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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    Yeah, I am looking at selling it. Going to go a different direction, being as I didn't find I liked tubes...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I have been using passive mode on my Freya exclusively for a few years now (I found tube mode to do little more than distort the sound). I just noticed crackling in the right channel of my system, which I tracked to the Freya. You could hear it in passive mode, but it was much louder in tube...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    Interesting, as I am almost positive I read where he said it was fine to run it w/o tubes..... I'll have to try to find that. But if that is the case, I will likely look to sell it and find a different option. No point in burning up tubes I am not using....
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    Must be nice.... I do have one of the earlier versions where the tube gain stage was 13 dB, I think later versions have been changed to 7 dB or so. I don't have a single set of tubes that aren't noisy, so I don't think it could just be the tubes.
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    The LSST option has puzzled me... Doesn't a Solid state tube defeat the entire reason behind having tubes? if you are going to use a solid state tube, why not just use the buffered or passive option? I think I'll stick with the passive option in this set up, I like it better than buffered, or...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I have had it for over 2 years, don't think I can send it back... I had it in a different system, with speakers that were 84 dB efficient, and the tube noise wasn't an issue. But I swapped the preamps for better synergy, and I like it best this way. I think I would probably like passive mode...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    This room is about 12' W X 13'+ D X 8' H, the Tekton Lore-S speakers are about 94 dB efficient. Tube noise at the listening position is very noticeable. So much so, I have pulled the tubes and only use passive mode now. I feel I like passive mode best with these speakers anyway, but I can't...
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    Loki Mini Impressions

    https://www.schiit.com/products/loki
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    Loki Mini Impressions

    Actually, I am afraid of the digital part of the MiniDSP. This is an all analog system, when listening to records anyway. :)
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    Loki Mini Impressions

    I read threw the first 10 pages of this thread, and found all positive reviews, but can anyone say they noticed any degradation to the detail, level of reveal, imaging (etc)? I use speakers, not headphones. I am very interested in the Loki, to solve a somewhat timid bass "problem" in a setup I...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I had a couple tubes (Tung Sol NP) tested that I know were both 100%/new when purchased. Now, after less than 500 hrs, probably a lot less. One is at 87% and the other about 74%. They were in left and right buffer.... Could the Freya be wearing 1 side more than the other that drastically?
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    My guess is he wouldn't want to comment on this in an open forum...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I am still trying to decide if there is actually "something wrong" or not. Don't want to pay to ship it back, and have then say it is normal.....
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I have the stock set, a set of Tung Sol NP, Tung Sol NOS, and at least a 1/2 dozen pair of your more "highly regarded " NOS tubes. They all make noise, the stock tubes are the least noisy... (which are the ones from the above pic) And I would say, there is a hum, a hiss, and static...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I just went in and listened again. In Passive or JFET, there is some noise, but nothing I would even mention. I tube mode, with the stock tubes (they are the quietest) you can hear a buzzing/humming from the seated position, it actually is loud enough to register above 50 dB on my dB meter right...
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