- Oct 30, 2019
I love mine more every day. As I compare it to my many amps and the amps of others, I realize how much I got in this one package. The tube options are plentiful to say the least. At first I thought it was such a simple design for the price, but Justin made it clear that this is one of their driving principles. As I have spent over a thousand hours with it now, I have realized how well it is engineered. There is something remarkable about every reasonable tube roll that I have tried. They all offer unique benefits if you allow them to stay in the amp long enough to appreciate them and every type of power tube sounds as if the amp were designed specifically for it. I have a lot of tubes and have just scratched the surface. The speaker taps offer a whole other bonus. BB is excellent paired with my Zu Omen Mk II speakers. I suspect it would work well with any efficient speaker and even many medium sensitivity speakers. I am now considering a 300b amp and it's going to be near impossible for me to resist it's sister amp, the Agartha.
Ayy, got me a new base for my Mogwai SE - thank you @andypat!
Old base got damaged in shipping and had a crunched corner:
Andy reached out asking if I had any interest in his stock base, and I jumped at it. Looks so much better now!
LOVE this amp, and it just seems right in the beautiful walnut (I think?) base. A&S makes art.
Hi! I'm looking for tube rolling recommendations for Nautilus. What tubes for KT88, 12AX7, 5AR4? I would appreciate info on sound signatures too!
That some love choices.So far I've really been enjoying NOS Tung Sol 6550's for the KT88 slots, a NOS Philips Heerlen D-Getter 7062 for the 12AX7 slot and a pair of NOS Mullard GZ34's for the 5AR4 slots.
What's really impressive about the Nautilus is how good is sounds even with just the stock tubes. I find the NOS tubes add a bit more soundstage and depth, while also giving a touch more clarity and low end presence.
I have a red October but it uses the 12AX7 and 5AR4 as well.Hi! I'm looking for tube rolling recommendations for Nautilus. What tubes for KT88, 12AX7, 5AR4? I would appreciate info on sound signatures too!
I have a Kenzie Encore Deluxe and recently heard it with an Auteur. Prior to that I’d listened to it on my Aeolus. I’ll just say that the Kenzie - Auteur pairing was magical. I immediately picked up a used Auteur and sold off the Aeolus. It’s just got an amazing synergy and the combo helped me appreciate the Kenzie that much more.Hello!
Received my Kenzie OG Rev 2 a few days ago and wanted to share some quick impressions. Most of my listening thus far has been with the Auteur OG, and wow, the Kenzie elevated the performance of that that headphone significantly. There’s an elegance and refinement which effortlessly conveys the nuances of voices and instruments regardless of music genre. The vivid imaging, layering and depth of the Kenzie results in a more holographic soundstage vs my solid state amps. Finally, the Kenzie renders the sonic landscape with a vibrantly rich texture that accentuates my emotive connection to the music in a manner I have not experienced before.
I must admit that I was skeptical of those who espoused the need to hear a ZMF headphone through a tube amp. Even though I only logged a few hours of listening with the Kenzie to date, I’m now a believer in tube magic.
My thanks to Justin for his ultra quick responsiveness and extensive guidance as this was my first first foray into tube amps. He spent a lot of time on the phone answering questions and helping me make the right decision based on my use case and listening preferences. So happy I decided to purchase the Kenzie OG Rev 2.
Will post more impressions as I continue my listening journey with this wonderful amp.