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post #406 of 409

Hey again everyone,

 

I have installed the new tubes, and they sound great, with one caveat.

 

I have the volume knob at the maximum volume, and to me, it is very, very quiet. (I usually do not listen to music too loud).

 

When purchasing the tubes, I specified that I wanted a matched pair, but did not specify "high gain" tubes.

 

My question:

 

Should I buy another pair of tubes and specify "high gain"?

 

 

The system is very, very quiet.  Too the point where I must have the volume knob at the maximum if I want to hear music, regardless of the volume.

 

My phono stage is a bellari vp130, and worked perfectly fine with another amplifier, voulmes were good.

 

 

Thanks everybody,

 

_ matt

post #407 of 409

I'm so surprised to see that people are still talking about this little amp. I have had one for almost two years. It has served me well, but it may be on its way out soon. I have a Leben CS300 that will be taking over amp duties as soon as it is back from repair.

 

The Dared really is a nice piece of equipment. I bought it from a Usher dealer when I got my S520s. Not a bad combo at all. Actually, I think it may still be possible to purchase them in Taipei.

post #408 of 409

I am having a little, well big, problem with my Dared MP-5 =/

 

My amp develops a bad channel imbalance if I turn it off.  I'll explain.

 

In order for my L and R channels to have the same volume I have to switch the L and R tubes.  I have to do this daily, or else the amp will have a very obvious lean towards the right channel.

 

The tubes are matched, so I know that this is not the problem, and I've checked all of my connections. 

 

I just really do not understand what is going on.  I love the amp, but having to take the tubes out and switch them on a daily basis gets pretty old. . . .fast.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

- Matt

post #409 of 409

 

Originally Posted by terance View Post

I am having a little, well big, problem with my Dared MP-5 =/

It might be a problem with the preamp section of the Dared, but have you tested these tubes since this problem appeared?  If not, the most obvious thing to try is a different set of tubes.

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