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Dec 27, 2017 at 12:57 PM Post #17,446 of 39,902
Another nice combination using Ken Rad 1633 and Cetron 7236. Nice variation with a tighter and more incisive tone. Glenn's tuning of this amp is brilliant. High frequencies are clear and revealing but there are no rough edges. It's very smooth. Vocals takes centre stage and amongst the best mid presentation. Bass is outstanding. So impactful and controlled. The frequency spectrum is seamless and it's easy to lose yourself to music.

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Dec 27, 2017 at 1:01 PM Post #17,447 of 39,902
Ken-Rad 1633 and 6SN7 sound great if you get some that aren't noisy.
I have to order some more 1633s $4 each can't beat that for a quality SN7 type.

Even RCA 1633 sounds great. I haven't spend too much time with Brimar 13D1 to get a solid impression. Will need to visit that again.

How do you get 1633s for $4 each !!!
 
Dec 27, 2017 at 1:28 PM Post #17,448 of 39,902
Ken-Rad 1633 and 6SN7 sound great if you get some that aren't noisy.

I've been fortunate. None of my tubes are noisy. In fact the tubes and amp is so silent I keep trying to listen for noise and hum. Nothing. :)

So I gave up listening for noise and hum and listen to music instead. :):)
 
Dec 27, 2017 at 1:58 PM Post #17,449 of 39,902
$5.50 including shipping is so cheap ! I paid $25 each for my Los Gatos not including shipping.
Los Gatos have some Spanish tone in them so they are a bit more pricey. :dt880smile::dt880smile::dt880smile:
 
Dec 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM Post #17,450 of 39,902
Simple and effective. The OTL amp sounds wonderful with Ken Rad 1633 and Tung Sol 5998. Using Atticus with Forza Audioworks Claire Hybrid HPC, it's all you need to enjoy great music.


Matt - can you compare 5999 and GEC 6AS7 for me? It is worth huntinh 5998 if you have GEC 6AS7 already? Ta.
 
Dec 27, 2017 at 5:53 PM Post #17,452 of 39,902
OK...swapped amps with my son. Time for some OTL goodness with the Atticus.

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I have not listened to this amp for quite some time, and the first thought that come to my head was the same thought when I first listened to it with the HD800.

Man, this amp drives this headphone with some serious authority.

Listening to Dr. Wu & Friends.
 

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Dec 27, 2017 at 5:57 PM Post #17,453 of 39,902
I am pleased to report that Santa found my house. But as we know, his vacuum tube workshops have long since closed and eBay is rather hit or miss, so instead, he brought me a pair of socks. Now these would certainly not be my first choice, but who am I to second-guess Santa? After all, he knows better than I what I want and what I need. lol :)



Ha....great socks Ken, all I got was some white socks...I dig yours much more.
 
Dec 27, 2017 at 7:52 PM Post #17,455 of 39,902
Good question. I've often ask myself that and there is no answer. Perhaps that is the reason I sold off the Primaluna. 8 x KT150 will set me back $1000. Since then I wanted to go solid state but once a tube amp lover, always a tube amp lover.

Glenn's OTL amp appeal is that it can sound really good with c3g and 6 x 6BL7 / 6BX7 or c3g and 2 x 5998. I mean really good. As good as your GEL3N I'm willing to bet. :upside_down:

I have no doubts, in fact in some ways (sound wise) I'm sure the GOTL sounds better. The GEL3N has a different presentation where it's definitely a mid-centric focused amp. I have about 120 hours on it now and it continues to improve, I'll wait until 200 hours before posting my overall impressions. At this point I wouldn't call it a "end-game" amp for me, but for certain types of music genre it performs wonderfully. :beerchug:
 
Dec 28, 2017 at 12:30 AM Post #17,456 of 39,902
Santa's little elf is going to be busy this Christmas.
Have 3 amps to build now. And pricing 2 more.

Don't forget mine :) I haven't, but maybe Tribute has, I should drop him an email. Good thing I'm really patient... Ha.

Happy holidays!
 
Dec 28, 2017 at 3:37 AM Post #17,457 of 39,902
I have no doubts, in fact in some ways (sound wise) I'm sure the GOTL sounds better. The GEL3N has a different presentation where it's definitely a mid-centric focused amp. I have about 120 hours on it now and it continues to improve, I'll wait until 200 hours before posting my overall impressions. At this point I wouldn't call it a "end-game" amp for me, but for certain types of music genre it performs wonderfully. :beerchug:

Thanks for your feedback mate and I don't mean to start an amp war. I was only jesting. :) Will look forward to your final summary.
 
Dec 28, 2017 at 3:44 AM Post #17,458 of 39,902
Matt - can you compare 5999 and GEC 6AS7 for me? It is worth huntinh 5998 if you have GEC 6AS7 already? Ta.

No problem Arnold. In fact I will extend that to my 4 favourite power tubes. Gec 6as7g, Tung Sol 5998, Bendix 6080 and Gec 6080. I'll be using Telefunken c3g/s as drivers which for the purpose of this evaluation, can be considered as Siemens c3g equivalent. Headphones used will primarily be HD800 and Eikon.
 
Dec 28, 2017 at 6:52 AM Post #17,459 of 39,902
Don't forget mine :) I haven't, but maybe Tribute has, I should drop him an email. Good thing I'm really patient... Ha.

Happy holidays!

I was gong to ask you what happened to the Tribute transformers??
You know no matter how good these transformers sound I will never use them.
Think it has been a year now waiting for them to be made.
 
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