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post #991 of 1838
I'm really enjoying the tungsgram el 84s. I've only had them a few days but they seem to be similar to the phillips el 84s but I think i may like them more. I'll have to listen a while longer to decide.

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Rectifiers next, but will take me longer to complete comparing and post findings.


USAF-596
GEC/Marconi U52
Brimar 5R4GY
Valve Art 274B
RCA 5Y3 GT (on the way)

The stock output tubes are growing on me quite a lot, any suggestions of what may work better? I only have a pair of Amperex EL84 at the moment and the Russian 6P15P-ER (the special long life edition, gold plates). The latter however are new and in dire need of burn-in which isn't a priority for me yet.
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Ditto. I am impressed with the stock selection, even more so considering the cost. 

 

The 6922 pinched waist just gave me a fresh perspective on my rectifiers. It's also a very good benchmark tube, being so detailed and transparent. Enjoying the Brimar at the moment and temporarily swapped out the USAF-596.

Awesome.  I seriously am going to visit you when I'm in London next.

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Need help/recommendations...

 

About 30 minutes ago my PS Audio Multiwave P300 went kablooey, totally dead.  Unfortuantly it took out the rectifiers in the Taboo and CSP2+ (relatively inexpensive) and the two fuses (cheap, thank G-d).  WHen I replaced the rectifiers and the fuses both amps seemed OK.  Now I have to figure out how to replace the P300.
 

 

Don't want to spend a fortune, that unit was 12+ years old and I am assuming PS Audio has since come out with better/sounding cheaper replacements, especially if I buy one used.  Any recommendations for PS Audio owners?

 

Thanks.

 

Ian

 

P.S. Dumb question but does the P300 multiwave have a fuse?  I see the new units do but I can't find one on my Multiwave.


Edited by IHMEYERS - 7/17/13 at 6:02pm
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[Nevermind: I just realized the output is 230V so no good for the US. But I will leave this note here for any EU/UK/AUS people)]

 

Sorry to hear. I just bought an English made regenerator a friend recommended and it's going to be with me tomorrow. Right now it's on 1/3 off. This is the 500W one.  Original price was I think £400, then reduced to £300 and you can now use voucher code: summer at checkout. Will let you know with my findings.

 

 

http://www.powerinspired.com/ag-series-ac-power-regenerator/

 

A lot of these people seem to be very pleased:

http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread.php?70097-AC-ReGenerator/page4&highlight=ag500


Edited by negura - 7/17/13 at 6:13pm
post #995 of 1838

Thanks for the tip.  I'd love to get this fixed if I could; who knows it could be something as simple as a blown resistor somewhere.

 

From reading reviews it seems as if the new P5 is better than the old multiwave but those are $$$ so I guess I will give PS Audio a call tomorrow and see what they suggest.
 

 

Nevermind...Located the fuse, yup it's blown.  Will replace tomorrow and hope for the best...


Edited by IHMEYERS - 7/17/13 at 6:32pm
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Unfortunately for me the PS Audio unit is dead.  Replaced the fuse (twice) this afternoon and it blew both times as soon as I turned it on. frown.gif

 

The good news is that there is no damage to the CSP2+ or the Taboo.  Once I replaced the fuses in both it turned right on.  smily_headphones1.gif  I think what happened is the Sovtek 5Y3GT rectifier blew in the CSP2+ (it arced really bad) and took out the PS Audio unit as well as the fuses.  I ordered a replacement Sovtek tube but my NOS RCA 5Y3GT came today so I dropped that in the CSP and am breaking it in now.

 

I can't believe how much of a difference the P300 made in the system.  I can send it back to PS Audio and they will repair it for $500 but I am thinking maybe I buy a newer unit since the P300 is more than 12 years old.  Anyone have a P3 in their system now?  If so how do you like it?

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[Nevermind: I just realized the output is 230V so no good for the US. But I will leave this note here for any EU/UK/AUS people)]

 

Sorry to hear. I just bought an English made regenerator a friend recommended and it's going to be with me tomorrow. Right now it's on 1/3 off. This is the 500W one.  Original price was I think £400, then reduced to £300 and you can now use voucher code: summer at checkout. Will let you know with my findings.

 

 

http://www.powerinspired.com/ag-series-ac-power-regenerator/

 

A lot of these people seem to be very pleased:

http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread.php?70097-AC-ReGenerator/page4&highlight=ag500

 

I'll be interested in your findings on this. Given the price, it looks almost like a no brainer. 

