A couple of questions that have come up recently...
1. What exactly are "Sophia tubes?"
Reading their website, it appears they don't make tubes but rather acquire NOS tubes and categorize them into quality ratings based on how they test? So if you buy one, how do you know if it's an RCA, Siemens, Silvania, or Mullard, etc.? Don't they all have different signatures?
2. Recent focus on the GS-X has me wondering...
The GS-X is a refinement of the GS-1 (primarily the power supply and XLR outputs) so I imagine that the audible improvements over the GS-1 would be rather small/subtle. A little google searching turned up the Sheer Audio HA-006, which is another dynalo amp that claims comparable performance to the GS-1. Is it fair to say that if all of these amps strictly follow Kevin Gilmores model, wouldnt the $450 HA-006 be a good choice for the HD800?
And also, where does the Gilmore Lite fit in? Used examples with separate power supply are regularly listed for about $300.
Edited by palmfish - 9/6/13 at 9:09am