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post #1726 of 1737

^dallan, after you get your new tubes and confirm they are doing well...please pass on the info as I may have a grid shorting in one of my big tubes.  Thanks and good luck on the replacements!

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post #1727 of 1737

They just came in. Actually I left my Zana with Craig and he had a spare set in his office, but i was at his house. He tried them and it worked perfect and so i was going to look to order new tubes but he said he was getting a large lot for his next batch so i just opted in on that batch and they came today. Not sure the source, but pretty sure it was in Russia.

 

I have to find my primary driver now, i took it out when testing and put in a lousy black glass. When he tested it he said the black glass was really bad. I knew it from my ears but that was a confirmation.

post #1728 of 1737

Just picked it up. After seven weeks with the v200(a very good amp) the Zana Deux is just plain stunning. It is almost beyond words. Whisping away a veil is just the beginning. Add to it dynamics. It has to be the most important headphone purchase i have ever made. Next thing is going to be an upgrade to my dac though. I did a digital link and added mods that cost double the cost of the dac but that was about five years ago so i am stunted and held down to 24/96 still. My converter too is maxed at 24/96. So i have to figure it out, either the Zodiac or Bryston BDA-2. If anyone has other suggestions please let me know.

post #1729 of 1737

All talks on the ZD make me drooling for one...

post #1730 of 1737

I recommend Empirical Audio gear for digital reproduction. I'm on my third DAC by Steve Nugent at EA and it's beyond stunning. Steve suggested that 16/44.1 really beats out 24/96. After getting a lot of 24/96 I have to agree with him.

post #1731 of 1737

Sadly, $6400. is a tad over my budget for a dac. I was hoping closer to $4000. and that is a stretch.

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If anyone has other suggestions please let me know.


Metrum Hex ?

 

I was reading some review early in the evening and thought the Hex/Zana deux combo could be terrific with a HD800.

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 If anyone has other suggestions please let me know.

Wyred 4 Sound DAC2-DSDse now uses a Femto Clock. I have the full upgrade and really like it. Running it with my Cary SLI-80 and they match really well.

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Wyred 4 Sound DAC2-DSDse now uses a Femto Clock. I have the full upgrade and really like it. Running it with my Cary SLI-80 and they match really well.


Thanks, that was on my list originally but I had read the BDA-2 was superior. Wish I could hear all of them and make an informed decision. At canjam I was able to hear a ram modded digital link and had one done but since then that company (ram) took several peoples money and reportedly didn't perform the mods or disappeared or something, so I consider myself lucky. Still need some kind of upgrade though. Thanks again, maybe the next meet I can hear some stuff...
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Wyred 4 Sound DAC2-DSDse now uses a Femto Clock. I have the full upgrade and really like it. Running it with my Cary SLI-80 and they match really well.


Thanks, that was on my list originally but I had read the BDA-2 was superior. Wish I could hear all of them and make an informed decision. At canjam I was able to hear a ram modded digital link and had one done but since then that company (ram) took several peoples money and reportedly didn't perform the mods or disappeared or something, so I consider myself lucky. Still need some kind of upgrade though. Thanks again, maybe the next meet I can hear some stuff...

The main reason I chimed in was not to shill what I own, but to point out that the combo of the tube based Cary and the W4S has strong synergy. I certainly have not listened to all of the DAC's from $2k-$5k. It would be fun!

 

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Thank you, really I I'm happy to hear all input. The Zana does not really have a warm tube sound to my ears though and that is why I'm a little jumpy about the Bryston.
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Thank you, really I I'm happy to hear all input. The Zana does not really have a warm tube sound to my ears though and that is why I'm a little jumpy about the Bryston.

I look forward to enjoying your journey!

 

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