Originally Posted by Sonic Defender
Originally Posted by cute
Been waiting for your impressions on the Vali.....I ordered last week and them backed off and cancelled, thinking my current tube amp with some damn good Mullard NOS tubes couldn't be beat. So, have you experienced tube amps in the past to compare? What is the best tube amp you have heard with the DT880 600ohm.
In other words c'mon make me buy the Vali.....someone said it is better than any amp under $1600!
I loved my Vali and at a meet I took it to there were a few people with lots of cash and expensive Woo Audio gear that were quite surprised by the performance of it. It may not be a giant killer, but at that price, US made, you almost have to try it. It sells easily if you aren't in love.
I tube rolled with my amp for two years......lots of good tubes, some of the best available NOS 12AX7's., Brimar, etc....some better than others, but I was dependent on genre and/or headphone. Found an Audiophile on Audiogon a couple of years ago that advised the NOS Mullard CV2975 power tubes and NOS Mullard CV4035 (to replace the 12AX7's) were so good, that I would never want to tube roll again. He was so right, I purchased them while still available from Tubemonger. Like them so much I purchased a second set....paid $200 each for matched pair off NOS CV 4035's, and $100 each for the NOS CV2975's. Sold all of the other tubes that I rolled, still strong as new, to Brent Jesse....I recouped enough to fund the purchase the Mullard's. Since I had everything I needed upstream, got the HD580's. DT880 600 ohm, T90 (gone in trade for HD700), the DT990 600 ohm better that the T90. Right now I'm lovin the DT990's with my ALO wires, 8 wire cable, beautiful mids brought forward. I have some 8 wire detachable custom cables that are bringing a lot of love too. Cables are my last frontier at the moment, really love my Beyer's, and if I find T90's cheap I will have them again!
There..........I just talked myself out of the Vali......LOL!