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post #91 of 2087

My AC tends to run more like 125V.  So more reason to use the step-down.

 

The May Stereophile had some VERY nice things to say about the Leben CS600, the big brother of our Lebens :)

post #92 of 2087

I've never had problems with AC in that range. On the other hand, I've heard the effects of too low a voltage making xformer's hum! It's not a happy hum either!  


Edited by Rdr. Seraphim - 6/18/10 at 5:18pm
post #93 of 2087

I took delivery of mine on Friday and I am happy to report it looks much better in the "flesh" than it does in pics. But for one little niggle the build quality is exceptional; the niggle being a missing locking nut on the headphone jack. Listening time has been limited but thus far: I am surprised at the Sov EL84s, I did not expect them to sound this good. I have a K1000 on the taps and a HD800 in the jack, at the moment I am preferring the K1000 but this could just be re-awakened love. The HD800 sound exceptionally good out of my NOS B759/N709 tubed HD250 amp, the tonal balance is slightly different with CS300XS but it is too early to make pronouncements on this. On first impressions I think I am going to enjoy a long rewarding relationship with this amp.

 

Obligatory pic.

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post #94 of 2087

VERY nice!!!!  Russian EL-84's are not the worst thing in the world, I agree.  I'm less enthusiastic about Russian 12AX7 equivalents, so you might choose to roll those first.  But regardless, enjoy it - such a wonderful amp!

post #95 of 2087

Mine came tubed with GE 5751s, not 12AX7s. I agree though, Sov 12ax7** leave a lot to be desired.

post #96 of 2087
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Mine came tubed with GE 5751s, not 12AX7s. I agree though, Sov 12ax7** leave a lot to be desired.



It's not missing a surface lock-nut...just a flush mount new design like mine....

post #97 of 2087
Thread Starter 

Yep, mine is like that too.
 

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It's not missing a surface lock-nut...just a flush mount new design like mine....
post #98 of 2087
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

 

The May Stereophile had some VERY nice things to say about the Leben CS600, the big brother of our Lebens :)


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My wallet dreads the day I wander into an audio store with one of these on display. I wonder what the differences are sonically with the CS300X.

post #99 of 2087



 

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My wallet dreads the day I wander into an audio store with one of these on display. I wonder what the differences are sonically with the CS300X.


Move over Megan Fox..'cause that is sexy!
 

post #100 of 2087

Jeff Day, in his review of the Leben RS-30EQ Phono Preamplifier uses both of his Leben's, the CS300XS and CS600.  The owner of the shop where I purchased the CS300XS also has both units in his home.  So I guess when we all purchase our CS600's we will still want to keep the CS300's

 

Here is the link for his review in positive-feedback, he gives his impressions of the two units and the phono preamp 

 

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue43/leben.htm  


Edited by MikeLa - 6/21/10 at 7:12pm
post #101 of 2087

So has anyone ever found/heard a close equivalent to this amp (price not being a factor). ?  Just curious.  

post #102 of 2087



 

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Jeff Day, in his review of the Leben RS-30EQ Phono Preamplifier uses both of his Leben's, the CS300XS and CS600.  The owner of the shop where I purchased the CS300XS also has both units in his home.  So I guess when we all purchase our CS600's we will still want to keep the CS300's

 

Here is the link for his review in positive-feedback, he gives his impressions of the two units and the phono preamp 

 

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue43/leben.htm  



Ha-Ha! That's the good/bad news? I can live with that..they are as special as special get's! They are both a Leben of Love!

 

I already willed the Leben to myself for the after-life! It will be with me, Leben or dead

post #103 of 2087

The price of the Leben CS300XS from the US importer is $3500.

 

I saw it on PriceJapan for $2400(being this version would need to use a convertor). Just wondering, if I bought it in Japan, how much would I pay for a new CS300XS.

 

What kind of mark up would I be paying to have it sent to me from Japan.

 

A question to MikeLA, which US store has these on display?

 

post #104 of 2087

I went to a local dealer in Phoenix AZ, Arizona Hi-Fi (www.tubeaudio.com).  He had the CS600 out for audition.  I brought my headphones, sat down and listened, then signed the credit card slip for the CS300XS.

post #105 of 2087

achristilaw,

 

When you are listening to your Leben which headphones are you mostly using? 

 

Since the Leben walked in, I've blown the dust off the HD650's.

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