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post #16 of 34


Does the Audio Valve RKV 3 sound as good as it looks?
post #17 of 34
LHM!!! I had no idea. How does it compare to the 2?
post #18 of 34

but it doesn't look like a broken box of primitive colored shapes

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Originally posted by KR...
Does the Audio Valve RKV 3 sound as good as it looks?
Yes.

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post #19 of 34
Vert likes his RKV a lot... however the RKV amps cost more than $1k
post #20 of 34
If you like some coloration (ie, something other than neutral), then it's hard to recommend an amp without qualifications because each one has a different set of colorations.

If you prefer something fairly neutral, I would recommend the ZOTL for a tube amp and the Sudgen Headmaster for a solid state amp. As soon as I get my hands on the Headmaster for a second time I'll give it another listen and post a more detailed review.

This recomendation is consistent with dhwilkin's.
post #21 of 34
Quote:
Originally posted by Jon Beilin
...the RKV amps cost more than $1k
The Mk II did not. Not that you'll see too many used (strokes chin) hmmm....I wonder why? Is it because...(adopts Church Lady's Satan voice) THEY ARE THE BEST (...est...est...est...)? (adopts normal voice again) at least, within the range that I can afford...
post #22 of 34
Earmax Pro without a doubt.
post #23 of 34
Thread Starter 
where does one look to purchase an Audio Valve?
how much are they?
the EarMax Pro is one awesome looking amp. whoa.
post #24 of 34
Thread Starter 
kurtw:

how much is a headmaster? where to buy?
post #25 of 34
I would also suggest the ZOTL and some nice NOS tubes for a grand, or Earmax Pro if you only use HD600s and never plan to change.

I have owned the Earmax Pro, the previous version of the MOH and the ZOTL. My enjoyment with the ZOTL is significantly greater than with the MOH. MOH is awesome, so that says a lot for the ZOTL. Only thing ZOTL does not have that MOH has is X-feed. Despite the lack of X-feed, I still prefer the ZOTL. Nevertheless, Earmax Pro with NOS was better than ZOTL with the HD600. Choose carefully.

markl
post #26 of 34
Quote:
Originally posted by johnnylexus
where does one look to purchase an Audio Valve?
I got mine from Brooklyn Audio, and if you keep an eye on their steals and deals page, you may just find a used one...but be prepared to wait years...

Oh, and PS They're not in Brooklyn, NY...
post #27 of 34
my buddy in LA is a studio musician and total tube-head. He has the Antique Sound Labs AQ1005 DT-I which is out of your price range new. He picked up his for about $1000 used from one of the guys in Korn, who wanted to get rid of it and opt for something more portable...anyway, that amp sounded absolutely wonderful when I listened to it through his Senn 600's. Serious stuff. He plays and listens to mostly jazz and I'll tell you, that amp sounds great.
post #28 of 34
Hmm...I suppose I'd get the Sugden Headmaster. Just to be different
post #29 of 34
That Sugden sure intrigues me...
post #30 of 34
buy it! buy it!

btw kwkarth, I like your new avatar!
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