Originally Posted by Salvatore
It's not that I don't like my T1. I love it. It's just that I feel like being majorly fu**ed by this company. If we all had the same inferior parts I wouldn't be as pissed, but now we need to add cap list to our tube reviews. Well good tubes are still good tubes but the synergies will be affected. I've been spreading good word of how nice this unit is just to discover this. I would have been much happier without knowing (this being said I'm very glad that lwrs brought this issue to our attention). Around €300 spend on tubes and that's only because I really like T1. I don't own or have access to soldering tools so if I want to replace any parts I need to consult an electrician that has the tools and know how. Well like I said I'll wait for your impressions first. T1 still beats many rivals in same and higher price point. I would, for example, take T1 over dacmagic any day.
LOL...I hear you
TEAM ...LETS ALL STEP BACK A MOMENT (gee Rob, the voice of reason ?? ) lol
There is no NEED to change the parts in this unit. Out of the box it is pretty awesome. The caps in it may not be caps that 25 years from now are still ticking but those are the days we live in, a disposable society. Gone are the days of amps and equipment that worked on the late 60's still working good as new today.
My own experience, the unit is dead quiet, no gain hiss, no hum, is clearly articulate in presentation an very tailorable using various tubes to suit your system and preferences. It is by itself, regardless of capacitor type, a well made unit.
Now we have Lwrs10 who has graciously put the AUNE T1 through its paces and based on his very high knowledge of electronics, determined it could be better. Okay, but lets quantify that for a moment. Better how ?
Well, for one thing, better caps might last longer. But if they only last 10 years vs 25, is that an issue?
Another is he heard a distinctive sound difference? Okay, how distinctive? (not questioning you lwrs, I am making a point only)
10% Difference? 5% ? 1%?
I ask this because in things related to audio, sometimes it could be very high in cost just to gain a 1% difference (especially in high end). Would you put a $100 USB and $200 RCA's on your $159 AUNE ? (I hope not)
So what is my point?
If you had never heard about a tweak on the AUNE with the caps, you would still be loving the unit and enjoying what it does. Many of us ARE tweaker's (not to be confused with Miley Cyrus twerking) and LWRS is in my opinion a very knowledgeable and high-end tweaker. He can change parts and do analysis the way you or I would change a lightbulb. But that doesn't mean this is a "Only sounds good if you change the caps" product. Not at all.
There are products out there you can buy that ONLY sound good if you do mods to them. Some Cambridge phono stages for example (no disrespect to the Cambridge owners). The AUNE is not one of those .Like I said, if all this thread ever talked about was tube rolling, all would be well.
Will I change mine ? Sure, but not because I am expecting much better sound. In fact, recaps I have done in the past netted me peace of mine against aging caps and sound difference was pretty much undetectable (the M65 for example). Nope, I am changing mine because 1) I CAN 2) I love tweaking projects so I am grateful to Lwrs for the fun !!
Be at peace with your AUNE...LOL