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post #751 of 13430
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I agree with you mostly, but I don't believe that there are many "poor DACs" out there. If you research and shop wisely, you can find a number of DACs that decode accurately and "do no harm" that are very affordable. Same with amps - well engineered and sufficiently powerful amps dont have to cost a lot.

 

I think the law of diminishing returns applies to upstream gear to a much greater degree than it does to headphones. That's my point in a nutshell.

I agree with you on the diminished returns with newer DACs. I find that after about the $1000 ish range things start to plateau pretty quickly. 

post #752 of 13430

No it's just I wanted to give the newer HD800s a good go to see if they change anything for me. I bought the LCD3 with a right amount of expectation so I'm not really disappointed by it. I actually like it a lot more than the LCD2 though its still too early to put a dot on it.  Not sure what you mean by top the Mjo and Gung but if you mean upgrade I'm not sure; we'll see what happens. I'm probably going to upgrade my DAC. 

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That :| don't sound very nice. You ordered a HD800...am I gathering that the LCD-3 didn't bring the improvements you expected and if you keep it you're gonna top the Mjolnir & Gungnir? confused.gif

post #753 of 13430

Anyone have a complete list of the tube headphone amp with preamp functions that work well with the HD800 in around or below $2K?  Only ones I can think of are...

 

Apex Peak

Decware CSP2

EC ZDSE

 

Drawing blanks otherwise.


Edited by Solude - 3/7/13 at 5:44pm
post #754 of 13430
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Anyone have a complete list of the tube headphone amp with preamp functions that work well with the HD800 in around or below $2K?  Only ones I can think of are...

 

Apex Peak

Decware CSP2

 

Drawing blanks otherwise.

The new Decware Taboo MK III has Pre-amp functionality now as well....

 

 

post #755 of 13430

Now if only it didn't look like a uboat ;)

post #756 of 13430
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Now if only it didn't look like a uboat ;)

I love the looks of the Taboo. smile.gif Like, man I don't have a tube amp and it would be top of my list! Looking forward to Frank's review of it. 

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I like the original.  The tube tester gauges need to go though and to be honest the front should be 4pin and TRS not dual 3pin.  Will add they aren't doing themselves any favours doing the promo shots with the gold dial instead of wood and with dampers on.

post #758 of 13430
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Now if only it didn't look like a uboat ;)

OH man I almost fell out of my chairbiggrin.gif...My neighbors are thinking I'm crazing laughing so hard.

post #759 of 13430
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

I like the original.  The tube tester gauges need to go though and to be honest the front should be 4pin and TRS not dual 3pin.  Will add they aren't doing themselves any favours doing the promo shots with the gold dial instead of wood and with dampers on.

Agree about the dampers, look like rolled up condoms...just sayin'

post #760 of 13430

Checked the site.  No preamp outs available as an option at least officially :(

post #761 of 13430
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

I like the original.  The tube tester gauges need to go though and to be honest the front should be 4pin and TRS not dual 3pin.  Will add they aren't doing themselves any favours doing the promo shots with the gold dial instead of wood and with dampers on.

Funny, I love the gauges. Agreed that better tube dampers for promo shots would have been a better idea. Overall if it sounds as good as it looks, I might be very tempted. 

post #762 of 13430
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

I like the original.  The tube tester gauges need to go though and to be honest the front should be 4pin and TRS not dual 3pin.  Will add they aren't doing themselves any favours doing the promo shots with the gold dial instead of wood and with dampers on.

You can order it with the 4 pin xlr and the gauges are really very good as it will let you know if the power tubes you have int  there are matched and also it will let you know if they are weak or getting to the point where they will need replacing, I think its a big plus  to have them in the design. he already has preorders for over 20 amps so I guess the promos were working for him. 12 week wait


Edited by Frank I - 3/7/13 at 6:20pm
post #763 of 13430

I'd like to know too but the ad press is just weird.  They describe lucid mode as mono sounding.  How does destroying the stereo image improve staging?

post #764 of 13430
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

You can order it with the 4 pin xlr and the gauges are really very good as it will let you know if the power tubes you have int  there are matched and also it will let you know if they are weak or getting to the point where they will need replacing, I think its a big plus  to have them in the design. he already has preorders for over 20 amps so I guess the promos were working for him. 12 week wait

 

I'd rather pay my tube guy $5 than Decware $500 just saying ;)

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I'd rather pay my tube guy $5 than Decware $500 just saying ;)

To each his own. Just saying

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