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I don't know who made the first, but the AudioValve RKV has been around since the early 80's, and still sounds fantastic even today.
In my opinion, you have a fabulous start to a very good system. In no certain order: - Keep your CD player. - Buy the HD 600 grills from Sennheiser. - Upgrade your Sennheiser HD 580 stock cable. My favorite is the Equinox. - Buy a headphone tube amplifier with good power supply. - Upgrade power cords on CD player, and amplifier. I know that all of this cannot be done at once with your budget, but doing a little bit at a time is usually easier on the wallet, and you...
Quote: Originally Posted by Black Stuart Crescendopower, you do come out with a lot of absolutes don't you. You listened to (1) CDP with some Nordost I/Cs and panned all the cables you know someone from a particular speaker co. and quoted him and then you come out with another absolutist statement that all Mullard valves are first class, what a load of old cobblers! So televator does'nt know what he's talking about, he's probably getting a kickback...
Quote: Originally Posted by Patrick82 Yes, instead of covering up the brightness with tubes it's better to fix the problems instead. Two years ago the brightness was so bad that I didn't have a choice, I needed to cover it up with Mullard tubes. Valhalla + tubes still sounded more detailed than muddy cable + solid-state. After I tried vibration isolation I didn't need to use tubes anymore because after the vibrations were reduced everything sounded heavy...
Quote: Originally Posted by Patrick82 Nordost Valhalla reveals problems in the system... That's right! Any system that obtains synergy with a different cable than Nordost has problems.
Quote: Originally Posted by tourmaline I can see you never heard any of the reference series of Nordost cables; they are FAR from bright. They are neutral and never get harsh in the extreem highs, not even with their extension! I had some pure silver IC's before, now, those were bright in the extreem highs, so much it would hurt your ears. On some sets it even was way to sharp in the highs and lows, very unbalanced, as all the early pure silver IC's...
Quote: Originally Posted by Gil Schwartzman I would like to get some speakers as well, but most listening is done through headphones. Personally, I would buy a kick-@ss headphone amplifier that had pre-amp capabilities, and buy a cheaper amp to drive the speakers. You do not want to run a headphone amplifier through a receiver's, or integrated amplifier's circuitry.
You know what I would do? I would contact Ray, and ask him what phones he thinks match best with the Raptor.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Spareribs Please keep the Benchmark comments out of this thread. Plenty of discussions of it elswhere like at the source forum and the Audiogon general forum as well. Lot's of internet discussions have been done already on this product. Thanks. Yes, Mr. Moderator. Quote: Originally Posted by Black Stuart Sticking with Nordost, they have a reputation for producing neutral sounding...
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