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post #886 of 920

Amp City (a UK retailer) has the Jade listed for sale -

 

http://www.ampcity.co.uk/amplifiers/audiotailor-jade-tube-amp.html

 

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post #887 of 920

Resurrecting a bit of an old thread here... but has anyone tried this with Beyer DT880's (250ohm)? I'm stuck between the Jade and a Little Dot MK3, but so far the Audiotailor is coming out on top. I'd also be running this with an E17 as a standalone DAC. Thoughts on that?

 

Also, wondering how the bass response is, as even just the smallest boost would be nice for the DT880's. 

post #888 of 920
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Originally Posted by tigersinacage View Post

Resurrecting a bit of an old thread here... but has anyone tried this with Beyer DT880's (250ohm)? I'm stuck between the Jade and a Little Dot MK3, but so far the Audiotailor is coming out on top. I'd also be running this with an E17 as a standalone DAC. Thoughts on that?

 

Also, wondering how the bass response is, as even just the smallest boost would be nice for the DT880's. 

 

 

I've owned both amps whilst having a pair of DT880. Do you have either amp at this point? 

post #889 of 920
Anyone tried the 12BZ7 tube? Similar to 12AX7 but higher amplification and drawing twice (300 mA) the current.
post #890 of 920
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Originally Posted by MDR30 View Post

Anyone tried the 12BZ7 tube? Similar to 12AX7 but higher amplification and drawing twice (300 mA) the current.

 

Wow, can't believe I saw this thread pop up on my subscription list. No idea on the tube though, sorry to say. I don't think there are many owners of this amp left :/

 

I'm still trying to find one in the used market and haven't had much luck. 

post #891 of 920
Well, I got one here in Sweden, decided to take a chance and bought it. Sounds terrific, extraordinary three dimensionality and airiness. Got a handful of tubes to play with, but it sounds so good with the Sylvania 5751 and the DDR RSD 6AS7G that I don't want to change one thing at the moment.

Listened mostly with the K401 and modified K500.

Have not tried the HD580 with balanced cable yet, am too impressed with the K401 delivery.

Such a wonderful listening experience is good enough cause to keep this thread alive, I think.

Oh, and my guess is that the 12BZ7 would work, there should be enough juice in the filament supply to the power tube to accomodate those few extra milliamperes.
Edited by MDR30 - 9/4/13 at 9:22am
post #892 of 920

Finally plunged and tried the 12BZ7 which seems to work fine with the Audiotailor Jade - at least for a short while.

 

Made a few attempts to contact Joe the engineer about this, but without success.

 

This is one strange amp with its two outputs afflicting each other (it sounds best with two headphones connected), but the transparency is outstanding. This is a keeper which will get my attention for a few tube rolling weeks. In pic below are a RCA 7025 and a Hewlett Packard (RCA) 6AS7G tube.

 

post #893 of 920
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Originally Posted by MDR30 View Post

Finally plunged and tried the 12BZ7 which seems to work fine with the Audiotailor Jade - at least for a short while.

 

Made a few attempts to contact Joe the engineer about this, but without success.

 

This is one strange amp with its two outputs afflicting each other (it sounds best with two headphones connected), but the transparency is outstanding. This is a keeper which will get my attention for a few tube rolling weeks. In pic below are a RCA 7025 and a Hewlett Packard (RCA) 6AS7G tube.

 

 

 

Glad to hear nothing overheated with the added current! I think I see some AKG's hanging there? Maybe a K40X or K500?

 

Unfortunately, I don't think Audiotailor picked up enough steam to keep the company running. Haven't been able to track anything down and haven't heard much about it since. 

post #894 of 920

Well, Audiotailor's parent company Antiques Sound Lab seems to be continuing their business with an array of tube amps:

 

http://www.divertech.com/antiquesl.html

 

Don't know if Joe still does their designs.
 

Oh, you're right about the AKGs: the K401 is my current favourite. Best sound stage I heard.


Edited by MDR30 - 7/2/13 at 6:19pm
post #895 of 920
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Originally Posted by MDR30 View Post

Well, Audiotailor's parent company Antiques Sound Lab seems to be continuing their business with an array of tube amps:

 

http://www.divertech.com/antiquesl.html

 

Don't know if Joe still does their designs.
 

Oh, you're right about the AKGs: the K401 is my current favourite. Best sound stage I heard.

 

I knew Antique sound lab was still around, but Audiotailor seemed to just disappear. I never really understood their relationship much either.

 

Ah! I owned the K501 and from what I hear those are very similar sounding headphones. I can only imaging what the pairing sounds like. That amp had one of the mushiest gushiest tube sounds I've ever heard, and was it sweet!

 

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post #896 of 920
Fetched a late period pair of K400 from Germany at the shop half an hour ago, and just plugged it in to see it works. With the Matisse as preamp from the rockboxed FLAC Sansa Clip it sounds amazing through the Audiotailor Jade.

Listened to Jeanette Lindström's amazing Attitude & Orbit Control with Robert Wyatt and Magnus Öström (from Esbjörn Svensson Trio) and it's quite a listening experience.

What space! Seems some of these vintage cans have potential beyond belief.
Edited by MDR30 - 7/3/13 at 4:06am
post #897 of 920
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Originally Posted by MDR30 View Post

Well, Audiotailor's parent company Antiques Sound Lab seems to be continuing their business with an array of tube amps:

 

http://www.divertech.com/antiquesl.html

 

Don't know if Joe still does their designs.
 

Oh, you're right about the AKGs: the K401 is my current favourite. Best sound stage I heard.


i happen to have the upgraded version of the jade released under the asl marque - the asl headphone pre dt.

for those interested, suggest you check with divertech.com to see if any units are still available.

post #898 of 920
Thread Starter 
IIRC, Audiotailor was more of a spin-off/splinter group from ASL, rather than ASL being its "Parent Company".
post #899 of 920
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

IIRC, Audiotailor was more of a spin-off/splinter group from ASL, rather than ASL being its "Parent Company".

Interesting. Do you still have the Jade? I'm interested to know if anyone ever tried the output transformer Joe talked about to make it more versatile with different headphone impedances. Anyone know what happened to the designer, Joseph Lau?
post #900 of 920
Thread Starter 
No, I haven't had the Jade in a long time.
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