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post #9706 of 27800
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Originally Posted by semicoln View Post

I enjoy them both very much. Spending some time on this site has led me to great purchase decisions for my taste. But it does seem that I can just follow your path and be pretty much on point.
Lol, I hope that's a good thing!
post #9707 of 27800
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post
 

^I don't think Grados were meant to be measured, but rather enjoyed!:smile:

 

+1

post #9708 of 27800
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


Sounds like a plan!
I've heard dome say the t1 leaned to the bright side, I'm assuming that was when used as a DAC/amp, but being that it can be used as just a tube DAC does interest me, and the tube used is the 6922 right? That would make tube rolling very easy as the lyr uses that tube, I have 6 ,7 pairs of those already

 

Actually, after spending several hours with the Aune and the stock tube combination really isn't any brighter with the sound signature than my Little Dot I+ with stock tubes and being fed via my HeadAmp DAC.  I guess I was amazed at how closely the two actually sounded.  However, the Aune I got also came with an Amperex Orange tube, which has been discussed in a bit of detail on the Aune T1 thread.  That tube has a neutral to warmer tone to it.  Not a complete polar opposite to the stock tube, but certainly headed in that direction.  Where the original Aune T1 tube may have seemed bright to others really seems more in the upper mid-range section to me - that's where the presence is.  I didn't detect any real "sizzle" at the top end that I would consider to be bad.  I've heard a bit of that in the past with other gear, but not to that degree in this case.

 

Still more testing to do.  I want to try just the DAC portion with my Little Dot I+.  I want to try my HeadAmp DAC with the Aune's amp alone.  Etc., Etc.

 

Considering I have $300+ in my Headamp DAC and Little Dot I+, I was a bit impressed that the Aune could get me there for about 1/2 the cost.  Hmm ... But, I still love the combo that I have.  I don't think I'll ever care to be a frantic tube roller ... too much else in my life is going on, so when I have free time, I'd prefer to just spend it listening as opposed to noting sound signature changes for each tube offering.

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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

Actually, after spending several hours with the Aune and the stock tube combination really isn't any brighter with the sound signature than my Little Dot I+ with stock tubes and being fed via my HeadAmp DAC.  I guess I was amazed at how closely the two actually sounded.  However, the Aune I got also came with an Amperex Orange tube, which has been discussed in a bit of detail on the Aune T1 thread.  That tube has a neutral to warmer tone to it.  Not a complete polar opposite to the stock tube, but certainly headed in that direction.  Where the original Aune T1 tube may have seemed bright to others really seems more in the upper mid-range section to me - that's where the presence is.  I didn't detect any real "sizzle" at the top end that I would consider to be bad.  I've heard a bit of that in the past with other gear, but not to that degree in this case.

 

Still more testing to do.  I want to try just the DAC portion with my Little Dot I+.  I want to try my HeadAmp DAC with the Aune's amp alone.  Etc., Etc.

 

Considering I have $300+ in my Headamp DAC and Little Dot I+, I was a bit impressed that the Aune could get me there for about 1/2 the cost.  Hmm ... But, I still love the combo that I have.  I don't think I'll ever care to be a frantic tube roller ... too much else in my life is going on, so when I have free time, I'd prefer to just spend it listening as opposed to noting sound signature changes for each tube offering.

 

That's one of the main reasons why I avoid tubes altogether: more time.  I'm not fanatic in avoiding them, but the nuances of tube rolling are many.  Some things are just best for me to avoid altogether.

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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post
 

 

That's one of the main reasons why I avoid tubes altogether: more time.  I'm not fanatic in avoiding them, but the nuances of tube rolling are many.  Some things are just best for me to avoid altogether.

And I'm a sicko that loves tube rolling lol to each his own... all that matters is the music anyways!

post #9711 of 27800
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

Actually, after spending several hours with the Aune and the stock tube combination really isn't any brighter with the sound signature than my Little Dot I+ with stock tubes and being fed via my HeadAmp DAC.  I guess I was amazed at how closely the two actually sounded.  However, the Aune I got also came with an Amperex Orange tube, which has been discussed in a bit of detail on the Aune T1 thread.  That tube has a neutral to warmer tone to it.  Not a complete polar opposite to the stock tube, but certainly headed in that direction.  Where the original Aune T1 tube may have seemed bright to others really seems more in the upper mid-range section to me - that's where the presence is.  I didn't detect any real "sizzle" at the top end that I would consider to be bad.  I've heard a bit of that in the past with other gear, but not to that degree in this case.

 

Still more testing to do.  I want to try just the DAC portion with my Little Dot I+.  I want to try my HeadAmp DAC with the Aune's amp alone.  Etc., Etc.

