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I know of the Garage1217 projects but haven't heard them for myself. If you've maxed out on tube rolling... you can start rolling amps. I've been through a few (E17, O2, Darkvoice 336se, Magni, Tubemagic A1).
post #3752 of 5975
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Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post


I wouldn't really compare them at all because of what I highlighted. Other tube amps are dependant on the dac/source that's feeding it. Aune T1 IS the dac. You can compare the amps in which case I would rate it low. I don't much like the SS amp that's in the T1, I find it bright, artificial and tinny. But the dac, It's a great dac that outperforms others IMO.


Yup...clear as mud. LOL

 

This is a bit confusing because truly, the AUNE is the sum of its parts. So are you saying when the headphone amp portion is not used (USB in to RCA out) then it is only going through the DAC? What about the gain dip switches, no effect on the line out either ?

 

Thanks !!!

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Originally Posted by arcorob View Post
 


Yup...clear as mud. LOL

 

This is a bit confusing because truly, the AUNE is the sum of its parts. So are you saying when the headphone amp portion is not used (USB in to RCA out) then it is only going through the DAC? What about the gain dip switches, no effect on the line out either ?

 

Thanks !!!

 

Rob,

 

USB In -> RCA Out goes through the DAC and Tube Buffer.    The gain switches only apply to the headphone amp, not to the line out.

 

Also, if you use RCA In -> Headphone Out, it does not use the tube.

 

The Garage amps are more closely related to the Bravo / Indeed amps, which was how they came about in the first place, as a more "high end" alternative that didn't need all the mods people were doing to the Bravos.

 

  -Mike

post #3754 of 5975

Okay..that clarifies...so in your opinion as a DAC, its pretty damn nice...its the amp portion you don't think too highly of...so one could literally use the RCA out via RCA to 3.5 into one of these and out to headphones...LOL...

 

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Or one of these. smily_headphones1.gif900x900px-LL-c2ad2537_WorkSetup.jpeg
post #3756 of 5975

LOL..show off...that looks like Godzilla and son of Godzilla...;)

post #3757 of 5975

 ^ great... more tubes to buy :blink:

post #3758 of 5975

Two more tubes on the way

 

 

 

Sylvania 6DJ8

Mullard 6GM8/ECC86 made in Germany

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by arcorob View Post

Two more tubes on the way



Sylvania 6DJ8
Mullard 6GM8/ECC86 made in Germany







Give us your impressions when you get to listen. I'm particularly interested in the Mullards.
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Or one of these. smily_headphones1.gif900x900px-LL-c2ad2537_WorkSetup.jpeg

Wow! Impressive in every way!
post #3761 of 5975
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Originally Posted by y0d4 View Post
 

guys, which lamp you suggest for this DAC is best for electronic music?

 

thank you.

For electronic, best tubes from my collection are Miniwatt-Dario ECC189 Chartres France (tightest bass & kick out of my tubes and same time goes very deep lows), JAN Sylvania 6922 green label (for EM with more acoustic elements + vocals), Amperex OG 6GM8/ECC86 orange/white prints (for atmospheric electronic music with large "endless" soundstage and 3D imaging) and also stock 6922EH tube is good if you like deep "flowing" bass and also large "sparkly" soundstage.

 

About Miniwatt-Dario ECC189... I shared a deal link to some ppl and isendono bought 3 of them with crazy good price. Hope he wrotes his impressions when he gets them and burns them in littlebit.

 

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Originally Posted by arcorob View Post

 

 

Those are very interesting indeed. Looking foward to impressions.

 

Edit: HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!


