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post #5221 of 7977

If you're in the CONUS and are interested in the (hard to find) Bendix 6080WB w/ "slotted, graphite plates".. I anticipate putting mine up for sale soon.. thought I'd give the folks here a heads up first.  It's noise and microphonic free.. and rarely used, btw

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post #5222 of 7977
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 

If you're in the CONUS and are interested in the (hard to find) Bendix 6080WB w/ "slotted, graphite plates".. I anticipate putting mine up for sale soon.. thought I'd give the folks here a heads up first.  It's noise and microphonic free.. and rarely used, btw

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Nice tube!

post #5223 of 7977

It's a beauty, isn't it Loquah?  I love the rugged build.. and the glow means business!  Oh, it sounds pretty damn good, too.. haha

post #5224 of 7977
Selling a NOS NIB pair of Tung Sol Chatham 2399 tubes (similar to 5998) and NOS NIB pair of Tung Sol 6520 tubes listed as part of my tube sale. Thought some of you guys might be interested. Will sell as pair or singles. Recently purchased from Skylab. Arrived today, but I can't keep them (going SS).

Cheers

Nathan
Edited by MoatsArt - 6/9/14 at 7:02pm
post #5225 of 7977
Hi I have beyerdynamic t1 and hd650 and was after a good dac to go with it. What is the sweet spot for budget for a dac given diminishing returns etc? Is there a percentage of the amp spend I should be using as a guideline?
post #5226 of 7977
http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/NFB32014/NFB32014EN.htm

I think this is excellent value for money. Not to be confused with lower end models or older nfb 3 that were cut down nfb 2 units with Wolfson chipsets. This unit looks like the best value implementation of ess Sabre 9018 if you don't need balanced out. Seeing as this is a crack forum and you want value. I think this takes the cake. If you are after a slightly warmer signature the nfb2 is a good implementation of the Wolfson chipset. Again I am talking about the new 2014 units although in the case of the nfb2, the old ones were good for their time.
Edited by atsq17 - 6/11/14 at 4:55am
post #5227 of 7977
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Hi I have beyerdynamic t1 and hd650 and was after a good dac to go with it. What is the sweet spot for budget for a dac given diminishing returns etc? Is there a percentage of the amp spend I should be using as a guideline?


Whats the most you want to spend?

post #5228 of 7977
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Whats the most you want to spend?

 

Well I am not really sure. I don't want to go crazy. I presume in terms of budget you would spend most on the Headphones themselves, then less on the Amp, and less again on the DAC. Is $350USD reasonable? I can buy a DACMagic Plus for about $450USD here locally. 

post #5229 of 7977
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Originally Posted by atsq17 View Post

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/NFB32014/NFB32014EN.htm

I think this is excellent value for money. Not to be confused with lower end models or older nfb 3 that were cut down nfb 2 units with Wolfson chipsets. This unit looks like the best value implementation of ess Sabre 9018 if you don't need balanced out. Seeing as this is a crack forum and you want value. I think this takes the cake. If you are after a slightly warmer signature the nfb2 is a good implementation of the Wolfson chipset. Again I am talking about the new 2014 units although in the case of the nfb2, the old ones were good for their time.

 

The issue with this, is I can't get it locally, which means buying it for $500USD and then shipping, taxes, exchange rates, I could easily see this at $800 which seems overkill for my gear?

post #5230 of 7977
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Originally Posted by networkn View Post
 

 

Well I am not really sure. I don't want to go crazy. I presume in terms of budget you would spend most on the Headphones themselves, then less on the Amp, and less again on the DAC. Is $350USD reasonable? I can buy a DACMagic Plus for about $450USD here locally. 

I recently traded a can for Maverick Audio D2 DAC and have been very happy with how it pairs with the Crack and T1/HD 650/ HE 400. Maybe you could research on this if interested.


Edited by ramaka - 6/11/14 at 4:53pm
post #5231 of 7977

Regarding his question about a dac? what do you say on Musical Fidelity V90 DAC? anyone have experience with it ? how does it compare to TubeMagic D2? 


Edited by atraf - 6/11/14 at 7:22pm
post #5232 of 7977

I guess one question I have specifically, is finding an appropriate "size" DAC so that I don't have a DAC which won't display it's potential because of the other bottlenecks in the system. I don't mind a little headroom, because I might end up higher end AMP than the crack, but in terms of end game, the T1's are as high as I'd likely be able to justify.

post #5233 of 7977
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Originally Posted by networkn View Post

Hi I have beyerdynamic t1 and hd650 and was after a good dac to go with it. What is the sweet spot for budget for a dac given diminishing returns etc? Is there a percentage of the amp spend I should be using as a guideline?

 

I personally feel that different DAC's have less of an impact with the Crack.  I think that the Crack imparts so much of it's own flavor that the DAC ends up playing a small part.  I've had great experience with Audio-GD and my NFB-12.1 with the Crack.  If it were me, I would go for something like the NFB-15 (of their current stuff) and save the money/get music.  The nice thing about that is that you also get a pretty decent solid state option.  Just my 2 cents.

post #5234 of 7977

Crack with Grado PS 500- sounds good to me  :gs1000smile:

and fun too

post #5235 of 7977
OK. Wow. What power tube are you using?
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