Do you know what we lovers of worthy music and fine audio like best, analog'd? We like variety. Sometimes the tube does it, sometimes the transistors do. Sometimes we like orthodynamic drivers, sometimes piston drivers, or open back, or closed back. I listen to music via my td-11 with Audioengine A2s most of the time. Sometimes I like the speakers at the back of my desk for a more distant, realistic soundstage. Right now, I like them about six inches closer, which is less "realistic," but I can perceive more detail, a deeper soundstage, and a flatter frequency response. It's half way between speaker fi and head fi, which is really cool for me...today. That Russian Rocket you recommended ain't going anywhere, though.
Say, do you use an upgraded power cord or any power conditioning on the TD-11?
FWIW, my TD-11 volume control got really crackly over the last few months. It drove me nuts! Finally, I bought a thumb-sized can of DeOxit Gold and gave the inside of the control one squirt. Ninety percent of the problem was gone immediately. Five percent more was gone in another day, and the rest resolved a couple of days after that. It's been fine for two weeks, now. I wonder if some of that stuff in the tube socket and on the pins might yield some benefit.
When I read the Plato quote at the end of your posts, I think you are fighting a battle to keep your headphone rig out of the five-figure range. Good luck! (Or not, as the case may be.)
a very pleasant (and wise) reply that is greatly appreciated.
taking your post from the bottom; i have gone so far beyond that 5k you mention in my stereo gear that it's just silly. at one point with all speakers and my analog path i was at around 38,000 NOT including headphones.. i have had to downsize since then to raise some money for things over the years - and i refuse to recalculate. but yeah, i am wishing i had another 2 k to try a headphone amp that owners of lcd-3s are raving about. it is NOT going to happen! i would also try some 1800 to 2500 dac if i had a lotta coin. also NOT gonna happen. but man, am i ever suffering in sonic splendor with what i have.
that's great that you figured out the crackling!
i use some odd "better" power cords that i picked up here and there over the years. but i have a dedicated power line (nothing else on the circuit) for my stereo and in addition use a chang lightspeed power filter/conditioner or whatever the hell they're called. i heard improvements years back when i got the chang and i can tell you that my stepson's td11 ab'd to mine, his with the better cord from grant and NOT on the isolated circuit was equal to my td11 on the solo circuit and with the chang. compared with the same tubes (russian rocket) and fed from the same path/source. that said, depending on your home and neighborhood the better cord may in your rig do a lot better with a line conditioner of some kind. i can't give you any advice about this as i got the chang when i happened to be there when someone traded it in; took it home and heard the improvement and never looked back. i paid a few hundred for what was a $600 item new.
thanks for the reminder of the very basic premise (truth really) about this subjective endeavor of ours. of COURSE when comparing excellent paths with various recordings on different days the "objective" assessment is gonna be all over the place. doh!
anyway, thanks again for replying.
Edited by analog'd - 9/16/13 at 9:52am