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post #1411 of 2967
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Originally Posted by karlgerman View Post
 

1:     5 days a week
2:     3-4 hours

3:     100% electrostat others are in boxes and stay there for at least the next 3 months :o2smile:

 

By the way, i picked my new KGSS, a used one i bought from someone in this forum.

So this is almost Headphone-heaven for me.

As far i can tell right now, it is very nice but there is a hum after the amp is turned on.

 

Not in the signal, but one could hear it sitting next to the amp.

So it could be the transformer??  It is a european voltage model build by Spritzer, maybe a year old????

 

I´m not into electronics and DYS amps.... but my HIFI-dealer,

which is also a friend of mine (and for all that stuff i bought in his shop, i´m his friend as well)

will help me for sure.

 

Maybe one of the specialists in this forum could be so kind to give me a hint to solve this problem in front of asking my hifi-dealer.

 

Thank´s in advance:bigsmile_face:

 

Karlgerman could you provide your feedbacks on your KGSS comparing to the SRM-600 Limited?

post #1412 of 2967

Hey there's always the DIY T2 if you've got the money and feeling brave. It's only about $15k to build one (last I read).

post #1413 of 2967

"Only" :biggrin:

 

Ali

post #1414 of 2967
Could be higher now who knows. biggrin.gif
post #1415 of 2967

probably ~7 if you're smart about choosing parts, if you account for how HV parts prices have risen. That's including one of the fancy one-off cases as well. For 15k you could probably commission someone to build it if you provided all the parts? 

 

karl that humming is due to the transformer, I believe the lamination of which the transformer is composed is physically vibrating. If you don't hear it at the headphone I wouldn't worry about it. Happens on my kgsshv too. If it really bothers you you can just replace the transformer, or have it potted. 

 

I've been using the Megatron with my mk1's for a few days now, electrostatics pair surprisingly well with tubes (I guess all-tube would be more appropriate). The way vocals are presented is a nice change of pace from solid-state. It also really makes me wonder how I put up with the treble of dynamic headphones for so many years. 

post #1416 of 2967
Can you build me one?
post #1417 of 2967

@ NoPants

Thank you for the hint.

Spritzer told me the same and i will try to replace it to a larger and quieter unit.

 

+ @ChiAki

 

As far i can tell right now, the KGSS sounds more crispy in treble and dominant in mid-tones comparing to my SRM600tII.

This could be complicated to vocal presentation and your dac should be more on the smooth side for a stressless hearing pleasure.

 

The SRM600 Limited might be a little bit differnt to my Staxamp. 

What i know is the Limited more powerful and detailed in sub-sounds.

 

This i recognised very much with the KGSS also. Very powerful comparing to the Stax-amp.

If you like to hear high level or loud with your headphone and the 006tII, you will reach the limit to distortion easily.

The 007 mk2 is works good on the KGSS as this headphone is harder to drive and sounds sharper and more precise on this amp.

 

But it will not reach the resolution of the 009.

 

Combining the 009 with the KGBHse should the best choice for natural hearing preferences.

But this i can only confirm after the BlueHawaii will be delivered at last.

post #1418 of 2967
What's the general consensus on the gamma pro and srd-7sb mk2? Am considering..
post #1419 of 2967
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As far i can tell right now, the KGSS sounds more crispy in treble and dominant in mid-tones comparing to my SRM600tII.

This could be complicated to vocal presentation and your dac should be more on the smooth side for a stressless hearing pleasure.

Totally agree with that. I would also look or try out a good nine oversampling DAC with tubes for the ultimate smooth response and great vocals.

I originally used Over sampling DACs and SS pre-amp, but have good all that out of my system now. It's tubes in the DAC and Pre-Amp.

 

I know the KGSS, LL and BHSE are great headphone amps, but it could work out cheaper to look at the front end. I have a very good tubed pre-amp feeding

my Stax SRM-717 and SR-007 phones, and they have lots of volume and bass with no distortion or loss of dynamics.

post #1420 of 2967

You looked at the Lambda Nova Signature with an SRM-323? Can be picked up quite cheap and will be a strong setup on a budget.

post #1421 of 2967
^Referring to something specific?
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Sorry. I run an Audio Note DAC 3.1 SE, and an Audio Note M3 pre-amp. Both have valve regulated PS and run 2 pairs of 5687 output tubes. The pre-amp is capacitor free at the oputput as it uses a transformer 33/1 step down. And the DAC though it has capacitors on the output has V-Caps Teflons. It is very transparent and not bloomy or tubey. The bass is very strong and organic. The SRM-717 is run flat out as class A bypassing the volume control. Front end is a Mac Mini 2013 with Firewire external drive and AIF files, with an M2Tech full stack as USB - SPDIF. 

 

The only downside I have found is I can only use 96K max resolution files. But 99% of my music is ripped from CDs using XLD at Red-Book. I did buy some high res from HD Tracks

but I was convinced they were upsampled, as they were no better. RedBook is so good on this set-up I am very content.,.,.,,

post #1423 of 2967
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Originally Posted by astrostar59 View Post

Sorry. I run an Audio Note DAC 3.1 SE, and an Audio Note M3 pre-amp. Both have valve regulated PS and run 2 pairs of 5687 output tubes. The pre-amp is capacitor free at the oputput as it uses a transformer 33/1 step down. And the DAC though it has capacitors on the output has V-Caps Teflons. It is very transparent and not bloomy or tubey. The bass is very strong and organic. The SRM-717 is run flat out as class A bypassing the volume control. Front end is a Mac Mini 2013 with Firewire external drive and AIF files, with an M2Tech full stack as USB - SPDIF. 

The only downside I have found is I can only use 96K max resolution files. But 99% of my music is ripped from CDs using XLD at Red-Book. I did buy some high res from HD Tracks
but I was convinced they were upsampled, as they were no better. RedBook is so good on this set-up I am very content.,.,.,,
Upsampled or not you won't get better sound than 16/44 cd. You should be content . You already have the best .
post #1424 of 2967
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Originally Posted by James-uk View Post

Upsampled or not you won't get better sound than 16/44 cd. You should be content . You already have the best .
Please...not here!! biggrin.gif
Don't want to read more about redbook vs HD, especially on the STAX thread
post #1425 of 2967
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

Please...not here!! biggrin.gif
Don't want to read more about redbook vs HD, especially on the STAX thread
Especially on the STAX thread? Is this thread immune from logic and reason? I was simply stating the facts. Just like the fact that e stats are the best headphones. It's a fact not a debate.
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