Edited by CoiL - 1/1/14 at 10:25am
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Hello

 

I am searching for a "low budget" entry level tube amp

 

I use low impedance headphones: Alessandro MS1, HiFiMAN HE400 and NAD VISO HP50

 

I found these to be the most appealing:

 

Schiit Vali (The nicest one in looks, also a hybrid but I read that it's not a good match with Grado Cans, or my MS1)

Little Dot I+ (The only one from the LD line that puts enough power into low ohm cans)

Aune T1 (The only one that doesn't use the tube as an amp)

Garage1217 Project Ember (The ugliest one of all, my girlfriend won't like this in the living room hehe - and it's open!! )

 

So to you, dear Aune T1 owners:

Does this device deliver the "real" tube sound? I don't know what this is supposed to mean, but I would love to. The OP mentionend that the Aune T1 is a SS amp and a tube DAC, but what does this mean?

Does is still sound tubey? 

Thanks

post #3763 of 5975
Sry, misread, wrong tube.

Edited by CoiL - 1/1/14 at 10:24am
post #3764 of 5975
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Originally Posted by BaTou069 View Post

Hello

I am searching for a "low budget" entry level tube amp

I use low impedance headphones: Alessandro MS1, HiFiMAN HE400 and NAD VISO HP50

I found these to be the most appealing:

Schiit Vali (The nicest one in looks, also a hybrid but I read that it's not a good match with Grado Cans, or my MS1)
Little Dot I+ (The only one from the LD line that puts enough power into low ohm cans)
Aune T1 (The only one that doesn't use the tube as an amp)
Garage1217 Project Ember (The ugliest one of all, my girlfriend won't like this in the living room hehe - and it's open!! )

So to you, dear Aune T1 owners:
Does this device deliver the "real" tube sound? I don't know what this is supposed to mean, but I would love to. The OP mentionend that the Aune T1 is a SS amp and a tube DAC, but what does this mean?
Does is still sound tubey? 
Thanks

I have no comparison with other tube equipment to judge the degree of "tubiness" but a little tube rolling reveals a significant difference in sound from tube to tube. The tube choices for the Aune are myriad. Some cheap ($8 USD) others expensive (my favourite, the Amperex 7308, costs $75 although the driver grade I use works fine and costs $50). The Aune uses the tube as a buffer on the dac. Take a look at the thread starter (and the linked posts by Salvatore) for more information about the sound of various tubes use the in thread search function to check out other Grado users comments.
Neither the Vali, LD or Ember have a dac, so you will need one with any of those. The Vali looks great but doesn't permit tube rolling (you have to send the unit in to Schiit if a tube needs replacement. The LD looks the most like tube equipment. The Ember is open, as you say. It's also a DIY kit and costs more than any of the others.
Good luck in your search.
Edited by teb1013 - 1/1/14 at 9:51am
post #3765 of 5975
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Originally Posted by BaTou069 View Post
 

Hello

 

I am searching for a "low budget" entry level tube amp

 

I use low impedance headphones: Alessandro MS1, HiFiMAN HE400 and NAD VISO HP50

 

I found these to be the most appealing:

 

Schiit Vali (The nicest one in looks, also a hybrid but I read that it's not a good match with Grado Cans, or my MS1)

Little Dot I+ (The only one from the LD line that puts enough power into low ohm cans)

Aune T1 (The only one that doesn't use the tube as an amp)

Garage1217 Project Ember (The ugliest one of all, my girlfriend won't like this in the living room hehe - and it's open!! )

 

So to you, dear Aune T1 owners:

Does this device deliver the "real" tube sound? I don't know what this is supposed to mean, but I would love to. The OP mentionend that the Aune T1 is a SS amp and a tube DAC, but what does this mean?

Does is still sound tubey? 

Thanks


In one word "Yes". It does deliver a tube sound.

 

First. It is a SS amp and a SS DAC. A tube DAC would be the size of a bus. So all the solid state stuff does its job but exiting the DAC it uses the 6DJ8/6922 tube as a buffer and that is where the "tubey" sound comes from. As Coil pointed out, this is clearly evidenced by tube rolling. I myself in less than a week have tried 4 tubes, each distinctly unique in its presentation.

 

Also, I think I can speak to tubes...LOL

 

Vellmen amp welcoming the AUNE to the neighborhood

Hammond Organ amp converted

 

Coronado

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