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#193887 - 01/25/08 09:52 PM Re: Headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
Wid Offline
axiomite

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
I gave it a bit of a listen today with some Santana and Los Loney Boys. I find the headstage to be quite a bit more than with the Creek amp I have been using. There is spaciousness to this amp the other one just didn’t have. The highs seem to have an airy quality to them in comparison. I was afraid the bass would have suffered but that was far from the case. My Grado 325is really seem to come alive with the tube sound. To my surprise this thing can really rock. Let's not forget the midrange, there is a warm quality to the midrange that I have never experianced before. It's hard to put into words but if you were to hear it you would know. It has me thinking a tube preamp might be in my near future.
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#193888 - 01/25/08 10:07 PM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7413
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Warm midrange? Geez, Rick, now you sound like one of those tube geeks! ;\)

Seriously, you're right--it is really hard to describe without relying on all the cliches like warm or organic.
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#193891 - 01/25/08 10:21 PM Re: Headphones [Re: St_PatGuy]
Wid Offline
axiomite

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Seriously, I really don't know how it would be discribed other than that. It is quite suprising to me, the difference in the sound.
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#193896 - 01/25/08 10:59 PM Re: Headphones [Re: pmbuko]
Nachosgrande Offline
local

Registered: 09/26/06
Posts: 259
Loc: New York
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
They're just barely squeaked that design past ATEAMS (Association for Tube-Equipped Audio Merchandise Standards). Section 3, subsection IV of their Minimum Appearance Guidelines document clearly states that any piece of tube gear (other than guitar amps, which have the privilege of a grandfather clause) must show at least the top half of one tube -- though displaying the entire tube is preferable -- in order to be legally sold in the United States.


This post has already been nominated for 2008 Post of the Year - Interwebs ;\)
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#193904 - 01/26/08 01:24 AM Re: Headphones [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
My last couple of purchases have come from here. Prices are fair and the shipping is fast--mainly because they ship from San Diego. I've found most new production tubes run about the same price everywhere you look. Haven't dived into the NOS thing--too expensive.


Thanks! I've book marked that if/when I decide to starting rolling.

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#193905 - 01/26/08 01:28 AM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Cool! Did you buy this built or as a kit? For a decent price, I might be interested in a pre-built for an amp in my office cube.

Took a look at the site. Definitely engineers, looking at the PSPICE and OrCAD tools.

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#193913 - 01/26/08 07:27 AM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
EFalardeau Offline
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Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3271
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
Thanks. An headphone amp might be in my future in 2008!
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#193915 - 01/26/08 08:28 AM Re: Headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
Wid Offline
axiomite

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

I had it built for me by a fellow HeadFier. I traded a set of headphones and a little cash for it; all total I’d say I have about $150 into it. Not to bad imo. I'm sure someone with the skill to build one can do it cheaper.
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#193927 - 01/26/08 01:09 PM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13344
Loc: Iowa
pretty cool Rick, hope you enjoy your new addition.
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#193992 - 01/27/08 09:04 AM Re: Headphones [Re: SirQuack]
ZG Offline
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Registered: 11/01/06
Posts: 135
Loc: Canadian in NYC
Hey Rick,

Nice looking headphone amp. I've been looking for a portable one of late. I use the headphone jack on my Scott 222C tube amp for headphone use, and let me tell you it really blows me away! I use a lower end pair of Grados, the SR-60. I only wish they worked as well outside, but since they are essentially small open speakers, I hear mostly the noise of the rest of the world when I use them on the subway or the streets of NYC. Not what I need when I'm listening to music to block out the constant honking and such. I just ordered Etymotic ER-4P headphones for travelling. I've got a little cMoy homemade amp that I'll try using with them at first.

I buy my tubes from here: http://tubedepot.com/ They have, on average, the best prices, cheapest shipping, and are always reliable.

Enjoy!

Zoë
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