product. Evidently there is now an upgraded version with better capacitors and a carbon fiber faceplate. Should be worth looking into
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TVC preamps: good or bad?
The ASL Flora uses autoformers. Audiogon member Teajay wrote a review of his that you can look up here. It replaced a Bent Audio S&B TVC in his system (which he also wrote a review. . .
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Do all Passive preamps exhibit this trait
Typically passive preamps do not exhibit this trait, but depending on the rest of your system you may have trouble finding what you are looking for. A good passive preamp should . . .
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Aurios under JC1 monoblock's?
A much less expensive solution that worked for me under my 65 lb. solid state amp was the use of 2" x 2" x 1" cork squares (4 of them). These are the ones where the cork is . . .
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best preamps in the 4K-8K range
Herron preamps are very neutral. Not sure there will be enough warmth there for you. I used to own a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII (I compared it in my system with my friends Herron) . . .
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Quietest amp you ever owned ?
The new TRL D-225 dual mono amp is the quietest I have ever heard. No hum or hiss whatsoever
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Are there any budget tubed preamps that stand out
Good call on the Dodd basic. I am going to order his battery preamp, but the basic should be an excellent value for a budget preamp. I'd also recommend AES and a used EE Minimax . . .
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Tubes in Hi-End Preamps
I might have to agree with MrTennise. Event the most neutral of components have a sonic signature. Of course, our ability to hear it is another matter altogether
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What's under your amp?
Underneath I have Stillpoints with risers sitting on top of a 2 inch thick maple amp stand. On top a VPI brick for right now, I've used HRS dampening plates ion the past
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Looking For Single Source Tube Preamp
Space Tech Labs can build you a single input tube preamp at a very reasonable price. They sell multi-input models, but Albert will pretty much do what you want
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transformers/output impedance
To be clear, the use of a transformer can indeed reduce the output impedance, but there is a myth that adding loop negative feedback will too. It doesn't. I'll explain that . . .
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DIY question on a preamp problem could use help...
From my own personal experience I think Upscale's testing is a bit spotty. I have bought two separate sets of "low noise" tubes from them with the purchases several years. . .
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Looking for a Nice Simple Good Sounding Preamp...
Scm I think that sounds reasonable. It is what I do. Just unplug the phono section and then plug in digital for those rare times I listen to it
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So what's a good preamp?
Check out the K&K you won't be sorry. Along with the Hagerman Trumpet it's one of the best phono stages I have had in my system. Too bad about the LSA, did you talk to George about. . .
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Passive preamp recommendation to my system
I was able to find specs on your amp (47k ohm input impedance/1.4V sensitivity) but not complete specs on your player (I could only find it has 2V output). Given what I have found . . .
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Character of EL-84 amps
I would not buy into the theory that the EL-84 is lighter, airier, and more delicate in sound than those other tubes you mentioned. I have owned both a Music Reference RM-9 and RM-. . .
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Enough SET Power for Rock and Roll
IMO 300B would probably be your best and safest bet given the levels you wish to attain at the distance from the speaker you listen at. The 300B will supply more headroom for the . . .
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solid state vs tubes--with a twist
I purchased the NEW DCA-33 back in 1996 along with the P-3 preamplifier (built by Cary and based on the SLP-50 circuit) and LP-3 phono stage. I enjoyed this set-up for about 7 . . .
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JRDG Capri vs. Parasound JC-1
The Capri is a lot of preamp for the money. Slightly warm (found this out after comparing to a passive preamp), but in my system very good frequency extension and balance. Never . . .
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First Watt F3 or Red Wine Audio 30.2
Agree with Jaybo on more watts for rock. Odysee makes some nice amps which should be great for rock. Might want to look into McCormick too. Many others to choose from as well but . . .
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Jeff Rowland preamps
It may be entry level when it comes to where it stands in the JRGD product hierarchy, but it is anything but entry level when it comes to sound. A very nice preamp and for the used. . .
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Passive Preamps w/ Transformer Volume Control
IMO, go with the TVC. Bent's new passive preamp will be using specially configured Intact Audio (Dave Slagle) autoformers. MFA/S&B cut John and other resellers off a while back. . . .
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Any opinions on PS Audio Power Plants
I have the P300 as well. I started out by running an Xtreme Statement into a HC/UO, then another Xtreme Statement to the P300. Plugged in to the P300 were my tube preamp, CD . . .
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Top or best amps for merlin vsm
Regarding the M-60s it is possible to run them with less output tubes per channel. For example you can remove two output tubes per side. Less power and less heat are the results, . . .
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Tube Pre/Monoblock Recommendation
I would recommend Atma-Sphere M-60s and MP-3. A friend and long time contributor to this forum, pubul57 (RIP), ran this combo with his Merlin's and praised the sound. You may want . . .
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Any VAC CPA-1 preamp owners here?
Andy at Vintage Tube Services is your man
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Doge 8 or YS A2 or Jungson J2?
FWIW I was speaking with Israel Blume at Coincident a few months ago and he told me the Doge 8 was a giant killer
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Amplifier progression and change
Perhaps one of the recent line of Luxman integrated amps like the L505u would be worth looking into
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Dude TRL vs Red Wine Isabella vs Dodd
At $2800 used the Samson's are a steal. Pair it with a Dude if you can. Otherwise the Dodd suggestion is a good one based on price to performance
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Grounding ?
A cheater plug is a good idea for testing. Not sure if its a good idea to use it permanently. To float the grounds in my system, I put a piece of electrical tape on the ground . . .
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Charles Hansen of Ayre saved my love for audio
Other things you can try unplugging are: Microwave, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, basically anything on your circuits with a switching power supply. Doesn't matter if its . . .
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classic sounding 25 watt tube amp
VTL Tiny Triodes would be great I think. Always wanted to try those myself
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DK Design VS-1 Reference MK3 Noise Issue
I had a similar issue with the volume control on my tube preamp, a Joule Electra. From about 11 o'clock to 1 o'clock each move up in volume resulted in a static noise being . . .
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Best Preamp $2,000.00 budget
FWIW - I was speaking to Israel Blume about his speakers and when I mentioned I was also trying to get a full function preamp he recommended the Doge 8. Its offered here on . . .
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Phase Inversion in Preamplifer?
I have to say that the whole phase inversion thing leaves a bit to be desired. Much good advice has already been posted. From my perspective, I have a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII . . .
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Herbie's Hal-O tube dampener's on Calypso?
I have used Herbies Halos for quite some time. On EL-34s, 6SN7s, and multiple types of mini pins. In every instance there was an improvement in sound, but that is not to say some . . .
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Will power conditioning really help?
Daimbert, Let me see if I can point you in the right direction. I have a similar situation with space constraint. I have a 2-channel set-up, with a TV and cable box in the same . . .
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Cary Preamps
I second the SLP-98. I just bought one and have had no problems with it. I own a few Cary components and find them to be high quality. The suggestion for AES is a good one. Also, . . .
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Amp for lightspeed attenuator? = $1000 used
Be patient and wait for a used Music Reference RM-10 MkII to come up for sale. You won't be sorry
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best position of components in relation to spkers?
I agree with keeping the equipment from being positioned between the speakers. I have used the side wall in the past and in my new apartment I have the sources and preamp in . . .
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Weights on a preamp
In some cases it can work depending on the gear involved, the type of stand used, or other factors. I used to place a VPI brick on top of my Spendor 1/2e speakers and they helped . . .
