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I was also going to recommend the Sonett. I've really enjoyed the listens I've had on that amp. I haven't tried it with a T1, but the HD-800 was great.


Hrm... definitely enticing... although I am not so sure I like the blue chassis but hey... looks are not a priority for me anyways :P.

 

But 1200$ converted to CAD, shipped, and then taxed at 15% makes it a fair bit more expensive than a used woo or a MAD ear...

 

MAD is located in another province so I would only have to pay GST and not PST bringing total costs up to 870$.

 

Also I am just wanting to get my feet wet right now with something good - it doesn't have to be the best.

 

 

 

How "tubey" does the sonett sound? I like that the MAD supposedly can be anywhere from super lush to not lush at all.

post #17 of 102

Hrmm, there's quite a bit to choose from.  For tubey sound, it sometimes depend on the tubes you use.  I only have brief experiences with tubes but I've heard different ones and the type of tubes do make a difference.  I think, and I'm not too sure, but you may have to pay your own provinces GST and PST on the item.  But, I don't know how MAD do their transactions.  I know buying off Canadian sites I was subjugated to my provincial taxes on the items, not the province that I was buying the item from.  I bought an item off Fulcrum Audio and was charged 12%.

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WA2 sure does look sexy.

 

Have you heard the MAD ear or did you not bother because you are not a fan of the EL84 tube?

 

Guess I will have to keep an eye on the FS forums.


Never heard the MAD, but as a Leben Lover, I am certainly a fan of the EL84, in the right amp.

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Hrmm, there's quite a bit to choose from.  For tubey sound, it sometimes depend on the tubes you use.  I only have brief experiences with tubes but I've heard different ones and the type of tubes do make a difference.  I think, and I'm not too sure, but you may have to pay your own provinces GST and PST on the item.  But, I don't know how MAD do their transactions.  I know buying off Canadian sites I was subjugated to my provincial taxes on the items, not the province that I was buying the item from.  I bought an item off Fulcrum Audio and was charged 12%.



Much like Canadapost with international packages, I think the taxes are random sometimes. Sometimes you only pay the one, sometimes both, sometimes it's the combined HST, etc.

 

Or just buy off the forums and/or canuckaudiomart.ca and save yourself the hassle.

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Hrmm, there's quite a bit to choose from.  For tubey sound, it sometimes depend on the tubes you use.  I only have brief experiences with tubes but I've heard different ones and the type of tubes do make a difference.  I think, and I'm not too sure, but you may have to pay your own provinces GST and PST on the item.  But, I don't know how MAD do their transactions.  I know buying off Canadian sites I was subjugated to my provincial taxes on the items, not the province that I was buying the item from.  I bought an item off Fulcrum Audio and was charged 12%.

depends on the company I think..

 

amazon.ca charges full tax, NCIX -a canadian company only charges me GST because they do not have an entity in my province.
 

post #21 of 102
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WA2 sure does look sexy.

 

Have you heard the MAD ear or did you not bother because you are not a fan of the EL84 tube?

 

Guess I will have to keep an eye on the FS forums.


Never heard the MAD, but as a Leben Lover, I am certainly a fan of the EL84, in the right amp.

 

The leben uses the same tubes... you don't say ;)

 

now I know that doesn't make this certain magic... but it has a great reputation and shares the DNA of the leben... keeps getting better and better.
 

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I was also going to recommend the Sonett. I've really enjoyed the listens I've had on that amp. I haven't tried it with a T1, but the HD-800 was great.


Hrm... definitely enticing... although I am not so sure I like the blue chassis but hey... looks are not a priority for me anyways :P.

 

But 1200$ converted to CAD, shipped, and then taxed at 15% makes it a fair bit more expensive than a used woo or a MAD ear...

 

MAD is located in another province so I would only have to pay GST and not PST bringing total costs up to 870$.

 

Also I am just wanting to get my feet wet right now with something good - it doesn't have to be the best.

 

 

 

How "tubey" does the sonett sound? I like that the MAD supposedly can be anywhere from super lush to not lush at all.

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think that the Sonett is a really cool looking amp because it is blue. But it's a couple of hundred bucks over your budget. I really like the aesthetics of the Woo and MAD amps as well. The Woo's wouldn't look out of place in Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and the MAD's could be powering a honky tonk piano in a saloon bar scene from a John Ford western.  

 

post #23 of 102

How about this??

 

Glow Amp One

 

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post #24 of 102
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How about this??

 

Glow Amp One

 

amp_one_640_argast_double.jpg



Well I wasn't interested until I saw the price (don't need speaker taps or a USB port that are eating into the price) but thats not a bad price at all.

