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to ianmedium - ordered my tu-05 last friday, hopefully getting the amp end of june. after having received it i will come back to your offer to give me some advice about tubes and will ask you about your then favorite set of tubes. by the way a good friend of mine is radio and tv technican for more than 30 years now. i couldn't resist to attach a picture with one of his 5 boxes with german nos tubes (and best of all i can get all the tubes i need free of cost). 


Edited by GermanGuy - 5/27/13 at 5:26pm
post #242 of 3712
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post


I'll see if I can help you with that. Give me a few days. These are loaners from the makers and I only have a few days to give impressions before returning both units to him.




P.S. I can hear Ian saying, "Finally!!"

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Originally Posted by Boringer View Post

Ian, thanks a lot for your kind advice on PM.
I've placed my order!!!  beerchug.gif


A little bit late  though, since June's slot has been fully filled.

I think bmichels got that last slot... 
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Well... need to wait a bit longer... 
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Boringer, congratulations! The wait is worth the while, likewise Germanguy and anyone else if I can be of any help with tubes and such please let me know!

Anak! Yay, you got both there!

I am really looking forward to your thoughts, hopefully I am not fully out of whack with mine and that you hear what I do. I take comfort as being a fairly lone voice on this thread in what my friends locally think of the amp and it seems to echo my thoughts but to have someone else who has also tried a great many other amps and equipment to give his views is going to bring some balance and extra thoughts to the table.

Can't wait to hear what you think!
PS, if you have a gain setting on the amp I recommend setting it to the highest position for anything other than really easy to drive IEM's. I just find it gives a little more headroom
post #243 of 3712
I ordered my amp with all available options - did i forget this gain setting option to order ?
Edited by GermanGuy - 5/27/13 at 2:03pm
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Originally Posted by GermanGuy View Post

to ianmedium - ordered my tu-05 last friday, hopefully getting the amp end of june. after having received it i will come back to your offer to give me some advice about tubes and will ask you about your then favorite set of tubes. by the way a good friend of mine is radio and tv technican for more than 30 years now. i couldn't resist to attach a picture with of one if his 5 boxes with german nos tubes (and best of all i can get all the tubes i need free of cost). 


Now that is a box of tubes!

I am so happy to see several folks getting this amp, I am really looking forward to hearing your thoughts and I truly hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!
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I ordered my amp with all available options - did i forget this gain setting option to order ?

With the gain setting you can have a choice of two out of the three gain levels he offers with the amp. I would tell him the impedance range of the headphones your going to use with the amp and see if you need the gain setting option or not. I see you have HD800's which are 600ohm. I know the amp won't go up to that but it might not mean they won't work with the amp. I would ask him.
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I had some email exchange before ordering and had excluded the hd800 from my list of headphones i want to use with the amp. I tought it would be the best choice to get this amp configured purely for what it can do best - low impedance. For the hd800 i have the cayin ha-1a (and think i will buy a violectric v200 for the hd800), so i followed the recommendation based on my list of headphones and ordered the tu-05 with low-mid impedance setting. i assume he would have offered me the gain option but it's not needed for my purposes.
Edited by GermanGuy - 5/28/13 at 2:32am
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Yeah, looking at your headphone list you might just want to play safe and have two gain settings for choice. I went with low and medium (8~32/16~120). I used to own K701's and then sold them to a friend. I had a listen with them with the 05 and the synergy was wonderful, it really showed what a giant killer the 701's can be with the right amping! The medium gain setting is perfect for those.
post #248 of 3712
I think we are talking about the same only with different names - impedance setting / gain setting ? ! I ordered mine with low and medium setting.
Edited by GermanGuy - 5/27/13 at 3:05pm
post #249 of 3712
Yes, spot on!
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

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Hahaha... I'm just kidding bmichels. I don't know who took that slot. biggrin.gif

 

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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Boringer, congratulations! The wait is worth the while, likewise Germanguy and anyone else if I can be of any help with tubes and such please let me know!

 

Thanks a lot Ian, and believe it will be worthy indeed.

You have been giving a very genuine help for anyone of us who has an interest of this product.

And for sure, I will bug you again in near future... biggrin.gif

Thanks.

post #251 of 3712
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Originally Posted by Boringer View Post

Ian, thanks a lot for your kind advice on PM.

I've placed my order!!!  beerchug.gif

 

A little bit late  though, since June's slot has been fully filled.

I think bmichels got that last slot... biggrin.gif

 

Well... need to wait a bit longer... 

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Beg your pardon seems i was the one that filled the june´s slot with my order last week smile.gif

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Beg your pardon seems i was the one that filled the june´s slot with my order last week smile.gif

 

Ouchhhhh... It cost me a month of waiting time... biggrin.gif

post #253 of 3712
Oh boy oh boy oh boy! I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on the amp when they arrive to all of you. Just to whet your appetite though!

A few days ago HDTT released an ultra rare recording of early Janos Starker music, the French album. Transferred into digital via a mint reel to reel tape in 24/96 in mono. It is sublime, a little tape hiss but not enough to distract from the incredible performance. I swear I have never heard cello like this other than live. Now, whetting of appetites!

Listening directly through my HH-801 was a wonderful experience, texture, musicality though a little soft. Plug the HM-801 via the line out into the TU-05 and suddenly Maestro Starker is giving you a personal performance. Texture, depth and a palpable sense of realness that grabs your attention and does not let go.

What the 05' brings to the table is a cleaner, more open window on to this piece, it allows one to hear the bending of strings and the slight elastic band sound that brings. The strings sound slightly loose on this recording and that is so effortlessly portrayed via this amp. All of this though is effortless, the amp allows all this but still feels like it just gets out of the way of the performance.

I am really looking forward to Anak's thoughts as i value his opinions more than a lot of reviewers on this forum and more so with the Fostex.

I have said it before but will repeat it. The only other tube amp I have heard that has a similar representation of the acoustic and performance is the Nagra PL-P. but then I have not heard many other tube amps to be fair.

I have a wonderful recording coming from the excellent Todd Garfinkle who runs MA recordings. He recorded this album in a chapel in France. It is music for the Viola Da Gamba played by Nima Ben David. I heard a snippet the other day and I just know it is going to sound great through the 05'!

http://www.marecordings.com/main/product_info.php?products_id=165

Oh yes, if your looking for an interconnect between source and amp I highly recommend the Cardas HPI. In terms of cost it is cheap compared to the likes one gets from other cable companies. I tried silver but it was just to edgy. The Cardas just gets out of the way and works perfectly with this amp. I got the 12inch one which is I feel the perfect length.
Got mine from Todd the Vinyl Junkie, great service.
http://www.ttvjaudio.com/Cardas_Headphone_Interconnect_p/car0000277.htm
Edited by ianmedium - 5/29/13 at 8:14am
post #254 of 3712

I actually spent some time listening to both of models actually. I'm trying to collate my thoughts, take pix, and write up proper impressions, etc. Briefly though I'm highly impressed with both of them. The TU-05b is really more of a desktop level quality. Big sound, big soundstage, fluid, smooth, and the distinct tube signature. Shikada-san though for some reason capped the bass off to around 30Hz but he says it could go lower if he mods it.

 

The TUR-06 OTOH, is no slouch either. It's a hybrid but still an unmistakeable tube signature. The sub bass of the TUR-06 runs _DEEP_. And it's good rich lush deep too. It has a slightly smaller soundstage but still a great performer.

 

The fun side of me like the TUR-06 for it's bass, but the purist side in me like the TU-05b for it's pure Class A amp. Despite being inefficient though, it doesn't really generate that much heat.

post #255 of 3712
To ianmedium - which headphone did you use?
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