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post #1591 of 1858
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Originally Posted by froger View Post


After using my NOS GEC U52 with my Shuguang Natural sound 2A3 for around 100 hours, I have to say I still prefer the EML 5U4G. Although the U52 produces a clearer, more detailed sound and bigger soundstage, the EML is more full sounding and sounds more realistic to my ears. The bass with the EML is also more impactful.

Good to know. I just received a pair of Psvane WR2A3 tubes and, to my ears, they do not sound as wet as the Psvane Treasure MkIIs I had (which I may incorrectly assume sounds much like the Shuguang Natural Sound). The U52 seems to be a good match for the WR2A3s though they need some burn-in. I am curious about the EML 5U4G though (just a matter of $).

post #1592 of 1858
Interesting. I never particularly liked the bass on the eml nor did i ever find it to be realistic. Maybe on stratus it sounds different
post #1593 of 1858

I'm currently runnin Dubstep Girl's U52 Marconi, the pearl Cryo 6N1P and rolling NOS tubes like the Ken-Rads military glass, RCA ribbon tubes, Sylvania straight plates, Sylvania Spring top, Shuguang Natural Sound 2A3C-T etc.......the amp is performing amazingly well.  I have never heard a tube amp so silent in background actually, the POT adjustments on top is nice to tune out stuff on the individual channels.  The unit is built like a bomb proof tank  with amazing craftmanship.  I am still deciding what I like most but I can say I am loving the balance of the Sylvania Spring tops the most since it gives a good tonal balance to the mids/uppers.  The Shuguangs are also really great with very full notes across the spectrum.  This amp seems to respond the best to the HD800 out of my headphone collection thus far....tried listening to the Audeze and Hifiman and though sounded great, the HD800 really is where it's @ with this bad boy.  I gotta take pics and will post more impressions as I listen more.....overwhelming new toy syndrome right now.  Thanks again Donald for the wonderful build!

post #1594 of 1858

A new rack for a cleaner layout, much more wife-friendly :bigsmile_face: ( I have since swapped out the GEC U52 rectifier though)

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can you take more pics with different angles of the stratus with those shuguang tubes? 

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Please.

post #1597 of 1858

nice froger, some quick pics of my setup.....had the black thing going till the Stratus....but I think it's awesome that it stands out hah:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excuse the pics, not exactly that easy to take sharp pics in dim warm light without a tripod.  I'll do my stuff some day with pictures when I have more time.  Back to listening.  :) 


Edited by sensui123 - 3/7/14 at 10:50pm
post #1598 of 1858
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

can you take more pics with different angles of the stratus with those shuguang tubes? 

There you are...

post #1599 of 1858
Hey theres my u52! biggrin.gif
post #1600 of 1858

sweet pics guys thanks for posting!

post #1601 of 1858

what does the emission labs rectifier sound like in the stratus? 

post #1602 of 1858
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

what does the emission labs rectifier sound like in the stratus? 

Compare to stock rectifier, to my ears, it's more dynamic, punchy I think it makes mellow, lush Stratus little more exciting without loosing too much of musicality.

 

BTW has anyone compared EML Meshed plate to Shuguang Treasure or Natural? I think EML Meshed plates have good amount of air, dynamic and separation but they make Stratus sounds little too much of SS amp like for my taste. 


Edited by senson - 3/8/14 at 8:17am
post #1603 of 1858
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

Hey theres my u52! biggrin.gif

 

Indeed, running great thanks for the great buy!

 

The Stratus has been a dream.....just makes me hope I had more time with the thing....lately work and family seems to just take over.....waiting for my play time.  But I am very impressed by the dark background on this type of tube amp....the music does seem to creep to you out of thin air and strikes you hard with the full and richness or the sound signature.  I am still playing with 2A3 combos but so far I am loving Sylvania springtops, Slyvania Flat plates for dynamics with a good balance.  I really like the Shuguang Natural Sound 2A3C-T and the Ken Rad military VT-95 more listening to midrange vocals because u get an extra layer or sweet richness with these it seems.  Fantastic amp.....though the Liquid Glass + HD800 would be hard to beat but this has now become my reference combo for now.  Should be an interesting comparison when the GS-X rolls in.  Happy to be part of the family here and thanks everyone for the great recommendations on the tubes.

post #1604 of 1858

Can anyone here say what the Audio GD M7 is like with the DNA? Are there brightness issues? I wonder would i be better off with the NAD M51 or something. I hope the new Schiit YGGD can compete with these DAC's 

post #1605 of 1858

Just placed my order the Stratus yesterday, according to Donald it should be ready sometime by middle of June. The next 3 months is going to be very exciting while waiting for it!

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