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post #2101 of 3704
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Originally Posted by GermanGuy View Post
 

bmichels - so how do the rft df97 sound?

 

Well

 

1 - so far  RTF df97 + Philips DL92 is my prefered combo.  :D

 

I believe that I hear some details and instruments that I did not hear before (expecially with pinkFloyd's  "shine on your crazy diamond" ). Does this make sense ? :confused:

 

( I don't know if it is the quality of the Combo, or my ear that get more and more aware/educated, or... effet placebo ??) :p

 

 

 

2 - and I have to admit that the  Mullard DF91 +  Philips DL92 do not provide me with this level of detail :( more " soft edges " :(  Does this make sense ? ( But I will have to wait few hours of burn-in before having a final opinion.)

 

 

 

3 - And next, I will test  RFT DF97 +  PHILCO 1S4  and  Mullard DF91 + MAZDA 1T4  when I receive the  PHILCO and the MAZDA already ordered.

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as i have received an additional philco 1s4 yesterday (different label color, but internally exactly the same) and waiting for additional four, i had a relaxing evening listening to music with the rft df97 - philco 1s4 combo.

 

i really recommend trying the philco 1s4 or the rca 1s4 tubes. all the 1s4 tubes i have tested have such a rich, full bodied and warm sound with great musicality but more bite, drive, speed than f.e. the philips dl92, the rca especially shines in the area of bass extension while the philco has this extra bit of air and space around everything. 

 

and for me the rf df97's are the masters of detail and soundstage.

 

together a real dream combo.

 

i have decided to rebuild and recable my amp based on the shared experience (i think it was) of detail and soundstage provided mainly by the df91 stage and bass and bass texture the dl92 stage responsible for, so i will recable the whole input section and df stage with mundorf silver/gold cable, and the complete dl92 stage and output path with best of best copper wires (don't forget, that the output transformers are also copper wire ones).

 

btw, at the monent i am listening to my pf viii with that combo and they match perfectly. listening to dvorak, symphony no.9 i have the feeling to sit in a large concert hall with some distance to the orchestra slightly above looking down and listening to the music, the presentation is so real, relaxed, beautiful, but again so life-like and real like really beeing there. amazing!


Edited by GermanGuy - 9/10/13 at 3:59pm
post #2103 of 3704
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

 

Well

 

1 - so far  RTF df97 + Philips DL92 is my prefered combo.  :D

 

I believe that I hear some details and instruments that I did not hear before (expecially with pinkFloyd's  "shine on your crazy diamond" ). Does this make sense ? :confused:

 

( I don't know if it is the quality of the Combo, or my ear that get more and more aware/educated, or... effet placebo ??) :p

 

the same happened to me, i think the rft df97 plays in its own leaque, the level of detail retrieval and resolution, soundstage is outstanding!

 

2 - and I have to admit that the  Mullard DF91 +  Philips DL92 do not provide me with this level of detail :( more " soft edges " :(  Does this make sense ? ( But I will have to wait few hours of burn-in before having a final opinion.)

 

i (also ?) find the mullards much to polite to say it the polite way or lifeless to say it more honest, it is really a matter of taste, but how to say for me just to much the opposite of an engaging sound.

 

3 - And next, I will test  RFT DF97 +  PHILCO 1S4  and  Mullard DF91 + MAZDA 1T4  when I receive the  PHILCO and the MAZDA already ordered.


Edited by GermanGuy - 9/10/13 at 4:02pm
post #2104 of 3704
I would say the Mullards as "polite" and a little softer an accurate description. They are perfect I feel for poorly recorded music which has a lot of compression at mastering.. Hello ADELE!

Combined with the Phillips is definitely the smoother option.

I must say, it has been a while since I listened to the Lorenz and you know, even though sometimes I feel other tubes edge them out in some ways they still are my go to tube for musicality and detail retrieval, especially with the Phillips which I have still yet to find a DL92 that beats the Phillips!
post #2105 of 3704

i just stopped listening to go to bed, it's pretty late now, i totally forgot time, the sound of the pf viii with the rft df97 - philco 1s4 combo is unbelievable. you should try for example the rca 1s4 instead of the philips dl92.


