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post #3466 of 8029

Don`t forget important question - what music genre you mainly listen? First NOS tube I would go for is Amperex OG 6DJ8/ECC88. 


Edited by CoiL - 12/5/13 at 11:34am
post #3467 of 8029

Everything comes into play when thinking about the tubes to roll.

 

The entire gear chain, including the source and the headphones.

The type(s) of music you listen to.

What you "like" in terms of sound, more neutal? warmer? more analytical? etc. etc. etc.

 

That can help narrow down what you spend your money on for tubes.

 

  -Mike

post #3468 of 8029

This has been posted to Head-Fi a few times in other threads, but I'm not sure if it has made it to this one or not.

 

If it hasn't, and you're into tubes, it's worth spending the time to watch it.  One of, if not *the* coolest "DIY" I've seen in audio.  This guy has amazing skill, and from what I understand, a lot of the equipment he's using in the video is home-built as well.

 

http://makezine.com/2008/01/07/make-your-own-vacuum-tube/

 

  -Mike

post #3469 of 8029
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Originally Posted by ppdv View Post

Hi Guys,

was on the lookout for a tube amplifier and have been reading the AUNE T1 for a while after being referred to it by White Lotus on one of my other posts.

I have placed an order for the T1 and should be getting it shortly.

I have been reading through a lot of the thread on this thread and will start to try the tube rolling slowly.

Is this the Voshod (rocket logo) that has been referred to in many posts and is it worth picking up ? or should i go for the Amperex 7308 or goldlion ?

Regards,
Prashant Divakaran

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The Voskhod is more upfront, almost "in your face" many people love it. Good price too. I much prefer the 7308 for classical, jazz or classic rock , liquid, musical, great soundstage . But it all depends on your personal feelings and what music you listen to. Also the Amperex 7308 is pretty expensive, in the US Upscale Audio sells these for $75 USD 54.89 €, although I use "driver grade" which works fine for the T1 and cost $50, 36.59 €.
Edited by teb1013 - 12/5/13 at 1:12pm
post #3470 of 8029
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Originally Posted by CoiL View Post
 

Don`t forget important question - what music genre you mainly listen? First NOS tube I would go for is Amperex OG 6DJ8/ECC88. 

 

Hi CoiL,

 

Thanks for your reply, have stated my music preferences at the end since multiple people has asked about it.

I will be on the lookout for Amperex, but if you see some good deals please do share it. I am in no hurry and will listen on this for a while, no plans to simply test and sell it off.

 

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Originally Posted by mhamel View Post
 

Everything comes into play when thinking about the tubes to roll.

 

The entire gear chain, including the source and the headphones.

The type(s) of music you listen to.

What you "like" in terms of sound, more neutal? warmer? more analytical? etc. etc. etc.

 

That can help narrow down what you spend your money on for tubes.

 

  -Mike

 

Hi mhamel,

I am aware of that.

With AUNE, i would be primarily using my laptop USB output ( foobar mostly ) . My ipad does not have any lossless music stored so will not use it and its being used more by my better half.

 

my cans at present are the ATHM50c and would like to try the Beyers Premium editions and sennheisers at some shops before i actually buy.

 

I also have a cowon j3 filled with FLAC Files for most of my albums (throw in a few mp3's for which i couldnt find lossless versions ) but i am not sure if i can use the USB method to connect it to AUNE.

 

My musical tastes are to have the bass tight ( ex: snare drum should be tight, kick drum should be smooth, guitar sounds should be powerful for some of those metallica songs , yea i am really bad at describing how my music should be... :D )

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The Voskhod is more upfront, almost "in your face" many people love it. Good price too. I much prefer the 7308 for classical, jazz or classic rock , liquid, musical, great soundstage . But it all depends on your personal feelings and what music you listen to. Also the Amperex 7308 is pretty expensive, in the US Upscale Audio sells these for $75 USD 54.89 €, although I use "driver grade" which
works fine for the T1 and cost $50, 36.59 €.

 

Hi Teb1013,

Thanks for information, I am not much into Jazz, Blues, though i do ocassionally hear classical (really rare) if get some good collection.

I will consider 7308 down the line for my rock songs..

 

My music tastes vary from listening to rock, pop, new age, alternative, progressive, metal, Indian Music, to be more precise some of the artists that i love listening to and are amongst my favorites : scorpions, Metallica, bonjovi, yanni, Linkin Park, Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, Celtic ( Loreena McKennitt, Enya ) , and Indian music like from AR Rahman (not sure how many of you have heard his songs/music) .

 

 

BTW: just received my AUNE today, will connect it once i am at home in the evening since i dont have my cans here at my work.

 

Thanks everyone, will be posting my impressions ... :)

post #3471 of 8029

Hey all~

 

Hoping I can get some help getting my BRAND NEW T1 (6922EH tube) to work... Here's my setup:

2009 Macbook Pro 2.66 Core 2

OSX Mavericks 10.9 Build 13A603

 

I'm having an issue that when the volume is turned up on the computer, there is massive distortion coming from the T1 (via USB). This happens on both the headphone output as well as the line output. I have tested the line input of the T1 itself, and it works perfectly. I know that OSX Mavericks has created headaches for many audio devices; is the T1 included in that list?

The weird thing is, is that with iTunes volume at maybe 5%, and the master output of the computer at ONE click up, the audio passes cleanly. I have tried all of the USB ports with no change of symptoms. 

Is this the sign of a faulty unit, or am I waiting for a software update to fix it?

