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post #76 of 502
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Originally posted by tom hankins
Sovkiller, The Singlepower amp I have now with the CD-3000 made me retire the HD600/cardas. Something I would have thought could never happen. The MPX3 even with the VT-231 sylvania tubes would be in the same range as the Prehead. There must be someone out there using this pr. together.
John, just wait until my CD-3000 get there on there way back here and give them a listen for awhile.
Sorry to steer off topic. What are the difference models of the SDS? I know one has HUGE caps. Both well, not the most attractive looking. Put some wood on them.
post #77 of 502
IIRC

CPX3
MPX3
Supra (huge caps)
SDS (huge caps also)
post #78 of 502
lextex, as far as I no only two SDS's have been upgraded over the Supra as far as mine. The other one belongs to Wmcmanus. Neither of ares are maxed out as far as they can go. You can get all the details from Mikhail. Here are some of the areas improved on over the Supra.
Bigger, stronger chassie.
upgraded caps in the power supply network
upgraded caps in the audio circuit
upgraded heater filtering caps
upgraded switches
goldpiont stepped attenuator
vampire RCA's
Neutrik headphone jack
mine came with both the sylvania VT-231's and 1954 Hytron's for tubes
You don't have to listen very long to realize how beautiful these amps are.(even without wood)
post #79 of 502
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the CD3000 is a most until I could get a better can (maybe HD650 and Cardas...LOL)
Hey, you ever know until you try, right?

I would imagine that if amp was a good fit with the 7506's, then it has a chance of being a good fit with the 3000's.
post #80 of 502
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Originally posted by williamgoody
Hey, you ever know until you try, right?

I would imagine that if amp was a good fit with the 7506's, then it has a chance of being a good fit with the 3000's.
Absolutelly agree, with the first sentence, and I'm open to try if the curiosity is big enough to force me do it, I will wait for the first 10 reviews to see, and maybe is a good one, the HD650 seems to be very promising, till now, but what I do not believe is that they will change the sonic signature, they seem to love it, if they do, people here will hate them to death, (I mean the HD600 apologists) and if is the same sig, then it has nothing to do with me again, IMO too laid back for rock...well regarding the 7506 and CD3000, it could be posible, but remember that the MGHead sounds good with the Grados and horrible with the CD3000, and both are 32 omhs so sometimes I refuse to apply rules....I want to try them together.

tom, sorry, but NO TUBES for me, I know it is an extremelly good amp, but most good tubes are very hard to find, and expensive, and everyday are more hard to find, in five more years there should be none around, I mean the good ones, I already passed for this with the MGHead and I promised myself that no more tubes, has to be one SS that sounds good paired with the CD3000....

OTOH as far as I saw them, they need some improvements in the chasis and aesthetics, honestly they look horrible, like a primitive battery charger or so, but if the sound is in inverse proportion to the way they look, they have to be the nirvana......LOL
post #81 of 502
John I think that, dude, you need something for the anxiety then, and later on the Cd3000 again, if you keep on relying in your sonic memory, you will spend the rest of your life trying and changing, a suggestion keep one thing until you get the other, then compare, and sell the one you like less, but selling before to get the other, and then trying to figure out, and compare, is a little risky, don't you think? just my two cents
post #82 of 502
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Originally posted by tom hankins

John, just wait until my CD-3000 get there on there way back here and give them a listen for awhile. [/B]

Will do Tom...thanks!
post #83 of 502
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Originally posted by Sovkiller
John I think that, dude, you need something for the anxiety then, and later on the Cd3000 again, if you keep on relying in your sonic memory, you will spend the rest of your life trying and changing, a suggestion keep one thing until you get the other, then compare, and sell one, youl ike less, but selling before to get the other, and then trying to figure out, and compare, is a little risky, don't you think? just my two cents
Point taken....but several months ago I did have alot of favorite cans together all at once for a time and ended up choosing the CD3Ks as my fave....and it seems it still is....I just don't currently own a pair

I am like this all the time....I always need new toys....just cannot afford to keep em all. Remember, I deal in and write about collectible toys as a living...I just love having that new plaything in the house....always have I do lose money when I buy, try and then resell, but I consider that rental on entertainment and sonic education.


