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post #4696 of 9484
Thurston,
From the description, the orange globes would be the ones I'd go for. I do have a pair of white-label Bugle Boys... And the one I sampled was really sensitive to microphonics, in fact I swapped them out because after a while it sounded like the ringing sound never completely faded away while my amp was on. The voskhod I have in now is a big improvement, though I'm not sure how it directly compares to the Sylvania I used a while back. So far, I've had better success with the mil-spec tubes, they seem better constructed so far.
post #4697 of 9484
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Thurston,
From the description, the orange globes would be the ones I'd go for. I do have a pair of white-label Bugle Boys... And the one I sampled was really sensitive to microphonics, in fact I swapped them out because after a while it sounded like the ringing sound never completely faded away while my amp was on. The voskhod I have in now is a big improvement, though I'm not sure how it directly compares to the Sylvania I used a while back. So far, I've had better success with the mil-spec tubes, they seem better constructed so far.

 

I jumped the gun and ordered the 1961 large O getter Bugle Boys based on reviews I'd read.  I tried to contact the seller in an attempt to switch for the OGs, but he'd shipped.  I'm not complaining.  I'm looking forward to the BBs.  I'll use DeoxIT on them before I try them.

 

The main reason I'm not complaining about the BBs is that I discovered the Matsu****as I got from Upscale Audio sound great with the Q701 (great relative to my other tubes).  That was a very satisfying test today :k701smile:  esp. after how thin they sounded with the RTC E188CC, which is a great tube.  Next up will be the BBs on the Qs and the HE-500, but not until the weekend.

 

The mil-spec Reflectors are rocks.  Not as nice as your Voshkods, I reckon, but I'm not complaining.  I'll keep 'em until I don't ;)

post #4698 of 9484
What's DeoxIT? And where can I get some?

Hope you love the BB's, I think a lot of it is personal preference (and sample variation). Do you mean the reflectors are sturdy as rocks, or they're useless like a paperweight?
Edited by Evshrug - 11/19/13 at 7:10am
post #4699 of 9484
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What's DeoxIT? And where can I get some?

Hope you love the BB's, I think a lot of it is personal preference (and sample variation). Do you mean the reflectors are sturdy as rocks, or they're useless like a paperweight?

made by CAIG for years.  It's a cleaner solution made to clean a lot of different connection types/materials.  Good stuff.

 

http://store.caig.com/

post #4700 of 9484
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

What's DeoxIT? And where can I get some?

Hope you love the BB's, I think a lot of it is personal preference (and sample variation). Do you mean the reflectors are sturdy as rocks, or they're useless like a paperweight?

 

LOL, I meant sturdy.  Tubes would make pretty useless paperweights! ;)

post #4701 of 9484
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made by CAIG for years.  It's a cleaner solution made to clean a lot of different connection types/materials.  Good stuff.

 

http://store.caig.com/

 

Is the "Gold" DeoxIT suitable for non-gold tube pins?  I ordered a DeoxIT kit from a store, and it comes with a small bottle.  I'm guessing it can't hurt, may help, but want to be sure.  I only have one pair of gold pin tubes, on which I will only use that.

post #4702 of 9484
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I had the Annie pads (flat/non-angled, super comfy memory foam) on the modded Q701 and couldn't stand the sound.  I tried with different sources, but ultimately I sold the pads.  I think if you like the sound from the Qs with the Annie pads, the bass port mod might not hurt, may even help.  As I'm sure you've read, the mod is easily reversed, so why not try it.

 

HTH.


One thing I'd like to try is the deeper K712 pads on a non-modded Q701 and see what that sounds like. Should be a good option for those that are not capable of doing the Q701 mod. K712 pads on the modded Q701 gave me too much bass and it was very nice for some music (like rock) but not so good for others. Kind of like warmth overdose. The mid-bass hump stuck out way too much and it reminded me of the one on the MDR-V6.

 

I really need to buy some K712 pads because I bet I could perfect the sound by removing the outer foam of the grill or replacing the grill itself with one that's more open.

 

Just a note that K712 and Annie pads are not the same. Annie pads for ME were terrible in comparison. Those were more likely to go flat and probably why AKG got rid of them. The K712 pads never went flat and were slightly more comfortable. I'm guessing they use a higher quality foam that retains it's shape better.

 

Someone who's not comfortable doing the Q701 mod should try some K712 pads (not Annie pads). I bet the results will be pretty good.

 

NOTE: I only tried K712 pads on my modded Q701 for maybe 20 minutes. I wasn't able to test anything else.

post #4703 of 9484
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

Is the "Gold" DeoxIT suitable for non-gold tube pins?  I ordered a DeoxIT kit from a store, and it comes with a small bottle.  I'm guessing it can't hurt, may help, but want to be sure.  I only have one pair of gold pin tubes, on which I will only use that.


It's ok to use but not optimal because each metal oxidizes differently.


Edited by koiloco - 11/19/13 at 11:44am
post #4704 of 9484
ThurstonX, Evshrug and koiloco,
Sorry, but in what weird language are u talking?
With such alien names, i bet u're from Pluto anyway... LOL
English translation? ;-))
Edited by Hairspray - 11/19/13 at 4:00pm
post #4705 of 9484
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Thurston, Evshrug and Kolloco,
Sorry, but in what weird language are u talking?
With such alien names, i bet u're from Pluto anyway... LOL
English traduction? ;-))

 

I think Hairspray's Heisenberg Fluxinator is misaligned.  Can someone take the Quantum Magneto ship over there and do some maintenance?

 

(*grumbles*  damn synthetics, such a PITA)

 

;)

post #4706 of 9484
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 


It's ok to use but not optimal because each metal oxides differently.

 

The kit I got comes with DeoxIT® Cleaner, 25% solution

http://www.tubesandmore.com/products/S-CSK-GXMD

 

Is that sufficient, or should I get something like D100L for non-gold pins?  Or something else?

post #4707 of 9484
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

The kit I got comes with DeoxIT® Cleaner, 25% solution

http://www.tubesandmore.com/products/S-CSK-GXMD

 

Is that sufficient, or should I get something like D100L for non-gold pins?  Or something else?


I use 2 types.  One for gold pin and one for the rest.  They seem to do just fine for me.

post #4708 of 9484
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I use 2 types.  One for gold pin and one for the rest.  They seem to do just fine for me.

 

Good deal.  Thanks for educating a noob :k701smile:

post #4709 of 9484
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Originally Posted by Hairspray View Post

Thurston, Evshrug and Kolloco,
Sorry, but in what weird language are u talking?
With such alien names, i bet u're from Pluto anyway... LOL
English translation? ;-))

 

Yup, you got that right.  :D

As far as my name, koi = japanese koi fish, loco = crazy.  Now that's another crazy hobby I've been in for too long.  If you think, HPs/amp/DAC... are crazy,  take a peek at this :eek:

 

http://www.genkikoi.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1996

 

How many Stax setup can I buy if I sold some of my collection?  This I often wonder.  :)

post #4710 of 9484

Hey, I've got a quick question on the Q701's. Does this bassport mod just add a bit of midbass to the sound, or help with extension/impact as well? I heard a properly amped unmodded Q701 and loved it for it's mids and highs, excellent for the music I listen to most (Live rock/prog rock/post rock concerts and Ambient/Post Rock), except I didn't like the extension of the bass. Their was enough presence for me, though I wouldn't mind more, the kick drum just felt a bit high in the mix in a vertical sense of the meaning. This was the first pair of open back headphones I've heard, so I honestly don't know much of what I'm talking about, but any comments would be great.

 

Also, would the K712 pads or another pair of pads help with this?

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