Well, I f'ed up. I was getting a lot of crackling and static through my headphones. Figured it was the crappy cables, interference from my computer, my bad luck...so I moved my amp and DAC as far from my computer as I could and I was still getting the noise. I thought, well, maybe it's the tubes. Pulled out the NOS Sylvania GB-408A's and threw in the stock tubes. Fired it up, no crackling. Damn it I thought...now I have to find new tubes cause these stock ones sound like dog vomit. I am 1/3 of the way through the first song I was testing with when the volume started to fade, smelled something burning, and noticed smoke coming from my amp. Being the dumb ass that I am, I forgot to flip the switches inside the amp when I replaced the tubes back to stock. So I assume because of this, I just burned up my freakin' amp. Pulled out the tubes, powered down, let things cool off, threw the Sylvanias back in, powered up....NOTHING! Not a peep.
So, after much rambling...looks like I am shopping for a new amp
Guess this could be the opportunity to upgrade, or side-grade, who knows...maybe go with what I know. What I do know is that I LOVED the way my poor LD I+ sounded with those NOS tubes, so whatever amp I end up with, that's going to be the sound I am after. Warm and luscious.
What I am powering, just a pair of Grado SR325i's and a pair of Fischer Audio FA-002W's so nothing that requires a mini nuclear reactor on my desk. The challenge here...budget. There is none. Not as unlimited but rather VERY limited. I just blew a small wad on some IEM's, a bunch of ammo for my Glock, bought a new handgun, and still need to get a cMoy for the new IEM's. So what I am hoping for is to keep this at or below $200, $250 at the most.
Can someone please help? I just need some options, some direction, pointed in the right direction.
Edited by ArmAndHammer - 9/23/12 at 10:00pm