Edited by GermanGuy - 9/10/13 at 4:16pm
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Now is that the one where i have to cut a pin GG?
post #2107 of 3704

yes, pin 1!

post #2108 of 3704
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Originally Posted by GermanGuy View Post

the HRT microStreamer dac - just arrived:
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USB connector side:



Headphone and Line Out:

:

Here with DL91 tube for size comparison:




P.S. Hope the Images are sharp enough to read all valueable information smile.gif

 

 

 

I have really enjoyed my microstreamer with my tu-05 for the last few months. I think you will like it.

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WC, thanks for you comment on my photo, from you that is high praise indeed!

I just wanted to share some thoughts on this Audioquest interconnect I got today. I had read a report on it in Stereophile and seeing as it is not that expensive and my local dealer had a small sale on the Audioquest stuff I thought I would give it a go!

Its a bit long but they only had meter lengths in stock but that has turned out to be handy as I can easily pick up my AK120 to change albums now. Its the sound, or rather lack of sound that gets me with this little cheap interconnect.

In comparison to this one the Cardas I have seems too smooth and the Kimber too rough. They both add something and as far as I can tell the Audioquest seems to add nothing which is what one wants really! The sound is transparent, open, free from grain and it just allows the music to hang in space for all to be seen. Stage depth with this cable is wonderful, very three dimensional for a headphone but there are no sonic artifacts and that is what I cannot get over for a cable so reasonably priced.

it appears to be well made and unlike the Switchcraft connectors on the Kimber the connectors on the Audioquest are easy to insert and take out. I have never liked the connectors on the Kimber. I know they are meant to be higher end but I just think they feel rough in use and feel like they could damage player or amp.

I have tested this cable on the combination of tubes I know and love best. Phillips/Lorenz so I know their sonic traits and this stuff just seems to open a window on all that goodness!

Highly recommended. I payed $32 including tax for my pair but I think the normal price is $35 plus tax in Canada. Highly recommended!
post #2110 of 3704
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Originally Posted by GermanGuy View Post

, the sound of the pf viii with the rft df97 - philco 1s4 combo is ...

GG, you too have some PF VIII ! I thought Only Ian was fan of PF ! Are they your main headphone now ? Or do you normaly use full Size headphone ?
post #2111 of 3704
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

GG, you too have some PF VIII ! I thought Only Ian was fan of PF ! Are they your main headphone now ? Or do you normaly use full Size headphone ?

Get on the FAD boat...I have a pair PF-IX too. For me they are genre specific, but when you have the right music. They are sublime, no other way to describe
them:)
post #2112 of 3704
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post


Get on the FAD boat...I have a pair PF-IX too. For me they are genre specific, but when you have the right music. They are sublime, no other way to describe
them:)

 

FAD PF are very popular with audiophiles. Seems like so few have FAD PF X however. Why so few people seem to upgrade from earlier models? Can't believe it would be price.

 

 

Has anybody tried any resonance damping on the inside of their TU-05?

post #2113 of 3704
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Originally Posted by GermanGuy View Post
 

 you should try for example the rca 1s4 instead of the philips dl92.

Well the only 1S4 that I have are the PHILCO !   So I will try Mullars DS91+ PHILCO.

 

The only RCA I have are the 1UT  that were shipped with the TU-05.


Edited by bmichels - 9/11/13 at 6:20am
post #2114 of 3704
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Originally Posted by woodcans View Post
 

 

 

I have really enjoyed my microstreamer with my tu-05 for the last few months. I think you will like it.

 

i do! at the moment using the microstreamer together with one of my modded grado sr225i´s in my office!

post #2115 of 3704
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post





GG, you too have some PF VIII ! I thought Only Ian was fan of PF ! Are they your main headphone now ? Or do you normaly use full Size headphone ?



 



carefully reading my signiture ............................ tells a lot about the equipment i own. so yes, i have. smile.gif

and please try the rft df97 - philco 1s4 combo !!!!!!!!!!!!

normally i use my DIY grado style headphone but sometimes also one of the others, and so yeterday the pf viii, the akg k3003 and the hd800.


Edited by GermanGuy - 9/11/13 at 7:04am
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