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The passing of Marianne Barber of Joule Electra
I have had many conversations with Marianne who was always helpful and courteous. My thoughts go out to Jud and the family
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Power Conditioning Help Please?
Running Springs Audio has worked well for me
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Tube Preamplifier Time
The Modwright 9.0SE should be right up your alley. I owned the Cary SLP-98 and while I agree that it is warm, it is an incredible preamp. I now own a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII and. . .
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Preamp impedance mismatch with McCormack DNA2
A Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII has an output impedance of 600 ohms and according to Jud Barber will drive an amp with as low as an 8k input impedance rating. They show up used here . . .
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A good 50-70 watts tube amplifier for $ 2000?
Second the AES Six Pacs (or one of the versions of the Cary V12), as well as the Music Reference RM-9. The RM-200 may be a little over your budget, even used
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Tube pre- or amp: does it matter?
I started with a tube preamp as well. I then moved to a tube amp, but eventually went back to a solid state amp as a result of speaker efficiency. Done right a solid state amp . . .
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Best budget phono preamp?
I have heard good things about the new Jolida from a friend who bought one. Paid $350 from Walter at Underwood HiFi. Uses 2 x 12AX7 tubes. He has the stock not modified unit
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Sound of chip amps / gainclones?
I recently had some people over for a listening session and had the opportunity to hear Peter Daniel's Patek in my system. The preamp I was using was a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII. . . .
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Inverted phase preamps?
I have a Cary SLP-98L and the manual specifically states to make the switch at the amp end. As for hearing a difference quality wise I don't know about that. I do know that on the . . .
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don allen gen II pre amp vs. Maple tree 4se
Custom gain for each input? Can you explain how that works? That type of feature has always appealed to me
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Decware CSP2 +
I spoke to Steve about this preamp at length as I had some mild interest in it as a headphone amp primarily, but was curious about it as a line amp too. Very good design and I . . .
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Berning ZH230 amp
The Merlin's are a pretty easy speaker to drive. I don't see why 30 watts wouldn't work. I believe the ARS integrated amp Bobby P. recommended was about 30 watts or so too
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Sanders Sound preamp vs. Innersound?
I was curious as to the Coda/Innersound similarities in product design
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All I want is The Truth, just gimme some truth...
Teajay, the thread was never about a comparison of the two preamps. Rather, the purpose was to provide some information on an alternative to a passive design that might give some . . .
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So many preamps, so little time
For me, a good tube preamp that mated nicely with a Cary V12i amp is the Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII. Might be worth trug with your 805AE. Stick with single ended versus . . .
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My passive preamp project DIY vs Deep pocket
You should check out the Intact Audio Slagleman modules if you are considering a DIY TVC project in the future. These are actually autoformers and since you are handy with a . . .
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Preamp help needed - max $ 2500
Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII can usually be found here used for under $2000
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Preamp gain vs. poweramp sensitivity
On the other hand I have an amp with .8V sensitivity and puts out 225 watts (tested at closer to 300) onto 8 ohms. Can you calculate the gain. Thanks in advance
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CIA D200's Vs. Odyssey Stratos Extreme Monos ?
I need to send my amp off for some additional mods that I want to have done. In the process, I was going to get the Odyssey amp so that I could audition it and listen to music . . .
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Need advice ono a Tube preamp
You can accomplish what you want with a tube preamp. However, rather than focusing on the number of tubes a preamp has I would rate your priorities as follows: 1. Design, . . .
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can I get your input on a inexpensive pre-amp
Many have felt the Mapletree Audio preamp is a great bargain. Also, I would look at the Decware preamps or a used AES/Cary
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Rolling Tubes in the Atma-Sphere C-30 amp
I also own the S-30 amp. As for the power tubes I only use the stock tubes as supplied by Atma-Sphere. This is based on my conversation with Ralph as to the reliability of NOS 6AS7. . .
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Best Cables for Atma-Sphere MA-1 MP-1 combination
That would be the cable. I think you'll be pleased with the results. There really is no need to spend more. Ralph will tell you the same thing
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Tube Integragrated w/ Phono
Not sure of your budget, but the VAC Avatar SE or Super would be good choices
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A home for my cans
I just bought a Berning Micro Zotl which is both a tube headphone amp and a personal 1W amp. These can be modified by Berning to also be a preamp with 2 inputs and 1 output. Mine . . .
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Manley Stingray Integrated amp.
Do not underestimate what you have with your amp/preamp combo. The Pathos might be the better option of the two integrated amps you mentioned, but I don't think either will make . . .
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Who do you like for equipment mods?
Paul Weitzel at TRL for both mods and proprietary designed equipment
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Entry level tube amps?
The RM-9 is a very good amp, but if you don't need that much power the Music Reference RM-10 at a very solid 35 watts could be a better choice
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Budget power amp for Promethius TVC and Quad 22L
I used an RM-9 with my TVC and it worked fine. The gain is adjusable on it via a toggle switch on the top plate. I now use a TRL D-225, but that is not in your budget. Some amp . . .
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Cary SLP98 Tube Question
I have also dealt with Len for 6SN7s for my old SLP-98. Very reliable seller and excellent tubes. I have used Tubeseller as well with good results. Andy at Vintage Tube Services is. . .
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First Sound Preamp Owner's - What NOS tubes?????
I don't think he is at CES as I spoke to him yesterday and while his gear might be there, I'm pretty sure he isn't. He also mentioned he loved the EH 6922 gold pins is his preamps. . .
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Which Tube Phono Stage around $1k?
Dlwask - I'm running the Hagerman Trumpet in my system now using a K&K step-up transformer. NOS RCA 12AU7 tubes and NOS Mullard 12AX7 tubes, both quads from the late '50s. I am . . .
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Amplifier Mods
I doubt Steve would be able to address TRL mods, as they are proprietary and undisclosed. I do know that TRL has modified a lot of gear, including amps. I'm not sure they have done. . .
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Modwright SWL9.0SE/CI Audio D200
Freejazz, What did you think of the Sonic Euphoria? I am considering buying one. How did you like it with the CIA amps
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4 ohm taps on an 8 ohm speaker
Roger Modjeski explains his reasoning behind this in the RM-10 manual. He refers to it as light loading. You essentially are increasing the damping. It also reduces distortion, and. . .
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Redgum Audio
I heard one of their integrated amps once and was very impressed. Great build quality as well
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Room Treatments
I use a number of room treatment products including those from Real Traps and the defunct Eighth Nerve. I do agree they can provide improvements in sound if set up properly. The . . .
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Tube Rolling - Any tips or caveats
Get the lowest noise tubes you can afford, especially for the phono stage. Your priority should be to locate reputable dealers, then look at their stock. Don't necessarily focus on. . .
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Preamps for Atma-Sphere OTL Amplifiers
I use passive preamps with my S-30 for single ended mode. I run an Otari MX-5050 BII direct into the S-30 for balanced mode
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Adding Placette for finer volume adjustment?
Replace the source
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Why hasnt yamamoto A-o11 gotten more love?
Does test equipment hear the same way we do? About the only benefit of test equipment is that it has no bias or opinion. Other than that its not human so it technically can't hear . . .
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Modifications to integrated tube amp: experiences?
The best tube dealer I know is Andy at Vintage Tube Services. He offers a money back guarantee and some of the best selection of NOS tubes available. I have bought GE 5751's from . . .
