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just got my pan am about two months ago.  really enjoy the sound, but occasionally the usb will produce a really bad static, with the only solution being restarting my MacBook Pro.  Anyone else having issues like this?  it has happened with multiple tubes, so it is not just tube noise.  much too loud to be mistaken for that anyways.

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Originally Posted by nicdub View Post
 

just got my pan am about two months ago.  really enjoy the sound, but occasionally the usb will produce a really bad static, with the only solution being restarting my MacBook Pro.  Anyone else having issues like this?  it has happened with multiple tubes, so it is not just tube noise.  much too loud to be mistaken for that anyways.

Never had that happened on my Mac Mini. What other devices do you have on USB bus?

post #543 of 1114
The only things plugged into my computer are the pan am and an external hard drive.
post #544 of 1114
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Originally Posted by nicdub View Post
 

just got my pan am about two months ago.  really enjoy the sound, but occasionally the usb will produce a really bad static, with the only solution being restarting my MacBook Pro.  Anyone else having issues like this?  it has happened with multiple tubes, so it is not just tube noise.  much too loud to be mistaken for that anyways.

Do you have the tube caps over the tubes? For my setup--sensitive IEMs--the tube caps are essential for limiting interference. I've added an iFi iPower unit as well, and while I get very little interference now, I do still occasionally have to reposition the PanAm due to some sort of interference. Another thing that helps is putting the PanAm on a cloth or some sort of soft surface; the tubes picks up resonances from anything in contact with the unit. 

post #545 of 1114
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Originally Posted by GarySaville View Post
 

Do you have the tube caps over the tubes? For my setup--sensitive IEMs--the tube caps are essential for limiting interference. I've added an iFi iPower unit as well, and while I get very little interference now, I do still occasionally have to reposition the PanAm due to some sort of interference. Another thing that helps is putting the PanAm on a cloth or some sort of soft surface; the tubes picks up resonances from anything in contact with the unit. 

yep, have the caps on.  the last time it happened, i used the midi on the macbook to switch the output to the computer speakers to listen to something without using the headphones.  when i switched it back to the pan am, the static was overwhelming.  then i restarted my computer and the static was gone.  weird.

post #546 of 1114
I think with the caps tubes are getting hotter and this they distort sound more. I've noticed that on Mullards.
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Originally Posted by nicdub View Post
 

yep, have the caps on.  the last time it happened, i used the midi on the macbook to switch the output to the computer speakers to listen to something without using the headphones.  when i switched it back to the pan am, the static was overwhelming.  then i restarted my computer and the static was gone.  weird.

 

Slight buzzing sound? Starts off like a tiiiiiny nnnzzzzzzttttt, then progresses and gets louder? Had that before.

 

If yes, that could mean: 

 

a.) There are too many programs running at the same time

b.) You are using the ALO Pan Am Cable (I find I hear occasional static when I use this on a MAC, but not on Windows. Weird, I know.)

c.) Your MAC just came out of sleep mode

 

In which case:

 

a.) More RAM or run less apps concurrently

b.) Use a different USB Cable. 

b.) Just restart when this happens. 

 

YMMV. 

Just my 2-cents. 

Etc., etc.

 

:beerchug:

post #548 of 1114
Sylvania arrived! Wow! What the sound!






I made "wow!" when I got Mullards. But now I'm saying "wow!" again! Sylvania sounds not from this world. Will I ever "wow!" again?

Quick comparison:
Stock tubes:
- more energy efficient (day)
- sound doesn't get distorted at higher volumes
- they lack power
- bass is weak
- mids are good, but not astonishing

Mullards:
- consume more power (6-7 hours)
- sound gets distorted easily at higher volumes (especially at low end)
- they have plenty of power
- bass is powerful (literally you need to be careful, at loud volumes high pressure of bass at very low end may cause pain)
- mids are wide open, i.e. rock music and vocals shine like super nova

Sylvania:
- consume enormous amount of power (after 3 hours Passport was gone) (*)
- haven't heard any distortion so far - probably because they consume enormous amount of power
- bass goes very low and it's very tight and very powerful
- mids are perfect, i.e. not as exaggerated as on Mullards, but they reveal subtle details of the music
- now I know the reason why Gateway exists... biggrin.gif

Remember, YMMV smily_headphones1.gif

(*) Sylvania might need a bit of burn-in to become more efficient. On the second day I was able to run from Passport for 6-7 hours at 1/3 volume with them.
Edited by koolas - 4/8/14 at 10:33am
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Nice! Where did you buy from?
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Nice! Where did you buy from?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171040444372?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
post #551 of 1114

Thanks for that. Now I just need a pair of headphones to use them...I miss my HE-500s.
But I'm amazed to read they killed the passport in 3 hours!
post #552 of 1114
I ran on Sylvania today for 6-7 hours and Passport still isn't empty. Might be that yesterday it was first time these tubes were used since they left factory in 1942, and little burn-in was required. I was running at 1/3 volume though. I also noticed little bit more of high treble (>10k), and maybe small distortion in that spectrum range when played at really loud (unhealthy) volume.

Bottom line is I do love Sylvania with Trance music, and I am not planning to switch them back with Mulalrds (at least not very often), but if I was big fan of Metal I would probably stay with Mullards. Classical music (e.g. Sibelius Violin Concerto) sounds really superb. The detail of violin makes that feel of presence. It's a brilliant tube. A must have IMHO.
post #553 of 1114
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Originally Posted by nicdub View Post
 

just got my pan am about two months ago.  really enjoy the sound, but occasionally the usb will produce a really bad static, with the only solution being restarting my MacBook Pro.  Anyone else having issues like this?  it has happened with multiple tubes, so it is not just tube noise.  much too loud to be mistaken for that anyways.

 

 

 

I have noticed this with my 2011 MPB with the regular platter HDD. Then I switched over to the 2013 MBP with SSD and the noise was gone, or so I though....Then I started noticing some static again, thinking, the new MBP's have no moving parts, no spinning hard drives. There shouldn't be any noise. Believe it or not, the tubes are so sensitive, it can detect the electrical current running through the laptop. touch one of the tubes, and I swear, I can hear the static following the sound of my heartbeat. (Or probably because my pulse makes my finger twitch)

 

 

Anyways, the tube caps help reduce interference and static. Try and move the PanAm away from any electrical, mechanical or moving objects. and I agree with GarySaville, a soft cloth or a piece of foam under the PanAm can help isolate the tubes from any vibrations.

 

....Side note, this is my first post since 2013. :) Happy new year guys, its good to be back. :)

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Originally Posted by Annafrancesca View Post



I have noticed this with my 2011 MPB with the regular platter HDD. Then I switched over to the 2013 MBP with SSD and the noise was gone, or so I though....Then I started noticing some static again, thinking, the new MBP's have no moving parts, no spinning hard drives. There shouldn't be any noise. Believe it or not, the tubes are so sensitive, it can detect the electrical current running through the laptop. touch one of the tubes, and I swear, I can hear the static following the sound of my heartbeat. (Or probably because my pulse makes my finger twitch)


Anyways, the tube caps help reduce interference and static. Try and move the PanAm away from any electrical, mechanical or moving objects. and I agree with GarySaville, a soft cloth or a piece of foam under the PanAm can help isolate the tubes from any vibrations.

....Side note, this is my first post since 2013. smily_headphones1.gif Happy new year guys, its good to be back. smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks for the response. I've tried to replicate the issue with both my 2009 MacBook Pro and a 2013 MacBook Air, but haven't been able. Perhaps it was just a ghost in the machine.
post #555 of 1114

Anyone here is using clas db/theorems with pan am? :)

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