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post #781 of 3536
Why I oughta! My cunning plan has been exposed he says as he strokes his cat with a wicked grin!

Seriously though I agree with Andy 100% and have said before that it is a small part of the sonic differences that all these tubes make. I would much rather someone stick with the stock ones and simply enjoy the music as they surely will. In the beginning the main point I had in getting different tubes was the stock ones were too noisy for my liking, it was then that I discovered that different tubes have slightly different sonic traits and that I could tune my amp to the exact way I liked it!
post #782 of 3536
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Why I oughta! My cunning plan has been exposed he says as he strokes his cat with a wicked grin!

Seriously though I agree with Andy 100% and have said before that it is a small part of the sonic differences that all these tubes make. I would much rather someone stick with the stock ones and simply enjoy the music as they surely will. In the beginning the main point I had in getting different tubes was the stock ones were too noisy for my liking, it was then that I discovered that different tubes have slightly different sonic traits and that I could tune my amp to the exact way I liked it!

 

 

I haven't seriously tube-rolled since sending in my SP amp for 'repair'. But I fondly remember the days and enjoying the different presentation of different tubes. Looking forward to it once more. Agreed though, the amp is the vast majority of the signature.

post #783 of 3536
Just a quick shot with the new Kimber. It is a bit of a hose pipe, not very flexible but I have tried it in my normal listening position and it tucks away nicely but all of that is worth it for the sound quality improvements.

Just been listening some more and I think this is the biggest improvement I have heard of any upgrade cable purchase thus far! I think there will be a lot of listening this weekend!

Great thing is this is a cable they used at HiFi shows (got it from headroom) so it has been thoroughly burned in!
AppleMark
post #784 of 3536

Very nice, Ian! I am really looking forward to my amp even more. I have experienced the differences in cables first hand, used to be a non-believer, but they can certainly change things.

post #785 of 3536

Btw, the greenery reflection on your 801 is a fantastic touch!!

post #786 of 3536
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Btw, the greenery reflection on your 801 is a fantastic touch!!

Thanks mate, as you can tell, I like white.. Though not in clothing, but I love plain white in my home, especially with some natural plants. I am fortunate to live on a tree lined street and have an extra small tree right outside my window, I also have bird feeders attached and a peanut ring for the squirrels!

I too used to not give upgraded cables much thought but then heard the differences in friends home based systems and was convinced. Mind, the greatest improvement I have ever heard when it comes to cables is with power cables. I remember being in on a listening session to one of my friends home set ups and he had just been loaned Transparent audio power cable. He plugged it into the Musical fidelity CD player in place of the stock one and the difference in quality of sound was far more substantial than improved interconnects, it was not subtle!
post #787 of 3536

That's quite interesting, I have always doubted the effect of power cables, but about a year or two ago I upgraded my speaker cables & IC's in my main system, and the result was astonishing. So I'm now sure even the power cable upgrade is contributory.

post #788 of 3536
Honestly, the most profound effect was the power cable. I would upgrade the power cable first based upon what I heard, it really surprises me but the proof is in the listening I guess!
post #789 of 3536

Woohoo... Another great morning.

Reading this thread really made my day.

 

 

GG, you're superb...!

I'm happy to cover the distribution of those cleaning kits for the ASEAN countries.

 

And I agree with others, please let us pay at least for the shipping. 

post #790 of 3536
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Just a quick shot with the new Kimber. It is a bit of a hose pipe, not very flexible but I have tried it in my normal listening position and it tucks away nicely but all of that is worth it for the sound quality improvements.

Just been listening some more and I think this is the biggest improvement I have heard of any upgrade cable purchase thus far! I think there will be a lot of listening this weekend!

Great thing is this is a cable they used at HiFi shows (got it from headroom) so it has been thoroughly burned in!
AppleMark

 

Ian, a great picture you have there. 

And it teases me more... oh boy... Another month to go to get my amp. 

 

Btw, the cable looks great too.

I do believe the differences in cables hence I'm glad to hear that your Kimber gives pleasant improvements.

 

I might also looking for a cable, and Kimber obviously is in my list now.

But I also open for any suggestion for other cables that might suited well with this amp.