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Tube preamp noise question
If you're looking for very quiet NOS 6SN7 tubes check with either Andy at Vintage Tube Services or Audiogon member Whoopadeedoo. You won't be disappointed
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Passive Preamp for Atmaspheres?
That is correct. A very simple set-up
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Best power amp for under 1K
I've been looking at Odyssey amps of late
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DAC to Amps bypassing preamp: Opinions please
Probably above your price range, but George Mark Audio has a DAC/linestage which includes a true preamp linestage as well as the DAC processor. You could bypass the linestage if . . .
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Recommend tube amp for $3.5K used
It sounds like you are set on a tube amp, but are you open to solid state? The reason I ask is I was previously using a Cary V12i that offered 50 watts triode and 100 watts . . .
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what is the best deal you ever got on audiogon
Audio Mirror D1 Signature DAC. I bought two of them they were that good a deal
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"Off" vs. "Standby" and tube life
I have a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII and have left it on 24 x 7 the last couple of weeks while breaking in a new amp. In light of what Jud Barber says it will now most likely stay . . .
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AES/CARY Sixpac Mono Amps,Anyone have these?
The V12i I own performs nicely in triode. I was interested in the Six Packs at one time, but since I got a real good deal on a pre-owned V12i I went in that direction. I have . . .
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Active or passive preamp
S&B removed their website that showed this. For a while the URL I bookmarked still displayed that page even though S&B removed it from view on the public site. However, now the. . .
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Amp help with a B.E.L. 1001 Mk.II
I used to go to Bart's quite often when I lived in Denver. They did have some nice vintage gear on occasion. So did Twist & Shout but their prices weren't as attractive. My old . . .
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12AX7 tubes for Music Reference RM-10
Yes they have to be matched. The plates should be matched between the tubes in the method specified by RAM, AB for V1 and BA for B2, meaning the outer plates of each tube and the . . .
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Best match for Cary SLP98 Preamp
Might give the Butler TBD 2250 a look. Plenty of power and hybrid monoblocks. Usually show up here used at very good prices. FWIW - I had the V12i and SLP-98 together and quite . . .
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Stairway to heaven
Frank Zappa
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Uber quiet tubes for C2300 pre
I agree with cpk, give Andy at VTS a call. Also, you can check Music Reference/RAM Labs who also sell low noise and well matched tubes. FWIW I just bought a Music Reference RM-10 . . .
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NOS DAC
I believe NOS in this case refers to non-oversampling
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Old tube amp?
The Dynaco is a good suggestion, but you may also want to look at an original Music Reference RM-10. Like the Dynaco an EL-84 design but with a bit more oomph. I'm looking for one . . .
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Tube Amp Around $1000
Cary's are classic in my opinion. They have the lush mids and tend to sacrifice a little on the extremes. Some call them warm and fat. One thing for sure, they have the Cary house . . .
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Tube Research Labs Solid State Designs
I have the Transistor Research Labs (TRL) D-225 solid state amp. I bought the first model and have not looked back. Extremely quiet and drives my Spendor 1/2e speakers effortlessly. . .
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Need help choosing a power amp
Odyssey makes some fine solid state amps in your price range. You may want to check them out
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Big beautilful tube amp
Cary V12i or V12R. Stereo version is in your budget and has 12 EL-34 (or KT-88, 6l6, 6550, etc.), 2 EL-84 (BH7 for V12R) and 2 6922 tubes. Looks great in the dark. 50 watts triode/. . .
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Newbie Tubie just wants insight and direction....
My preamp inverts polarity and as such I swap the speaker connections on the amp side. However, polarity can be inverted on front end source equipment (like DACs), amps, and from . . .
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Tube rolling for Jolida 502B
Have you tried talking to Brendan Biever at Tube World? He has Jolida amps and is pretty knowledgable about NOS tubes for them. I don't own a Jolida, but when I dealt with him he . . .
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What speakers under 2000$US for...
Fritz Carbon 7's should be on your list
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Congestion, clarity problems gone: M.R. RM-9
Thanks for the update. The RM-9 is a great amp. Since you have the MkI version down the road you might consider sending it to Roger to be upgraded to MkII
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Does OTL pre-amplifier exist?
IIRC there is a direct coupled version of the Cary SLP-98 available from Upscale Audio. I think it is called the F1
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Redgum amplifiers
I was pretty impressed with that amp when I heard it. Great value and glad to hear you are enjoying it
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Balanced Variable Attenuators
A couple things, I have had both the Endler and EVS attenuators and preferred the EVS. I still keep a set around just in case. Also, if you can't get Ric to make you the balanced . . .
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Pre + phono under $2500?
If solid state is an option, Jeff Rowland Capri. XLR and RCA in/out, remote, and a very underrated phono stage
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Can I use two preamps?
If you're set on QS then Stanwal has given you the best advice. A tad on the high side but these are excellent: EVS
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Joule LA100 MKIII or Granite Audio 770FP or Modwrt
I've never heard a loss of dynamics running a passive preamp in my system. If your source has low output impedance, at least 2V output, and you're running short interconnects you . . .
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Someone tell me where to find wooden volume knobs
I purchased a set (in purple heart with set screw)for my TRL Pre-1.5 from Audiogon member "quackfat". He also made me a set of side panels (in rosewood) for my TRL D-225 . . .
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Need phono pre amp recommendations
A Music Reference RM-5 is an option I would look at in your price range if you would consider used components. Typically sell for under $600 but get snatched up fast. The phono . . .
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Passive preamp for Tube Amp?
Try a TVC, especially those that use S&B transformers like the Bent or K&K (which is the one I have). I've been using one with a 2V digital source, a phono stage with 64db of gain. . .
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Suggestions on Balanced Pre-Amp for Claytons
Glide3, I'm interested in the Reflection Audio with inboard phono. Have you heard the phono section before or just the linestage version
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CAT versus Berning
The only advice I can offer is that when I owned my LA-100 MkIII I considered matching it with either the Berning or a Joule amp. This was based on much of the research I did here . . .
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Is there any benefit to a tubed phono stage?
Had I not gotten a good deal on a Hagerman Trumpet I would have purchased the K&K phonostage. I own the K&K step-up which I use with the Hagerman and Kevin built me a custom TVC . . .
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Does such a beast exist?
Electra-Print, Space Tech Labs, Goldpoint, and Welborne Labs are some other options. All are passive designs and can be customized to meet your needs. Well within your budget too
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tube preamps
I have been running a tube preamp with my solid state amp for a while now and love it. It will depend on proper matching though so YMMV. I use a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII (a used . . .
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Need help to trouble shoot the noisy amp.
Perhaps the best thing to do is go back to the manufacturer and provide the same description and ask the same question. Are the amps consecutive serial numbers? Who is the . . .
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Transformer based passives vs passive stepladder
I don't know if what I am about to say will answer your question or help you, but I am in the same boat you are right now. I am looking at and trying out a lot of passive devices. . . .
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BAT vs Cary
I'll second the SLP-98. It is a great preamp and I was running mine with a V12i, an excellent combination. They come up used every so often for around $1800. They usually get . . .
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Best phono preamp? Want world class the best
There are several options for you here, both tubed and solid state. I have just gone through a review of several phono stages for my system and learned a lot from the experience. I. . .
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from solid state to tube
I am slowly trying to add solid state components to what is a predominantly tube set-up. I started with the digital fornt-end. Now I am trying to add a solid state phono stage and . . .
