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post #2326 of 3713
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Originally Posted by TooPoor View Post
 

Also, I'm good at listening to music, not eloquently commenting on it, so bear with me.

 

I find this combo of tubes and amp to be pretty neutral for a tube amp. It can reach real low and hit highs without being sibilant (as of my first listen). I'm looking to replace my Bushmaster MKII in favor of a DAC with more options. I'm really interested in the AudioGD line specifically the ESS9018 implementations, but fear that it may be a bit too cold from what I've read. Anyone care to throw in their two cents for a DAC that synergizes well with LF339?

 

The 5998 + 5693 are mostly used with this amp for it to power planars as they have more gain. No this combination does not sound very tube like, it's more of a neutral and slightly aggressive sound. If you want to hear the real 339 tube sound you should get some RCA 6AS7G and some 6SJ7GT mesh plates. Heaven.

 

I did not like my Audio GD NFB dac with the 339.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Xenophon View Post
 

My Vio V800 does well with my 337 but that amp model's said to sound even more neutral / ss-like than the 339 and that suits me just fine.  About DACs and tube amps:  I don't know.  I'm not a strict objectivist but I do believe that if a DAC is well built, any differences in reproduction will be insignificant when paired with a tube amplifier which is 'inherently' inaccurate vs a sand amp.  It's the construction of the amplifier, more than the DAC or even the tubes, that will determine the sound.

 

Just my 2c of course.

 

BTW:  your 5998/5693 combo is what I also use a lot with my 337, I find that the 5693 put some 'meat on the bones' of the music.

 

The Violectric V800 does good with anything ;-)

post #2327 of 3713

Thanks for input! Now I'm also considering trying the HD650 against the HE500s. I believe some of you have tried both, which one did you prefer with the 339? I love the way the HE500s sound, but the lack of comfort is really starting to bother me (with padded headband).

post #2328 of 3713

I have them both and I love both with the 339, they are my two fav headphones with this amp.

post #2329 of 3713
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Originally Posted by TooPoor View Post
 

Thanks for input! Now I'm also considering trying the HD650 against the HE500s. I believe some of you have tried both, which one did you prefer with the 339? I love the way the HE500s sound, but the lack of comfort is really starting to bother me (with padded headband).

 

There's something really special about the HD650's for me.  I could easily live the rest of my life with just that headphone.  I did like the HE-500's a lot with the 339, but ultimately sold them because of comfort issues.  No point in spending a lot of money on something that just makes you uncomfortable when you're trying to relax.    

post #2330 of 3713

I always wonder why I ask questions on this forum. Why? Because I usually end up buying more and more gear! I'm really thinking I should try the HD650 side to side with the HE500 and keep whichever I like the best. The thought of having 3 headphones at once is scary though...

post #2331 of 3713

Wait till you hit 30

post #2332 of 3713

Yep.  A few years ago all I wanted was a simple replacement for my $14.95 Sony ear buds and now I have an awful tube buying problem. I personally can't see having more than 2 pairs of headphones, but that's just me.  

post #2333 of 3713

Ditto here, all I initially wanted was a good set of headphones to enjoy my classical tracks.  Now look at me...3 amps, a 40 kg receiver, cupboard full of tubes, 3 headphones....and meditating on a self-built 45/2A3/20B/300B tube amp design for somewhere this summer/autumn.

 

Still cheaper than a mistress I keep telling my wife, about the price vs a Harley I'm starting to have doubts though.

post #2334 of 3713

A Harley? That's the old man's bike in the US.  For those who want to go slow and look silly doing it :) 

post #2335 of 3713
Figure of speech, my ride in Europe's an MV Agusta Brutale, pretty far from a Harley.
post #2336 of 3713

I know :) very nice by the way.  Those are great bikes.  I stopped riding a couple of years ago.  The last bike I had was a triumph speed triple that I definitely miss now.

post #2337 of 3713

I'm Suzuki GSX-R powered ;-)

 

Ebay sale for TS 6SJ7GT now closing soon. these are the ones you want guys

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291147163843

 

Ps. I'm not the seller

post #2338 of 3713
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

I'm Suzuki GSX-R powered ;-)

Ebay sale for TS 6SJ7GT now closing soon. these are the ones you want guys

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291147163843

Ps. I'm not the seller
Yep those are the ones to have wink.gif
post #2339 of 3713
Looks like someone got an excellent deal on those. On my way to Cochin now, tropical paradise but unfortunately for a meeting. Had an epic discussion yesterday about which tubes (driver or power) have most influence on the sound. I think sound is determined first by the amp design, then (all the rest being equal) driver tubes, then power tubes. Any thoughts?
post #2340 of 3713
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Originally Posted by Xenophon View Post

Looks like someone got an excellent deal on those. On my way to Cochin now, tropical paradise but unfortunately for a meeting. Had an epic discussion yesterday about which tubes (driver or power) have most influence on the sound. I think sound is determined first by the amp design, then (all the rest being equal) driver tubes, then power tubes. Any thoughts?
On the 337 u have now the most impact in soundquality i heard was changing the vintage svetlana power tubes ( Very SS sounding!!!) for bendix 6080wb graphite plates, the difference was bigger then changing the driver tubes from sj7gt meshplates to 5693 red hots and back, to my ears anyway, but its also possible the bendix were just better in giving power to my he500 i had and so made the he500 sound much better..
But most important factor is ofcourse how the amp is built and how all internal components are implemented..using expensive components but badly implemented is just a waste of money... But use the right amp design and put the right quality internals= musical HEAVEN biggrin.gif

Ps...i also heard cleaner sound when i connected the two powercables DIRECTLY into the wallsocket instead of a 'stekkerdoos' (sorry forgot the english name of those thingies in which u stick all ur powerplugs in)..i tried it a couple of times..even checked the fase of the connector (plus on plus, negative on negative)... So the plus in the wall socket is alligned with the plus side of the (Bals) shuko connector of my powercable. I think that means 'in fase'? biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 5/21/14 at 5:31pm
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