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Hey, this guy is pretty entertaining...

 

 

That was a bit of fun.

 

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Woo hoo!  You're back from a break!  I have yet to experience dreamy gear.  I think that, with some luck, I might have some yummy gear later this year.  But dreamy will take a while.

 

 

I don't even know Megacolon.  Where is that from?

 

I think Megacolon is on their first album #1. It's awful.

 

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Hey, to save myself from reading the ~4k posts since I last was in this thread, I'll just ask: what is everyone listening to at the moment? One of my favorite blogs to dig from has gone belly up, so I'm needing some fresh, funky tunes. Any recommendations? :)

 

I've been listening to this fun mashup album lately: http://illegal-art.net/allday/
 
Can the theme for the next Mixtape be texture or layering? :3
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James: I doubt that you can. It is all going to depend on the design of an amp and what it is used with.

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James: I doubt that you can. It is all going to depend on the design of an amp and what it is used with.

Currawong makes a good point. I really feel that (I suppose contrary to a lot of thought here) most of the cheaper tube amps problems come from inferior parts, not so much inferior design. Will a SS amp perform cleaner in most aspects at the lower side of the market? Probably. But if someone is looking low into the market like that, getting a Balancing Act or something of the sort is probably out of the question. With a little modding, I've found most <$200 tube amps (hybrids for the most part) to sound quite nice with some simple cap replacing, and a better quality tube. OTL circuits at this price such as the Earmax clone I haven't heard, so I can't comment there.

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Considering I might be in the market for a good tube amp I'm sort of wondering myself whats a good entry level price point. A friend said that if I wanted to get a good tube amp to fix what was wrong with my Q701 I'd probably be looking at around a grand.


Welcome back Mossy. We missed you.


Hey guys Pantera really sounds sweet on the 4A's. Dimebag Darrell never sounded better


Edited by DigitalFreak - 3/30/13 at 8:04pm
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Jesus. $1000 amp to "fix" the Q-701? Money would be better spent on some phones that cater to your preferences methinks
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Jesus. $1000 amp to "fix" the Q-701? Money would be better spent on some phones that cater to your preferences methinks


That's what I'm starting to think myself. Problem is I don't want to give up on the Q can without a fight lol. Worst comes to worst I'm going to hire a mad modder to work his/her magic with them. These headphones love em or hate em do to many things right for me to just give up on them.


Edited by DigitalFreak - 3/30/13 at 9:10pm
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They rose the price for customs by 30 dollars frown.gif

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Holy crap, I just started listening to Angel by Massive Attack. The rig setup is Electra as amp with Raven pitching in as DAC. Both gears are of coarse connected with balanced interconnect. I've never heard this song with such clean bass before. Treble is smooth but sparkly and vocals is sounding quite natural. I'm impressed, the 4A seems to really kick butt with the Mezzanine album. I think it's safe to say my 4A's have started to really open up for me and I'm starting to zero in on their standout strengths.

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Holy crap, I just started listening to Angel by Massive Attack. The rig setup is Electra as amp with Raven pitching in as DAC. Both gears are of coarse connected with balanced interconnect. I've never heard this song with such clean bass before. Treble is smooth but sparkly and vocals is sounding quite natural. I'm impressed, the 4A seems to really kick butt with the Mezzanine album. I think it's safe to say my 4A's have started to really open up for me and I'm starting to zero in on their standout strengths.

I LOVE that moment. I remember when that happened with the SM3's for me, I was like "seriously, what did I just pay for?"

 

 

Until I listened to the Gayngs album. Just wow.

 

Also, its good to be back :) hopefully I can keep up, after I get my customs done and my DAP issue situated, I think I'll be done for a while. Though I AM looking at getting the M80's again :P

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James: I doubt that you can. It is all going to depend on the design of an amp and what it is used with.

