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#270845 - 08/27/09 03:58 AM Christmas in August
oldskoolboarder Offline

Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
The brown Santa came today.

New phones next to my 325i's with Sennheiser pads (more comfortable)

This also came today. Sadly, the right channel is out because one of the upgrade boards snapped a wire. I will take it into work tomorrow to solder it back. I jury rigged it for a quick listen and from an initial listen, I'm a Bottlehead fan.

#270847 - 08/27/09 05:59 AM Re: Christmas in August [Re: oldskoolboarder]
EFalardeau Offline

Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3397
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
Always fun to get boxes.
BTW, what is that last thing in your pictures? An electronic sandbox? I'm not sure my cat would approve.
E = MC2 = ((2M80 + VP180 + 4QS8)/(EP800 + EP500))^(ADA1500 x D2v)

#270866 - 08/27/09 11:40 AM Re: Christmas in August [Re: EFalardeau]
oldskoolboarder Offline

Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
It's an unfinished, alder wood box that comes w/ the Bottlehead kit.

Unfortunately, my wiring doesn't even come close to looking like that. Hence, why I didn't post the underside.

#270869 - 08/27/09 11:56 AM Re: Christmas in August [Re: oldskoolboarder]
ClubNeon Offline

Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 3466
Loc: Western Maryland, USA
I've mentioned once or twice on this board, and have been known to say it in other places too: The even-order distortion of tubes is pleasing to the ear. While modern solid state amps routinely have THD percentages as low as 0.01%; this tube amp is 1000x higher at 10%. Yet people sing the praises of how warm and natural tube amps sound.

I'd definitely be curious to hear one of these. I can't stand headphones though, so it'd have to be powering speakers.

I found this statement rather intriguing, "...the hardcore eXperimenter might even convert it into a 10 watt push pull class AB monoblock amplifier!" That's interesting, two of them paired with some M22s...
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#270872 - 08/27/09 12:14 PM Re: Christmas in August [Re: ClubNeon]
oldskoolboarder Offline

Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Yeah, I try not to get lost in forest of specs, which is easy since I'm an engineer.

W/ this expensive audio hobby, I've learned to let my ears decide. And they've decided that I can hear a difference w/ tubes and it's a difference I like. Colored or not, neutral or not, bright or not, it works for me.

I have tube monoblocks (ASL AV-25's) powering some efficient Von Schweikert VR1's and they sound great. I did run my M22's w/ a Sophia Baby Amp (which is available...) rated at 8W or so, if memory serves me. Sounds VERY good, as long as the room isn't too big. I used my Pio 45TX as the pre-amp.

Edited by oldskoolboarder (08/27/09 12:15 PM)

#270881 - 08/27/09 01:22 PM Re: Christmas in August [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Wid Offline

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6789
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Looks like ya got the Grado bug real bad. Congrats in the new phones and amp.

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