Yesterday was spent with EML 2A3-meshplates, EML 5U4G mesh and the stock 6N1P. And I will be frank with you, sacrilegious as it may sound, I was about to jump off the Audez'e band-wagon. Until now. I was never fully satisfied with my LCD-2s so I eagerly bought a pair of LCD-3s hoping for the horizon to broaden and the wax to wane, only to discover that same "humidity" that coated the previous iteration. "Humidity" was the best word I could come up with since it's like a veil, to be sure, but not exactly a textile one, to my ears; it has a somewhat thick, summer morning aspect to it, covering everything in the sonic landscape, making edges less distinct, blanketing the sound with pre-storm silence.
This, I had to assume, was part of the Audez'e house sound. T-1s, HD800s do not do this, at least not on my amps. They both have their own frequency signature but they are not humid, not with my WA-6SE (with the magical EML 274B mesh) and my Wright 215i (with NOS Siemens EL84s); with these, they both reach for the stars. The D7000s do not do this either. They are tough to find the right amp for but my SAA-modded Phonitor has allowed them to sprout wings. The closest I came to being able to see through to the music of the LCD-3s has been using the ECC35 driver with KR PX4s in the ECBA. The extra oomph of the 6SL7 variant clears a lot of the humidity away - for the LCD-3s as well as for the HE-6s and K1000s...
Until now. The the Stratus has brought out THE BEST I have ever heard from the LCD-2s and 3s, the K1000s and the HE6s -- AS WELL AS the T-1s and HD800s, which is where the ECBA cannot compete - at least at early blush. The dynamic punch of the Stratus is like a hot desert wind at sunrise, drying the dew upon contact. The deep extended bass actually shakes my body and the sparkly treble bites into me, creating a kind of sonic harmony and rightness I have been in search of since I started this, ahem, hobby, a while ago.
Well done, Donald!