Mapletree Ear 4 - Tweaked and revisited
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Nick Dangerous

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Remember what I said about the Ear 4?

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The Good:

Stunning appearance
Affordable
Very quiet
Decent sound for the money
Is a preamp and headphone amp
Improves with tube rolling and burn-in

The Bad:

Chassis gets pretty warm
Bass could be deeper
Soundstage is a bit small
Vocals are its weak point


Scratch that.

Lloyd sent me a replacement transformer that I swapped in this evening. The difference is dramatic! Houston, we have bass! The soundstage has also expanded and even the slightly aggressive nature has been tamed.

I really like the Ear 4 now. Further impressions to come...
 
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What kind of tubes do they use again?
 
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The Mapletree Ear uses four tubes:
5751/12AX7A, 2x 12B4A, 12X4

The Ear+ uses three tubes:
5751/12AX7A, 2x12B4A

BTW, if anyone's interested, I'm going to be receiving a Mapletree Line 2m preamp tomorrow (it's an interesting new Mapletree product), and I'd be willing to write up my thoughts about it once it gets burned in. Doesn't have a headphone amp though.
 
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lol nick...if god came down from heaven and gave you the ultimate preamp, you would put black gate caps and holco resistors on it!!
enjoy....good to see that someone here is willing to experiment on stuff.
 
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