Originally Posted by samsamsam047
Has anyone compared the performance and sound signature difference between the and the V2 and the V3?
As they are using different tubes, Raytheon 6111 NOS for the V2 and the Thomson 6111 Nos for the V3, I am worried that the new Thomson might not perform as well as the old raytheon and thinking of picking up the V2 while my local audio store before they run out of stock.
Yes, this is somewhat bizarre, V2`s Raytheon tube did not need `150 hours` of `breaking in`. 150 hours represents about 30 battery charges and that is about 10 % of the estimated 300 battery charges this battery can take before its capacity to hold an electric charge dips below 80 to 70 % capacity of a new battery. At 70 % a battery is spent, it will discharge relatively quickly. So you lose 10 % of this amp lifetime just for the circuit or tube to settle in.
V2 sounds great and I was planning to buy another one for the future use and keep it in a fridge. V2 is so good that I actually think that when ALO Audio tinkered with it to make a better V3 version it actually made it a bit less good than V2. I`ll have to hear the V3 version to believe the claim that it is improved.
Another matter, we still do not know the Ohm value, or the output impedance, of the headphone out of the Continental. Does anybody know ?