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post #1486 of 3177
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No, I won't....and those two tubes are probably used! I paid US$200 for my brand new Psvane replica and I am very happy with it. I would love to compare my replica with the original though..... just wonder whether I will ever get the chance to do so:confused_face_2:

did you make that amp in your profile pic? What tubes are those they look like 2 6as7 and 2 6sn7's and is that a 5u4g? 

 

It looks great. 

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did you make that amp in your profile pic? What tubes are those they look like 2 6as7 and 2 6sn7's and is that a 5u4g? 

 

It looks great. 

That's another amp that I have built. You can see the details here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/284863/orgy-of-capacitors-the-cap-thread/375#post_10225088

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I just got the Shuguang Treasure 2A3-Z. Should come sometime this week. really looking forward to hearing those with myHD800 and the Stratus!

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yea its offensive. Having a tube that cost as much as an end game amp. It shouldn't be aloud happen but i suppose that's just the way it goes.  

 

Unfortunately, that's just how these WE tubes have increased in price due to their well earned reputation and increasing scarcity.  

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Unfortunately, that's just how these WE tubes have increased in price due to their well earned reputation and increasing scarcity.  

Its a pity that they cant be made like that anymore

post #1491 of 3177
Expensive but probably worth it if you want endgame + bragging rights.

If you can find a NOS from a reliable seller, it may be worth trying,

From what ive experienced trying all the other NOS rectifiers, they really are as good as they say and if you want the last 5% and no expense spared, they are worth it.


Of course, now that im looking for a car, it'll be a sports package or a better trim instead of that tube biggrin.gif
Edited by Dubstep Girl - 2/3/14 at 10:41pm
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

Expensive but probably worth it if you want endgame + bragging rights.

If you can find a NOS from a reliable seller, it may be worth trying,

From what ive experienced trying all the other NOS rectifiers, they really are as good as they say and if you want the last 5% and no expense spared, they are worth it.


Of course, now that im looking for a car, it'll be a sports package or a better trim instead of that tube biggrin.gif

What headphones have you got left - TH900 and HE6?

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Is anyone using the LCD-X/XC on the Stratus yet?

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Is anyone using the LCD-X/XC on the Stratus yet?

+1

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What headphones have you got left - TH900 and HE6?

 

yes

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Is anyone using the LCD-X/XC on the Stratus yet?

+2! I have been eyeing LCD-X. Overall my experience with LCD3 has been disappointing. I was missing the soundstage and detail I've come to love from HD800 and even HE6. i heard LCD3 with the Stratus at a meet and it sounded pretty good to me though. Still not sure if I like them enough to drop a thousand and a half, but who knows... I have not heard the new editions yet.

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After more than 150 hours burn-in, tweaking the cables and music player, I think I have finally heard what the Stratus is at least capable of. First, I have to say in my system with the Stratus, I was really surprised that I was able to hear every change I tweaked in the chain.  Being a tube amplifier, I thought it cannot be that transparent, and how wrong I was. Once you get the set-up right, the transparency of the entire chain is simply incredible and one can get so close to the performer/performance. Others have commented on the pitch black background of the Stratus and the DP-777 DAC in my chain too shared the same strength. Coupled together, music, notes and instruments just come out of nowhere. I remembered someone using the analogy of “in outer space” and I completely agree.

 

6 months ago, I sold away my main rig of Audio-gd M7, M8, LCD-2, HE-6 and decided to build a new rig around HD800. I thought it was a big risk, as I didn’t enjoy HD800 on M7+M8 much and the only saving grace was its comfort and soundstage. I decided to carry on with my plan anyway, as I have read that HD800 can change with different set-ups. So I got the DAC first and with the DP-777, I managed to get the tonality and presentation on the HD800 to what I want, but there was still missing parts- the sound while organic and pleasing, still lacked the bit of engagement and body (which I attributed to the cold/neutral nature of HD800). That was when I decided to switch from my GS-X MkII order to the Stratus. If GS-X (wire with gain nature) is just going to let me hear what the DAC is and not going to do anything else, I am not sure if it will be able to complete the picture for me. However, that also gave me another thing to worry- Tube DAC + Tube amplifier? Not too sure if that is the best idea. While I found someone (Gavtorn) using the same combo and has gotten great results and that gave me some assurance, I continued to worry at the back of my mind. Until I finally hear the Stratus in my system…

 

I am glad to report that there is no muddiness or tubey syrup in the sound at all with this combo. The music is clearer than I have ever heard and the transparency simply makes everything sound so real. The DP-777 has an uncanny ability to suck me into the music due to its flow and presentation, and now the Stratus does the next level of making me dance with the music. If the DAC is said to “bring life to music”, the Stratus is able to make “the life livelier” with more emotions.  In addition, the Status fills out the flesh/meat to the body with its “richness and juiciness” nicely and now with the HD800, it finally possesses the body and engagement factor that the orthodynamic headphones are so capable of. Together with the other strengths of HD800 (detailed, comfort and soundstage), the Stratus has completed everything I desire in music listening with the HD800.