 

Considering I have $300+ in my Headamp DAC and Little Dot I+, I was a bit impressed that the Aune could get me there for about 1/2 the cost.  Hmm ... But, I still love the combo that I have.  I don't think I'll ever care to be a frantic tube roller ... too much else in my life is going on, so when I have free time, I'd prefer to just spend it listening as opposed to noting sound signature changes for each tube offering.

 

Interesting... I've been thinking about the Aune as a semi-portable option (for taking away on trips and that sort of thing).  Still, I am looking forward to hearing how it fares as a dac-only with the LD I +...

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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post
 

 

That's one of the main reasons why I avoid tubes altogether: more time.  I'm not fanatic in avoiding them, but the nuances of tube rolling are many.  Some things are just best for me to avoid altogether.

 

 

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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post
 

And I'm a sicko that loves tube rolling lol to each his own... all that matters is the music anyways!

 

 

and i'm somewhere in the middle ,  i always like having several options, but i'm not really into the history of the tube so much, other than to know what to keep my eyes out for

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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post
 

And I'm a sicko that loves tube rolling lol to each his own... all that matters is the music anyways!

 

Damn straight.  Whatever it takes to enjoy the hobby!

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Pulled the trigger on the MAD Ear+HD today (couldn't help myself), just waiting for payment confirmation from Lloyd and then I will receive my S/N. I ordered it in RED&BLACK with BLACK OAK sides. I hope to god I love this amp with the RS1i's. From what I've been reading, they are supposed to be a very good match for the RS1i's, everybody who owns this combo raves about it, cant wait to hear them together!

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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Pulled the trigger on the MAD Ear+HD today (couldn't help myself), just waiting for payment confirmation from Lloyd and then I will receive my S/N. I ordered it in RED&BLACK with BLACK OAK sides. I hope to god I love this amp with the RS1i's. From what I've been reading, they are supposed to be a very good match for the RS1i's, everybody who owns this combo raves about it, cant wait to hear them together!

 

 

You don't do anything by half, do you? :)  Congrats!

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I cover both sides of the fence by having both a tube setup and a solid state. There is something to be said for both but if I had to narrow it down to just one, it would be the tube amp. I don't do tube rolling however, that is why I am here and ask a lot of questions, if I get something I want it to be pretty much what I want right off, without having to modify it. One reason all my Grado's are stock, I know some people love to tinker but I am not one of them.

post #9717 of 27800
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Originally Posted by Edgard Varese View Post
 

 

 

You don't do anything by half, do you? :)  Congrats!

Thank you. No somehow I seem to justify my purchases by breaking them down into how much it cost me a day and knowing I may very well have it for a many, many years, so it sometimes pays to do this, (I know, it sounds strange). And I also figured, how many different amps/ headphones am I going to hear, and then want to hear the next one and the next one, and spending more and more money, and then taking a loss on selling them, so I just did it.

Thank you again, hopefully I did the right thing and are 1000% satisfied with this combo, and this is the only way for me to find out.

BTW, I did start out by doing things half, but in the end I accumulate so many different things it drives me crazy, and I say to myself I should have done this from the start, but then again I do enjoy the different experiences along the way. In a way I hope I am done so I can get back to enjoying the music instead of being critical of all my purchases and forgetting what its really about, (the music). We all know how addicting this can be, and I mean this seriously, and at this point I want to relax for awhile and enjoy. 

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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

I cover both sides of the fence by having both a tube setup and a solid state. There is something to be said for both but if I had to narrow it down to just one, it would be the tube amp. I don't do tube rolling however, that is why I am here and ask a lot of questions, if I get something I want it to be pretty much what I want right off, without having to modify it. One reason all my Grado's are stock, I know some people love to tinker but I am not one of them.

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I'm getting a bit tired from this evening's testing to write up a summary.  It has been quite eventful, but still more work left towards testing the Aune T1 vs. the Little Dot I+.  With the config as noted, both are within a snail's hop of each other.  I think most can see my point now on how easy it is to get into the weeds in messing with tubes.  :basshead:

 

 

Sorry about the sloppy writing.  I think I might fail the test in prescription writing if I would ever have to take one.

 


Edited by wje - 10/8/13 at 9:54pm
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ALERT !!!

 

rs1i for sale over on the sale forum ! asking 5 bills

and a 1, with button, in new zealand 6 bills

 

gee, haven't looked at the f/s in a while


Edited by jaywillin - 10/9/13 at 2:58pm
post #9720 of 27800
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

ALERT !!!

 

rs1i for sale over on the sale forum ! asking 5 bills

Must resist... wife still not happy about HD800 purchase... must... not look...want! GahdwLIJKHBDLIKUJBUJOBHNsadiuhjb....

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