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post #2041 of 2042
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Originally Posted by gibosi View Post
 

 

The LD1+ is designed to drive low z headphones, so yes it has enough power.

 

This is a reliable vendor for 6HM5:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6HM5-EC900-EI-Yugoslavia-NOS-matched-pair-Little-Dot-Amp-FREE-SHIPPING-WW-/251691711374?

 

And yes, there are much better opamps available. The best I have found to date is the MUSES02, and here is a reliable vendor:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400418607953?

Thank you.

The 6HM5 offer the warm sound i'm looking for? how is it against the 6ZH1P-EV? I've read it's also a good tube for this amp.

The MUSES02 really worth it's price? it's more than a third of the price of the amp itself.. with the cost of the upgraded tubes and opamp, maybe i can get a better amp?

post #2042 of 2042
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Originally Posted by NiMo7 View Post
 

Thank you.

The 6HM5 offer the warm sound i'm looking for? how is it against the 6ZH1P-EV? I've read it's also a good tube for this amp.

The MUSES02 really worth it's price? it's more than a third of the price of the amp itself.. with the cost of the upgraded tubes and opamp, maybe i can get a better amp?

 

In the end, everyone one has different ears and different gear. And therefore, no one can predict which tubes and which op amps you will prefer. In a sense, tubes and op amps are like ice cream. The only way you can know your favorite flavor is to try every flavor in the store.. or at least a bunch of them.

 

With my ears and gear, the 6HM5 is the best tube available to use in the LD unless you are willing to make significant modifications to your amp. And again, with my ears and gear, the MUSES02 is the best op amp available to use in the LD. In my opinion, both of these are well worth the money. But again, this is only my opinion.....

 

However, the only way you can decide which of the 6HM5 and 6ZH1P-EV is the best for you is to try them both. They are relatively cheap, so I encourage you to do so. And the only way to know if the MUSES02 is the best for you is to try it along with a few others. You might be able to resell the tubes and op amps you don't want to keep on Head-fi's for-sale/trade forum which might help your finances.

 

And maybe you can get a better amp for a bit more money..... I don't know....  But you should keep in mind, that if you decide to purchase another tube amp, you will likely be in the same situation. The stock tubes supplied with most amps are not very good. In order for the manufacturer to have enough inventory on hand, stock tubes tend to be cheap and plentiful. And often cheap and plentiful does not equal good. So if you like the sound of the stock tubes, count yourself lucky. But if you don't, you will be looking at purchasing upgraded tubes again.....

 

Cheers

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