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post #1666 of 1995

Thinking about my prior post on Psvane 2A3s - If anyone has EML mesh plates and the Shuguang Natural Sound tubes I would be curious to hear how they compare?

post #1667 of 1995
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Originally Posted by Bigsecret View Post
 

Thinking about my prior post on Psvane 2A3s - If anyone has EML mesh plates and the Shuguang Natural Sound tubes I would be curious to hear how they compare?

Have you tried Sophia princess 2A3 as well ?

 

Maybe there not so good with LCD3. You don't use hd800 from your profile i think. 


Edited by magiccabbage - 4/12/14 at 11:55am
post #1668 of 1995
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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post
 

very nice shots Paul! I am really curious about the combo with the Lampi. I hope one day I have the opportunity to hear that it. Normally I would not be intrigued by a tube dac and tube amp combo but you and Frogger got me curious. Hope you can find some time to post more in depth impressions. 

 

Thanks.

 

My wife had to work today so I've had about 6 hours of solid listening time with the Stratus.  All I can say is wow.  This is really a helluva an amp.  The tubes have changed quite a bit and really smoothed out.  I can’t imagine it getting much better and I’m still running the stock tubes and the HD800’s with the stock cable, no power conditioner, etc.

 

The Lampi is an amazing DAC, but it very specific in its design.  It’s extraordinarily musical.  I’m sure if one where looking in this price category you could find something that was technically better but only by a small margin because, after all, it’s still a high-end piece of gear and very few sacrifices have to be made.  Lampizator makes DAC’s that are about enjoying music, not analyzing it.  Lukasz was very deliberate in the design of his DAC’s and that could have easily been disastrous.  Instead, it’s a sonic work of art.

 

I find compared to my other sources the Lampizator is obviously different (surprisingly).  It’s meatier and more fluid.  Sounds have a very solid tangible presence.  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it make as much of a difference as it does.

 

The combo of the two make the HD800’s a *little* forgiving which I really like because I have some mediocre (I guess ‘vintage’ is a more accurate term) recordings.  Having said that, I don’t feel that anything is lost somehow; the details are marvelous.  It walks a remarkably fine line.  And the tonality of the system…  Oh me oh my.

 

I can’t really speculate too much on the combo of a tube DAC + tube Amp.  All I can say is that it works remarkably well with the HD800’s. 

 

But I think the real strength of it all is the texture.  You can feel everything.  The air moving around guitar strings, the hammers hitting piano strings and most importantly the vocals…  It’s frightening realistic.

 

I’m sorry if I’m not more articulate in my descriptions but I’m not really an audiophile so some of the terms and their nuances may be lost on me.  I love music and listen for enjoyment.  I love to put my feet up in the evening with a glass of wine or scotch, turn down the lights and just get lost.  This setup sucks me in and I forget about the technicalities.  I find glaring issues like bloated bass or sibilance or a lack of liveliness are distracting and take away from my listening enjoyment.

 

To me, this setup has so little wrong that you can forget about what’s right and just enjoy.

 


Edited by bigfatpaulie - 4/12/14 at 3:04pm
post #1669 of 1995
Hey Paul, nice impressions, I think you are going to enjoy the music even more when you put in your Sophia Princess 2A3s and EML 5U4G. So far I like this combi of tubes together with the Pearl gold grade 6N1P the most in my system, very engaging and realistic. Indeed, I agree with you that the Stratus together with a nice tube dac, is one set-up which you can forget about analyzing the technicalities and just enjoy your music. Even with a pair of analytical headphone like HD800, you can get suck into the music so easily.
post #1670 of 1995
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Originally Posted by bigfatpaulie View Post
 

 

 

 

To me, this setup has so little wrong that you can forget about what’s right and just enjoy.

