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My amperex 7308 is much better than the gold lion with my headphones, not even close really, but with my vintage receiver powering speakers its the other way around.  I'm glad I bought the gold lion.  That being said I did order another 7308 from upscale for a spare because I love it with my hd580's so much...

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I have to agree with @NCSUZoSo on this one... I really hear a lot better sound through NOS tubes, which is actually kind of sad since newer amps usually come with tubes that aren't vintage (and sound like crap). At the very least, it's worth buying a cheap NOS tube and comparing it. There are many to chose from, and they aren't all that expensive.

 

@SirMarc what kind of speakers are you enjoying the gold lion tube with? I just upgraded to PMC speakers and they are amazing for tonality and air... very neutral and transparent... just need to upgrade the turntable now :o2smile:

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Dahlquist dq20's. Very neutral and airy also. Ran me around 4k 25 years ago. Awesome speakers. Totally caught me off guard that the gold lion sounds better with them, but it does. The vintage receiver I'm using is a denon dra-835r with class a amp.
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Damn, you have me thinking about my turntable I haven't used in years, a thorens td-145 with a sumiko blue point special cartridge. Might have to break that thing out. Have a ton of original pressings and mofi and dcc heavy vinyl **** I haven't heard in years
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 I still do not understand why people are paying that much money ($40-$50) for Gold Lion tubes when you can get better NOS tubes for the same price or close.

 

But who said that i bought it? I will get it for free :P I have two old tubes - one is Russian tube, and the other is philips sq e88c. I prefer philips, but i'm very interested in sounding new gold lion.

 

@SirMarc - I just bought HD580 - aren't these headphones too warm with aune?

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The 580's are pretty neutral phones, you should be ok. I did find the amp in the t1 to be a little anemic though, which is why i use a vintage receiver as an amp. Talked my wife into getting me an asgard 2 for christmas. I'll keep you guys posted on how they sound...
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The amp portion of the Aune T1 is rudimentary. Its thin and bright, unsuitable for neutral headphones as it will make them sound bright and prone to sibilance. I now understand why there were those who were complaining that the Aune T1 isn't better than their built in on board sound processors on MacBook or other systems. The amp is the bottleneck in your chain, I suggest upgrading to a better SS amp whenever you are ready. The DAC however is great (for me, IMHO), and I'm pairing it with a LBC clone, it sounds really great and I don't think I'll upgrade it for a while. Not to mention how sexy the Aune T1 looks on my desktop, other DACs usually just look like white/black boxes with an led in front and a switch.

 

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Originally Posted by truly194 View Post
 

I will get mk2 too, also replacement... And i will get Gold Lion tube :P I think in next week i will have it in home :)

 

How it play with Lovely Cube?

It didn't play. It sings :beyersmile: 

post #6338 of 6343

Guys i was thinking about new amp and dac, but Your words give me to thinking. Maybe just new amp to beyers 880 :P

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Guys i was thinking about new amp and dac, but Your words give me to thinking. Maybe just new amp to beyers 880 :P
for now if you need to budget for amps and DACs, get the amp first. The DAC is seriously good, aune T1 amp is seriously the bottleneck haha.
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Originally Posted by penmarker View Post

for now if you need to budget for amps and DACs, get the amp first. The DAC is seriously good, aune T1 amp is seriously the bottleneck haha.
Agreed. The DAC is quality stuff. Amp is meh. You would have to spend more than double to get something "better".
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@truly, the dac  is pretty nice, especially with being able to roll tubes. wait till you hear the 580's with a better amp. good stuff man...

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aune t1 mk2 and gold lion on board!

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Well, what do you think?
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