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    The Woo Audio 2

    It looks like you answered your own question! :) The cap here helps filter out noise, usually high frequency, but it looks like in this design it also helps with mains hum.
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    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    The Russian equivalents are pretty darn good. I'd have no problem running these tubes in my amps. Plus, they are usually very quiet, which is another bonus. RCA and Chatham 6AS7G tubes tend to be quite noisy.
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    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    I've owned various tube amps over the years and I've rolled the hell out of them. I've used everything from the cheapest tubes to the unobtanium tubes blessed by frozen unicorn tears. My opinion of tubes has changed over the years. Are there difference between tubes? Absolutely. Some are...
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    Audiophile Ninja cables?

    Thank you for not using heatshrink on your cables. I've purchased other custom cables in the past, and the first part to fail has always been the heatshrink. The last failure in one of my cables at the y-splitter is what led me to purchase a new cable, which ultimately came from you. Part of my...
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    Official Schiit Vali 2 Thread

    I had to send mine back for warranty repair. Has anyone else had to use their warranty repair? They received it last week, but I haven't heard a peep since. Do they reply with updates? Is their repair service normally fairly quick? I suppose with the pandemic part shortages, all bets are off...
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    I'm really starting to question Schiit's QC and reliability. I just had to send back my 2-month old Vali 2+ because it had static in the pot, crackly treble, and would totally lose bass at times, sounding thin and bright. If I power cycled it, it would be warm and euphonic in comparison. At...
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    Audiophile Ninja cables?

    I ordered a custom length cable for my LCD-2 and it was made and shipped very quickly. When I received it, I was highly impressed with the build quality. It exudes quality. I don't believe in cable magic as far as sound goes, and this sounds just fine. I'll buy from him again.
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    Yes, and my Gungnir has a very high noise floor in single ended.
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    IMHO, the decision is easier than that. If you have a fully balanced system and want to get the last drop of quality out of it, go Gungnir. If you have a single-ended system, go Bifrost.
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    Schiit Gungnir DAC

    Definitely transformer hum. It may have broken loose as previously mentioned, or the resin covering the windings isn't sufficient. Contact Schiit CS. They are very good. I complained about some scratched on a volume knob and they sent me a new one.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I'm curious to know from which university you earned your MPH, MD, or PhD.
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    Schiit Gungnir DAC

    There's also no more AKM due to the fire.
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    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    Not a WA5 owner, but I have enough experience with tubes to feel confident that it's most likely a tube issue. If the problem follows the tubes, that's usually the giveaway. Also, noise is another telltale sign of bad/old tubes. His pal may also have aged tubes. They may sound fine on his gear...
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    Vali 2 tube rolling

    Ok, I have tube voodoo for you, and it can only be described as tube voodoo. If I'm using the 6N1P-EV and a pair of high sensitivity headphones, I can hear the volume pot scratch when I turn it. This is on low gain. If I switch to high gain, the scratch goes away. But, when there is no music...
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    Schiit Valhalla Tube Rolling thread.

    It's called trying to be funny and defuse a potential antagonist.
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