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  1. jgwtriode

    The Reference 6J5 Thread (L63, 6C5, 12J5, 6P5, etc.)

    So how close do the stick Soviet tubes get. Will probably upgrade in stages. 6j5's first, then 5998's. Do it over a few months time. I trust that albeit pricey this combo really is the way to go. Really looking forward to the Airmid In my system. My late Xmas/New years present to myself...
  2. jgwtriode

    The Reference 6J5 Thread (L63, 6C5, 12J5, 6P5, etc.)

    Ouch, so you may not have been hearing your VC properly on the Airmid??? I had to have drivers replaced on my Auteur Blackwoods after about 2.5 years. Weird buzzing at high frequencies of a certain intensity. Was only aware of it on certain music. But Zach figured it out and replaced them...
  3. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Gorgeous! Looks very impressive, no doubt sounds even better than it looks. Happy listening, jgwtriode
  4. jgwtriode

    The Reference 6J5 Thread (L63, 6C5, 12J5, 6P5, etc.)

    Happy thanksgiving gentleman will be getting an Airmid from Keenan, made some arrangements with him sometime in January or February! So I am preplanning an appropriate tube roll. Trying to get some recommendations. Will be running it with My ZMF leopardwood VC's using a Wywires platinum...
  5. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Yes its gorgeous. Blackwood looks amazing. The new headband is also quite interesting. Is that available as a refit option for previous Verite's Zach. Still wondering about getting some copper rods and maybe even some end pieces or gymbals in copper to accent my leopardwoods. I have even...
  6. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    It's fine, I understand. Probably just have to save longer and spend more, just party of reality. Your amp was kind of a bridge to getting very close to absolute for a lot less than the otherwise going rate. I like to flirt with above 90 percent for a whole lot less than that last litte bit...
  7. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Understood but obviously dissappointed, was really looking forward to an Airmid next year as the next step forward. Will have to ponder a bit. May have to build something myself but not really my forte. Did it a few years ago with the Bottleheads, but was looking forward to spending a bit...
  8. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    So what differences do you find between them. I'm certainly not in a position to do both anywhere in the future. It would be one or the other. I like the idea of it costing less but am willing to wait if potentially a 45 would be the better long term choice. At this point from everything I...
  9. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Oh indeed I know. I had $3500 dollars into my Bottlehead 2A3's back about 10 to 12 years ago. Magnequest cobalt trannies and Vaic 2A3 Meshplates, Custom coin silver potentiometers with tantulum resistors and the best Aeon Caps I could find bypassed with some even crazier ones I fail to remember...
  10. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Sounds amazing. How close does the Airmid get to Zach's 45? I had to ask, to guestimate whether the difference in what it would cost would be worth waiting a good bit longer for? Happy listening, jgwtriode
  11. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    The hybrid pads may not be dark but they are a hint muted, they also don't allow upper air and bloom in quite the same way as the lambskins. They also don't let the instruments harmonic structure completely integrate and they are not quite as focused or detailed. But I would tend to agree that...
  12. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Your Olives looks ridiculously gorgeous. I really love the Auteurs, especially in Blackwood, but the VC's in Leopardwood clobber them except maybe in warmth and richness which is very addictive but I am convinced is a bit euphonic. I acctually backed my Blackwoods off just a bit by using some...
  13. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Make sure you let the cable burn at least that long as well! Wywires cable really improves after burn in all though it's pretty amazing stuff out the gate. I have a platinum headphone cable. A diamond USB and a platinum power cable all connected to my DAC/amp. The thing has been beyond...
  14. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    I think the platinum removes a certain amount of noise and distortion that smears and hardens upper frequencies. It definitely does not diminish them in any way. I found it to be both smoother, more even and a bit more detailed and airy compared to a silver gold OCC harness and a graphene...
  15. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    What an incredibly gorgeous color choice on the Amp! A regal luxurious vibrant red. Layout is gorgeous. Like the choice of clarity caps. And the tube choices sound potentially excellent. I have drained the piggy sadly over the last few months, but at the price point this looks remarkable...
  16. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    FWIW:::: The Verite Closed Scales like crazy! I just can't help myself with how it keeps improving. The JCAT USB XE took it significantly beyond, opened it up, aired it out, tightened and slightly extended the bass. Blew up the soundstage and improved the harmonic structure and group delay...
  17. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Very nice! Olive VC on a stratus! Sweet deal! What did you pay for the Stratus? That or the ampsandsound Rockwell would be my end game amp!
  18. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    The VC is slightly forward to me although it creates enough depth that I am okay with that. Love the ZMF mids, bass is pretty good, dynamics are excellent. highs could be airier but they are well balanced with everything else. Overall staging and detail has become much better with Wyires...
  19. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Could you elaborate a bit, I am very curious about how they compare technically as well. The VC's are much more capable than the stock cables allow them to be. Wywires stuff blows up the staging in all dimensions as well as detail and musicality. Even standard silver/gold OCC still limits...
  20. JCAT USB femto for sale. 350.00 has firmware upgrade. In about a week

    My JCAT USB femto will be replaced in about a week to 10 days with an XE. So it will be available for sale at that point. Let me know if anyone has interest in it. I will post pictures if you would like. Dont have the original box, but it is in very good condition. Only been in my computer...
  21. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Here ya go with my Leopardwoods. Sorry this shot doesn't show the Furutech 1/4" plug. Those are Furutech mini xlr's. My favorites. I don't even bother with others, although the Edolics are actually just fine. Furutechs just a bit more industrial. There you go, that's the plug I have on it...
  22. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Indeed, I used to run Talon Khorus with Kimber Select Silver wiring throughout system on Bottlehead Paraglows modded to run 300Bs. Back when I was working in the industry! Have since had to scale back quite a bit. But what I have now actually does everything, except sub bass, as well or better...
  23. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Time to venture back in with some new insights. Wywire cables all nicely burned in, except for the new platinum power cord. Wish I could afford a Diamond, but have to wait for later upgrade. As I have mentioned the diamond USB must be considered a component, it had more effect in my system...
  24. jgwtriode

    Comment by 'jgwtriode' on listing 'ZMF Pendant, Camphor Burl Ltd, extra tubes'

    Does this have the jupiter caps upgrade?
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