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Vali 2 tube rolling

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by capt369, Jan 8, 2016.
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  1. Paladin79
    Come to think of it the guy kept saying his name was NOT Bill Cowen and could he please have all of his cables in Duke Blue. He was humming the duke fight song in the background, I believe he also had a talking parrot. After a while I just asked to talk to the parrot, it was easier.
  2. bcowen
    Yeah, I'm guessing you'd be wishy-washy'n about different shades of pink. :stuck_out_tongue::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
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  3. bcowen
    You'd be seeing a minivan in my driveway long before you'd ever see a Duke Blue anything in my house. I'm not one of those fanatical Duke haters, I just hate them in a more normal and healthy way. :relaxed:
  4. bcowen
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  5. Ripper2860
    It's Fuschia, dammit! Not pink! :unamused:
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  6. Old Deaf Donkey
    Yeah. I bought KR VT-231 BG from the same seller, noticed the description. I was pissed-off having lost an auction where I would have paid more, than I wanted, for the tubes that I do not need (same type KR VT-231), so I offered $75 for that KR and it was automatically accepted. Hothead. But no, not those Brimars. Generally, I have the tubes I need, just will stock up on NOS EC8010 and NOS 6J5 (plenty of 7A4 already in my stash) - just in case. I have enough great 6SN7 and 6C8G tubes to roll occasionally, and my mainstay is twin setups of 7A4, 6J5 and EC8010 - in various combinations. @Paladin79 lead me to a combination of equipment on which my music sounds wonderful to me. I am enjoying it in a completely new dimension. I just spent less than a year and only several thousand dollars in equipment and in tubes during my journey. I can replicate the setup for lest than a $1,000, everything included. I cannot wait to hear how you find it, @bcowen.
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  7. Paladin79
    I am glad you like that setup so much @Old Deaf Donkey, and I like it as well of course. It is not easy to find an inexpensive tube DAC and luckily there are plenty of used Aunes out there so the expense is not that great. I was fortunate to be in a position to hear 20 very good DACS not too long ago and a big part of them is the power supply and output stage. Aune does some things very well, for its price. When you can change the tube and vary the sound a bit it is such a wonderful tool to have at your disposal. I do need to check out the EC8010's sometime, once I clear a few projects out of my way. :)

    One final listen before these tubes go to Jason at Schiit.
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  8. bcowen
    First, I agree with all your points. Only thing I would add is the synergy aspect. As I've mentioned before, the CBS/Hytron 5692 sounds fantastic in the Vali 2 (to my ears). But in the Lyr 3? Pretty meh. There are at least a half-dozen other tubes that sound better in the Lyr 3 than the CBS, and most of those are less expensive. Same tube, same ears, same personal preferences, but different components and a subsequently different synergy.

    I haven't messed around with Amperex 6DJ8's enough to offer anything useful, but you like a version that some others consider less desirable. Could be very simply a synergy thing where that particular version just clicks with your setup better than most others. Just another worthless opinion, but when I want my opinion I'll give it to me. :laughing:
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  9. bcowen
    Wait....I don't see any of those beautiful extensions in that picture. My day is ruined. :relaxed:
  10. Paladin79
    Oh one was in the Vali 2 right now. I will make a little sign to go out with the adapters saying, parts and some labor were provided by Bill Cowen Esquire.
  11. Paladin79
    In the case of my ears, my equipment, and my setup I do not pay a whole lot of attention to what others consider desirable, I am as objective as much as subjective listening allows me to be. The pinched waist version sounded ok but did not cause me to want to own one for $275, just not enough difference.
  12. bcowen
  13. Robert Padgett
    Likewise, my journey has been only since December, when the Vali 2 arrived. Almost a year, and look what we have learned...
  14. ScubaMan2017
    .........................:ksc75smile: Nah, no comment. BTW, I noticed in your signature, you have a MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed-Back pluged into your Lyr. Do you have any buyer's remorse about those cans (if compared to the Ether C.... or closed back versions of the Audeze LCD)?
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  15. bcowen
    I haven't heard the Ethers or Audeze so can't offer any comparison. I will say that I loved the AFC's at first listen, and that hasn't changed a bit. I look at other 'phones every now and then, but the AFC's join a very short list of audio stuff I own (or have owned) that give me no real urge to think about upgrading.
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