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There is hiss with my UM3X, Westone 3, Thinksound MS01, and HiSound WD2. I've had two models of the T1, so it's not a faulty product.

It's not deafening, but if you listen for it, it's there. 

So, YMMV. 

post #2162 of 5979
I think I'm okay with a bit of hiss since you aren't really going to notice it when there's music playing. I have had my UM3Xes plugged into a source with such a bad noise floor that not listening to music was actually quite fatiguing, so I suppose I'm pretty wary of that.
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you aren't really going to notice it when there's music playing.


Exactly right. The noise floor is definitely manageable, and the "hiss" is mostly only noticeable when music isn't playing - unless the piece you're listening to has lots of silence! 

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Got my NOS Miniwatt-Dario ECC189 yesterday, only for 13€ (post included). Btw, this is my first ECC189. Great tube like my other two Miniwatt-Dario PCC189`s and similiar to them. Got to burn it more but first impressions say it`s even better than other two. Certainly great overall tube for every genre but not sure yet for what genre it fits better. It`s with yellow markings, Miniwatt - ECC189 - Dario © 3-3 and factory code: on top |X| (might be lX1) and under it ±2L3 (La Radiotechnique, Chartres, France). 

 

 

 

Other two Miniwatt-Darios I have are Holland made and probably very similiar to Amperex bugle boy`s (they might actually be BB`s under different label). Anyway they sound also very good and impressions about these can be found somewhere earlier in this thread.

 

And littlebit offtopic, some beat & rythm music: http://store.origamisound.com/album/gwidingwi-dema


Edited by CoiL - 6/21/13 at 9:27am
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Interesting offtopic. Not 100% my cup of tea, but I like it. Still looking for new music, so if you have a time, send more offtopics(or rather pm me). I"d like to hear something that I wouldn't personally search for. Btw- looking for some interesting rap/hip hop interprets... oldschool, alternative, weird etc. Very fancy Massive attack's album Mezzanine.

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Enuma, I have lots of new findings. If I have spare moment, will collect those links and send to you ;)

 

Todays find (djent/metal): http://voicesfromthefuselage.bandcamp.com/


Edited by CoiL - 6/21/13 at 10:21am
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just ordered a t1 to pair with my grado sr60i. right now i have my eyes set on an Amperex orange globe. any other recommendations on a budget tube in the ~$20 range that i should try?

 

edit: also, has anybody purchased a squaretrade warranty? i'm looking into it and its only $14-20 for 2-3 year warranty.


Edited by alrgeez - 6/21/13 at 11:56am
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just ordered a t1 to pair with my grado sr60i. right now i have my eyes set on an Amperex orange globe. any other recommendations on a budget tube in the ~$20 range that i should try?

edit: also, has anybody purchased a squaretrade warranty? i'm looking into it and its only $14-20 for 2-3 year warranty.
joe had great results from the Russians when pairing with his magnums, you can give those a try.

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And littlebit offtopic, some beat & rythm music: 
http://store.origamisound.com/album/gwidingwi-dema

That was great stuff. I was trying out my newly aquired pair of Creative Aurvana Live being driven directly from the T1. Sounded great. Thx for the finds. smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by MrEleventy - 6/21/13 at 1:05pm
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Originally Posted by CoiL View Post

Enuma, I have lots of new findings. If I have spare moment, will collect those links and send to you ;)

 

Todays find (djent/metal): http://voicesfromthefuselage.bandcamp.com/


Thx. I was just listening to Arvo Part, so it was an interesting change of sound:).When I was younger, I used to listen to this type of metal.  Btw do you know french band Alcest?

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Heh, coincidence, Arvo Pärt is also Estonian like I am :) About that band, I think when you were younger, there wasn`t this kind of sounding metal bands (at least I don`t know any from older period). Btw, the last song is really good for detection soundstage, bass, kick, brightness and male vocals: http://voicesfromthefuselage.bandcamp.com/track/t-e-e-s-o-e

 

Thanks for mentioning Alcest, didn`t know this band but I like it already ;) Somewhy reminds me old Katationa albums + Type O Negative.

