Put the smoke-glass RCA 6SN7GT into the Bada last night. (Was up listening to the Mikros 90 until past midnight--and my alarm goes off at 04:00.)
This tube brings a creamier texture and an extra measure of purity and body to the midrange. This "tube effect" in concert with the midrange resolution, clarity and openness already inherent in the Mikros 90, made for captivating vocals. Joe MacDonald's "Rock Coast Blues" was an emotional gold mine with the MLs, with every little tremble/modulation in his voice delicately but clearly resolved. The Blues Breakers disc sounded surprising full, more rounded and warmer than what I could remember from before. By contrast, the (remastered) recording of Jethro Tull's "This Was" sounded a bit cold, flat and recessed in the studio room. (This Was is my favorite JT album, with Mick Abrahams on lead guitar, and one of my all-time favorite R&B albums.) Ronnie Foster's B3 Hammond solo on "4 on 6" (from Lee Ritenour's "Wes Bound") was completely arresting: nimble, tonally sophisticated and positively jumpin'!.
Tonight: the Brimar CV-1988!!! BRING IT AWWN! Mister Martin Logan, BRING IT AWWN!
Did I happen to mention that I am of the opinion that the Mikros 90 are a superb set of headphones?
Paul McCartney: All the Best (Capitol)
Country Joe and the Fish: I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die (Vanguard)
John Mayal/Eric Clapton: Bluesbreakers (Deram)
Jethro Tull: This Was (Chrysalis)
Lee Ritenour: Wes Bound (GRP)
Edited by pataburd - 1/30/14 at 7:15am