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I'll be interested in your findings on this. Given the price, it looks almost like a no brainer. 

 

Impressions as requested:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/672988/power-inspired-ag500-power-regenerator-review

 

As this is the Taboo MK3 topic, I found the impact of the AG500 even more noticeable with the Taboo than with the Burson, but certainly there with both. I suspect this is because the Taboo is both more detailed and more transparent.


Edited by negura - 7/18/13 at 1:39pm
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I'll be interested in your findings on this. Given the price, it looks almost like a no brainer. 


Don't know what I am going to do.

 

The older PS Audio PPPs have terrible reviews re reliability.   I have been advised by everyone (even an unamed source close to PS Audio NOT to buy a used one).  The P3 is clearly better but expensive.  Maybe I will have my P300 repaired.  I am on the fence because

 

a) it's a 12 year old unit

b) cost including back and forth shipping will be >$600

c) it will take 4-8 weeks to get the unit back

 

Anyone have experience with the Shunyata Hydra 6 or 8 or the Richard Grey stuff?  The Taboo and CSP2+ sound much worse without the P300.  I wish that weren't the case but alas it is...frown.gif

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Originally Posted by Charnwood View Post

I'll be interested in your findings on this. Given the price, it looks almost like a no brainer. 


Don't know what I am going to do.

The older PS Audio PPPs have terrible reviews re reliability.   I have been advised by everyone (even an unamed source close to PS Audio NOT to buy a used one).  The P3 is clearly better but expensive.  Maybe I will have my P300 repaired.  I am on the fence because

a) it's a 12 year old unit
b) cost including back and forth shipping will be >$600
c) it will take 4-8 weeks to get the unit back

Anyone have experience with the Shunyata Hydra 6 or 8 or the Richard Grey stuff?  The Taboo and CSP2+ sound much worse without the P300.  I wish that weren't the case but alas it is...frown.gif

A good amp amp and preamp will reflect their source. GIGO....
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A good amp amp and preamp will reflect their source. GIGO....


Yeah, and the power in Florida is garbage.  Measured the power this morning at 125.7v.  Last night it was 115v. 

 

I think a power regeneration unit is mandatory here.  Wish they weren't so damn expensive.  I found an ExactPower EP 115 for about $1k.    Reviews are sparse but they were good.  Wish I knew more about  this unit.  That's about all my budget will allow right now...

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Yeah, and the power in Florida is garbage.  Measured the power this morning at 125.7v.  Last night it was 115v. 

I think a power regeneration unit is mandatory here.  Wish they weren't so damn expensive.  I found an ExactPower EP 115 for about $1k.    Reviews are sparse but they were good.  Wish I knew more about  this unit.  That's about all my budget will allow right now...

I use this one:
APC AV Black J Type 1.5kVA Power Conditioner with Battery Backup 120V

It has saved me numerous times from the flickering flaky power we have here in the great white north boonies of Northern MN.
post #1003 of 1838
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Originally Posted by IHMEYERS View Post


Yeah, and the power in Florida is garbage.  Measured the power this morning at 125.7v.  Last night it was 115v. 

 

I think a power regeneration unit is mandatory here.  Wish they weren't so damn expensive.  I found an ExactPower EP 115 for about $1k.    Reviews are sparse but they were good.  Wish I knew more about  this unit.  That's about all my budget will allow right now...

 

Ditto. London UK measured is 243V to 248.5V, expected base being 230V.  All that in half a day.

post #1004 of 1838

One NOS USAF-596 on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-NIB-United-Electronics-USAF-596-rectifier-tube-/161069841562?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item258082bc9a

 

These are RARE, it's the first one I've seen in months. I have 3 of them now, so am covered for a while.


Edited by negura - 7/20/13 at 6:41pm
post #1005 of 1838

Really enjoying the Grado 225i on the MKIII.  My first Grado.  After owning some fine headphones like the LCD-2, HE-500, and TH-600 I could be happy with these 225 for a while before I make the jump to a flagship headphone.  

 

Unrelated, just started using a Venom 3 cable into the Taboo.  I'm still trying to figure out why I like the rig even more now with the Venom in place.  There appears to be an overall improvement in regards to clarity, especially in the treble.  The other confounder is that at the same time I also switched to a Mac Mini and now demo'ing Amarra instead of using JRiver as a player.  There may be improvements due to Amarra.    

 

In any case, the Taboo is really shining these days.  And I haven't even dropped in the good tubes yet wink.gif.  Tube rolling isn't a necessity on the Taboo but that doesn't mean we won't do it.      

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