 

I like that - great impressions  :beerchug:

post #1671 of 1995

You aren't the only one that has had this experience.

post #1672 of 1995

I've been recently auditioning several balanced HD800 cables with my Stratus as part of an upcoming review for @www.audio360.org and have been really surprised by the level of improvement in focus, clarity, dynamics, etc.. with some of these cables. I'm normally not a big believer in cables in general but this was not subtle for me. YMMV.

post #1673 of 1995
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post
 

I've been recently auditioning several balanced HD800 cables with my Stratus as part of an upcoming review for @www.audio360.org and have been really surprised by the level of improvement in focus, clarity, dynamics, etc.. with some of these cables. I'm normally not a big believer in cables in general but this was not subtle for me. YMMV.


can you post your impressions here? Thanks!

post #1674 of 1995

Hi All,

 

I'm selling my backup pair of Sophia Princess 2A3'a - the details are in the F/S section if anyone is interested in trying them out.  I love these tubes in the Stratus and the only reason I'm selling them is that I have moved the amp on.  They have had around 6 months of light use and are in perfect condition.

 

Cheers,

 

gav.

post #1675 of 1995
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Originally Posted by gavtorn View Post
 

Hi All,

 

I'm selling my backup pair of Sophia Princess 2A3'a - the details are in the F/S section if anyone is interested in trying them out.  I love these tubes in the Stratus and the only reason I'm selling them is that I have moved the amp on.  They have had around 6 months of light use and are in perfect condition.

 

Cheers,

 

gav.

Nice price...If only you advertised earlier... I just got my set two weeks ago. Nice tubes for the Stratus, realistic and well extended in the bass and the high. 

post #1676 of 1995
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Originally Posted by froger View Post
 

Nice price...If only you advertised earlier... I just got my set two weeks ago. Nice tubes for the Stratus, realistic and well extended in the bass and the high. 

Thanks Froger :)  they seem to be a solid match with both the LCD's and the HD800.

post #1677 of 1995
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Originally Posted by gavtorn View Post
 

Hi All,

 

I'm selling my backup pair of Sophia Princess 2A3'a - the details are in the F/S section if anyone is interested in trying them out.  I love these tubes in the Stratus and the only reason I'm selling them is that I have moved the amp on.  They have had around 6 months of light use and are in perfect condition.

 

Cheers,

 

gav.

what do you mean by "moved the amp on"? Sold or different tubes? 

post #1678 of 1995
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

what do you mean by "moved the amp on"? Sold or different tubes? 

I sold my Stratus.

post #1679 of 1995
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Originally Posted by gavtorn View Post

I sold my Stratus.

 



What sound are you looking for? What were you missing in the Stratus?
post #1680 of 1995
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Originally Posted by gavtorn View Post
 

I sold my Stratus.

 



What sound are you looking for? What were you missing in the Stratus?

 

It was just a freak chance.  The AMR DP-777 DAC has a Pre amp built in and a guy on another forum recommended using the DAC output's to run the headphones directly.  If he hadn't of told me to try this I never would have thought of it on my own.

 

I bought some cheap adapters to convert the RCA cables to a headphone socket to test it out.  It seemed to work well so I had a cable made up by Trevor at Norne Audio (ex Norse Audio) to run the LCD-3's directly from the balanced output on my DAC.

 

Without the amp, the LCD-3's sound a bit leaner and quicker, more open and with better lef to right imaging - but they loose a bit of "3D" in the soundstage depth.  I am right on the top of the volume dial however, ok with modern music (with dynamic range compression), but only just enough loudness for dynamic classical recordings.

 

I also tried running a friends HD800 and the UM Miracles directly from the output of the AMR, however neither matched very well - both too aggressive in the upper mid / treble region for my taste and with the miracles missing a lot of bass.  I guess as the LCD-3's are a darker more laid-back headphone the extra treble and midrange energy has good synergy.

 

The Stratus is a great amp.  I was tempted to keep it and get some HD800's just for classical as the Stratus - AMR - HD800 - Classical music combo is amazing, but I'm still happy with the Audeze cans.

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