Is it worth using one of these with a computer-as-source rig (eg out of a DAC) just to get a tubey sound?
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11/26/06 at 8:17pm
From all the reports I get back it appears that the X-10 series of buffers has the most dramatic effect when part of a loudspeaker based system seemingly "throwing" the sound out way beyond the boundaries of not only the speakers but the room. I must say I've never found the X-10 to be that dramatic with headphones but with loudspeakers the general consensus (as reported to me) is it improves things pretty dramatically..... I quote from recent correspondence with a UK audiophile:
"Impression's were more attack,faster, better separation,huge big wide soundstage,sound completely out the speakers,low level detail much more easily detected,although playing very familiar cd's I heard sound's I hadn't hitherto heard and this was only after four hours running I think after the 100 burn in my brain will probably explode what a fantastic performance I couldn't praise it high enough and would most thoroughly endorse it to anyone."
A year ago I was introduced to the MF X-10V3 and like all the others I was most impressed in the sound improvement from my cd player,Pink Litaural considered to have very good performance.
A few months ago I was introduced to an alternative transformer "Little Pinkie" from Rock Grotto and was completely amazed at the sound quality improvement over the standard as supplied by MF this caused me to further check out the Rock Grotto web site and found they could also supply a capacitor and diode upgrade kit for the MF X-10V3.
I have now finished installing the upgrade which was very easy to do from the supplied drawings also what made component orientation easy was one connection had been cut shorter than the other on the capacitors if you can plug in a soldering iron then you could do this mod.
Impressions although it is stated a burn in tim of aprroximately 100 hours is suggested for full benfit I found after four hous I could easily detect improvements.It changes a really good component from a good one to an outstanding one anyone with one of these who doesn't fit this mod is doing themselves a diservice.I've reached aproximatel fifty hous running improvements are more attack the system is faster better seperation a huge big soundstage the sound is completely out the speakers low level detail much more clearer and it is still improving.
This is one mod I cant praise high enough I'm considering buying another MF X-10V3 to place between my pre-amp and power.
I believe it can only use the one tube that Musical Fidelity provides. Further more it's a rare tube limited to 3500-4000 that MF has reserved for just the 10v3.