It took a while for my cables to get here, but I'm finally here. Still using stock power cables. IC are blue-jeans. I don't really care about cables, but I guess I can try out some volex for the heck of it.
I felt really stupid earlier. The amp has a warm up time. I freaked out and thought my amp was fubared when I first started it up. Left meter is on, why isnt the right one on?! Why am I hearing a hum sound, where's the music?! I turned it off and I sent David an e-mail over it. Really embarrassing moment. Just needs to warm up for a minute.
I got 5998s and Tung Sol VT229 in at the moment. I don't care about the stock ones. I also have...
I want the ECC35s, but I don't want to pay over $200 for a matched pair. So I guess I'm set for a while. Don't know what other powertubes to try. I read that the 5998s are pretty much the best. The 421A are stupidly expensive.
As for phones, I got the HD580 (in a 650 outfit) and HD650 (new and old versions). Will amass more dynamics and balance them until I go ES end of next year.
I'm having a hard time writing stuff cause I'm distracted by the music, wait these forums are distracting me from listening. The amp sound awesome. I have a really stupid grin right now. It's not going away.
A few weeks ago I was at a local Hi Fi shop buying some Furutech plugs and I notice they had a Digital Voltage meter on display. I thought it was rather cool, so I brought one. So I got home and plug the voltage meter in and I was shock. I’m getting a constant AC voltage swing of 244-252V during most hours except between 8pm – 10pm where is 240-244V. It’s great to watch the AC voltage fluctuate like the stock exchange. But I know this high voltage I’m getting is not good for my MK VI or my Cd player.
After some research I’ve found a local company that is able to make a custom 240-220V step-down transformer for me. My unit is rated at 1000VA with IEC inlet and AUS 3-PIN GPO outlet. After spending a week with the unit I can say that it’s working great. The voltage is more stable from the step-down auto transformer than from the wall outlet and it does not degrade sound quality.
Step-down Auto Transformer
SINE VM-1 Voltage meter: top one showing input voltage of 243V and bottom one showing 223V output.
For those Aussie owners of MK VI or any valve amp and other Hi-Fi equipment import direct from China, I recommend you to get a step-down transformer to prolong the life of the valve/tube and the transformers of the amp. Or else you equipment is running on overtime and its going to fail on you much quicker than normal.