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Originally Posted by Grevlin View Post

Price alone should not be the "indicator" of a better product. (though the company selling this stuff sure hopes you think that)

 

Here we have:

 

a power strip that costs:  $965    (and has a break-in recommendation of 150-300 hours of ONLY music)

 

 

Will I be able to hear improvement with this?

 

...will be $1000 bucks worth of improvement?

 

 

I know better gear costs more, but there is "more expensive" and "better quality" and they are not always perfectly matched together.

 

Just something to consider.

 

LOL that looks like the power strips you pick up at Ikea glued to a cigar box.   If that is for real that made my night.

 

I love it!

post #887 of 6377
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Originally Posted by dcfis View Post

Well yea, I would hope it would, the aune is a great little combo that is well designed and nicely implemented. It punches way above its weight and has some cool features not seen at its level. It's not a near reference amp like the vioelectric. Which is also outclassed for much less than the 700 pounds it outclasses the aune by.

 

Agree the T1 is great and I am still enjoying it for what it is. And tube rolling is fun. :) I will be eventually moving it to another room, whenever I finally get to complete my main gear.


Edited by negura - 2/20/13 at 5:06pm
post #888 of 6377
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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

LOL that looks like the power strips you pick up at Ikea glued to a cigar box.   If that is for real that made my night.

I love it!

Real...

http://shop.mapleshadestore.com/prodinfo.asp?number=STRAT4CHSP
post #889 of 6377
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My Lyr is here, running it off the JDSLabs ODAC. This thing is really, really powerful and gets very hot. My tubes never got this hot in the T1, I'm sure they are fine though. I was used to rolling tubes after a two minute cool down before, but they are too hot to touch for 5 minutes or more with this amp. Tons of headroom too, I wouldn't dare go past 12 o'clock with HD700s with this one or risk destroying my hearing and headphones.

Sound is amazing, the ODAC is completely transparent but with the 7308s in the Lyr it sounds fat and spacious. Other than being on the hunt constantly for tubes, I am done shopping for the foreseeable future.

The T1 is an amazing piece of kit and comes within 85% or thereabouts to ODAC/Lyr for 1/3rd the cost. I still think it is a great bargain and I'm going to buy another one when my bank account is replenished. In the meantime, it is time to do some serious listening.
Edited by toschek - 2/20/13 at 6:55pm
post #891 of 6377
Did you try the aune dac to feed the LYR?
post #892 of 6377
Yeah, although because my tubes are either singles or pairs I couldn't find a good match between the T1 and the Lyr so it didn't go very well.

Since I already have worked out a deal in the classifieds and need to ship it out tomorrow I didn't want to risk messing with it anymore, it's time to clean it up and pack gently for it's next home. I'll miss it for how much it made me appreciate corners of my music I'd never noticed before.
post #893 of 6377

FWIW, I tried the Aune as DAC and my old Integra 5.3 as headphone amp.  Much to surprise, it sounds absolutely amazing!!!  More clear (yet almost as sweet) and more spacious. 

post #894 of 6377
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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

The T1 is an amazing piece of kit and comes within 85% or thereabouts to ODAC/Lyr

 

This is actually pretty awesome. + there are some minor things on Aune's favor such as less heating/easy rolling (as you already described) and the fact that only one tube is needed (easier hunting since you don't need to find matching pairs). In some stage you have to start getting those diminished returns and T1 certainly seems like a very good value for the money product. Now I'm pretty sure I'll be sticking with T1 + Annie for a good time. Thx mate and keep those impressions coming.


Edited by Salvatore - 2/20/13 at 10:47pm
post #895 of 6377

I would also say this is a great value.  It is a really detailed, yet forgiving source for the money. 

 

Just some tube rolling impressions this evening:

 

EH 6922 tube (supplied with delux version) is a smooth all-around tube.  The bass is deep though a little loose, and the treble is a little forward.  Some of the mid-range is a little grainy and recessed, but still rich.

 

Amperex Holland tube circa 1965 (pulled from old Tektronix scope, datecode 'Delta 5B4'): much wider sound stage and more detailed midrange.  Really amazing, almost holographic at times.  Bass is much tighter and cleaner, though rolled off compared to the EH tube.  Treble is cleaner and less fatiguing.  These tubes run about $25-40.

post #896 of 6377

One DAC you should consider is the Audiolabs M-DAC, I was very impressed with that DAC on a meet. 

post #897 of 6377

M-DAC should be awesome but it's quite expensive. I have 8200CDQ so I know from my personal experiences that Audiolab makes very high quality products. By the way I made a temporary storage solution for my tubes using the foam plastic cover that came with the T1 package:

 

 

hahaha what do you guys think? Ugly but works :D

post #898 of 6377
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Originally Posted by Salvatore View Post

M-DAC should be awesome but it's quite expensive. I have 8200CDQ so I know from my personal experiences that Audiolab makes very high quality products. By the way I made a temporary storage solution for my tubes using the foam plastic cover that came with the T1 package:

 

 

hahaha what do you guys think? Ugly but works :D

 

I've thought of something similar actually, but using the green foam that florists use to arrange flowers. That stuff is pretty solid and allows for firm pin penetration.

post #899 of 6377
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Originally Posted by Salvatore View Post

M-DAC should be awesome but it's quite expensive. I have 8200CDQ so I know from my personal experiences that Audiolab makes very high quality products. By the way I made a temporary storage solution for my tubes using the foam plastic cover that came with the T1 package:





hahaha what do you guys think? Ugly but works biggrin.gif

Actually I like it. If I didn't have a cat that would be a great idea. I'm storing mine in the sock drawer until I think of something better.
post #900 of 6377

Very creative!

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