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Feliks Audio Elise Impressions Thread – a New Start (please read first post for summary)

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by pctazhp, Jul 7, 2016.
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  1. hypnos1
    Here's wishing all Elise lovers A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    And hoping you all manage at least a bit of quality Elise listening time...CHEERS!...CJ
     
  2. OctavianH
    Yesterday, after a few months of listening to the same combination of tubes, I felt that my CV181-T2 + 5998 were not sounding anymore as they used to. The difference was that the bass section was somehow muddy and I felt that the clarity and detail were somehow affected. I decided to wait until today and try again to see if I have the same feeling. And today I still felt that the problem was there. These tubes had somewhere at 700 hrs, so normally the burn in process was already a long time finished. Also my Beyers T1.2 have somewhere at 2000 hrs on them. Now, hard to say if these tubes really changed, the whole line evolved somehow or I am just older and crazier than in 2018. Anyway, today I decided to change them and give a chance to Foton 6H8C (the "famous" Ribbed Anode) combined with a pair of Tung Sol 7236. We will see where these will take me, at least I will have a chance to form an opinion about this pairing, since I never really tried them for real.

    [​IMG]

    The first impression is good, but of course, time will tell if I am on the right track or not. So, it seems I am back on track with the nice activity of tube rolling.
     
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  3. mordy
    Did you say "the nice activity of tube rolling"?
    [​IMG]
    In the front is an Istok 6N3P and a pair of Siemens C3g as driver tubes; then the following power tubes: four GE 6BX7 (tubes have different labels but are all GE) and a pair of Tung Sol 5998 tubes for a total of 12.2A.
    The amp is a Glenn OTL and it can handle up to 13A in any combination of tubes.
     
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  4. mordy
    Forgot to say that you can use this amp with good results with only three tubes: A dual triode driver and a pair of power tubes. The octal front driver socket accepts 6, 12 and 25 volt tubes.
     
  5. OctavianH
    Omg, you have heavy artillery there. What to say besides: impressive. If it sounds as good as it looks you are somewhere in heaven or above. I will stick to Elise for a bit because I have to take care also about the below buddy and "he" is also needing a lot of attention from my side, but as soon as possible I will, most probably, jump to Euforia. Glenn OTLs are above my budget and experience, so who knows, maybe they will become an option sometimes in the future when I will be older and wiser. I only think about what combos you can make to that one...

    [​IMG]
     
  6. mordy
    Hi Octavian,
    I own both the Elise and the Euforia. A new Euforia costs EUR 1800-2000. The Glenn OTL that I have costs around $1400 which is approximately EUR 1200.
     
  7. OctavianH
    Judging by the looks I was evaluating it somewhere at 3500-4000$. My bad.
     
  8. mordy
    All the Glenn amps are made to order. There are EL3N and 300B amps that are in the higher price range that you mention.
     
  9. OctavianH
    @mordy Can I find somewhere a detailed spec of the amps he is currently assembling? I just found some threads but no clean detailed info.
     
  10. Oskari
    You ask him. Or in those threads.
     
  11. hypnos1
    Spot on Oskari....this unashamed plugging of Glenn's amps on the Elise thread is fast approaching moderator intervention. We here - and over at the Euforia thread - have never intruded on Glenn's thread in this way. Please desist at once @mordy ...
     
  12. mordy
    Hi h1,
    You are absolutely right - meant to post privately, and I will not post on this thread about the GOTL. Sorry.
    Sometimes you get carried away......
     
  13. hypnos1
    Apology accepted mordy...thanks...CJ
     
  14. OctavianH
    After 3-4 combos I returned to the Psvanes and the 5998. What to say, when you always return to the same combo you might have one of the following 2 problems:
    1) these are the best tube paring you were able to find
    2) you need to order the tube types you never tried before.

    I'll meditate to this dilemma during the evening while listening to some good old U.D.O.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. mordy
    It never ends....
    If good is good, isn't better better?

    But - you may reach a stage when everything sounds wonderful; nothing bothers you, and you can just enjoy listening to the music, and not the equipment.
     
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