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Upscale audio & tube depot is where I usually buy my tubes unless they are super rare.
Sold my Yggy and got a level 2 Pavane. I'm happy to report the Stratus is transparent enough that the differences are easily spotted. Can't wait until next year when the Stellaris arrives.
Congrats on a great DAC and the upgrade!!
OK, I'll bite. How long from ordering a DNA Stratus until it is delivered?
The wait time is one year.
Emailed Mr. North. Nice guy and helpful. I think a Stratus will give me a different flavor for my Ragg /Yiggy system. I just have to get through Dec and Jan which is estimated tax time. I may get a wild hair and send him the initial fee. We will see.
The wait is extremely painful, but also extremely worth it! Just have patience and you will be rewarded.
I have Ethers, but wonder if Senn HD 800S and Focal Utopia might match well with a Stratus?
I’ve heard the HD800(S) are the best pair with the Stratus, but I’m holding out for my Focal Utopias as well because these just sound ridiculously good. When I actually get the Stratus I’ll give you an opinion on how it sounds with my Focal Utopias and my Sennheiser HD800.
I actually like the year wait. Gives me time to purchase NOS tubes for it. I will order Nov or Dec. That will give me a nice Christmas gift for 2018.
Any recomendations for NOS tubes for Stratus? What about current available 2A3 and 5U4G tubes??
Look, the Stratus sounds very good with the tubes Donald sends. I recommend you wait until you hear your Stratus for a while and then ease into new tubes, once you become familiar the sound. You will make better choices this way and probably save yourself some buyers remorse for hasty purchases.
I agree with @Frihed89 . Tubes can get very expensive, very quickly. The Stratus is no slouch with the stock tubes at all. Get a feel for the amp, let it settle in THEN start rolling if you still feel the need.
I think it is a bit of a matter of preference. I have/had both with mine. The Utopia's have a funny unnatural papery quality that irked me but many love them so, there you go. When I first got the Utopia's my socks were blown clean off, but after the honey moon was over my love for them faded. They definitely have a lot of wow factor when you first pick them up and put them on, especially versus the HD800's but long term they weren't for me. It took about a year for the shine to wear off for me.
Outside the soundstage, what made you keep the HD800 over the Utopia?