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Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post

I like not having to pick up pairs for tube amps. It's cheaper in the long run because you're not paying extra to try to get matched pairs just to run them.

 

With Little Dots, most people don't roll power tubes all that much, there are only 3 or 4 possibilities out there, so you simply choose one and go. Rolling driver tubes is quite cheap as they do not require "matching," and since the LD uses old TV tubes as drivers, I very rarely pay more than $8.00/tube shipped. :)

 

Rolling dual triodes can be quite a bit more expensive, I think....

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This is one insane thread! So many different people keeping an eye on this tab!! ph34r.gif

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Btw, I don't know how vsonic is progressing with the development of the VSD9 but Astrotec is already teasing their AX60 http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTk2NDY1Njky.html, which will cost around $330 

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Man this thread moves fast! Still rocking away with my Carbo Bassos, love them still, driver flex and all (I do think that it's dependent on tips though. I get flex with stock tips but not much with Meelec double flanges but those feel uncomfortable in my ears, which is a shame as they sound great)

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I have the Bravo Ocean tube headphone amp, upgraded version with a NOS tube in it from ebay.  it is fantastic!

it is smooth powerful and deslight to listen to.  gets rather hot, as the whole case acts as a heat sink.

some of the connections are a bit loose so may have to be tightened down the road, but the sq is unbelieveably good for the price.

Highly Recommended.

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Originally Posted by drbluenewmexico View Post

I have the Bravo Ocean tube headphone amp, upgraded version with a NOS tube in it from ebay.  it is fantastic!

it is smooth powerful and deslight to listen to.  gets rather hot, as the whole case acts as a heat sink.

some of the connections are a bit loose so may have to be tightened down the road, but the sq is unbelieveably good for the price.

Highly Recommended.

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Thanks DSnuts for your encouragement re the X! and extensive burn in.  will do. i mention the ZU cable mission ipod cable (mini to mini cable) because

it makes a HUGE difference in SQ in connecting usb dacs to portable amps.  Sean Casey, president of ZU cable is actually a physicist by training and

has worked some real metal magic in his proprietary cable construction.  you can also get the zu cables for about 1/3 price (compared to the zu website)

on ebay auction or buy now tab.  there is actually a zu audio store on ebay.  seems like the x1 is using a simple mini to mini cable from the comments and pictures.

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Originally Posted by gibosi View Post

With Little Dots, most people don't roll power tubes all that much, there are only 3 or 4 possibilities out there, so you simply choose one and go. Rolling driver tubes is quite cheap as they do not require "matching," and since the LD uses old TV tubes as drivers, I very rarely pay more than $8.00/tube shipped. smily_headphones1.gif

Rolling dual triodes can be quite a bit more expensive, I think....
Ahh ok. Yeah, I'm used to dealing with dual triode prices which can get ridiculous. All the tubes I roll in are dual. Luckily, I manage to avoid paying a lot thanks to some patience and eBay. On average, my tubes were $10-15 /each. 2 tubes skew that curve tho... 85 for a Tung-sol 5998/Chatham 2399 and 36 for a Tung-sol 7236. They were definitely worth it tho. biggrin.gif
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im using the Zu Audio Mission iPod cables mini to mini in my portable systems.  no experience with the Gore, but the specs sound wonderful.  One of my main audio systems

uses their top of the line cables both internally and externally and they are super super smooth and musical., among the best i have heard, and of course rather expensive.

Sean at Zu audio will custom make cables to your specifications.  just call hiim up there, he is a pleasure to deal with. their metal work is not just  a pretty face, they do serious

signal magic.(Im running zu soul superfly speakers in my system, which have the best "emotional response" to vocals i have ever heard in a speaker, and the cables make a big

part of that.

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Originally Posted by Mackem View Post

Man this thread moves fast! 

Well, that's why I like to call it the "FOTM/CHAT Thread" biggrin.gif. Something new always comes out, gets hyped and then is forgotten coz it's time to move to the new best thing. I personally like it this way coz it's interesting to keep tap and get info on some new stuff and comment on what you want wihout worrying that it's offtopic coz there's no topic to begin with tongue_smile.gif. It's not the best thread for new users as they might get overwhelmed by all the random talk about all kinds of gear and the thread's purpose kinda shifted with time from discovering budget stuff that is bang for the buck to just discussing the new stuff that just came out and sounds great. It's more of a chat thread where friendly chaps discuss new audio gear they think sounds great.


Edited by kova4a - 8/15/13 at 11:40am
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^Isn't that the beauty of a thread like this? We get to know what's new, what's good and what's not. As for newbies, I find this to be a very good place to drop by if you want some answers fast. Want some IEMs under $200? Read a few pages and you'll probably be spoiled for choice.

Now excuse me, my HF300s require my attention.
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suggested motto for this thread:  RAVE ON!!!!!images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQLGZ6DOcRbDPjPCoOJhe17xU2s1ln_sywoVVVN3RMD9F7WZWyO

enthusiasm unleashed.....the QUEST is on!

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The ZU is on it's way to me today from ebay. In a nutshell, it's copper cable plated in silver. Just got my inakustik cable today. So I'll see which one is best and use the other cables other items I have needing a mini to mini cable. Or maybe the sound will change enough that I'll prefer certain cables for certain music.

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So I've been comparing my Mediabridge cable to the $11 more inakustik premium cable. Now this is a comparison between a highly burned-in cable - Mediabridge - and one with none at all.

 

The conclusion right now is that it's a toss up, but there are differences in the cable. on the X1 page someone stated that the inakustik is a brighter cable. He's correct. I think the inakustik put a bit more emphasis on the highs (nothing harsh, but more emphasis). Bass is a bit less than with the Mediabridge, but may be more visceral. Soundstage sounds a tad bit wider (not by much) with the inakustik. Mids may be a tad bit more forward, but nothing by any leaps and bounds. 

 

The Mediabridge is a warmer, darker, and fuller sounding (in the bass) cable. Which one do I like better? Well, I like the sound coming out of both of them. I can see myself switching cables, so I don't see myself returning this cable. Now, I'm expecting the $34 Zu to blow both of them out of the water. I should have that by Monday, so we'll see. Oh, the inakustick cord seems thicker, firmer and of better quality, but the connects are fancier on the Mediabridge. Both have 24k-gold plating on the connectors. You can't go wrong either way.


Edited by ericp10 - 8/15/13 at 4:41pm
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Originally Posted by Exesteils View Post

^Isn't that the beauty of a thread like this? We get to know what's new, what's good and what's not. As for newbies, I find this to be a very good place to drop by if you want some answers fast. Want some IEMs under $200? Read a few pages and you'll probably be spoiled for choice.

Now excuse me, my HF300s require my attention.

Still considering these as well as the CKS1000s as an upgrade from my Bassos.

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