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post #31 of 313

It seems like the best amps to drive the top hps are tube.

post #32 of 313
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It seems like the best amps to drive the top hps are tube.

 

I assume you mean the 'stat amps ?

post #33 of 313

LL, KGSS...Who needs tubes? :D

 

Then you've got the LF (Hybrid), Dark Star (SS), BHA-1 (SS), B22 (SS), etc.

 

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I assume you mean the 'stat amps ?

post #34 of 313
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I assume you mean the 'stat amps ?

 

Mostly but also the HD800, even the LCDs on hybrid.

I prefer tubes too on my HE6.

 

This might be OT but to attain nirvana, one has to match their

hp with a good amp.

 

My main problem with tube amps are the tubes.

The best sounding ones are the old ones, even used they sound

better over most of the reissues from Russia and China.

post #35 of 313

i thought the hd558 would be my nirvana, boy i was wrong, 1 month into them i can already see a hd650 coming up in the future + an amp to go along with them (or LCD2? i don't know) *wallet cries*

post #36 of 313
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post

 

Mostly but also the HD800, even the LCDs on hybrid.

I prefer tubes too on my HE6.

 

This might be OT but to attain nirvana, one has to match their

hp with a good amp.

 

My main problem with tube amps are the tubes.

The best sounding ones are the old ones, even used they sound

better over most of the reissues from Russia and China.

 

I suspect that the SET Mafia would have something unpleasant to say about hybrid amps. wink.gif

post #37 of 313
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post

Mostly but also the HD800, even the LCDs on hybrid.
I prefer tubes too on my HE6.

This might be OT but to attain nirvana, one has to match their
hp with a good amp.

My main problem with tube amps are the tubes.
The best sounding ones are the old ones, even used they sound
better over most of the reissues from Russia and China

The problem with pure SS, on the other hand, is that it is either hit or miss, and if it is a miss, there is no other way than selling the amp or changing headphones. The difference may be more subtle with headphones, but the difference tubes can make on a speaker system is so huge that with the right tubes you can hear drastic improvement to the point that You almost feel that you are using a different amp. With hybrid headphone amps like the LF, the difference may be smaller, but still very audible. For example, many LF owners reported that switching to a set of Siemens tubes bring considerable improvement to the LF, so is my experience with the Telefunken CCa's, while retaining that tight SS sound with great dynamics.
post #38 of 313

You don't even have to change your hp. I got a new old used tube amp and listening to the same tracks, I'm hearing things I didn't notice before. Listening to U2's cover of Everlasting Love, the guitar strumming in the beginning should not sound thin. In Nick Lowe's Cruel To Be Kind, towards the end, the drummer hits the cymbal once every time, but there were two instances where he hits it twice in a row then returns to once again.

post #39 of 313
Sadly no. I would like to find (and afford) an OTL speaker amp that could drive the HE-6. I'm afraid to look......redface.gif

But I would agree that the difference between a good sub $500 headphone on a $1k amp and the current statement of reference isn't too far off. But off it is........very_evil_smiley.gif
post #40 of 313

Speaking of tube amps, one common criticism is that they have a reputation for adding euphonic distortion. Some may find it pleasing, but it's still distortion.

 

Can a well-designed tube amp negate that?

post #41 of 313
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Sadly no. I would like to find (and afford) an OTL speaker amp that could drive the HE-6. I'm afraid to look......redface.gif
But I would agree that the difference between a good sub $500 headphone on a $1k amp and the current statement of reference isn't too far off. But off it is........very_evil_smiley.gif

 

I was looking at that cheapest Atmasphere amp for a bit, i think it would probably do a pretty stellar job of it

post #42 of 313

I can't either too, though I would like to try David Berning's ZOTL (zero-hysteresis output transformer less) amps. smile.gif

post #43 of 313
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Speaking of tube amps, one common criticism is that they have a reputation for adding euphonic distortion. Some may find it pleasing, but it's still distortion.

 

Can a well-designed tube amp negate that?

 

Honestly, I have not heard of euphonic distortion. But then how does one know which is right, SS or tube? One has to hear the original before saying that that reproduction adds a euphonic distortion, that one does not.

post #44 of 313
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Speaking of tube amps, one common criticism is that they have a reputation for adding euphonic distortion. Some may find it pleasing, but it's still distortion.

Can a well-designed tube amp negate that?
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All the music prior to the 80s were most likely made on tube gear. Guitar amps are tube.
post #45 of 313

And with tube microphones.

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