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Currawong makes a good point. I really feel that (I suppose contrary to a lot of thought here) most of the cheaper tube amps problems come from inferior parts, not so much inferior design. Will a SS amp perform cleaner in most aspects at the lower side of the market? Probably. But if someone is looking low into the market like that, getting a Balancing Act or something of the sort is probably out of the question. With a little modding, I've found most <$200 tube amps (hybrids for the most part) to sound quite nice with some simple cap replacing, and a better quality tube. OTL circuits at this price such as the Earmax clone I haven't heard, so I can't comment there.

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Considering I might be in the market for a good tube amp I'm sort of wondering myself whats a good entry level price point.

 

Hmm, actually I wasn't looking for a clean performing entry level tube amp, lol. All I wanted to know (being a noob to tubes), since the claim has been made that (some) tubes outperform solid state in linearity, and ardgedee added that transistors have better cost/performance in the lower realm, how much would I have to spend to get a tube amp that actually outperforms all similarly priced ss amps in linearity. Any figure is fine with me, I'm just trying to get a feel for it.

 

Or, if that's easier to answer: please name a specific tube amp of any price point that outperforms all similarly priced ss amps in linearity and distortion. Thanks.

 

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They rose the price for customs by 30 dollars frown.gif

 

Customs are overrated anyway. wink.gif

 

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Customs are overrated anyway. wink.gif

 

Ohh well I will still get them. Just decided to whine here, thats all biggrin.gif

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Wonderful, I'm currently typing this out on my phone under candlelight. The freaking power grid just quit. Looking out the window the whole block as far as I can see is one big blackout. I wonder what went wrong to cause the power to fail? I hope they get the power back on before the house becomes a meat locker.
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Wonderful, I'm currently typing this out on my phone under candlelight. The freaking power grid just quit. Looking out the window the whole block as far as I can see is one big blackout. I wonder what went wrong to cause the power to fail? I hope they get the power back on before the house becomes a meat locker.

 

Ouch. It's like that here during hurricane season, random showers turn into blackouts. It sucks.

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Hmm, actually I wasn't looking for a clean performing entry level tube amp, lol. All I wanted to know (being a noob to tubes), since the claim has been made that (some) tubes outperform solid state in linearity, and ardgedee added that transistors have better cost/performance in the lower realm, how much would I have to spend to get a tube amp that actually outperforms all similarly priced ss amps in linearity. Any figure is fine with me, I'm just trying to get a feel for it.

 

Or, if that's easier to answer: please name a specific tube amp of any price point that outperforms all similarly priced ss amps in linearity and distortion. Thanks.

 

 

Not that this is directed at me, but I'll try to answer.  I don't think there's any point at which you can buy a tube amp that outperforms all similarly priced solid state amps in linearity.  

 

To answer the second part of your question, tt's not a headphone amp, but I used to own an Audio Research LS-2 preamp.  Here are some quick specs:

 

± .5dB, 1Hz to 100Hz, -3dB points below 0.1Hz and above 300kHz

Less than .01% at 2V RMS output.(Typically less than .005% in midband)

 

It was current in 1992, but it's incredibly transparent.  It's performance is somewhat related to the tube employed, the 6DJ8 (or 6922) in my case.  The 6922 was not initially an audio tube, but rather was designed for video reproduction and can be flat from 1Hz to >300kHz.  Total bandwidth has occasionally been given in MHz.  While something produced these days like the Asus Xonar Essence One has it beat in the distortion category with numbers like 0.000316% (-110dB), the Audio Research amp still wins the frequency response battle.  The original retails are nowhere near the same, and they're different types of products in the first place, but you could pick up a used LS-2 in the same price range as the Essence one.  Comparing the LS-2 to some other preamps that were around in '92, it sat between the Meridian 601 and the Krell KRC-2 in distortion, frequency responce, and linearity.  Not an outright winner, but the Krell and Meridian were a good bit more expensive in their day.

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DF, could always come down here, it's 80 degrees outside already... frown.gif

Oh that's 27 degrees in Canadia temperature.
Edited by Maxvla - 3/30/13 at 11:33pm
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