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post #946 of 1204

I also don't notice any of this.

 

I am frequently listening below 9 AM on the dial. Most of the time actually. My headphones are LCD-X, so I would probably notice.

 

All I can say is the Ember 2 is pure bliss for me.

 

Mine is configured as it came, no changes other than I put in a 6n6p tube.

post #947 of 1204
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The Ember does not necessarily have a channel imbalance below 9:00. A worst case scenario would be extremely efficient headphones and  a very powerful source, where normal listening levels would be below 9:00 on the volume pot. The PDF manual available on the Garage 1217 website mentions this under "Normal Operation And Notes" and you can configure the input attenuation module to avoid this. I have sensitive cans and a very high output CD player so I am often listening to CD's near the 9:00 position, I have never heard any channel imbalance or scratching sounds loud enough to notice (caps bypassed) but that may be because I was lucky with my tube selections. Definitely read the manual. It is amazing how configurable the Ember II is.

Thanks for your reply. Your experience is re-assuring. I have a very high output CD player too and HD650s and on my integrated Marantz PM6004 amp I seldom go above 9:00 position. 

 

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I also don't notice any of this.

 

I am frequently listening below 9 AM on the dial. Most of the time actually. My headphones are LCD-X, so I would probably notice.

 

All I can say is the Ember 2 is pure bliss for me.

 

Mine is configured as it came, no changes other than I put in a 6n6p tube.

Thanks. I am almost certain I am going to order one soon. Just need to decide between the acrylic and metal chassis. The acrylic looks so cool but the metal one gives it a more professional appearance. I don't think I'll have any noisy electronics in the room (just a TV and iPad, iPhone) so I don't think I need to aluminum for noise protection. 

post #948 of 1204
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Originally Posted by HiHead Hunter View Post
 

Thanks for your reply. Your experience is re-assuring. I have a very high output CD player too and HD650s and on my integrated Marantz PM6004 amp I seldom go above 9:00 position. 

 

Thanks. I am almost certain I am going to order one soon. Just need to decide between the acrylic and metal chassis. The acrylic looks so cool but the metal one gives it a more professional appearance. I don't think I'll have any noisy electronics in the room (just a TV and iPad, iPhone) so I don't think I need to aluminum for noise protection. 

Metal looks classier, in my opinion.

post #949 of 1204
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Originally Posted by HiHead Hunter View Post
 

Thanks for your reply. Your experience is re-assuring. I have a very high output CD player too and HD650s and on my integrated Marantz PM6004 amp I seldom go above 9:00 position. 

 

Thanks. I am almost certain I am going to order one soon. Just need to decide between the acrylic and metal chassis. The acrylic looks so cool but the metal one gives it a more professional appearance. I don't think I'll have any noisy electronics in the room (just a TV and iPad, iPhone) so I don't think I need to aluminum for noise protection. 

I got the metal because I thought it looks "higher end". Mine is beautiful. 

post #950 of 1204

The acryllic chassis looks gorgeous if you do most of your listening in the dark. Aluminum chassis if you tend to leave the lights on.

post #951 of 1204
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The acryllic chassis looks gorgeous if you do most of your listening in the dark. Aluminum chassis if you tend to leave the lights on.

The in the dark look is what made my GF  buy the Ember for me, only thing is she likes pink..:p

post #952 of 1204
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The in the dark look is what made my GF  buy the Ember for me, only thing is she likes pink..:p

 

All the acryllic Garage1217 amps look gorgeous in the dark. Your girlfriend has great taste! :smile:

post #953 of 1204
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The acryllic chassis looks gorgeous if you do most of your listening in the dark. Aluminum chassis if you tend to leave the lights on.

 

 

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Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
 

The in the dark look is what made my GF  buy the Ember for me, only thing is she likes pink..:p

 

 

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All the acryllic Garage1217 amps look gorgeous in the dark. Your girlfriend has great taste! :smile:

You guys are not making this easy for me :)  I was almost set on the metal chassis.

post #954 of 1204
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You guys are not making this easy for me :)  I was almost set on the metal chassis.

 :bigsmile_face:    Follow your heart! The aluminum is very stealth-looking, but the acryllic can't help but draw attention to itself.

 

I got both chassis for my Polaris (because Jeremy ran out of the aluminum cases at the time).

 

If it's any help, I settled on the aluminum. It looks better under lighting and also adds more weight to the amp so it doesn't shift around as easily when handled. The acrylic was also a bit of a fingerprint maget, in my experience.

post #955 of 1204
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You guys are not making this easy for me :)  I was almost set on the metal chassis.

I love my metal - music and Ember. :-)

 

Let me assure you, turn off the lights and the metal chassis is also beautiful. I love the glow that radiates throughout.

post #956 of 1204
Get both, change depending on the mood and song :P
post #957 of 1204

I dig the acrylic top, for both my Ember and Polaris. I like seeing all the circuit parts. If you are a guy who likes watches where you can see the gears and moving parts you will like the acrylic top.

post #958 of 1204
If anybody is interested in buying an Ember with a lot of tubes:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/191904845097?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
post #959 of 1204

Getting both is really the best decission so far, though it takes some money)

post #960 of 1204
This amp is really getting my attention....anyone have any knowledge on how the ZMF Vibro does with it? I am using a Vali first gen at the moment and after hearing my buddies amp (highly praised and not trying to name drop for sake of sales pitch....) I can hear the difference in what I am missing with more power.... Anyhoo I care more about how musical an amp is then to dry and analytical. Any insight on the matter would be helpful. Started at page 25 to about 30 before I posted btw. Also feel free to PM me if you feel this is too off topic.
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