Anyone mind to share your thought and experience?


Edited by Boringer - 7/5/13 at 7:50pm
post #791 of 3536
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Originally Posted by Boringer View Post

Woohoo... Another great morning.

Reading this thread really made my day.

 

 

GG, you're superb...!

I'm happy to cover the distribution of those cleaning kits for the ASEAN countries.

 

And I agree with others, please let us pay at least for the shipping

 

the main reason until yesterday to offer you sending the kits free of cost was my wrong thinking that it would be very complicated sending bank account data, international bank tranfers, whatever... , so much to high effort ... .

 

yesterday i learnt that you can send money to my paypal account just with one or to clicks,  never tought or heard of this before, so this is so easy and effortless that paying is really no problem.

 

i never wanted or want to give anybody here the (bad)  feeling he had to accept a gift or i would refuse the normal wish to pay for what one get, i just wanted to avoid a complicated process for all of us and keep things simple for a point that is already simple as i have learnt yesterday!

post #792 of 3536

starting a new topic (1)?

as i have enough tubes - pins can be cleaned - gold plating is possible - so now the selection of music for the amp to listen to gets more and more important.

 

i would be highly interested in getting some feedback to the following question:

 

what were or will be the first five music pieces or cd's you had listen / will listen to when / after you got your amp?


Edited by GermanGuy - 7/6/13 at 8:50am
post #793 of 3536

starting a new topic (2)?

 

soon there will be much more amps and tubes owned by members of our nice community here. at least i can't remember all the pros and cons of the differnt tubes and pairings, so to exchange our thoughts and opinions about them could maybe easier if we have a standard for doing this.

 

i think of a table of rows and columns for each tube, something like this:

 

 

tube (typ, manufacturer, age / manufactoring date / comment)

 

author / revision

 

columns: rating (5 4 3 2 1) bad to excellent , comment

 

rows: bass, mids, highs, soundstage, clarity, warmth, detail ..., overall rating, best pairing (1), best pairing (2)

 

final comment

 

... something like this...

 

hope this is not too OCD to use iannediums words, but if we sort the rows correctly, it would be very easy to see for example if a specific tube is more on the warm, homogenous or more on the analytical, detailed side (or the killer tube always rated 1).

 

i am sure ianmedium already has a good idea about the soundproperties for the rows.

 

just an idea.


Edited by GermanGuy - 7/6/13 at 8:51am
post #794 of 3536
PayPal is a great thing!

In no particular order:

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day (Blu Ray Rip)
Awolnation - Megalithic Symphony
Mark Isham & Art Lande - We Begin
Atlas Genius - When It Was Now
post #795 of 3536

the first five tracks / cd's i will listen to after finally having received my amp:

 

j. s. bach - toccata und fuge d-minor - daniel chorzempa - philips recordings

 

great recording, have it for more than 20 years now - great feeling of space and detail. as i have played 'toccata und fuge d-moll' both on piano and later my grand piano (some improvisation needed) but also on church organ (teached myself on how to use the feet, a rather hard job at first) i really know every single note.

 

rickie lee jones - pop pop - track 6 - dat dat dere 

 

my all time favorite female voice singer and track

 

rickie lee sings about all the weird questions her daugther asked here growing up and all her effort to find the right answers while taking great care of her child. surrounded by a small jazz combo you can hear the little daughter speaking, imitating instruments .., a song full of love and understanding for her child.

 

paul simon - songs for the capeman - born in puerto rico

 

the intimate space, the warmth, the detailed presentation, the voice of paul simon - if a sound chain is able to bring this properties to the listener, it's half way to audio nirvana. i love the voice of paul simon, it's very sensitive to any weakness of your sound chain.

 

peter gabriel - passion - music for the last temptation of jesus christ

 

one of the most demanding but also fascinating records i have when it comes to sound quality. you need the best of best equipment out of what you have to listen to, but then .. wow

 

joe jackson - body and soul

 

was recorded in an old mormon church only with two neumann tube microphones - unbelievable feeling for the space it was recorded, great imaging, excellent music.


Edited by GermanGuy - 7/6/13 at 8:59am
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