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MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by lmilhan, May 22, 2007.
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  1. Reductio
    Ok thank you!
     
    Do you have recommendation for where to order the NOS tubes? I have tried to use Audio Upscale, but they never ship my orders. I have been warned  against using ebay due to several unreliable sellers etc.
     
    Regards,
    Reductio
     
  2. TitaniumDust
    Here are the places I've personally ordered from. I'm assuming you are in USA.
     
    http://www.audiotubes.com/
    http://www.kcanostubes.com/
    https://www.tubeworld.com/
    http://tubedepot.com/
     
    Perhaps others can help you out even more.  I'll put a little disclaimer on KCA NOS Tubes: They sent me a wrong tube and then tried to blame it on me - as if I couldn't count the micas and was mistaken.  I'm sure that possibly they would have made it right had I complained more, but I didn't bother.  Turns out I actually liked the tube they sent and was happy to add it to my collection.
     
  3. Reductio
    Thank you! I am living in Europe, but several of these providers can ship over seas. I appreciate your good advices! 
     
    For old records (classical/opera etc.) the typical tube sound is good, but for electronica, folk, rock, acoustic guitar etc. I also appreciate the Solid State sound. For the time being, the 12AX7 electro-harmonix is working just fine, while the JJ 5751 is way to soft and "tuby".
     
    Can you really tell the difference between the power tubes? I have read your post regarding all the tube rolling, but is the difference worth the effort?   
     
  4. Nick Dangerous
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    I didn't think so. But if you'd like to roll some I have extras for this amp. (PM sent)
     
  5. TitaniumDust
    The difference in power tubes is indeed much more minor than changes in the input tube.  What I did is to find my favorite input tube(s) and then I was able to slightly alter the sound to my liking using the power tubes.  I certainly wouldn't spend much time or money on power tubes, though.
     
  6. Reductio
    I placed order on some very nice 5751 Sylvania GB BP TM on tubestore. Thanks for the advices! I also ordered the RCA and Sylvania power tubes, due to a good price anyways. (why not check it out :) )
     
    BTW - Do you have opinions regarding the Mullards (inout tube)? The also have some very good feedback on the internet.
     
  7. TitaniumDust
    I've personally never tried Mullard but they do get some good feedback.  I remember some discussion earlier in the thread so you may wish to do a search and see what others had to say - this goes for other tubes as well - quite a bit of discussion as to how various tubes sound with the Ear+ HD.
     
  8. whirlwind
    I am very interested in picking up an MAD EAR+HD to pair with my RS1i
     
    If anybody has one for the right price...please pm me.
     
    Thanks
     
  9. DeadEars
    I'll be brining mine to the October meet in Philly if you want to hear one first.  Occasionally I think of selling it, then I listen to it for a while and say "No Way!"
     
  10. deniall83
    Does anyone know if MAD still sells kit versions of the MAD Ear+ HD?
     
  11. MacedonianHero Contributor
    Check out their web site.
     
  12. deniall83
     
    I already did that. Nearly every link is broken and no mention of kit versions.
     
  13. whirlwind
    I did not see any mention of kits either.
     
    I would really love to get my hands on this amp....preferably a 2nd hand one.
     
    For me personally, I think it could be my end all paired with my RS1i.
     
  14. MacedonianHero Contributor
     
    Then just email Dr. Lloyd directly:
     
    http://hollowstate.netfirms.com/contact.htm
     
    He's very good at his responsiveness. 
     
  15. deniall83
     
    Already done that too.. No reply as yet.
     
    Thanks for your help.
     
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