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PS Audio vs. Cary
I have not had any experience with PS Audio components other than their Power Plants. However, I do own Cary products and can vouch for their quality and sound. I think you would . . .
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Replacement for my Beveridge RM-1 and MD D-75?
Music REference RM 4+? Roger is still around and making some great products
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Preamp with quality MC phono section
The Manley Steelhead is worth looking into. In addition to being a phono preamp it has a volume control and an input that will allow you to use an additional source (for example, . . .
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Preamp upgrade - Shindo or VAC?
I have the Auricle Musicblocs as well. If it were me I'd go with a VAC preamp. Going further up the VAC line should make a nice improvement over the Standard LE. Nothing against . . .
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Line Conditioner:To plug or not to plug Big Amp in
Running Springs Audio line conditioners do not limit current
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cd player + preamp = too much gain
The Lightspeed Attenuator is a great passive preamp, but before buying you need to ensure it will match up with your other components, especially the amp. Typically your amps input. . .
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Is Solid State Preamp and Tube Amp A Good Combo?
I've tried it both ways and so far the Rowland Capri preamp and VAC Auricle Musicbloc amps have been the best combination
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Joule Preamps?
Sorry I did not see this earlier. According to my conversation with Jud at RMAF, the reason for putting the 6350 tubes back in the circuit for the LA-150 MkII is to regain some of . . .
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All Japanese system
213cobra - I'm curious about the CDP, which I would use as a transport primarily. Have you heard this player? Price is right but by the time shipping and duties are applied it . . .
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Aesthetix Calypso, Tuberolling questions?
GT = Groove Tube, 12AX7 tube. Sold in many guitar shops, but used in audio as well. Supposed to sound like a Mullard if I'm correct. I have a couple lying around here that I wasn't. . .
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which preamp sounds most transparent?
I just received a custom built K&K Audio TVC that uses S&B transformers. Initial impressions are that it is very transparent and the ability to control the ICs (which can be a . . .
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Tube Amp Recommendations
Joule Electra amps seem to work well with Merlin speakers. The Stargates are in your price range
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quandary: inefficient speakers, low-power amp
I was using a 50 watt triode Cary V12i amp with a pair of Spendor 1/2e speakers that are 88db efficient. However, I was using an active preamp with 12db of gain. I did not have the. . .
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Preamp with most dynamic contrast?
I found mine in the Joule Electra LA-100MkIII. It actually started out as an LA-200 and Jud Barber upgraded it for me. The LA-100 MkIII is available new for around $4k including . . .
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Best moderately priced tube amp stands?
Look for an ad here on Audiogon for Ultrasonic stands. Contact Tate and he can cut you a nice piece of acrylic at a great price. He may also have a demo stand available that meets . . .
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Help me spend $8,000 this is really long, sorry
Many here feel that the Supratek Syrah preamp is an excellent buy and comes with one of the best phono stages. The Cary SLP-98L which I have is also available in a model that . . .
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Leave tubes in phono section if not using it?
If he is seeking knowledge he should just call George Kaye and get a direct answer
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Cary CAD 280sa v12R
You might want to consider the AES Six Packs which are made by Cary and are the precursor to the V12 series of amps. I believe they are available from Upscale Audio in the US. Nice. . .
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Does anyone know someone who can modify Mesa Baron
Mesa will still service the amp. Contact them and inquire what they might suggest. At a minimum you might consider sending it to them and ensuring the amp performs to factory specs. . .
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PC for Running Springs conditioner
I used an Oyaide Tunami GPX on my Haley and was satisfied
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Passive Preamp works with Dynavector p75?
It will probably work, but how well is the question. Input sensitivity of .8V is a good start, but the gain level has to be taken into consideration too. Also, input impedance on . . .
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BAT, ARC, VAC, Shindo?
I went from the VAC Avatar SE to Auricle MB70s. I use a Rowland Capri with the MB70s. I have to say I prefer the MB70s/Capri combo but as Tvad said its a different sound, not . . .
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Anyone heard the New Luxman gear?
Anyone know how much the solid state integrated amps go for
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Joule, Blue Circle, CAT SL1
As a former LA-100 MkIII owner, get the Joule, it has what you are looking for and is remote ready. I agree with Kenreau, the LAP-150 MkI that Signature Sound has for sale is a . . .
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MC Phono Stage w/ Attenuator??
Not sure what your timetable is, but occasionally you will see a used K&K Audio SE with a DaCT attenuator in your price range
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Suggestion for preamp - Spendor's & Cary
I used the Cary V12i with my Spendor 1/2e speakers and at 50 watts triode/100 watts ultralinear that just was not enough power for them. I moved to a 225 watt custom made solid . . .
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Tube's needed, 6922's or equal for Preamp Qty.3
Andy is the best, but I have also had good luck with Brendan Biever at www.tubeworld.com. Tube Depot is another place you may want to try
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What to buy with $2000?
Take a look at the Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII here in Audiogon for $1700. This a very musical preamp that has a bit more transparency than most tube preamps. It is extremely quiet . . .
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Aesthetix Calypso and Herron VTSP 2
Oh what the heck, we had the Joule LA-200 and LA-150 mentioned, I'll throw in the LA-100 MkIII. I hope to be comparing it to the Herron shortly. The Joule is quite a nice performer. . .
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Tube Preamp Isolation
Go to an HVAC supplier and buy the rubber/cork/rubber blocks that are used under AC compressors. These are the same as the Mapleshade Isoblocks, but will cost you a lot less
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phase inverted preamps...about
I have a Cary SLP-98L and a Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII and both are phase inverted. The Cary Manual sats to make the switch on the amp end. I don't have a Joule manual but was told. . .
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Anyone have or heard the Whest PS.20
There was a 3 month old Whest PS .20 listed on Audiogon yesterday that I snatched up. I had targeted this phono stage for some time, but the retail cost was out of my budget. I had. . .
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Isolation Platform from Timber Nation
Ordered a pair of amp stands from him once and never received them. Luckily I was able to recoup my money via credit card chargeback. Glad to hear you had a better experience
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Melos SHA-gold photentiometer replacement DIY
You might want to consider replacing that photentiometer with a better one, if it's possible. Go over to the DIYAudio forum and do a search on "lightspeed attenuator". . . .
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Phono Stage or TT upgrade
Since you have other Ayre gear why not an Ayre phono stage
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Cary SLP98L Tube Rolling
I recently sold my SLP-98L, but tried a number of tubes in it while I had it. One person you may want to speak with is Andy at Vintage Tube Services. He knows this preamp well and . . .
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Best nos 6sn7g for my Atmasphere mp1.
Andy is the best. He sold me many a fine tube, especially 6SN7s. This is a huge loss for tube audiophiles
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Has anyone here tried the Lightspeed Attenuator?
I own one too. Bought it based on a post here from dgarettson and reading that entire DIYAudio thread. It was an improvement over my K&K S&B TVC passive preamp and just as good as . . .
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Autoformer versus Transformer Passives?
Your (previously my) K&K used S&B MkI transformers, not MkIII. The difference was the MkI version tended to sound a little warmer
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Passive pre with class ''D'' power amps, issues ??
If I read the specs on it correctly the input impedance is high enough to work with most passives, but I'd be a little concerned about the gain (27db) and sensitivity (3V rms to . . .
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Tube Amp,Solid State Preamp.