Oh....and on hour 12 the Perreaux/Senn590 combo is sounding outstanding with the Band of Brothers soundtrack...I just finished Einstein on the Beach and that was sounding pretty groovy too
Bass seems to be opening up. I will leave BOB on repeat all night...it's nice and rangy and should work that amp from one end of the scale to the other

John
post #84 of 502
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Hour 24 Update

It wont be a full 24 till 30 minutes but here ya go....

BTW...in light of a recent thread on vague discriptive audio terms I have updated my "out of the box" impressions in this thread to get rid of the terms "musical" and "colored"

I was actually listening to it till about 3:30 am last night and I am no night owl. By midnight the improvement in sound was so noticable on a few CDs that I watched all three hours of the Bruce Springsteen Live in NYC DVD using the Senn590s out of the Perreaux.

This is a concert I have listened to over 100 times. I own it on CD, SACD, LP, DVD ...even VHS from when it first aired on HBO so I am intimately familiar with the tracks. (Hopeless Bruce Tramp in case you had not noticed It has never sounded better than it did last night using this amp with these phones and this source. The guitars have never sounded more realistic, blazing and sweet. Hard to decribe, but this familiar music kept surprising me many times last night. On group backing vocals the individual voices of Nils, Patti, Steve and Clarence were all easily picked out of the mix by my ears. And this was the stereo PCM track just over the phones...no crossfeed or dolby processing...just the music.

Honestly, I do not know if it is the new source, cans or amp...but whatever is happening, I really like what I am hearing at this point.

I also listened to the amp a bit with my Sony MDR7506s and it sounded so nice (rich bass...deep and precise) it made me wish I still had my MDR3000s still here to plug in. I am going to have Tom Hankins' pair here when they get back from Sony for a bit, so I will be able to try them in this setup with this amp...I have high hopes for that mating.

The sound of the amp has opened up considerably overnight. It's like the amp gnomes came in overnight and moved all the musicians chairs another foot away from each other. More transparencey, I hear each instrument individually in complicated passages. Bass is less recessed and has come forward more.

Thats the report from Yonkers so far. Got Dire Straits Brothers in Arms on right now.

Sean...Your amp should hit your place tomorrow right? What a fun weekend you have ahead of you! BTW, your PM box is full.

John
post #85 of 502
Thanks for the update, John! Well it certainly sounds like you are enjoying the amp. Sounds like this amp is fairly uncolored, perhaps fast and more neutral sounding. I can't wait to hear it. Yes, my amp should be here tomorrow. I am trying to decide if I want to listen to it here and there as it breaks in or if I should just give it a good 24 hrs and then listen. Why am I contemplating it, I know what is going to happen. I'll be using my HD600/Equinox and SR-225's with the amp.

I cleared out my box by the way, sorry.
post #86 of 502
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Originally posted by Sean H
\I am trying to decide if I want to listen to it here and there as it breaks in or if I should just give it a good 24 hrs and then listen. Why am I contemplating it, I know what is going to happen. I'll be using my HD600/Equinox and SR-225's with the amp.

Sean hooks up amp....turns it on.....puts on CD...then walks away to sit in the corner for 24 hours...beads of sweat forming at his temples...ear lobes quivering for the soft touch of velvet ear pads....
post #87 of 502
Yeah, he he he!



EDIT: Man, that is one disgusting image. I should make an avatar out of that.
post #88 of 502
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LMAO! OMG Sean...where do you find these images?
post #89 of 502
Heh, heh. I found these at an online photo stock source we use here at work called Getty Images at http://www.gettyimages.com/
post #90 of 502
Sean H.: I am very tired of people posting pics of me. Please stop.


Congrats on the new amp John!

Btw, I am still enjoying the

Cheers, Gary
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