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Music Discussion / Re: The RIP Thread
« Last post by P.I. on Today at 10:23:05 PM »
Coolio... 'yo, yo'!
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Iíve been in this hobby for 35+ years and itís only the last few years where Iíve been able to get very good sound and ďdial inĒ my system. Most of that has been accomplished by listening to guys here who are smarter and more experienced in audio than me. As I continue to get improved sound, Iíve adopted a general philosophy of using a tube preamp, a solid state amp, excellent AC filtration and using looms of power cords and cables. Iíve learned quite a bit about tube rolling and the huge difference it can make simply by trying different 6ns7 nos tubes and 5u4c and variant rectifier tubes. For years I had harsh upper mids, partly due to listening to bad recordings, not having any room treatments and less than stellar wires. Nowadays, I lean toward the warm side of neutral. I only want to voice my system based on the preamp tubes that I use. I donít want to get into mixing and matching different brands of power cords and cables to fix problems. Either the power cords and cables work in unison to present the music properly or they donít. I realize this can get a bit pricey going with one companyís power cords or cables, but it makes the most sense to me and is a simpler methodology to evaluate. Admittedly, I rely on some reviews in addition to members opinions and experience here. If thereís a question of a speaker, amp, dac etc being described as on the lean side, I will likely avoid it. So Iím wondering what methodologies and practices youíve employed to dial in your system or is it more flexible and desirable to mix and match.
I don't even start "voicing" a system until I get the room in control and the physical location of the speakers more or less finalized.  I do this knowing that "that final location" will undoubtedly change when all of the cabling and finding the final listening position is done.

Cabling is a cut and try procedure that can take a long time and is individual to the gear it used with.  I have never seen a cable company that can meet the needs of every piece of gear.  No one-size fits all.  I have a design SQ target etched in my brain and whatever cable (or piece of gear for that matter) gets me closer is a keeper until and unless something else sounds better.  When I get something new, I try it on EVERY piece of gear to find the best application.

All of this takes time and lots of $$$.  That is, unless you do the cable lend/loan thing.  There is The Cable Company and others and almost every cable manufacturer offers a full refund 30 day audition time.

Ultimate SQ is a process and most of that process is cut and try.
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One thing you may find out soon is that a different speaker and especially a different room will have you scratching your head trying to figure out what went wrong.  The room at the house in SC has had me doing that for over two years. If/when the room addition is done there I will have to start the process all over again. 
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Bipolar System Disorders / whatís your philosophy of voicing a system?
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 08:00:37 PM »
Iíve been in this hobby for 35+ years and itís only the last few years where Iíve been able to get very good sound and ďdial inĒ my system. Most of that has been accomplished by listening to guys here who are smarter and more experienced in audio than me. As I continue to get improved sound, Iíve adopted a general philosophy of using a tube preamp, a solid state amp, excellent AC filtration and using looms of power cords and cables. Iíve learned quite a bit about tube rolling and the huge difference it can make simply by trying different 6ns7 nos tubes and 5u4c and variant rectifier tubes. For years I had harsh upper mids, partly due to listening to bad recordings, not having any room treatments and less than stellar wires. Nowadays, I lean toward the warm side of neutral. I only want to voice my system based on the preamp tubes that I use. I donít want to get into mixing and matching different brands of power cords and cables to fix problems. Either the power cords and cables work in unison to present the music properly or they donít. I realize this can get a bit pricey going with one companyís power cords or cables, but it makes the most sense to me and is a simpler methodology to evaluate. Admittedly, I rely on some reviews in addition to members opinions and experience here. If thereís a question of a speaker, amp, dac etc being described as on the lean side, I will likely avoid it. So Iím wondering what methodologies and practices youíve employed to dial in your system or is it more flexible and desirable to mix and match.
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Amplification and Preamplification / Re: A Solid State Device Problem.
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 07:37:30 PM »
Iíll agree with your tubes rule statement. Am running a tube preamp and the sound is captivating.
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Amplification and Preamplification / A Solid State Device Problem.
« Last post by steve on Today at 02:53:32 PM »
Even with a 1N914/4148 high frequency type diode with only 1pf of capacitance, when reversed biased
the solid state device bleeds musical information through. A vacuum tube won't.
The bleed thru is not evenly across the band but frequency sensitive.

So can one actually ever achieve linear operation of a solid state component in an analog component?
Not much chance.

Tubes rule.

steve
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Sorry, but the household has a positive case of C19 so I need to postpone the event.  Once I have confirmation for new date, I will update.
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Jim,

Depending on your budget some other GaN based amps to look up are AGD Audio, Merrill Audio, Orchid Audio and Peachtree Audio.  Outside of the usual suspects from Hypex nCore, Purifi and Ice based amps.  I would have added Digital Audio Company (DAC) but I do not know where the company stands since Tommyís passing.

Personally, i have stopped looking at standalone amps and going down the integrated route going forward.  Right now, i go back and forth between the Vinnie Rossi LIO with 30 watt amp section and Ming Da 300b 8w setup.
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I'm currently using a LSA GaN 350 (Bricasti M3 > ARC Ref 6 SE > LSA > Fyne F1-8). I'm quite happy with it. Nothing thin or dry about it. Smooth, detailed, slightly warm. And the price is right. Previous amp was a pair of Bel Canto REF600M mono blocks. These were pretty good, but a little dark, not as smooth, and less dimensional.

Mark, Belated Welcome. So this is interesting. You like the LSA better than the Bel Canto? The BC were on my list but I could not find that many owners. If you could expand on this I would appreciate it. Thanks
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NY Audio Rave / Re: Princeton NJ - Gathering - October 1st, 2022
« Last post by Nick B on September 26, 2022, 06:09:36 PM »
Have fun, guys. Dee, would appreciate a post as to what equipment and combinations were heard and attendees opinions.

Thanks,
Nick
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