I use a tube amp with solid state preamp as well. As Newbee said I actually prefer a passive preamp in front of the tube amp. Right now I alternate a LightSpeed passive attenuator . . .
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SS quality pre-amp with HT bypass-suggestions?
Another one for the Capri. Great preamp for the money
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New guy needs firstpre amp
I'll second the Capri. It's a nice fit on your budget. I just bought one and have put about 500 hours on it. Very good soundstage and imaging, extremely quiet and as the volume . . .
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Who does best SS preamp modifications?
Give Paul Weitzel at TRL a call. He may be able to help. Has modified and built several things for me
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I Didn't Do My Homework
Space Tech Labs also makes a balanced transformer
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Good amp repair shop in L.A.?
In addition to the others mentioned, Mitch Singerman in LA might be able to help depending on the equipment
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Recommendations on a passive preamp
Depending on your budget and your preference for a resistor-based or transformer-based passive you may want to consider: Goldpoint Space Tech Labs Welborne Labs Electra Print All. . .
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Good tube amps to consider wit Spendor S5e
If your S5e's are anything close to my 1/2e's then you're going to need a bit more power based on the size of your listening room and your listening position. I was using a 50 watt. . .
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Phonostage pairing?
Chazzbo, I may be misinterpreting your response but I own a Whest and while it does not have the controls that the EAR 324, Rhea, or Steelhead have, you don't have to pop the top . . .
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Mullard CV4004
I purchased some CV4004s and found the same results as Zinfan2. However, just recently purchased a matched quad of Mullard ECC83 tubes from 1959 and these sound fantastic. . . .
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Which of the following preamps?
The AES products are a great value and if you're willing to go a little higher there is a Cary SLP-88 on Audiogon for $950
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CJ Premier 18/Cary slp 98-which is closer to PF-R?
I just purchased an SLP-98L and even with stock tubes it sounds very nice. It brings the music to life. Eventually I'll do some tube rolling, but will probably keep the rest of it . . .
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Placette RVC vs. Placette Active?
The dual mono LSA in addition to balance feature also has very fine adjustment of volume. I just ordered a second LSA. My original is now in our demo room at the shop. While I'm . . .
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45 Amps
I just started using an Electra-Fidelity Sliver 45 SE integrated in my system this past weekend. Although I've been listening to it for the past year in various iterations as it is. . .
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BAT at CES?
I heard The Soundsmith collaborated with BAT on the phono cartridge and it is a moving iron. Can anyone confirm this
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Promitheus and Wyred4Sound
I'd be a little concerned with the 2.95V input sensitivity of the SX-1000 when using it with a TVC or any passive for that matter
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Which preamp has it all?
From your description you might want to look into Joule Electra. The LA-150 MkII or SE models could meet your requirements. I'd encourage you to audition one if possible
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Pre amp with Atma-Sphere S30
Also, running balanced from preamp to amp won't cost much in terms of XLR cables. If you read Ralph's posts here, since the balanced design supports the 600 ohm standard, a pair of. . .
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Which preamp helps lower listening sessions?
TRL Dude. One of the traits of TRL designs is that lower listening levels produce excellent resolution without frequency loss. Another trait is the designs yield highly musical . . .
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Rowland Capri Preamp
I owned one and felt it was a lot of preamp for the money
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ST-70 modifications
K&K Audio has a mod package for the ST-70. It converts the amp to 10 watts triode. Might be worth looking into
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audio horizons-Unhappy & Why
Lots of great preamps for under $3k. Heck, I just found two under $500 that compete well with other preamps I've owned that cost 5 - 6 times more. Considering the generous trial . . .
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Joule electra Pre Amp -tube rolling
Just get the tubes from Joule. Jud Barber has an inventory of NOS tubes that he likes to use in the LA-100 preamps. Usually it is either an RCA or Ge for the 5751, Sylvania for the. . .
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Are there any Tube Integrateds out there with?
The Avatar and Avatar SE are spec'ed at 27 watts triode and 60 watts ultralinear. The Avatar Super packs a bit more punch. Not all Avatars have a preamp out (mine did) or balanced . . .
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small footprint balanced pre-amp
I own the Capri and the footprint is indeed small. Better yet it will come it at a very attractive price used. It's a lot o preamp for the money
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Specific needs for a new preamp...
Yep, the on/off switch is there. However, if I might nit pick I'm curious why: 1. When engaging the balance control on the remote the display does not show the tracking (if only . . .
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Conditioner for Cary MB500 Monoblocks
I have used both the Exact Power EP-15A and Running Springs Haley power conditioners. Both are very good and did not limit dynamics with my amps. That being said I now use Alan . . .
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Battery powered amps
TRL is Tube Research Labs. They make custom built tube and solid state amps/preamps, as well as modify audio components, especially digital gear. You can contact Paul Weitzel at . . .
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Information for Joule Electra LA100 Mark III
I have the manual and the instructions for biasing the tubes. Email with your address. I bought an LA-200 (based on the serial number the first unit made) about a year ago from . . .
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solidstate system to single ended...should I?
While I don't have any experience going from solid state to SET, I can tell you I looked very closely at getting into SET and came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth trading . . .
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ground loop HUM please help
Granite Audio makes a device called the Ground Zero that should solve the problem. It's a bit pricey but comes with a 30 day trial
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Differences in tube sounds: 6550 / EL34
I agree with Trelja on the tradeoff of a good EL-34 tube. I am using NOS Siemens EL-34's (12) in my Cary V12i. This amp also accepts other tubes including KT-88, KT-77, KT-66, or . . .
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TubeGuru amps from Hungary?
Similar experience here although I managed to exchange emails and have a couple phone conversations with the rep in SoCal. Still very strange
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Anyone modded a Steelhead?
Still using the Decware and 3A's
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DIY Amp Preamp building
I believe the M-60 is available as a kit again. Other sources for kits are Hagerman and K&K Audio
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Does anyone know the value of BEL 1001 MKV?
If you are in the US you might want to call Brooks Berdan in Monrovia, CA. They are a dealer but have a service department that has a lot of knowledge about BEL amps
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Amp suggestion for Merlins?
Isn't the Ars Sonum integrated what Bobby uses now? At least that is what I thought he had at RMAF this year. If that amp is in your budget it should work quite nicely with the . . .
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tvc vs avc
Well for what it is worth I bought a Berning Micro ZOTL to use as a headphone amp. As luck would have it the one I bought could also be used as a line stage preamp, as well as a 1 . . .
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Pro's and con's of different tube amps?
How do OTL's fit in here ? Saki70 (Threads | Answers) I'd suggest going to the Atma-sphere Web site and reading Ralph's white papers on the subject of OTLs. Also, you might . . .
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Power conditioner
Not sure what you want to spend but the Running Springs products are very good. You could plug your amp into a RSA PLC with no issues. Alan Maher products also warrant a look. . . .
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A balanced passive preamp?
If you're willing to stretch it to $2250 the new Bent TAP would be the ticket. There are occasionally balanced versions of the Sonic Euphoria that come up used as well. Promitheus . . .
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search for musical s.s. yields a tube epiphany
Until recently I used the Cary V12i in combination with the SLP-98 and know exactly what you are talking about. The V12i drove my low efficiency Spendor speakers extremely well and. . .
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Tube Rolling 12AX7 - Need Advice/Suggestions
Of those new production tubes that were given to you the Groove Tubes are the best IMO. Try them in the amp. As previously stated those RCAs will be hard to beat, so keep them in . . .