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And littlebit offtopic, some beat & rythm music: 
http://store.origamisound.com/album/gwidingwi-dema


That was great stuff. I was trying out my newly aquired pair of Creative Aurvana Live being driven directly from the T1. Sounded great. Thx for the finds. smily_headphones1.gif

Rolling my newer tubes atm and Siemens PCC189 is really great for this music! :P Actually, I think it might be the best tube from my collection for electronic atmospheric music (with headphones, not sure about external speakers). It has very clear & airy sound and soundstage is littlebit smaller than 6922EH but imaging is better. Bass is tighter but doesn`t lose it`s smoothness. Very very enjoyable with this kind of music. Nym is also very enjoyable with this tube: http://music.ratsofnym.com/album/trembling-in-the-stone-a-charity-record I think this tube has better vocals. Highs aren`t so bright and mids are better than 6922EH.


Edited by CoiL - 6/21/13 at 3:24pm
post #2172 of 5979

Hi kind folks,

 

A few days ago, I received my DT 880s (250ohms) in the mail and have been putting some mileage on them ever since.  However, given I've been running straight from my laptop through a FiiO e17, or through a cowon j3/e17 I can't help but feel that I'm a bit shy on power to get anywhere near the best here.  I note the OP has said the beyers sound great with the T1 - and the price is certainly looking good to me, but I'm wondering if I'd see good cost/benefit by jumping up a tier or two and going for a Little Dot MkIII or a Schiit Valhalla or similar?  Given that the T1 has a DAC - that would seem somewhat of a bonus here, but as a reasonably new arrival on the audio scene I wonder if anybody has some guidance as to what differences I might expect to hear between what I currently have, the T1, and those amps that sit perhaps a notch above the T1 on the pricing spectrum?

 

Thanks!

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I just got my nos Amperex JAN 7308, green label from Upscale Audio. Although it is "driver" grade, it sounds very musical, an almost liquid sound. Even though I have only a couple of hours on it, it seems more refined than the 6922 EH that I have done much of my listening on. How much of this is a placebo effect, I will figure out as I burn the tube in. So far I am pleased. Incidentally this tube looks a bit smaller and the tube glow pattern is different than the EH tube. Coil you have talked about "critical" listening of your new tubes. How do you approach this?
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For critical listening, the most important thing is to be relaxed, rested ears and mind, after quiet morning after woken up properly + you have to have right mood to to do this. Seriously, sounds funny but it`s important if you wish to make difference in every detail. Second step is to choose proper audio (certain lenght clips to loop) for listening, from different genres, so first you could make selection if tube fits better for electronic, acoustic or metal/progressive music for example. After splitting tubes by music genre you can start to compare them head to head with music genre you select, again with certain lenght clips that have elements you need to compare. 

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Originally Posted by CoiL View Post

Heh, coincidence, Arvo Pärt is also Estonian like I am :) About that band, I think when you were younger, there wasn`t this kind of sounding metal bands (at least I don`t know any from older period). Btw, the last song is really good for detection soundstage, bass, kick, brightness and male vocals: http://voicesfromthefuselage.bandcamp.com/track/t-e-e-s-o-e

 

Thanks for mentioning Alcest, didn`t know this band but I like it already ;) Somewhy reminds me old Katationa albums + Type O Negative.


Heh, I'm still pretty young. You're right not exactly this type of music, rather (often black)metal music with female vocals(there ia a few of this bands in my country). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN7Ki0vc4T4 this is also interesting piece. Last good piece of metal:), I've listen to was Aenima by Tool. BTW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSQGVWmt1V8 this artist also sound amazing with T1, especially in the night, when everything else is quite...  

Arvo Part is one of my most favorite minimalist, his music is so...delicate

 

 

To be not-so-offtopic: Guys, I'm curious how many $$ have you spend on tubes for aune(if it's not a secret)?

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