 

Thanks in advance!

post #3472 of 8029
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Justino77 View Post

Hey all~

Hoping I can get some help getting my BRAND NEW T1 (6922EH tube) to work... Here's my setup:
2009 Macbook Pro 2.66 Core 2
OSX Mavericks 10.9 Build 13A603

I'm having an issue that when the volume is turned up on the computer, there is massive distortion coming from the T1 (via USB). This happens on both the headphone output as well as the line output. I have tested the line input of the T1 itself, and it works perfectly. I know that OSX Mavericks has created headaches for many audio devices; is the T1 included in that list?
The weird thing is, is that with iTunes volume at maybe 5%, and the master output of the computer at ONE click up, the audio passes cleanly. I have tried all of the USB ports with no change of symptoms. 
Is this the sign of a faulty unit, or am I waiting for a software update to fix it?

Thanks in advance!
I would test it on somebody's PC to narrow the issue to either the Mac or the T1.
post #3473 of 8029
Quote:
Originally Posted by Justino77 View Post
 

Hey all~

 

Hoping I can get some help getting my BRAND NEW T1 (6922EH tube) to work... Here's my setup:

2009 Macbook Pro 2.66 Core 2

OSX Mavericks 10.9 Build 13A603

 

I'm having an issue that when the volume is turned up on the computer, there is massive distortion coming from the T1 (via USB). This happens on both the headphone output as well as the line output. I have tested the line input of the T1 itself, and it works perfectly. I know that OSX Mavericks has created headaches for many audio devices; is the T1 included in that list?

The weird thing is, is that with iTunes volume at maybe 5%, and the master output of the computer at ONE click up, the audio passes cleanly. I have tried all of the USB ports with no change of symptoms. 

Is this the sign of a faulty unit, or am I waiting for a software update to fix it?

 

Thanks in advance!

If the problem happens to be the usb input but not the line in input then you might want to suspect a faulty tube. This is because line input will "skip" the tube dac part. Try a new tube is what I will suggest.

post #3474 of 8029

Also someone had problems with iPad/iOS and had to use powered usb hub. Might also be Apple software related issue but haven`t understood yet why because Aune T1 does not draw any power from USB, only data signals. Worth to try if you have powered usb hub laying around.

post #3475 of 8029
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Originally Posted by CoiL View Post

Also someone had problems with iPad/iOS and had to use powered usb hub. Might also be Apple software related issue but haven`t understood yet why because Aune T1 does not draw any power from USB, only data signals. Worth to try if you have powered usb hub laying around.

Yes, I have to use a small powered hub with the iPad or iPhone to avoid a "low power" reading, despite the fact that the T1 doesn't draw power from the USB port. It works great once you use the hub though.
post #3476 of 8029

Hi guys, I recently acquired an SRH840 and I was told I won't be getting the best out of it without an amp, I plug it into my mic interface, a Shure X2U.

 

Is that true? Would the T1 give me good results? 

I listen to a lot of stuff, but mainly acoustic stuff like Kings of Convenience, Simon and Garfunkel, and a ton of metal stuff, including modern screaming bands and 80's stuff, a lot of Dream Theater as well. 

 

Help a noob out? 

post #3477 of 8029
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by naseemckhan View Post

Hi guys, I recently acquired an SRH840 and I was told I won't be getting the best out of it without an amp, I plug it into my mic interface, a Shure X2U.

Is that true? Would the T1 give me good results? 
I listen to a lot of stuff, but mainly acoustic stuff like Kings of Convenience, Simon and Garfunkel, and a ton of metal stuff, including modern screaming bands and 80's stuff, a lot of Dream Theater as well. 

Help a noob out? 

I don't have experience with Shure headphones, but I don't see why the T1 wouldn't work great for your purposes as long as you use a computer as your source. Be prepared to buy a few aftermarket tubes to find the best sound for you though!
post #3478 of 8029

Oh my... still getting impressed by some tube and certain band/music combination. With external speakers + Animals As Leaders / Ganesh Rao / Tesseract + Amperex OG 6GM8/ECC86 = holographic liquid ! ;P With headphones, as I´ve said before, this tube is slightly "bass shy", but still sounds marvelous.

post #3479 of 8029
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Originally Posted by CoiL View Post
 

Oh my... still getting impressed by some tube and certain band/music combination. With external speakers + Animals As Leaders / Ganesh Rao / Tesseract + Amperex OG 6GM8/ECC86 = holographic liquid ! ;P With headphones, as I´ve said before, this tube is slightly "bass shy", but still sounds marvelous.


I guess my Amperex OG is te parcel that arrive under my name last two weeks. Can't wait testing the tube.

 

BTW, with AB comparison for my T1 vs Xduoo TA-01, T1 seems to have less juice. Using T1 as DAC and TA-01 as amp, no more bright issue. After get my self Amperex OG, time to return the TA-01. TA-01 is  rival to my T1.

post #3480 of 8029
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by diaBoliQu3 View Post


I guess my Amperex OG is te parcel that arrive under my name last two weeks. Can't wait testing the tube.

BTW, with AB comparison for my T1 vs Xduoo TA-01, T1 seems to have less juice. Using T1 as DAC and TA-01 as amp, no more bright issue. After get my self Amperex OG, time to return the TA-01. TA-01 is  rival to my T1.

Cool. Pairing a different amp with the T1 is not a bad idea. But make sure the gain switches underneath the T1 are on when you compare power.
Edited by joeq70 - 12/8/13 at 6:08am
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