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post #9721 of 20450
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

delay gratification, work today, take off tomorrow !!

 

 

Actually, I'm going for the "hybrid" option.  Yesterday, I beat myself and my forearms up pretty bad while replacing a steering shaft on my car.  Then, after that was done, I replaced my tranny filter, and added in new fluid.  Muscles that I never thought I had were killing me.  I'll head home in about an hour, so I'll just miss 1/2 day of work.  I'll set up the gear, then lay on the heating pad to alleviate some of the pain.

 

I think I'll use the Aune T1 just for the tube DAC feature.  I will pair it with my Little Dot I+ amp.  However, I will try the Aune T1 on its own, too, to see what kind of impressions I can gather on how it performs with the Grado headphones.  The Aune T1 is capable of putting out nearly 1 watt of power into 32 OHms, so there is more juice that the Grados desire.  But, a watt isn't usefuld if the sound is only so-so.  Time will tell.

post #9722 of 20450
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Originally Posted by wje View Post


Actually, I'm going for the "hybrid" option.  Yesterday, I beat myself and my forearms up pretty bad while replacing a steering shaft on my car.  Then, after that was done, I replaced my tranny filter, and added in new fluid.  Muscles that I never thought I had were killing me.  I'll head home in about an hour, so I'll just miss 1/2 day of work.  I'll set up the gear, then lay on the heating pad to alleviate some of the pain.

I think I'll use the Aune T1 just for the tube DAC feature.  I will pair it with my Little Dot I+ amp.  However, I will try the Aune T1 on its own, too, to see what kind of impressions I can gather on how it performs with the Grado headphones.  The Aune T1 is capable of putting out nearly 1 watt of power into 32 OHms, so there is more juice that the Grados desire.  But, a watt isn't usefuld if the sound is only so-so.  Time will tell.
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
post #9723 of 20450
I got a great deal on a barely used MS2i in the FS forum. They should be here mid-week. I'm looking forward to seeing how they compare to the MS1i and the 225i.
post #9724 of 20450
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Originally Posted by semicoln View Post

I got a great deal on a barely used MS2i in the FS forum. They should be here mid-week. I'm looking forward to seeing how they compare to the MS1i and the 225i.
If you liked those two, you will LOVE the ms2i, I know I did, and still do, I actually think it is the sweet spot at least in the line from 60 to rs1/ps500
post #9725 of 20450
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

If you liked those two, you will LOVE the ms2i, I know I did, and still do, I actually think it is the sweet spot at least in the line from 60 to rs1/ps500

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.
Edited by semicoln - 10/7/13 at 11:21am
post #9726 of 20450
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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 #9727 of 20450
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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 #9728 of 20450
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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.

post #9729 of 20450
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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.

post #9730 of 20450
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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 #9731 of 20450
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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 +...

post #9732 of 20450
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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

post #9733 of 20450
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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!

post #9734 of 20450

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!

post #9735 of 20450
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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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