Originally Posted by abhinit90
Originally Posted by richard51
hello to all of you hi-fi friends.... I have a Aune T1(+ amperex orange globe) and i decide to try my Hifiman he 400 with another dac for the cheap price of 50 dollars : the Hifimediy usb dac....I try a comparison between these two dacs .... I use the amp section of the Aune t1 with the Hifimedyi dac... Same amp and two dacs....The winner is clearly for my ears the cheap Hifimediy.....I decide to order the asynchronus version of this dac (60 dollars price)
I will give to you my impression in the near future....the sound of the Hifimedyi dac civilized the harshness or the tizz of the treble of the he 400.....I have ordered another amp for comparison with the amp section of the Aune t1.....The Bravo Ocean is 120 dollars tube amp and i am curious to see if the sound of this tube amp will compare with the Amp section of the T1... Perhaps i will combine the aune amp with the ocean for preamp and the hifimediy dac ....... Have you some idea about that ?
Bad news for me having just bought an Aune.
Originally Posted by mhamel
The amplifier section of the T1 does not drive the Fostex planars very well. Tube rolling can change the sound, but the tube in the T1 is a buffer stage, it's not going to increase the power output of the amp. Ideally, the T1 would be better suited as a DAC driving an outboard amp for that setup.
That sounds like I made a wrong choice. Coupled with the reply saying that a hifimediy dac performs much better than the Aune T1 makes me want to facepalm myself pretty hard :|
Originally Posted by CoiL
Hope that tube rolling will help you. You should really get Amperex OG. Stock T50RP were one of my thoughts of upgrading but seems orthos are difficult in finding good match with DAC and need good amp as well. Of course Paradox is different league. I`m still confused about what amp to get because for bang-for-a-buck guy like me, it`s hard to choose from all those cheap amps.
I'll see what I can do, might need to get another amp. I know, I myself am a VFM fanatic. Might get a cheaper Fiio offering, an O2 amp or maybe A Vali/ Modi.
I blame headfonia for misguiding me, I was almost *almost* certain on buying a Magni+Modi or a Modi+Vali
I think richard is talking about the synergy between T1 and he-400, so unless you own he-400, I don't see how this would be bad news for you. He is saying that hifimediy is less bright (and softer) than T1 so it tames the treble of he-400 and therefore has better synergy. If you are using T1 you should definitely try one of the better tubes available / try to work the synergy issues with tube rolling (if you have any). I prefer to roll tubes rather than DACs.
And who is saying that MM stack would be better than T1? You shouldn't feel bad reading one or two negative comments when this thread is full of positive reviews and happy customers. You should also make your own impression actually using and experimenting with the product. For people who has followed this thread for a long time know that:
a) T1 has enough juice to drive even some of the more power hungry headphones (see the gain settings for optimal performance)
b) if T1 amp power is somehow insufficient you can always get better amp and use T1 as a dac only
c) T1 is on the bright side, so if you own med/treble heavy cans such as HD 800, AKG K/Q series, Grados, audio technicas etc. you should try mellow sounding tube
d) T1 performance excels many rivals in it's price range and can even compete with products costing twice or more as much
e) T1 is NOT tube amp, so those of you looking to get that thick tubey sound might get disappointed