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post #7111 of 8358

Absolutely no problem driving them, if that's what you mean.? Depending on the source the volume knob is usually around 9-12 o'clock. (this is the 600 Ohm)

post #7112 of 8358

Yeah thanks for reply, this is exactly what I mean :)

post #7113 of 8358

I am beginning to understand the advantage of tube amps.

 

I am using software to emulate the behavior of tubes. Sure, the real thing would be an order of magnitude better. And each tube colors the music differently. I get that. But what I am finding out is from hours a day listening to music, every single day of the week. There seems to be an edge or crispness to some music. It comes across as very sharp and clear. This is great to hear at first. Impressive, actually. Recently I have tried the Warmifier by Voxengo. Someone on the Internet did a frequency response test to show at least mathematically it is actually "warming" the sound. I find this takes that "crispness" away to a degree making the result more warm and pleasant to the ears. The trick is maintaining detail in the sound. So I am trying to configure the Warmifier for this compromise. I am going to stay with something like  the Warmifier until I can get the real thing one of these day. Perhaps a Xmas present for myself...earlier in the year?

 

Does this make sense to anyone?


Edited by r010159 - 4/25/14 at 10:07am
post #7114 of 8358
Been there done that with both of the top Tube Emulators... Then I bought a Little Dot MK IV and the emulators were deleted and never spoken of again. biggrin.gif
post #7115 of 8358

Just got my Vali+Modi and they sound amazing. Much better than the FIIO combo that I returned (although the FIIOs were faulty so it could have possibly affected the sound).

post #7116 of 8358

Don't know about the Fiio, but I love my Modi+Vali+DT880 combo.  Enjoy!

post #7117 of 8358

r010159,

 

Sure, that makes sense, and if you like what it's doing then it's great. Who knows, you might buy a tube amp and be disappointed because it doesn't quite do what the emulator does.

 

The "emulator vs. real thing" is discussed a lot in recording studios too, though not quite as much as analog vs. digital. Aside from those old-school holdouts who swear that analog equipment is better than digital no_matter_what, by now we've all heard digital equipment that blows away the analog equivalents with better fidelity, lower noise floor, no wow and flutter, etc. Usually that's a great thing, but sometimes there's just something missing. It could just be noise (i.e., hiss -- total black can be a little freaky), or a lack of good harmonic distortion, like we were just discussing.

 

The truth seems to be that when we prefer analog over digital, it's probably because of more than one factor. Of course there are the physical components -- the circuit, tubes and other parts, but then there are intangibles that things like emulators can't seem to account for, like the way the electrons play together, the age of the parts, or even our desire to have those glowy tubes sound better.

 

I do have some equipment that I've tried to match with software and I just can't beat the real thing. These become prized pieces that hold their value and mystique. Otherwise, digital equipment and software have matched or beaten the analog gear, so a lot of it has gone to the landfills.

 

For the kinds of analog equipment that can't be outdone by digital, I think some of these tube headphone amps are a perfect example. Software tube emulators may get close to the real thing, but I wonder if it will ever be possible to truly match it.


Edited by ccash - 4/25/14 at 9:54pm
post #7118 of 8358
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Originally Posted by StevenF19 View Post
 

Just got my Vali+Modi and they sound amazing. Much better than the FIIO combo that I returned (although the FIIOs were faulty so it could have possibly affected the sound).

How high can you turn the volume on the Vali? I got my Vali and Modi the other day and uses them with a pair of DT880 250 ohm and could easily turn it up top 90% when listening to heavy metal...

post #7119 of 8358
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How high can you turn the volume on the Vali? I got my Vali and Modi the other day and uses them with a pair of DT880 250 ohm and could easily turn it up top 90% when listening to heavy metal...

Around 75-80%. The FIIO E09K used to get to the same volume at 50% though.

post #7120 of 8358
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Around 75-80%. The FIIO E09K used to get to the same volume at 50% though.

Then it isn't just me being deaf than, that's a comfort. What would you have to pay to get an amp that you don't even need to pass 50% with?

post #7121 of 8358

Having read a lot of posts and reviews regarding pad rolling on the 880/600, I agree that the original pads completely destroy the bass on these cans.  What pads are you guys using out there that you find successful?

 

If I can find some decent pads, I may end up selling these.  right now, my hd600 bass is better, and that shouldn't be.

post #7122 of 8358
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Then it isn't just me being deaf than, that's a comfort. What would you have to pay to get an amp that you don't even need to pass 50% with?
$300
Darkvoice 336SE, Little Dot MK III and so on...
post #7123 of 8358
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Originally Posted by Matheew View Post
 

Then it isn't just me being deaf than, that's a comfort. What would you have to pay to get an amp that you don't even need to pass 50% with?

The E09K would hurt my ears past 50 (using 600ohm headphones) so around $100. The Vali sounds much better though and I had tons of issues with the E09K/E17.


Edited by StevenF19 - 4/25/14 at 9:58pm
post #7124 of 8358
Hello all.

I use vintage NAD 3020 and NAD CD. Sound is very clear and warm. I love it.

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post #7125 of 8358
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Originally Posted by r010159 View Post
 

I am beginning to understand the advantage of tube amps.

 

I am using software to emulate the behavior of tubes. Sure, the real thing would be an order of magnitude better. And each tube colors the music differently. I get that. But what I am finding out is from hours a day listening to music, every single day of the week. There seems to be an edge or crispness to some music. It comes across as very sharp and clear. This is great to hear at first. Impressive, actually. Recently I have tried the Warmifier by Voxengo. Someone on the Internet did a frequency response test to show at least mathematically it is actually "warming" the sound. I find this takes that "crispness" away to a degree making the result more warm and pleasant to the ears. The trick is maintaining detail in the sound. So I am trying to configure the Warmifier for this compromise. I am going to stay with something like  the Warmifier until I can get the real thing one of these day. Perhaps a Xmas present for myself...earlier in the year?

 

Does this make sense to anyone?



Good post!

Exactly right, there's a difference between warmth done right and just a simple veil, keeping detail underneath is the key. Also totally agree about fatigue setting in with brighter amps, like you said they wow you from the start but long term just become tiring.
 


Edited by H20Fidelity - 4/25/14 at 9:30pm
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