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Best poweramp $2-4K matched with Cary SLP-98
Second the V12i, that is what I used with mine. Cary V12R or even the AES 6 packs would work too. From the solid state side I used a TRL D-225. You'll need to trim the gain knobs . . .
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Resitor Passive
I would say "blow away" is a harsh term. I have participated in and side with the view that TVCs are better than resistor based passives. Maybe in some systems these &. . .
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Passive Pre Recommendations
Maybe all you need is something like the EVS or Endler attenuators that connect to the inputs of your amps and allow you to attenuate the signal coming in from your preamp. Both of. . .
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Help with $6k - $7k amplifier setup
The TRL D-225 amp for $4000 new is a great amp for the money. You can mate it with a nice passive preamp (I use the K&K Audio TVC) or a low gain active preamp. Either way you . . .
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what conditioner to use with tubes
Running Springs Audio Duke
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What are the best drop in subs for a 12AU7??
RCA Cleartops from the '50s work for me. Andy at VTS has an excellent slection of them. Very low noise. I also just acquired a pair of Amperex Bugle Boys and am looking forward to. . .
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cary slp-98L vs bat vk3i
I haven't compared the two but owned the Cary for a while. With stock tubes it's okay, but when I put in NOS Sylvanias the preamp really started to sing. The Cary house sound is . . .
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Musical Fidelity A300 mod by Tube Research Labs
I just purchased a TRL modded Alesis ML9600 (using as a transport only per Paul) from a third-party (recommended by Paul) and I'm amazed at how the sound improves daily. After some. . .
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BEL 1001 service in 2013?
This is the company that acquired the rights although I do not believe anything has come of it: http://www.audiosumma.com . I have read that Brooks Berdan in Monrovia, CA has a . . .
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Gold Point Passive pre-amp
Passive preamps can be excellent choices in some systems. Your amp is sensitive enough and has a high enough input impedance. Your source also has an acceptable output impedance. . . .
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Jeff Rowland Capri- looking for love.
I used a Capri with a set of VAC Auricle Musicblocs. No issues for me and as previously mentioned the impedance matching is not going to present much if any issues for amplifiers. . . .
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Atma-Sphere S 30 & Zero Autotransformer Boxes
I have used mine with a pair of Spendor 3/1 and Maggie 1.6QR speakers. My business partner had a set of autoformers lying around that he made up a while back that are a 1:2 ratio. . . .
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Accuphase P-300, worth upgrading?
I believe Accutech in SoCal would be the best resource to restore the P-300. If I owned one that is where I would send it
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Joule Eletra LA 100 MKIII
There is a bias setting in the preamp for the driver tubes (I believe batteries are involved) and the manual discusses how the bias is set at the factory. IIRC the manual also . . .
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Berning EA-230 vs RM-10mkII with Merlin VSM
It might be difficult to find one who has heard both these amps in their system. I can vouch for a Joule/Music Reference combo as I used to own an RM-9 and used it with my LA-100 . . .
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Switcher needed
This should do the trick: Decware Rotary Switchbox
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Power tubes glowing?
Try re-biasing the tubes. If they won't re-bias properly or if the orange glow continues I'd replace the tube. You don't want to have a tube explode on you
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Good tube tech in Milwaukee, WI?
You may want to try this Audiogon member who is in Milwaukee. http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampstube&1271975936&/Vac-Williamson-Vintage-35/35-t
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battery-based SS amps
Not sure batteries has anything to do with it. A well designed noise immune power supply can come in both battery and linear, and yes, even switching flavors. As for tube like . . .
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Loud POP
Hard to say which component it might be. Does the pop occur when you turn the amp on and all other components are off? If not, can you swap out the preamp for another to isolate . . .
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I'm new to this. Critique my tentative plan?
Monarchy Audio NM24 is a DAC/preamp combo that sounds really good for the money. That being said the CIA DAC and passive pre is a good idea, however you need to be sure the CJ is . . .
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Hybrid integrated, best of both worlds?
Since I identified the Avatar as my integrated of choice a few month back I have seen 4 for sale here. Haven't pulled the trigger on one yet as I'm still procrastinating on a few . . .
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Why sound is not balanced?
I also recommend Pzuckerman's suggestion as I have a similar problem. I did the same tests and afterwards concluded it must be the room. Now my room is 18.5 x 15.5 and it is . . .
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Searching for a Pre-Amp??
The Joule LA-100 MkIII is a good preamp to look into if you want something slightly warm and very musical. It is in your price range used
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Biamping Question
Thanks for the responses everyone. I much prefer the passive biamping approach based on the information so far. Jsadurni, I am using Spendor 1/2e speakers. Sensitivity is 88db . . .
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Buzz/Hum from Cary SLI-80
Best thing to do first to be sure it is the Cary is to disconnect all components from it and plug it into the wall (if you have done this already my apologies). Is the hum still . . .
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Prima Luna amp or preamp best speaker -Help
Upscale Audio is probably the closest source to you, but they're in CA. www.upscaleaudio.com I believe they are the NA distributor. If anyone will know about the new models . . .
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Mesa Boogie Tube amps interested in your thoughts
Are you referring to the Mesa Baron (uses KT-88 tubes) that runs in pentode and triode (and combinations thereof
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recommendations for starting system
Considering that Pbb recommended a solid state integrated, have you considered a tube integrated? Jolida and Prima Luna are a couple of brands that won't break the bank and have . . .
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Spendor SP 2/3 Amplifier Load
I'm using a Cary V12i with my Spendor 1/2s and at 50 watts triode they're doing just fine. Before that I had the 7/1s which are the floor standing version of the 2/3s and no . . .
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Cary SLP-98L
I have a Cary SLP-98L that I use with a Cary V12i (Siemens NOS EL-34s and 7308s). I like this set-up quite a bit. The Sylvania 6SN7Ws and cryoed GTBs combination in the preamp . . .
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Where To Buy Custom Aplifier Chassis?
Speaking of writing a big check you could try here as well: http://www.nealfeay.com/content/portfolio/audio
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Top rated passive preamps
Bent Audio Tap if you can find one. If you are a DIY type you can get all the parts from John Chapman at Bent Audio and build one yourself or have someone else build it
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Dynamic speakers for OTL amps
I use Audiokinesis Jazz Modules with my OTL. Not crossover less, but an excellent match. The combination is great with rock music as well
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Music Reference RM200 - Running so hot
I would look at the bias as well. This is a hybrid amp and I've listened to Roger's personal RM-200 and never got the impression it was an amp that ran hot. My RM-10 MkII runs cool. . .
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How good are the AES Sixpacs???
Some people have said that the Six Packs are better than the Cary V12i (they share similar designs as AES is sort of the lab for future Cary products). I owned the V12i and prior . . .
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Help with passive preamp
Good advice so far, but I think you just need to try it and hear for yourself. If the McIntosh stats stated previously are correct, use the high sensitivity setting (.75V) on the . . .
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Hands Down Better than the Stingray?
VAC Avatar SE will be in your price range but is only available used
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Power Conditioner or Distributor?
The P300 is rated for 300 watts. That means the power consumption of whatever components that you plug into it cannot exceed 300 watts (otherwise it shuts down). So you'll have to . . .
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JRDG Capri & mod. 112
I used the internal phono card with my Capri and it is quite good. It doesn't have all the fancy adjustments an excellent external phono stage might have, but it provides top rate . . .
