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post #91 of 735
That is a big decrease. I wonder if it is a temporary reduction?
post #92 of 735

We had the Studio Six at our hotel on the weekend in Tokyo, fed by a Resonessence Invicta. It was fun blowing people's minds with the unrelenting detail when playing Friday Night in Sanfrancisco

 

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

We had the Studio Six at our hotel on the weekend in Tokyo, fed by a Resonessence Invicta. It was fun blowing people's minds with the unrelenting detail when playing Friday Night in Sanfrancisco



Interesting headphones there.
post #94 of 735

Hmmm...I didn't expect to see myself in this thread - didn't subscribe till now.

 

So I have the Studio Six with me at the moment. As Shigzeo mentioned, there's a hum with easier to drive headphones. The TH-900 being one of them at the moment. However, when the music starts playing I don't notice it.

 

The soundstage feels larger than my Zana Deux with DIY 3 ohm mod. I'll need to spend more time listening to it with various cans I have at the moment, but so far I'm quite impressed. Just the hum in between tracks is a little distracting.

 

post #95 of 735
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Hmmm...I didn't expect to see myself in this thread - didn't subscribe till now.

 

So I have the Studio Six with me at the moment. As Shigzeo mentioned, there's a hum with easier to drive headphones. The TH-900 being one of them at the moment. However, when the music starts playing I don't notice it.

 

The soundstage feels larger than my Zana Deux with DIY 3 ohm mod. I'll need to spend more time listening to it with various cans I have at the moment, but so far I'm quite impressed. Just the hum in between tracks is a little distracting.

 

Congratulations!!

 

I had a couple of hum incidents, but both times were common-mode noise related thank God!  And both occasions happened after taking the amp on trips to meets and friends studios and such.  I honestly don't even remember the remedies at this point!  LOL.  Sorry, after being through a move we're still un-boxing slowly and it's all a blur.

 

I'm thinking about working on a follow-up to my original Studio Six review in Positive Feedback, as I bought the review sample and I LOVE it.

 

That and my E.A.R HP4 are my two goto references right now, and I couldn't be happier!

 

With the new Audeze LCD-XC (closed), and especially w/ the LCD-X (new open-back) the sound continues to be fluid and airy, full-bodied, but wide-open as well.  I lose my sense of time when I'm rockin' the Studio Six.  I so get lost in the music with these recent can combos!!  It can all sound like emotional drivel I know - but to me, that's the greatest thing about music: How it makes me feel.  So naturally I look for that in my playback gear too.  I could honestly care less about bench specs and graphs.  What I really wanna know is:

 

Does it sound like music, or just great Hi-fi?

Does it move me?

 

sure a couple other things go through my mind when exploring new Hi-fi gear, but with an amp like the Studio Six it's easy to stay excited about listening.

It's easy to stay excited about exploring new music.  I'm basking in the Six + LCD-X's right now...

 

WHEW

 

Have you dug into any tube-rolling yet??

 

post #96 of 735
So is the hum that AnakChan found with his TH900's typical for this amp or is that just a one-off issue that can be remedied? I would love to give this amp a try, but if it can't play nice with my TH900's then I'm out.
post #97 of 735

Hey Guys,

 

The only time we have heard any appreciable hum with the Studio 6 has been the following.

 

1. Using IEMs

2. Very sensitive headphones and only when there is no music playing and I turn the volume way up to listen for hum. 

3. Poorly insulated input cables into the amp. 

4. Power cable that is crossing over your input cables, or vise versa. Move the cables around and see if the hum goes away here.

5. Bad power mains at your site

6. Amp is near a fluorescent light source

7. Bad / poor tube

 

Please check the above. 

 

These situations above are pretty common with a tube amp. The ST6 is remarkably quiet/black for a tube amp. I would not say the amp has typical tube amp hum.

 

Cheers

 

Ken

post #98 of 735

Cheers for the tips Ken. Good points. I'll check on the above.

 

I noticed it on the LCD-XC even although not so prominent as with the TH-900's. I'm using the Ref 16 (?) ICs, VH Audio Flavor 4 power cable. I'm also using Currawong's tubes at the moment (Sylvania? Need to check), not the standard ones that came with the S6.

 

This weekend I'll try the following :-

 

1) switching to the stock tubes

2) changing power strips

3) ensuring the ICs don't cross over the power cable

 

Will report back to here on my findings.

post #99 of 735
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Hey Guys,

 

The only time we have heard any appreciable hum with the Studio 6 has been the following.

 

1. Using IEMs

2. Very sensitive headphones and only when there is no music playing and I turn the volume way up to listen for hum. 

3. Poorly insulated input cables into the amp. 

4. Power cable that is crossing over your input cables, or vise versa. Move the cables around and see if the hum goes away here.

5. Bad power mains at your site

6. Amp is near a fluorescent light source

7. Bad / poor tube

 

Please check the above. 

 

These situations above are pretty common with a tube amp. The ST6 is remarkably quiet/black for a tube amp. I would not say the amp has typical tube amp hum.

 

Cheers

 

Ken

YES!!

A tip Harry Pearson taught me with regard to this point (and I've heard it):

 

4. Power cable that is crossing over your input cables, or vise versa. Move the cables around and see if the hum goes away here.

Be sure ALL cables, when they're near each other or need to rest on one another, especially power and interconnect cables, cross them at a 90 degree angle to cut down cross-talk/noise.

 

The first time I had some noise in my Studio Six it was because the cables shifted after moving it.

I fixed it right away.

 

Blastin' it now!!

post #100 of 735
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

We had the Studio Six at our hotel on the weekend in Tokyo, fed by a Resonessence Invicta. It was fun blowing people's minds with the unrelenting detail when playing Friday Night in Sanfrancisco

 

NICE!!!!!

Wow - that must've been KILLER

 

this is what my Studio Six rig/table ended up looking like at the CAS/Headmasters Meet!

So many cans, so little time...

post #101 of 735
AnakChan, can you give an idea of how the Studio Six compares to your ZD?
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NICE!!!!!

Wow - that must've been KILLER

 

this is what my Studio Six rig/table ended up looking like at the CAS/Headmasters Meet!

So many cans, so little time...

 

The Oppos PM1 were Jude's prototype (heck, the whole room was Jude's room).

 

I see that you utilised every port out of the S6 :D. Funny how I remember reading some early posts of the thread on of why so many ports are needed, well I can definitely say they've been useful so far.

 

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AnakChan, can you give an idea of how the Studio Six compares to your ZD?

 

AJ, I've actually given very little attention to the ZD since the S6 got into my apartment. The S6 has a wider staging, feels warmer (whilst with the ZD it's more upper ranged focused - may try changing input tubes on my ZD to see if I can tweak it), and an overall wholesome sound with the S6. That's not to say the ZD sounded thin by comparison but the stage space is smaller.

 

I think I can change both amps though with a little tube rolling experiment but the S6 isn't mine so I'm probably not going to buy tubes for that - unless I can use the same tubes for my other future set amps.

post #103 of 735

Has anyone got any comparisons between the SS and Bakoon HPA-21 ? Both End-game amps...

post #104 of 735

There is one in 6moons. Google '6moons studio six'.

post #105 of 735

The review says that in terms of detail, the Bakoon would be better

 

Anyway, I'm making an order like very soon now (Nagging our Audeze guy to bring it, cause he did order the PanAm and some cables)

Will make the purchase some time Jan/Feb tops

 

Does the Capacitor upgrade really make a difference, btw?

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