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post #991 of 1888
I am loving my 332, Had it a few weeks now and it sounds great. It only has the stock tubes in so I was wondering how much better it sounds with better tubes.

I have read most of this thread and was thinking of trying some 403's with some 6S19P-B's. What will this bring to the set up ? I am using mainly my HD650's.

Second thing has anyone got any they want to part with and would ship to Spain or recommend a good place that ships internationally.

Is it worth paying extra for matched pairs ?
post #992 of 1888
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so I was wondering how much better it sounds with better tubes.
You probably wouldn't believe the difference!

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thinking of trying some 403's with some 6S19P-B's.
I can set you up with some NOS Ulyanovsks 6S19P-Bs and WE 403-Bs for $32 + shipping, or substitute some Svetlanas for $40 +.
post #993 of 1888

DV 332 and Darth Beyers

I've been doing a lot of listening to my (closed) Darth Beyers with the DV 332 (403Bs and Uly 6S19P-Bs) and X-Can (6H23N-EBs and Little Pinkie V3i PS) this weekend. I have been mostly been listening to Radiohead, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Esthero and some Ministry of Sound "chillout" albums. Although with the Senns, I think the DV really shines, I prefer the Darth Beyers with the X-Can. I can't really describe why but it seems to me to that the DBs have better synergy with the X-Can: there is better better drum impact and airyness (sp?) with the X-Can to name a few things. Of course this is just my opinion. Also, I don't mean to say the DBs sound bad with the DV 332, just not as good as with the X-Can. Anyone else have a similiar experience?
post #994 of 1888
Has anyone here tried the DV 332 with a Benchmark DAC1 as a source? Preferably with the HD 650 as headphones?
post #995 of 1888
no but I'm now considering getting a dac. just encountered my first em interference today Shame because I just purchased a few opamps to try out. I get a faint buzzing noise when I scroll the mouse.


BTW why does the Benchmark DAC1 have to cost $1000? Aren't there other inexpensive alternatives? My thought would be that for the best audio quality, you would want to keep the source as simple as possible. Using a very complex dac + tube amp seems like a convoluted process that would only be detrimental to sound quality. Aren't there any inexpensive dacs that can simple pass through sound to to amp completely uncolored as to prevent electronic interference?
post #996 of 1888
If I was to buy a new DAC, I would seriously consider the XINDAK DAC-5 and an NOS DAC from MHDT LABS, perhaps the PARADISA +.
post #997 of 1888
As for a DAC: I would highly recommend a Stello DA100!

:: Headphone/Preamp & USB-DAC :: HiFi500 :: info@hifi500.com ::

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In reviews, the DA100 seems to come close to the DAC1 with the DAC1 being more analytical and the DA100 being more musical. I have never heard the DAC1 but absolutely love the DA100. The DA100 has USB and optical/coaxial input but no balanced output.
post #998 of 1888
The thing is I already have a DAC1 that works amazingly in my stereo-setup, so I am trying to find a way to incorporate that into a good headphone setup as well. I realize the sound might be a bit analytical, but since I really enjoy the DAC1 in my stereo I think I will take the chance. The DV663 and the HD 650 seems like such a great combo and it’s exactly in my price range! Worst case scenario I can always send the DV663 back, or perhaps sell it.
post #999 of 1888
Changing out the stock tubes with Mullard EF95's made a huge difference. I was beginning to become dissatisfied with the sound, felt it lacked impact and was a bit shrill at the high end. I'd even removed the amp and connected my 650's directly to the soundcard and almost preferred it that way. I removed the Chinese tubes, one of which seemed to have had corroded connectors and there is a huge difference in sound now. After I'd noticed the corroded connector I plugged it into the opposite pot and noticed it affected the sound. The clarity in the left side of the headphones was highly reduced this way. It must have been that way all along and I hadn't noticed until now.

Replacing the larger tubes, the 6S19's, made less of a difference but the bass seems to have more clarity to it now.

One thing I notice though is that there seems to be a somewhat deep and warm hum with the Mullard tubes. It's very quiet so it's a bit difficult to notice. Heh, I'm having a difficult time writing this because I'm a bit awestruck by the sound I'm hearing now. Took a moments pause before this line because I was so impressed. I wonder how much of a change my new opamps will make.
post #1000 of 1888
Has anyone tried the GE 5 Star EF95's? I found some from this seller on ebay. Also has anyone tried the 6S19 from him?
post #1001 of 1888
Generally, GE 5 Star tubes have a very good reputation. How they sound in the 332 I don't know but they would be better than the stock 6J1s. They're rather expensive though.
post #1002 of 1888
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Originally Posted by Godkin View Post
Generally, GE 5 Star tubes have a very good reputation. How they sound in the 332 I don't know but they would be better than the stock 6J1s. They're rather expensive though.
Are these a good buy for a matched pair of GE 5 Star? I usually see them go for like $40 to $50 for a matched pair.
post #1003 of 1888

Cure for humming?

When I first starting using the 403Bs, I was hearing any type of hum which was a nice change from the slight humming I was hearing through the GE 6AK5Ws. Well, after a couple of days, I noticed a slight humming (that would start only after the tubes were warm). I loved the sound of the 403Bs so much, I didn't want to try another pair (and I am too impatient to wait them out). I decided to put those ugly black covers back on the tubes. I haven't had the hum since then. Unfortunately, there is no pretty glow. By the way, don't touch the black covers (heat sinks or whatever they are), they get hot! I think it does keep the amp a little cooler too. I guess the connections in the DV 332 are not so hot and this helps out of bit with that problem. my 2 cents...

Oh, I forgot to say: I just got a pair of K701s on Monday and have been burning in since then (around 75 hours). I just tried them with the DV332 and they sound really amazing together. Can't wait til the 701s and DV332 are both fully burnt in!
post #1004 of 1888

Tube Humming Solutions...

It's been my experience that a lot of tube hum is the result of the pins not fitting in the sockets tightly. The metal caps likely seat the tubes more securely in the sockets - eliminating the hum. You can also spread the pins a bit to create a tighter fit in the sockets - which often eliminates the hum - its worked for me before.
post #1005 of 1888
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Originally Posted by Gradofan2 View Post
It's been my experience that a lot of tube hum is the result of the pins not fitting in the sockets tightly. The metal caps likely seat the tubes more securely in the sockets - eliminating the hum. You can also spread the pins a bit to create a tighter fit in the sockets - which often eliminates the hum - its worked for me before.
That what my thought exactly. Maybe I'll try (very carefully) spreading out the pins at some point so I can remove the metal caps and have the glow back sans hum!
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