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Anyone have experience with Running Springs Audio
I use a PS Audio P300 for my sources and will continue to do so. However, I did some additonal research on this subject and decided I am going to buy the Haley for my amp. I . . .
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Good source of info on tubes?
Brendan at Tube World and Andy at VTS can both help you. What you are looking for are low noise and closely matched tubes. Both vendors will have these in stock. You may also . . .
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Cary SLP-98 v. Manley Shrimp
I never knew it had silver wire. Sure sounded sweet to me with those luscious Cary mids. A favorite among preamps for me
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Need to purchase a Phono Pre for Dynavector 20XH
If you can stretch it to $2000, get the K&K Audio SE. I used one with a Dynavector 20XL and it worked great. Uses low cost quality tubes and the load switch is on the rear panel. . . .
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Altmann BYOB vs. Audiosector Patek vs. 47 Labs
I'm looking at the Audio Sector after having considered the 47 Labs. The integrated Patek can now be built with a Placette type 128 step RVC. I'm seriously considering it and . . .
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Tube replce for Music Reference RM-5?
Contact the designer Roger Modjeski, he will have tubes for you that are well matched and low noise
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Noise from Left Channel
This is generally okay with tubes as long as it is low level, but you can do some testing if you like to be sure it is a tube issue. Try swapping the tubes between channels. Start . . .
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amp advice
For $4k you can get a TRL D-225 dual mono amp. While it's rated at 225 watts per channel, it tests out at close to 300 watts. I've been using one for nearly a year now and it's . . .
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Tube phono stage
I don't know your budget so here is a variety to consider: AES PH-1 Hagerman Coronet Hagerman Trumpet (one on Audiogon right now with NOS tunes for $1250 - great price) Mitch . . .
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Anyone compare Cary V12 amp to CJ MV60SE
I haven't heard the CJ amp, but have owned a Cary V12i. While I think very highly of the amp, maybe its me, but I never thought of it, nor found it to be a crank it up type of amp
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Matching power at maximum rating for?
I would agree with Pabelson. Your speakers require 20 watts minimum and 100 watts maximum. The NAD is rated at 50 watts. Unless you're trying to fill a huge space this should be . . .
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Determining polarity? and Modulus3A question also
Faziod, Have you used this? This is exactly what I am looking for. Is there any chance for sound degradation? Any more information you can provide would be great. Feel free to . . .
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Vac Avatar or Cary SLI-80
I own a Cary V12i and find it quite musical. I have just paired it with a Cary SLP-98L and am using a pair of Spendor 1/2e speakers in the set-up. I'm familiar with VAC and they . . .
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Looking for a good pre-amp to mate with Cary V12i
Jond, Thanks for your response. I have been following the Supratek discussions on Audiogon and recall seeing a post or two of yours there. The input sensitivity of my Cary is 3.5 . . .
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preamp Luxman C1000 - how set up gain/volume ?
Okay I will give this a shot. I have a CD player with variable output and a preamp with both a main attenuator and gain trim controls. If I were you I would start by defeating the . . .
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Cary v12 vs. Vac 80/80 vs. Music Reference RM-9
I've had/have amps from all 3 manufacturers and owned both the RM-9 and V12i. The V12 will give you that classic Cary house sound with the lush (some might say syrupy) midrange. It. . .
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Any Hagerman Bugle Power Supply PCB's out there?
You should try over on Audio Asylum and Audio Circle (has a Hagerman forum) as well. Might be some DIY'ers out there that can help you
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Cary Rocket 88 & n.e.w. P-3: Best tube combo?
When I had the P-3 I used a stock 12BH7 as the 12AU7 tubes are the important ones sonically. For those I use Mullard CV4003 which are the military version of the 12AU7. I'm not . . .
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premier headphone amps
Berning Micro ZOTL
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Joule Electra 100 mkiii vs. Musical Fidelity A3cr
I owned the V12i and ran it with a Cary SLP-98 and Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII. I had both preamps at the same time so I was able to do side by side comparisons. To me the Joule was. . .
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Preamp Sonic Signature or Character like RIAA Eq
IMO Ralph's comments pertain more to resistor-based passive preamps. I'm a big fan of the passive approach but have preferred the transformer volume control which tends to . . .
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Inverting phase with Joule Electra LA150MKii
As far as I recall Joule preamps always inverted phase (I owned an LA-100 MkIII), so changing the speaker leads at the amp output would technically place things in phase again. . . .
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Where is Timbernation have not heard from him??
Been some complaints about him on Audio Asylum. I'm having a similar problem, although I have received an email from him explaining my delay. He's on a short leash with me right . . .
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Does this animal exist?
Here you go. One for sale right here: Hagerman Octal Cornet Available as a kit or Jim Hagerman can build you one. it is a well regarded phono stage using the non-octal tubes so. . .
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Jolida JD-9A Phono Stage Hum Problem
Try some weight on top of the case in combination with some type of rubber material above where the transformer is located. See if that improves things. As an example, I use 40 . . .
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phono preamp advice
A friend of mine just bought an Acqvox and has really been enjoying it. At the top end of your budget. If you don't mind tubes and stretching your budget just a little the K&K . . .
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Stereo Tube Amps for JM Labs Electra 927 Be
There are 2 Music Reference RM-9 amps for sale here now. Rated 100 watts, but put out closer to 125 watts. I bought one about a month ago after using a Cary V12i (sister to the six. . .
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Is it time to get active?
If you've been happy with the passive preamp perhaps an active preamp that is transparent, but provides some warmth in the form of tubes would be nice to check out. The Modwright 9. . .
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What EL34 and 12AU7 NOS tubes...
I use Siemens EL-34s which I like a lot and have read a lot of good things about Mullards, EH, JJ, and cryoed Svetlana C wings. As for 12AU7s there are too many good ones out there. . .
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What is a good phono stage
Under $2000 you should consider Decware ZP 1.5 or 2.0, K&K, and my favorite, the Hagerman Trumpet. All are tubed and come with a 30 day trial period
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Is Will Vincent still restoring amps?
His Audiogon username is Autospec. Haven't seen any of his ads in a while though
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Variable gain preamp ?
It would depend on the amp and the efficiency of your speakers, as well as the ouput voltage of your source (most digital sources are 2V but some are not). The more sensitive your . . .
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Music Reference RM 9 Question
Your best bet is to contact Roger directly or Sal at Audio Summa. They will give you the best advice IMO. You should also buy the tubes from Roger. He is one of the very few in . . .
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Passive volume regulator suggestions
If you absolutely need XLR consider the Warpspeed, that is what I use for XLR. it will be adequate for your needs but in comparison I do not think it is better than the Lightspeed. . .
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Electra Print 300B amplifier - Help
Jack primarily uses the Sovtek tubes. So a Sovtek 300B should suffice. I live near Jack and just came from his shop as we're working on some things together. I'll print this off . . .
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McCormack Power amp "buzz"
You could try one of the Jensen isolators between the preamp and amp
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Tube blows Amplifier fuse....causes?
Just a bad tube. I had a similar situation with my Auricle Musicbloc MB 70s. A KT-88 was starting to go bad. Made popping noises occasionally to start, then hum. I imagine if I let. . .
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Avatar SE Tubes
I bought an Avatar SE that came with NOS tubes. National Electric (Siemens) EL-34s and Mullard CV4003 (12AU7) and CV4004 (12AX7). You might want to try the National Electric/. . .