 

Many have reported that Stratus + HD800 is “special” and it indeed is. However, if you read around in the Head-fi forum, you basically see the word “special” everywhere, so when everything is “special”, nothing seems “special” anymore. In this forum, due to the rampant use of hyperboles (including myself), reviews can get lost in translation due to its subjectivity and adjectives become meaningless.  Every individual set-up is so different with the many components in the chain, so even with the same headphone, DAC and amplifier, one may still hear differently. You really have to hear it with your own components to understand and judge the sound yourself. I am not sure if you can find the same sound Nirvana as I do, but I certainly have. To end off, kudos to Donald for creating such an amazing amplifier and providing excellent service. Last but not least, I will also like to thank all the Stratus owners who have helped me or steered me to my current set-up.


Edited by froger - 2/7/14 at 5:37pm
post #1498 of 3177
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After more than 150 hours burn-in, tweaking the cables and music player, I think I have finally heard what the Stratus is at least capable of. First, I have to say in my system with the Stratus, I was really surprised that I was able to hear every change I tweaked in the chain.  Being a tube amplifier, I thought it cannot be that transparent, and how wrong I was. Once you get the set-up right, the transparency of the entire chain is simply incredible and one can get so close to the performer/performance. Others have commented on the pitch black background of the Stratus and the DP-777 DAC in my chain too shared the same strength. Coupled together, music, notes and instruments just come out of nowhere. I remembered someone using the analogy of “in outer space” and I completely agree.

 

6 months ago, I sold away my main rig of Audio-gd M7, M8, LCD-2, HE-6 and decided to build a new rig around HD800. I thought it was a big risk, as I didn’t enjoy HD800 on M7+M8 much and the only saving grace was its comfort and soundstage. I decided to carry on with my plan anyway, as I have read that HD800 can change with different set-ups. So I got the DAC first and with the DP-777, I managed to get the tonality and presentation on the HD800 to what I want, but there was still missing parts- the sound while organic and pleasing, still lacked the bit of engagement and body (which I attributed to the cold/neutral nature of HD800). That was when I decided to switch from my GS-X MkII order to the Stratus. If GS-X (wire with gain nature) is just going to let me hear what the DAC is and not going to do anything else, I am not sure if it will be able to complete the picture for me. However, that also gave me another thing to worry- Tube DAC + Tube amplifier? Not too sure if that is the best idea. While I found someone (Gravton) using the same combo and has gotten great results and that gave me some assurance, I continued to worry at the back of my mind. Until I finally hear the Stratus in my system…

 

I am glad to report that there is no muddiness or tubey syrup in the sound at all with this combo. The music is clearer than I have ever heard and the transparency simply makes everything sound so real. The DP-777 has an uncanny ability to suck me into the music due to its flow and presentation, and now the Stratus does the next level of making me dance with the music. If the DAC is said to “bring life to music”, the Stratus is able to make “the life livelier” with more emotions.  In addition, the Status fills out the flesh/meat to the body with its “richness and juiciness” nicely and now with the HD800, it finally possesses the body and engagement factor that the orthodynamic headphones are so capable of. Together with the other strengths of HD800 (detailed, comfort and soundstage), the Stratus has completed everything I desire in music listening with the HD800.

 

Many have reported that Stratus + HD800 is “special” and it indeed is. However, if you read around in the Head-fi forum, you basically see the word “special” everywhere, so when everything is “special”, nothing seems “special” anymore. In this forum, due to the rampant use of hyperboles (including myself), reviews can get lost in translation due to its subjectivity and adjectives become meaningless.  Every individual set-up is so different with the many components in the chain, so even with the same headphone, DAC and amplifier, one may still hear differently. You really have to hear it with your own components to understand and judge the sound yourself. I am not sure if you can find the same sound Nirvana as I do, but I certainly have. To end off, kudos to Donald for creating such an amazing amplifier and providing excellent service. Last but not least, I will also like to thank all the Stratus owners who have helped me or steered me to my current set-up.

I cannot agree more! This is what I love about this amp -- the rich tone coupled with transparency. It's great! Glad you are liking the Stratus Froger. BTW, I am really jealous of your DAC. 

 

Yesterday i dropped in 2A3-Z tubes! As I am listening to the most recent Shpongle album I have to say the stage got beautifully holographic and 3d with surprising depth. These tubes are known for their bass and I have to concur here! The bass is the best I have ever head on HD800. I did expect that, but the 3d effect is beyond what I expected from any headphone set up. Its amazing. My Stax bug is officially cured!


Edited by Cante Ista - 2/6/14 at 2:59am
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Yes, I love the bass. The best bass I have heard before this was HE-6 with my Mini Torii amplifier. I thought the bass of my current setup is just as good if not better. I am not sure how it happens, but sometimes I thought I feel the sound waves come directly from the instruments and hit my face instead of my ears. I think it is the illusion created due to fantastic imaging and impactful bass.
post #1500 of 3177
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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post
 

I cannot agree more! This is what I love about this amp -- the rich tone coupled with transparency. It's great! Glad you are liking the Stratus Froger. BTW, I am really jealous of your DAC. 

 

Yesterday i dropped in 2A3-Z tubes! As I am listening to the most recent Shpongle album I have to say the stage got beautifully holographic and 3d with surprising depth. These tubes are known for their bass and I have to concur here! The bass is the best I have ever head on HD800. I did expect that, but the 3d effect is beyond what I expected from any headphone set up. Its amazing. My Stax bug is officially cured!

Are those 2A3-Z the Shugang tubes? I wonder how they sound compared to the Sophia electric 2A3's?

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