I Think I owe tuition now...
For those of us who are constantly bathed in RFI by living near broadcast radio and TV antennae, being able to use a balanced 10 ft headphone cable makes an audible difference in clarity. I'm very glad that the Sonett and the Stratus both have a balanced transformer output.
Thanks for the detailed and thoughtful explanation, Donald. Having your input is what makes this thread valuable.
I'm not quite sure, actually, whether you've explained the SE input / balanced output 2 or 3 times now here. I might be confusing the Sonett thread with this one. Oh well. For those of us who can't read a schematic, it certainly helps to hear your lucid explanation again from a different angle. Thanks again!
It explains the center tap on the output secondary winding on the OPTs in the Stratus. Thanks Donald.
I think I've pretty much settled on going with the Sophia Princess 2A3's in lieu of the stock tubes (but of course my Stratus is still a few weeks out, so who knows how many times I will change my my mind before then ). I have some nice 5U4 and related NOS rectifiers on hand, but at some point will also pick of the big EML 5U4 (I previously ran one of those in my Modwright Transporter and also in a 300B amp that I owned, so I know well the great qualities the EML can bring to the party).
I will be looking to also pick up a pair of NOS 2A3's to have on hand and compare and I've been considering the Ken Rads. If anyone is interested in trading a nice pair of NOS 2A3's for great condition, lightly used Senn HD650's and $, shoot me a pm!
I can't wait for my Stratus to be completed and arrive!!
ok. I ordered one, top quality. At half off, that's only 1/10th the price of a pair of EML 2A3s. I'll let you know in a few. Of course, my ears are different, and I play almost entirely classical.
Frihed-you're truly selling yourself short by not owning and HD800-especially with that particular amp. I'd even call the HD800 a 'bargain' for you, since you already own top-tier ancillary equipment that happens to mate so well with the finicky Senn. My .02.
BTW, loving all you comments about the Stratus. If I didn't have a Leviathan on order, this would be my first pick (along with Craig's 2A3).
Daniel, can you tell me which headphone plug and setting you are using? I would like to hear from others as well, esp. those who are listening with a single-ended 1/4". Thanks.
I’ve been a keen follower of this thread for some time now. The Stratus sounds most promising, but I do have a question regarding its tonal balance. Earlier in the thread, drheadphone, with regard to the amp configured with stock tubes, said the following “Tonally, I'm hearing a slight U-shaped sound signature. The LCD2 and W3000ANV lose some of their mid-emphasis on the Stratus.” Would you say that this slight U-shaped tonal signature is characteristic of the Stratus in general, i.e., with most tubes, or does it mainly apply to the stock tubes? I’m asking because I listen to a lot of opera and would ideally like my mids to be neutral, but if I had to pick a direction away from neutral, it would definitely be forward and not recessed. I’d be primarily using my HD 800s with the Stratus.
Thanks so much.