I am using EML 2A3 mesh and WE417A, I think they works so well with my HD800
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Pretty awesome so far. I was listening away with the following chain CAPS Zuma > USB > Lampziator > Single Ended > EC 2A3 MK IV > Balanced Out > LCD-X.
Basically was listening to SACD's on random and zoning out. When Little Wing came on from Stevie Ray Vaughan's album, The Sky is Crying, I jumped out of my seat because I thought the headphones had unplugged and music was coming out of the speakers. With a sleeping baby, this is not a good thing. But I quickly realized that the speakers coming on would be impossible with EC 2A3 Mk IV since it is a switch, but even more basic, there were NO SPEAKERS in the room (doh!).
First time I have had a sound stage with the LCD-X that was so obviously beyond the bounds of the headphones. On re-listen, I realized the spatial clues I was hearing was that at the beginning on the song, I could now hear the initial guitar riffs reverberate through the room and hit the walls of the recording venue which made me think it was doing the same in my room. Pretty fricking amazing. Not sure if it was the EC 2A3 or the Lampizator or the combo that caused this (yet), but I do know I was not hearing the same with the Chord Hugo and the random other amps I was trying.
Switched the RCA Blackplates out for the brand new EML 2A3 solid plates. The sound definitely took a step back with soundstage shrinking being the most noticeable. Had to switch them back. Any thoughts on break in time for EML 2A3 solid plates?
Interesting stuff and congrats on the amp buddy!
Make sure you switch out those Raytheon's, the Amperex are much better.
I am not entirely surprised the EMLs SP sound more forward. How would you compare the other characteristics of the sound?
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I don't think Psvane is recommended due to poor reliability though......seems lots of people (including myself) having sputtering noise problem with their 2A3 tubes. The Shuguang is good but whether it is better than the EML on all areas I am not so sure.
Edited by SleepyOne - 6/4/14 at 10:24am
I need to do a real listen. Still playing around. Problem is all this new equipment and tube possibilities making it too hard to see what is causing what aside from really gross observations. I did notice more feedback on eml sp when no music playing vs rca.
Nope. 2 matched pair is fine. Basically 2 channels with 2 tubes in path so one from each pair in each channel. Try the rca grey plates as similar to black plates if not identical and reasonable pricing/availability on those.