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post #76 of 121
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Finally completed my deal for the Apex Peak so now the question is... which arrives first :p

 

Anyone know a good 3rd option for the Peak other than the Shuguang Treasure and Tung-Sol?  Be specific, Sylvania is pretty broad to a tube noob like me :D

 

The Sylvania 1950s 6SN7GT "Bad Boy" (or 1940s military 6SN7W if you can find it) is my favourite, but other good ones include the Shuguang Treasure CV181-Z, Russian 6SN7GT / 6H8C and Sophia Electric 6SN7.

 

The stock Tung-Sol is garbage, and some lower end Sylvanias are nothing special either.

post #77 of 121
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Really don't care if podcasts and game trailers come across calibrated ;)  My speakers are really only for casual media listening.  At $500 w/ built in amps a pair they aren't desktop computer speakers but they aren't worth spending $400 to correct them either.  If I could go again I'd probably get the 501A or more likely the AudioEngine 5.

 

these Emotivas might be worth a look: http://www.head-fi.org/t/589057/emotiva-pro-airmotiv4-loudspeakers-review.

post #78 of 121
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Emotivas have the same problem of needing a preamp.  The volume is up front but independent so while better, not as ideal.  But really it costs less to get a preamp than to sell my monitors and replace them ;)  But in a decade when the kids have their own PC and need speakers... yay for me :D

 

Thanks for 6SN7 options.  Time to hit up eBay once I get shipping confirmation.

post #79 of 121
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these Emotivas might be worth a look: http://www.head-fi.org/t/589057/emotiva-pro-airmotiv4-loudspeakers-review.

 

daveDerek,

 

I was thinking about using my Burson 160D as the preamp for these speakers.  What preamp have you heard them with?

post #80 of 121
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I miss my Burson for pre-amp duties :(  

post #81 of 121
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I miss my Burson for pre-amp duties :(  

 

Solude,

 

When your Burson was doing it's preamp duties - did you enjoy it much / did it lack in any ways?

post #82 of 121
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In the end I dropped it because the amp was grainy in comparison to the GS-1 and because it switches based on the lack of headphones, when the contacts got dirty switching was erratic.  Basically had to clean the headphone jack pins every 6 months or so.  Not a huge deal but a manual switch would be better.

post #83 of 121

I'm very interested in hearing Solude's thoughts on the LCD-3 vs. HD-800 comparison.  I own both (I bought the HD-800s not long after they came out, and won the LCD-3s in the raffle at the Village Recorders meet in April).  The rest of my system consists of a MacBook Pro running iTunes and Amarra, with both CD-res and higher-res AIFF and ALAC files, an Ayre QB-9, and a Luxman P-200.  I don't want to risk influencing him, so I'll shut up for now and check back later.
 

post #84 of 121
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I'm very interested in hearing Solude's thoughts on the LCD-3 vs. HD-800 comparison.  I own both (I bought the HD-800s not long after they came out, and won the LCD-3s in the raffle at the Village Recorders meet in April).  The rest of my system consists of a MacBook Pro running iTunes and Amarra, with both CD-res and higher-res AIFF and ALAC files, an Ayre QB-9, and a Luxman P-200.  I don't want to risk influencing him, so I'll shut up for now and check back later.

 

simple solution, post your thoughts but he can ignore them until after he's finished his independent assessment. smily_headphones1.gif

post #85 of 121
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Post away.  They won't change what I hear.  If I cared what other people thought I'd still have the Cavalli LF but I don't :p

 

I've owned the HD800 before but it was years ago and with a different DAC.  The delay in shipping also means I'll likely have both the B22 and Peak to compare them on.  Unfortunately I only have the balanced Q for the Senn so it'll use its stock cable on the Peak.  Or they'll sound fantastic on the B22 and Steve will induct me into the Q Hall of Fame for buying my 4th Q /facepalm

 

In other news Canada Post finally noticed that maybe my package is in the wrong province and has turned them around.  Expected to arrive tomorrow now.  I'll likely post quick impressions that night but run the A/B sometime in the weekend after they've had some burn in time.

post #86 of 121
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If I cared what other people thought I'd still have the Cavalli LF but I don't :p

  

 

Solude,

 

Help me remember.  didn't the Woo A22 beat out the LF in your comparisons?

post #87 of 121

Coincidentally enough, I'll also be comparing a HD800 to an LCD3 in the coming weeks. I have the LCD3 now and the HD800 is coming my way via a trade here in the forums (I owned one last fall so I have some idea what to expect) Although I don't yet have a powerful amp to drive them as Solude does (I'm using an Amphora now, but a used Lyr is in the mail).

post #88 of 121
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The WA22 walked all over the LF for me.  Others have had better luck but the one I had was dry, not terribly focused or resolving and just overall passive sounding.  Of the 5? amps compared it was the worst and most expensive.  And the case work was just brutal not to mention ugle as sin.  So um ya not a fan :D

 

The WA22 and B22 were pretty similar and share the same fault... they're both a little rounded on edge and tilted towards the bottom giving them both a dark character in comparison to neutral or even natural.  But in this case the fault isn't a show stopper and the asking price is fair given the other qualities and case work.

 

I'm just hoping the Peak isn't also under built because I'm selling my drum kit and won't need another bell.  Inside joke that might make sense if you search long enough :D

post #89 of 121

Dark is not a word I would associate with the B22.

post #90 of 121
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I've seen some call it bright but I've had two, single ended and balanced, built by different gents and they were both smooth, rounded and compared to the other amps in house dark.  But its relative.  And thats dark as in bass tilted, not dark as in hard to make things out.

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