 

I was hoping to hear this "SET magic" though and it is a pentode but I will definitely consider it.

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I say go with the MAD and support a Canadian company biggrin.gif I'm also a really big fan of Bottlehead stuff; maybe try a upgraded S.E.X. amp. (I just upgraded my Crack amp and it is fantastic, but it wouldn't have enough power for the LCD-2).



Would love to support the fellow Canadian...

 

I also love he does not go ON AND ON about BS the way Steve Deckert does... and when emailing jack he doesn't really give much technical information (actually none) and just gave me audiophile terminology which is entirely usless. Lloyd does not seem partake in this and that alone makes me a fan.

 

Not to mention it seems like it will drive all the headphones I have... and the DT 990/ 600 and the T1 sounded absolutely magical on it...

 

I just want to try and get exactly what I want for the money because I am tried of losing money in to shipping and customs constantly swapping gear.. I would like to be able to buy a tube amp and have it stay for a while.

 

But the MAD definitely looks more and more enticing..


I am a big fan of the MAD amps with both the T1s and HD800s. L3000.gif

 

And you support "Buy Canadian". Dr. Lloyd is a great guy too...but then, aren't we all (Canadians that is tongue.gif)?


Edited by MacedonianHero - 12/22/10 at 6:27pm
post #26 of 102

Okay how about some Crack!!

 

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post #27 of 102
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

I say go with the MAD and support a Canadian company biggrin.gif I'm also a really big fan of Bottlehead stuff; maybe try a upgraded S.E.X. amp. (I just upgraded my Crack amp and it is fantastic, but it wouldn't have enough power for the LCD-2).



Would love to support the fellow Canadian...

 

I also love he does not go ON AND ON about BS the way Steve Deckert does... and when emailing jack he doesn't really give much technical information (actually none) and just gave me audiophile terminology which is entirely usless. Lloyd does not seem partake in this and that alone makes me a fan.

 

Not to mention it seems like it will drive all the headphones I have... and the DT 990/ 600 and the T1 sounded absolutely magical on it...

 

I just want to try and get exactly what I want for the money because I am tried of losing money in to shipping and customs constantly swapping gear.. I would like to be able to buy a tube amp and have it stay for a while.

 

But the MAD definitely looks more and more enticing..


I am a big fan of the MAD amps with both the T1s and HD800s. L3000.gif

 

And you support "Buy Canadian". Dr. Lloyd is a great guy too...but then, aren't we all (Canadians that is tongue.gif)?



is there that "magic" with the HD 800 that there is with the T1?

 

 

Simon has very generously offered to lend my his MAD ear amp when he gets his new LD MKVI+... so I will have the best audition ever... in my system with my music! XD

post #28 of 102
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Originally Posted by sokolov91 View Post



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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

I say go with the MAD and support a Canadian company biggrin.gif I'm also a really big fan of Bottlehead stuff; maybe try a upgraded S.E.X. amp. (I just upgraded my Crack amp and it is fantastic, but it wouldn't have enough power for the LCD-2).



Would love to support the fellow Canadian...

 

I also love he does not go ON AND ON about BS the way Steve Deckert does... and when emailing jack he doesn't really give much technical information (actually none) and just gave me audiophile terminology which is entirely usless. Lloyd does not seem partake in this and that alone makes me a fan.

 

Not to mention it seems like it will drive all the headphones I have... and the DT 990/ 600 and the T1 sounded absolutely magical on it...

 

I just want to try and get exactly what I want for the money because I am tried of losing money in to shipping and customs constantly swapping gear.. I would like to be able to buy a tube amp and have it stay for a while.

 

But the MAD definitely looks more and more enticing..


I am a big fan of the MAD amps with both the T1s and HD800s. L3000.gif

 

And you support "Buy Canadian". Dr. Lloyd is a great guy too...but then, aren't we all (Canadians that is tongue.gif)?



is there that "magic" with the HD 800 that there is with the T1?

 

 

Simon has very generously offered to lend my his MAD ear amp when he gets his new LD MKVI+... so I will have the best audition ever... in my system with my music! XD


Yes...to my ears. smile.gif

 

That is usually the best way to audition over a few days at home with your music and without distractions (like at a store or meet). What tubes will he be lending you? PM me if you want some suggestions. Cheers.

post #29 of 102

haha looks like Simon has been busy buying new toys :P

post #30 of 102
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Okay how about some Crack!!

 

 


The Crack amp reportedly does not work very well with the LCD-2. My experience with orthos on mine is much the same. It just doesn't put out enough juice for them. It sounds absolutely wonderful with Senns though, and utter magic with my Sextett. I would suggest maybe the S.E.X. amp by Bottlehead if going that route.

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