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post #2191 of 2223

For the past years I've used the HD650 for 90%+ of the time and wonder if the Bottlehead Crack would be even better than the Leben for those.

Have anyone here compared the Leben to the Crack with the HD650/HD600, what do you think about it?

 

It's not that I'm really missing anything but I'm just very curious about the Crack.

post #2192 of 2223
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Originally Posted by Henmyr View Post
 

For the past years I've used the HD650 for 90%+ of the time and wonder if the Bottlehead Crack would be even better than the Leben for those.

Have anyone here compared the Leben to the Crack with the HD650/HD600, what do you think about it?

 

It's not that I'm really missing anything but I'm just very curious about the Crack.

 

FWIW - Havent heard the Crack - but have the WA2. I dont normally use the HD650 with it because I have a hum issue with that combination, but it sounds really good. I envy you who (I assume) do not have hum with the CS300/DH650 combo!

post #2193 of 2223

The hum is very very quiet and nothing that bothers me at all (I'm not sure I really hear it at all even when I try). It was worse with Sylvania 5751 and did bother me then, better it's much better with the Sovtek 12AX7LPS I'm using now.

post #2194 of 2223
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The hum is very very quiet and nothing that bothers me at all (I'm not sure I really hear it at all even when I try). It was worse with Sylvania 5751 and did bother me then, better it's much better with the Sovtek 12AX7LPS I'm using now.

So tubes make a big difference.. Hmm. What other tubes do you have in your amp when it doesn't hum? Are you on 100, 110 or 230 V ?
post #2195 of 2223
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So tubes make a big difference.. Hmm. What other tubes do you have in your amp when it doesn't hum? Are you on 100, 110 or 230 V ?

 

I'm on 230 V and use Gold Lion EL84 reissue and the Sovtek 12AX7LPS.

post #2196 of 2223

Hi,

Has anybody heard the 'F' model?

Is there a big difference with 'X' or 'XS' version?

post #2197 of 2223

I have just purchased a pair of speakers that really do well with this Leben CS300Xs integrated amplifier. I just purchased a pair of Thrax Lyra loudspeakers on stands, for albeit more than the rest of my hi fi cost, but the combination is great. 

 

I have a Loricraft Gerrard 301 with SME 3009 tonearm, a Nagaoka MP-500 MM cartridge, with silver wire into a Leben RS-30 EQ phono stage, that into the Leben CS300Xs integrated with Cord interconnects, Speaker cables are old Transparent Audio set, and into these Thrax speakers. They are really designed for 40-250 watts, but 90 db/watt sens makes them fine with this 15 watt Leben. 

 

I am playing record after record and they never sounded so good. Slightly recessed sound stage but great articulate bass, smooth mids and trebles despite magnesium cones and horn-loaded compression tweeter. I feel (and those friend who have come round for a listen) that this is it, no further changes to the system ever again required, just purchase more records. 

post #2198 of 2223

There still isn't a dedicated CS300F thread?


Edited by Ultrainferno - 1/10/16 at 12:48pm
post #2199 of 2223
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There still isn't a dedicated CS300F thread?


Well no longer it is the FOTM
post #2200 of 2223

Hi Makube,

I have the same issue. I tried contact spray but no success. dit you manage to solve the issue?

 

Thx, John

post #2201 of 2223

Proud owner of a Leben CS300 since today. I don't have a DAC right now (traded my Burson Conductor Virtuoso and cash for it) so I'm listening via my turntable now. It's a very honest amp and the soundstage on the HE-500 is deeper than I ever heard it. I do get clipping/distorted bass when I crank the volume though. But that might be the turntable that doesn't play loud to begin with, so hopefully that won't be the case with a DAC. 

 

It's a beauty to look at by the way. So sexxxxy. 

post #2202 of 2223

Hey guys,

 

My Leben is from 2012. How can I check if it has the 270ohm resistor or 1.3K/1.4K resistor? I listen to planars so I would like to have the 270ohm version. 

post #2203 of 2223
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Hey guys,

 

My Leben is from 2012. How can I check if it has the 270ohm resistor or 1.3K/1.4K resistor? I listen to planars so I would like to have the 270ohm version. 

 

Send your SN to Leben - they helped me =)

post #2204 of 2223
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Send your SN to Leben - they helped me =)

Thanks, I e-mailed them!

post #2205 of 2223

I couldn't find any rules against linking to classified listings, but if I missed something let me know and I'll edit this post.

 

In case anyone is interested, I'm selling my CS300XS.  Here's a link to my listing on Head-Fi classifieds: http://www.head-fi.org/t/802717/leben-cs300xs-with-lots-of-tubes

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