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B&K powering Spendor?
If I'm correct the power rating on the amp is 225 watts into 8 ohms. The Spendors have a pretty flat impedance curve. I ran a TRL D-225 with my Spendor 1/2e speakers and found they. . .
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cary cad211m hum noise
If the noise is only present with your ear close to the speaker I wouldn't worry too much about it. On the other hand if you can hear it fro a few feet away there may be some . . .
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rowland capri, bat vk3i or vtl 2.5 ?
I guess that makes me 1 out of the other 4 posts for the Capri. I admit, I like it. There are better, but I have the full function version with MC/MM and it serves my needs well . . .
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Tube Pre/SS Amp versus SS Pre/Tube Amp
I used to have tube pre and ss amp, but now have the opposite. As stated it can and does work both ways
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from Cary 98 to Cary 05 what you gain?
Personally I found the Joule Electra LA-100 MkIII to be a significant step up from the SLP-98 which I also owned and was able to do a side to side comparison. The Joule will cost . . .
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... Newbie looking for sonic heaven with SETs...
In the not so distant past I had evealuated SET amps. I cam to the conclusion that I was not ready to give up my 88db efficient Spendor 1/2e speakers so I ended up with a custom . . .
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Transistor research labs D-225, PRICE?
$4500, sold direct. Contact Paul or Brain Weitzel directly via phone or email. They are very responsive. Email me privately if you want more information on performance as I own one. . .
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what's the best pre-amp for Cary's V-12r?
I would stick with the SLP-98, it worked excellent when I had them in my system (V12i). Especially with NOS tubes
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PreAmp repair s SoCal
Mitch Singerman in LA might be someone worth calling. He does repairs on lots of different gear. If he can't help you he probably could give you other options
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What should be my next phono stage after ear834
The Hagerman Trumpet with a nice step-up transformer (I use the K&K step-up which comes in kit form but Kevin Carter will build it for you for a nominal fee) will be hard to beat . . .
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How many types..
Add Transcendant to the list
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Tube amp suggestions for a Joule LA-200
I neglected to say that the price range is around $2000, new or used. Thanks
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Tube rolling suggestionsfor Musical Reference RM10
The ones Roger suggests and tests. I haven't had the urge to use any others
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do it yourself fans..........
If you are very serious about learning and potentially doing DIY projects you may get some good advice here, but you should go over to Audio Asylum and post there. They have a lot . . .
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EM7 Music Reference Amplifier
I own the 12v version of this amp and in my opinion it is outstanding. Mine is slightly modified and I rotate it in my system with a Music Reference RM-10 MkII and Atma-Sphere S-30. . .
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VAC Vintage
I bought a Vintage Williamson 35/35 recently. Alas it was damaged in shipping and returned. I got to try it for a bit though and the sound was very good. Right up there with the . . .
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Salk Archos speakers
I had the opportunity to listen to them in Jim's listening room. I have to say I was impressed. They are open and reproduce timbre very well. This in an atypical environment as Jim. . .
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tube amp repair
First off, I'm in Las Vegas too, email me offline and maybe we can get together sometime. Secondly, there are a couple possible sources in town that may be able to help. Jack . . .
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Moscode 401 HR vs. 402 au vs. Butler TBD 2250
I don't know if it's a marketing gimmick or not, but as good as the 401HR is, the 401au is better IMO. I have heard the 401HR in comparison to the Butler 2250 and to me it's a . . .
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advice on amp - $3,500 maximum budget
Any particular reason you started a new thread asking the same question you posted in another thread yesterday
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Info wanted on Sanders Sound / Innersound Preamps
Regardless of whose designing or building the equipment each time I've visited Roger's room at CES or RMAF the system sounded fantastic
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Have you used a Yamamoto HA 02 to drive speakers?
I looked into doing this when I was considering buying the Druids. I contacted Srajan at 6moons who has both the HA-02 and Druids, but uses them in different systems, He tried the . . .
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What tubes does a Joule Electra LA150 MKII use?
In the power supply you should have 2 x 6EM7 (big octal type tubes) and 2 x 0A2 (thin tubes
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Help Cary Rocket 88 or Primaluna Prologue 5
The Rocket operates in A triode (30 watts) and AB ultralinear (60 watts). I haven't heard the Prima Luna, but having owned several pieces of Cary gear I'm pretty biased towards the. . .
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Tube Research GT-100 and Audio Physic Virgos
Call Paul Weitzel at TRL, he will give you the information you're looking for
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pre amp to pair with vtl 750s
As for matching a preamp to an amp, I've always looked at impedance specs, but lately, I have also come to the conclusion that sensitivity and the gain in the amp are important as . . .
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Tube dealers in los angeles?
You might want to check with Brooks Berdan in Monrovia or Mitch Singerman in LA as well. On eBay there is a seller with the username Valvetronics in LA and here on Audiogon a . . .
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Aesthetix Io phono with volume pots
Audio Unlimited in Denver, CO is an Aesthetix dealer. Contact John Barnes: 303.691.3407. I have had many great dealings with John when I lived in Denver, and even now that I live . . .
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Hornshoppes the truth preamp
I know for the money it is a very good preamp. As I own one I can tell you two specific things. One is it is extremely neutral and two it can drive very long cables. As to my first. . .
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Opinions on Welborne Labs Zephyr passive pre
I am thinking of trying one as well, so I'd also like to hear opinions
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N.E.W power amps
I had the DCA-33 and replaced the batteries myself. Open the battery box and get the name and model number of the batteries. Digi Key will be able to supply replacements. Just draw. . .
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Another Cary SLP 98 Tube question
Front pair which according to my inquiry with Cary is the gain stage. The rear tubes are the buffer
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Anyone listen to an Aesthetix Atlas amp yet?
I heard it yesterday at the LA/Orange County Audio Society meeting. It's impressive physically and Jim White was on hand to talk about the design (Charles Hansen of Ayre . . .
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Modwright 9.0se vs Cary SLP-98P
I have heard both preamps. I owned the Cary and have heard the Modwright in another system. Tvad's description of the Modwright's sonic signature is accurate. I would say the Cary . . .
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Joule LA-100 Owner's Manual
I asked Jud to send me a copy recently and after a bit of a delay he mailed it Friday. I should get it next week and will be able to fax you a copy
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Need help
Good advice by Jdombrow. I also was investigating SET amps recently and it became obvious there was nothing in my budget that was going to work with 88db efficient speakers. Since . . .
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Tube Amp For Mid/Hi
Look into the Cary V12 or V12i. They are around 2k used. Runs triode (50w), ultralinear (100w) and two-thirds triode. I can get mine pretty loud if I want to. You can also swap the. . .
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TVC amps - Promitheus
You might also want to visit Audio Circle. Promitheus has a circle over there. Lots of user experiences can be found
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Correcting for high gain Krell KRC 2
You could try Endler or EVS attenuators. Plug them into the amp inputs and then you plug the RCA cables into the attenuator inputs. Provides more flexibility than Rothwell . . .
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6SN7 - Same tubes or mixing with different kinds?
I used to own a Cary SLP 98 preamp that used 4 x 6SN7. Two were used as drivers and two were used as output buffers. I used the same, as well as different matched pairs in each . . .
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Information for Joule Electra Preamp LA 200
I have a manual that could be of help. I can also answer most questions for you. Also, go to the Joule website. Under reviews there is one on the LA-200 by Bob Sireno of PF. Bob . . .
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