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post #1696 of 1884
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

i know. 

still not placing an order though cause then ill become really impatient.

I hear you...I am pleased with my Auralic Vega and Taurus but have a strong irrational desire to order a Stratus
post #1697 of 1884
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

i know. 

 

still not placing an order though cause then ill become really impatient.

you need to order one and then use one of these¬¬

 

 

And you will have one hell of a surprise in 3 months :D.

post #1698 of 1884
^^^LOL! How many times I would have loved to have one of those...

..... What new amp / headphone?
post #1699 of 1884
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post


I hear you...I am pleased with my Auralic Vega and Taurus but have a strong irrational desire to order a Stratus

 

There is nothing irrational about wanting a Stratus :)

post #1700 of 1884
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Originally Posted by santacore View Post
 


 Great to hear. I love my WyWire's and was impressed by these at the latest L.A. meet. I thought about grabbing 1 for my HD800's and my LCD-3's.

 

Good call either way!

post #1701 of 1884

Nothing irrational at all. I have both and love both. Different perspectives, but both produce sweet music in their own unique way. It depends on my mood, headphone, and sometimes even then weather as to which one I flip on. Life is good....

post #1702 of 1884

Thanks for all the comments!

 

@magiccabbage
I ordered my Stratus with the Sophia Princesses in place of the Shuguangs, so I don't know what the amp sounds like in stock configuration. With regard to the stock rectifier and input/driver, I'll definitely write about them in my future post about my tube rolling experience.

 

The interconnect is made by Einstein; they don't make that exact cable anymore.

 

@third_eye
Really looking forward to your HD 800 aftermarket cable review! I'm currently using a single-ended Cardas Clear, which I love, but I'm considering the possibility of switching to a balanced cable.

post #1703 of 1884

There's a used Stratus on the Amps For Sale forum on Head-Fi right now. Has been listed for a little while.

post #1704 of 1884
Not much in the way of a deal for a used unit with a cosmetic flaw
post #1705 of 1884
To be fair, it is a pretty new unit, which should be only about 2 months' old and it is really just a minor physical flaw. For anyone who doesn't like to wait, this is almost as good as it gets as there are not that many units around yet with the upgraded choke filtered filament supply. I am not parting mine for sure smily_headphones1.gif
post #1706 of 1884
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Originally Posted by froger View Post

To be fair, it is a pretty new unit, which should be only about 2 months' old and it is really just a minor physical flaw. For anyone who doesn't like to wait, this is almost as good as it gets as there are not that many units around yet with the upgraded choke filtered filament supply. I am not parting mine for sure smily_headphones1.gif

Have you got any additional information on the choke and what it does exactly in the design? 

post #1707 of 1884
I don't think I can describe it any better than fejnomit on the new choke, so I shall quote fejnomit on his review again... Enjoy...
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Originally Posted by fejnomit View Post

Okay, so I promised I would post some listening impressions about my time with both the original Stratus and the newly upgraded Stratus in my studio.  This new Stratus is, of course, now stock for all new buyers - as of when exactly, I don't know.  But to give away the punch line of my small review - you are the lucky ones.  Contact Donald if you don't have the new chokes/power transformer and please seriously consider the upgrade.  Here is why.  Just when I thought I was really seeing into the music - and I don't mean this lightly - this is the ultimate goal for me of musical reproduction - seeing energy as it is transferred from an instrument to my ear drum - along comes a small enhancement like the one Donald's restless brain has come up with - and it goes further.  I don't mean it's a  different amp.  I mean that just when I thought I had arrived a level of penetration into the living details of my music, Donald has upped the score.  With the new chokes and power transformer in place, the background dropped away to the point where I can no longer perceive it, and I found myself free-falling into a kind of space I had never really traveled into before.  The noise floor dropped, the blacks got inkier, and the transients began exploding from a kind of depth that can only be associated with what astronauts must feel when they finally escape the earth's atmosphere and are thrust into the true deep blackness of space.  The rush of notes, their crackling, scintillating emergence from an otherworldly darkness - these are my primary impressions.  And since we are talking about an amp that already provided plenty of such moments, I am struggling to find words that convey that extra level of involvement in the musical event.  The wet breath traveling inside a saxophone, the shifting of a violinist in his chair slightly altering the instrument's relation to the mic, the thwack of a drumstick against the metal edge of a drum in a raucous concert hall, the shimmering crash of a cymbal as it goes from its first, shattering cut into the sound-scape, then gradually trails off into a distant echo of oscillating metal -- everything is just a little bit more alive and more real than it was.  And this goes for any tubes and any headphones I tried.  It is in the amp.  And since I know these transients and this depth are what Donald was trying to achieve, then I can only say hats off to him for a job well done.  And despite the retrofit costs, I urge him to keep refining and perfecting an already unreal amp.  We are lucky to be around a soundsmith who keeps digging, keeps searching.  I was lucky enough to have both an original and a new Stratus on my desk for a while but I realize many of you will not be able to do this, so I wanted to post this and encourage you to think about the upgrade.  This is, at least, what it did for me. 
post #1708 of 1884
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Originally Posted by froger View Post

I don't think I can describe it any better than fejnomit on the new choke, so I shall quote fejnomit on his review again... Enjoy...

wow

post #1709 of 1884
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Not much in the way of a deal for a used unit with a cosmetic flaw

+1

post #1710 of 1884

I've installed some new tubes (Sophia Princess 2A3 Mesh Plate, EML 5U4G, Pearl Reflektor 6N1P-EV "Gold Grade") in my Stratus about a week ago.

 

Anyway, I use my headphones to listen to more than just (gasp!) high definition audio.  I listen to normal MP3's, watch movies and yes, sometimes even YouTube.  Deal with it :bigsmile_face:.

 

I watched The Matix (1999) on Bluray again for the very time with the Stratus.  If you haven't seen the movie...  Well...  You should probably fix that.  I wasn't planning on watching the whole thing, just key scenes.  A little over two hours later and I've been though the whole film and I am just blown away by the detail in the audio on this movie.  If you really take the time to listen the audio in this movie is incredible.

 

The scene where Neo and Trinity are entering the military building there is a lot of shoot along with music in thr background and yet you can still pick out every shell hitting the ground, every foot step.  Not speck of sound is lost.  There is a part where Trinity takes a shot gun away from a guard and starts shooting with it.  The shells (much softer than the metal jackets of other bullets) hit the floor off camera but come though clear as day with and with aplomb.

 

The whole experience was so involving; really captivating.

 

We most often talk about music, but this blue behemoth is not a one trick pony.

 

I just wanted to gush a little more over this great amp.  We are a lucky group.

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