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  1. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Luxman + HD800S here too, it’s such a synergistic combo. I listen to nothing else at the moment.
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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    most definitely Nos
  3. Nik74

    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    My bad, I didn’t know you had the Jensens. You are good as you are I think !
  4. Nik74

    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    @theBlackKey , your new valves will shine so much more efficiently with the new capacitors, those have to be replaced sooner rather than later . Glad you re enjoying :-)
  5. Nik74

    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    Of course but recommendations are very much based on personal taste :-) Very decent: Gold Lion Very lively and accurate/resolving: Tungsram Incredibly insightful and detailed: Telefunken goosebump inducing midrange magic and musically haunting: Mullard MC1
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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    Just thought I d mention that a year ago I had emailed Icon Audio regarding options for replacement of the driver tube and they were not in favour of using an ECC82 in place of the ECC83 as it draws more current or heat- it's not electrically the same. I too had used one for a week before...
  7. Nik74

    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    I wonder if it would be too much to drive these through the speaker taps of my 10W per channel amp...
  8. Nik74

    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    Anyone in here with expert knowledge of ECC83 variants? My Ebay is inundated with Mullard M8137 , the military grade ECC83 equivalent. SInce it was supposed to be a sought after ECC83 of course a lot fo those listed on ebay will be fake but what would be the tell tell signs?
  9. Nik74

    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    Is it a good match ?
  10. Nik74

    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    I m noticing very similar taste in valve preferences ;-) so I d like to ask what your preference on the EL84s lies towards. I also run a really good EL84 amp as a head amp and overall so far it’s again the Gold Lion that do the trick. I ve tried some Siemens too, they sounded good for about 200...
  11. Nik74

    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    To my ears they bloom after about an hour, so yes. On the other hand I really enjoy listening within minutes after switching on to hear how the sound gradually opens up, it often helps me get completely immersed.
  12. Nik74

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    Thanks for clarifying and sorry if I created confusion.
  13. Nik74

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    My manual has the colour coding wrong, it states 1V red, 2V green , 3V blue. My ears tell me your suggestion is right, but I wanted to ask and make sure I m not going crazy!
  14. Nik74

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    2V is the green colour lights at start up , correct?
  15. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Is the Mullard new production or NOS?
  16. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    It is not one of the most celebrated 6SN7 NOS and I have not heard the Sylvania sadly- difficult to get here in the UK- but the CBS Hytron really impressed me when I rolled it in the Icon, such a gargantuan headstage and three dimensionality ! I can't put my hand on my heart and say the 800S...
  17. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Those are 6SN7, great variety of NOS ones on your side of the atlantic.
  18. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    That little tube in the middle is the driver tube,it's the 12AX7 or ECC83. I liked the stock one then replaced it with a Genalex Gold Lion 12AX7 and the improvement was such that I then started wondering about NOS ECC83 ones. Mullard MC1 long plates and Telefunken long plates are some of the...
  19. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Disclaimer before I answer: There are people in these forums that can answer this question with technical insight and historical accuracy, I m a novice in tubes but safely will say that tubes are like red wine. Different year and different brand of the same tube will have its onw character. So...
  20. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Awesome, looking forward to your impressions. Not sure which iteration you have ordered but on mine the stock 12AX7 was holding it back significantly so a little tube rolling will pay big dividents. You may have also read in the relevant thread that the capacitor upgrade is quite a big step up...
  21. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Icon Audio HP8 MKII is very good with 800S too, £849 in it's most basic iteration , not sure how much it sells for in Canada
  22. Nik74

    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    I could not agree more! I do think the Susvara ae rather stellar but having done a back and forth between them and 800S in the dcS room at CanJam last weekend I made a comfortable decision that the price difference -for me and my budget- didn't quite make sense. Again from a personal preference...
  23. Nik74

    CanJam London 2019 Impressions thread

    The one pairing that for me was the best all rounder and that I would very happily walk out of the show with, if I magically had the funds to, would be the Woo Electrostatic amplifier paired with the Stax SR-009S.Truly mesmerizing and immersive sound with soul. If it was to add to my existing...
  24. Nik74

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Indeed. On my set up if the 800S sounded any fuller, it would almost be too much.
  25. Nik74

    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    This is an album I ve been enjoying a lot lately, I m sure the M Scaler will do it even more justice: https://i.imgur.com/fBdpMt9.png
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