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post #1936 of 2095
I've bought my CS300 new some 4 years ago and I have never been disappointed and I still think it was worth every cent.
I use mine mainly to drive high efficiency speakers.
You have to bear in mind that people like Lars use the amp to drive headphones  that this amp is not designed for.
The Leben 300 series are integrated stereo amplifiers with a headphone output mainly suited for low imp headphones.
post #1937 of 2095
I am using cs-300xs solely only for my headphones and they are awesome with Leben.

If i like Stax, i will probably use the speaker out (with adaper) to drive the Staxes too.
Edited by RedBull - 9/8/13 at 6:57am
post #1938 of 2095
My CS-300 sounds fantastic and has no audible hum of any consequence. I also think it sounds terrific.

That said, if I had bought one new that did have a disturbingly high amount of hum, I for sure would have taken it back to the dealer. I'm glad mine didn't have a lot of hum because I bought mine used.
post #1939 of 2095

I owned the Leben CS300XS and then subsequently traded up to the Leben CS600. Both amps performed superbly with no hum straight out of the box. I did have an issue with the 600 where there was static coming out of one speaker but it was solved by simply removing and reinserting all of the tubes. I haven't touched those stock tubes since then.

post #1940 of 2095

I'm looking for Leben CS-300 (or X or XS). EU voltage preferable. Please PM.

post #1941 of 2095

I've decided to pick one of these up if I can find one to serve as my hp/speaker amp. Is there a particular version/SN to avoid given these apparent hum problems? Is it linked to voltage? I've passed up a few tube amps recently because of their noise and had not heard that this was a problem with the Leben.

 

best,

 

o

post #1942 of 2095

As far as I'm aware only Lars has serious hum problems but i haven't read the whole thread.

My CS 300 had a little hum only noticeable with the volume completely open and no music on .

I have fixed that with a choke in the power supply  .

CS 300 - EU 230V


Edited by Raaf - 9/19/13 at 10:55am
post #1943 of 2095

I wouldn't say the hum is loud in any way. It's just that it is audible when no music is playing or during low level passages of music. This might be because I come from solid state headphone amps that are completely silent. Also, I was surprised that it was there since I didn't see anyone mentioning it.

post #1944 of 2095
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Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post
 

I wouldn't say the hum is loud in any way. It's just that it is audible when no music is playing or during low level passages of music. This might be because I come from solid state headphone amps that are completely silent. Also, I was surprised that it was there since I didn't see anyone mentioning it.

I am surprised myself that you write that since the humming issue is well known and you find it in many threads. Just search for 'hum' in this very thread and you get 8 pages of posts, some dating back to 2010. Some tricks mentioned are replacing the tubes, fastening screws, replacing the the feet and using tube dampers. However they seem to work for some people but not others, or they mitigate the problem but do not eliminate it. The one sure solution that works is replacing the 1K resistor.

 

When I bought my Lebel unit I knew there was a risk of humming and indeed my unit hums slightly but I can't hear it when the music plays. The background is not pitch black but it is not annoying. The virtues of the Leben are elsewhere.

post #1945 of 2095
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Originally Posted by arturo71 View Post

The virtues of the Leben are elsewhere.

+1
post #1946 of 2095
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Originally Posted by arturo71 View Post
 

I am surprised myself that you write that since the humming issue is well known and you find it in many threads. Just search for 'hum' in this very thread and you get 8 pages of posts, some dating back to 2010. Some tricks mentioned are replacing the tubes, fastening screws, replacing the the feet and using tube dampers. However they seem to work for some people but not others, or they mitigate the problem but do not eliminate it. The one sure solution that works is replacing the 1K resistor.

 

When I bought my Lebel unit I knew there was a risk of humming and indeed my unit hums slightly but I can't hear it when the music plays. The background is not pitch black but it is not annoying. The virtues of the Leben are elsewhere.

 

Thanks -- very helpful. I will keep my eyes open for a CS300 without the offending resistor. Any and all version seem to be thin on the ground atm.

 

best,

 

o

post #1947 of 2095

Hello.

 

I want to report a mod that did wonders for my Lebel CS300XS: I replaced the feet by aftermarket audiograde feet. The aesthetics are similar to the standard feet. They feel more solid. The bass is much more controlled, this is something I was after. Also the image improves a bit.

 

I installed the feet bfly-audio 4tubes1 which I found reasonably priced. I guess other feet will work too.

post #1948 of 2095

Do all Lebens have little hum at headphones output? This hum is independent from pot movement. It is just present. Very silent, but existe.

post #1949 of 2095

Hi

 

I'm thinking of using the leben SPK output to drive some electrostatic earphones form Stax with a woo audio WEE.

 

Can anyone share some experience on the topic. Really appreciate some pointers before I get into it.

 

Thanks

Chris

post #1950 of 2095
@ Synthax

That's how I hear it too on my CS300.
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