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post #76 of 210
[QUOTE=Colhd]I remember reading a post by Bangraman saying he was looking in to sourcing a different headband assembly - anyone heard any more on this?

Sorry - that post should have been made on another forum. Will PM Bangraman.

Col
post #77 of 210
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Originally Posted by Trogdor
To digress slightly, yes, I think its a size issue...I'm wondering if they retried it with a small they would be open up to them.
I see that you also have the Apogee Mini Dac, which makes a huge difference with the Qualia, they go together really well. The Apogee’s smoothness and softness up top really compliment the phones, where I might not appreciate each on its own, the synergy of this pairing is something people lack also in their evaluation of the Qualia.

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Originally Posted by Nik
With the HD 650 the combo is also very, very good! Still very good with the DT 880 and AD 2000...
Nik can you please elaborate on the DT 880s with the AE? I know you were championing the 880s for a while and gushing at the combination, now I don’t even see the DT 880s in your equipment list.

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Originally Posted by Nik
...BUT the very best synergy I find with the L3000 + EHg tubes...AMAZING!
This is another reason I’m having a renewed interest in tube equipment. For my stereo rig I used to have a Cary preamp that ate Amperex 12AU7 Bugle Boys for lunch. It just became too expensive and it got to the point where I was conscious of it being on and feeling the tube hours ticking away, which obviously got in the way of my enjoyment of the music, so I sold it. Now it seems like there are some good current production tubes such as the Electroharmonics that you are using instead of uber expensive cryo Tele ECC801s/E88CC. I can go back to enjoying tubes without watching the prices being driven up by the all the hoarders.
post #78 of 210
I have discovered the quality of the EarMax with the DT 880. The EarMax gives to the DT 880 a life that the cans do not have by they self. The DT 880 need tubes, eat tubes and sing with a amp like the EarMax AE. Probably the DT 880 sound better with the NOS tubes, I sold the can so I cannot declare how good is with these Electroharmonix. The combo EarMax/DT880 is the best combo-quality-for-money.

I sold the DT 880 when I received the L3000 (after few days...), it is impossible to do a comparison between the two cans, differents class... another world was open to my hear/heart and mind. The match with the EarMax needed a long tuberolling, the L3000 is more sensitive can respect to the Beyer. These last tubes, cheap tubes, new tubes, are really better over the expensive Telefunken NOS cryo valves, very expensive! I can confirm this after some days and these tubes goes even better than the first hours.

The EarMax AE sounds good with many cans I tested with it: DT 880, HD 650, AD 2000, RS1. The better setup sound in absolute is with the L3000, but the better match is with the DT 880, I am sure of this !

Best!
Nicola
post #79 of 210
Thank you Nik for taking the time to address my question. I'm also very glad to see that the EMP will work well with my DT 880s. I'll hopefully be pulling the trigger on an EMP very soon.

I'm also curious if anyone has tried 6N1P tubes with the Earmax amps, which are sometimes used in place of 6DJ8/6922, except for higher heater current. They are apparently similar to vintage 6DJ8 tubes in warmth, but slightly more transparent and quieter.
post #80 of 210
Well now, are we agreed? This Mighty Mouse has officially become TFOTM? Must be owned at all costs.
post #81 of 210
It is possible to get more warmth out of the emp a.e. You can do this via tube rolling or via IC's. For IC's you could use cardas golden reference or jena lab symphonies if you didn't want to tube roll it.
post #82 of 210
Thread Starter 
Since I am using the taralab AIR1 cable with EMP AE, I need one more pair of RCA interconnects for the EMP.

I like the EMP to be more speedy, and detailed. I may get a Nordost Red Dawn cable. Is this a good combo? Or may be cardas golden reference and golden cross?

Any recommendation?
post #83 of 210
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Originally Posted by edisonwu
I like the EMP to be more speedy, and detailed.
You may also want to consider Telefunken tubes.
post #84 of 210
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Originally Posted by edisonwu
Since I am using the taralab AIR1 cable with EMP AE, I need one more pair of RCA interconnects for the EMP.

I like the EMP to be more speedy, and detailed. I may get a Nordost Red Dawn cable. Is this a good combo? Or may be cardas golden reference and golden cross?

Any recommendation?
The cardas golden reference is a sweet and warm sounding cable. But it does smear attack and transients I find. I like this cable cos of its fuzzy qualities.

The only rca cable I have used with the EMP a.e which is made by Nordost is the SPM reference. That is pretty detailed and quick. It should be a similar sound to the red dawns. Or at least share some of the traits.
post #85 of 210
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Oski
You may also want to consider Telefunken tubes.
Ray, Thanks for your recommendation.
As the review above I mentions that EMP with SIEMENS and PHILIPS tubes lossing a lot of warmth and it is less sweet. EMP comes with the stock tubes is lot more melting. Should I get the Telefunken? If it retains these characters and provides more details, not a bad idea!
post #86 of 210
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by GoRedwings19
The cardas golden reference is a sweet and warm sounding cable. But it does smear attack and transients I find. I like this cable cos of its fuzzy qualities.

The only rca cable I have used with the EMP a.e which is made by Nordost is the SPM reference. That is pretty detailed and quick. It should be a similar sound to the red dawns. Or at least share some of the traits.
The sweet and warm of the cardas golden reference may be cooperating with the EMP in building a more misical sound. This is what I am expecting.
SPM reference is out of my price range.
post #87 of 210
I personally do not find the Teles with the Sylvania Gold pin gain tube to be a warm amp at all. It is speedy, punchy bass, but it loses that tube magic the stock tubes provide. I'm gunning for Mullards are this point and I'll experiment with Amperex and perhaps some Siemens, but I figure I will fall back on the Amperex and Mullards. I don't yet know much about 12ax7's but once I do my research, if there is an RCA Cleartop variety, I bet I will move towards it as I really like how the 12au7 Cleartop performs in a Melos.
post #88 of 210
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Originally Posted by edisonwu
Ray, Thanks for your recommendation.
As the review above I mentions that EMP with SIEMENS and PHILIPS tubes lossing a lot of warmth and it is less sweet...Should I get the Telefunken? If it retains these characters and provides more details, not a bad idea!
Actually the Telefunkens will likely be similar to the Siemens in that it's not going to be all that lush, but Teles are generally more detailed, fast and dynamic.

You might have already seen this recent thread, but there is lots of discussions on tubes for the EMP:

http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...ghlight=earmax

It seems that lots of people favor the Electroharmonix gold pins, so there may be something there. They are also only $22 per tube.
post #89 of 210
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Originally Posted by Zanth
I'm gunning for Mullards are this point and I'll experiment with Amperex and perhaps some Siemens, but I figure I will fall back on the Amperex and Mullards. I don't yet know much about 12ax7's but once I do my research, if there is an RCA Cleartop variety, I bet I will move towards it as I really like how the 12au7 Cleartop performs in a Melos.
Mullards to me are quite warm and tubey, but also a bit soft and mushy. To me the Amperex Bugle Boys are the perfect middleground between the Mullard warmth and Telefunken punchiness and detail. This based on my experience with 12AU7s.
post #90 of 210
Thread Starter 
The two siemens NOS output tubes are sounding too aggressive. I dont like the high too shrill. It matches well with HD600, but it does like AD2000.

does someone know which model those two siemens NOS tubes are ?

Edison
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