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    Cables for Lampizator Golden Gate

    I've been a very happy owner of the Golden Gate and now having traded it in for the balanced Pacific. I'm using MasterBuilt Ultra AES/EBU input cable, Ultra XLR balanced analog cables, and an Ultra power cord. By the way, a bit off topic, but I'm also using a pair of Lampizator True Balanced...
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    Tube amp bass vs. SS amp bass? Anyone experience Tube Amp bass to be better?

    Which type of amp sounds best in the bass depends in large part to the type of speakers being used. I'm running the VSA VR100XS speakers. These use magnesium dynamic drivers in the bass that like the control of an amp that has a high damping factor. This level of control isn't the strong suit...
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    SET amp owners thread

    I'm running a pair of Lampizator 211 True Balanced Monoblock amps. The amp only accepts a balanced input and there is no phase splitter. Essentially, each monoblock amp has two separate single ended amps. Each phase of the input feeds a separate 300B driving one 211 output tube. The outputs...
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    Lampizator Pacific Review

    Hi all, I'm using the Pacific DAC, having upgraded from the Golden Gate. I was hesitant to move from the GG to the Pacific since I was quite happy with the GG and was concerned that there would be a trade-off with the Pacific being better in some ways versus some strengths from the GG being...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Hi Ian. Combining the MB ICs with the SCs is the way to go, but wait until you hear what MB power cords will do for your system! Best, Robert
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    When I used elastomeric damping rings, I didn't hear any smearing either-- not until, that is, I heard the lack of smearing with Herbies tube dampers.
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    Best DAC for me?

    I moved from a Yggy, which is a great product at the price point, to a Lampizator balanced Golden Gate DAC. In my experience, it's in a whole other league in terms of realistic recreation of a musical performance. Lampizator has a number of DACs in a wide range of price points. Very musical...
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    DACs using dual differential balanced designs - have to be balanced XLR out?

    Hi all, I'm using the Lampizator Golden Gate balanced DAC which uses four non-chip ladder D/A converters to output the resulting four +/- phases of the two channels each to a PX4 output tube. From there, the signal goes to a Tortuga LDRxB balanced passive controller which uses light sensitive...
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    Ron, no I haven't used active isolation platforms. Though they may provide benefit, keep in mind that sources of tube vibrations include that from the device itself (a DAC in this case) as well as airborne. So, I would still recommend using the tube dampers from Herbies Audio Lab. One point...
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    I haven't done any tube rolling on the Golden Gate. On the recommendation of a GG owner who auditioned a wide range of tubes on the GG, I went with his recommendation which was the KR-Labs 5U4G rectifier and a quad of KR-Labs PX4 output tubes. I've posted this elsewhere on the forums, but I...
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    re: 211 Lampizator True Balanced amps Each monoblock amp has two signal paths that are running single ended. Each of these paths only is fed one phase of a channel's balanced input. The 211 tubes run in pure class-A with no local or global feedback. The output of each single ended 211 goes...
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    Yes, I have the Double Kronzillas, the ones with two output transformer containers. These are from the DM series. I had them modified with high speed, differentially balanced driver stage. This mod included external bias control for each T1610 tube. Later, I had a customized adapter built to...
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    I can't find any area where these 211 amps don't surpass the Krons. The thing that is unique in my experience is the sense of "integration" of the sound of instruments, voices, whatever. By integration I mean that all the components of the timbre of instruments and voices are now a single...
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    christoph, Yes, better bass control than the Kronzillas-- deeper bass, better articulation, flatter bass response. Oddly, even running the 211 amps on the VR100 tower's M/T section and the Spectrons on the woofer section, the bass is more musical. These amps are a whole different animal...
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    What SET amplifiers have Realistic Midrange Magic AND have the Great BASS? Rock your Horns!

    I received my Lampizator 211 True Balanced monoblocks this week. I'm running them into my VR100XS speakers which are rated at 90dB sensitivity. Running full range, biwiring them to both top and bottom speaker inputs, the amps performed extremely well. I was amazed at the bass control...
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    Passive or active

    I highly recommend the Tortuga passives. They use light dependent resistors (LDRs) instead of arrays of resistors or transformers. A key attribute is that there are no switches or potentiometers in the signal path, and of course no capacitors. I've used active preamps (both tubes and solid...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    The interesting thing to me is that the returns are not diminishing. My experience with Ultra ICs, SCs, and the internal wiring of my VR100's is that Ultra moves the asymptote of maximum realism to a higher level. It is a difference more "in kind" than "in degree". So far, I haven't even...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    I was the first person outside of the MasterBuilt engineering team to have heard the effect of adding a single pair of Ultra interconnects in my system. I was at Axpona when the VSA VR100XS system was being displayed. During a break, one of the MB engineers arrived and asked Albert if he would...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Hi Jack, I use desktop microphone stands to elevate my cables and power cords a few inches above the floor. For higher connections, such as the input terminals to my speakers, I use a boom microphone stand behind each speaker. This ensures that there's no stress on the connectors or wire...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Hi all, Though I'm "only" using MasterBuilt Signature power cords, I've found that they make the largest impact on analog stages with the most dramatic improvement in poweramps. I'm using four of them on the monoblocks in my biamped system. I also use one on my DAC and used one on my ARC...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Regarding your MasterBuilt Signature power cord installation. When I installed my first pair on my power amps, I was amazed at the improvement over Shunyata Pythons. One of the most improved areas was in the power, articulation, and extension of the bass. As well as they performed fresh out...
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    What cables are you using in your system ?????

    Hi all. I'm using MasterBuilt Audio's Ultra speaker cables, balanced interconnects in my system with MB's Signature power cords. My speakers, the VR100XS system, are also internally wired with Ultra cabling, the first in the VSA line to have Ultra inside. I've not yet heard the MB Ultra...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Frank, I've toyed with the idea of silver paste, but have been warned from a variety of sources that it tends to migrate over time and being conductive can lead to short circuits, although I've not used it so I only have others' comments on that. I periodically use Deoxit, both the red cleaner...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    FYI, in case anyone cares, that long post of mine that NorthStar referenced was from an AudioCircle post on March 29, 2011. So, yes all of the cables described in that post were the MasterBuilt Signature series. Robert
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    NorthStar, that excessively long post that you reference in your #229 post was mine from several years ago. The MasterBuilt cables that I descibed were the Signature series as they are currently identified. As impressive as the Signatures are, the Ultras are a leap beyond that level. Robert
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Hi ack, I tried to put to rest the "superconductivity" issue in an earlier post, but I'll try again. The statement from MB regarding "superconductivity" is a figurative not literal description. We all know and MasterBuilt knows that their cables are not superconductive. To continue beating...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Yes, that is exactly the point. Trust me, the MasterBuilt engineers know that the cables aren't superconductive. They, like many of the posters here who own or have heard them, struggle to find metaphors to describe their characteristics. Chasing the the words "super conductivity" in quotes...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    Yes Joe, I've tried to describe that using a graphic analogy. Think of the best audio system you've ever heard as an asymptote and you make individual improvements in your system to gradually improve it's performance to approach that asymptote ever more closely. It seems that the closer you...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    I also had Shunyata Python and Anaconda CX power cords and was very happy with them. However, the MasterBuilt power cords were in an entirely different league. I still have the Shunyatas, but use them in less critial positions, for example powering the amps in my VSA XS-15 subwoofers. I...
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    Master Built-What are Owners Hearing That They Didn't Hear With Other Cables

    The first MasterBuilt Ultra cablesI had (the first prototype) was a two meter XLR pair. I installed them between my DAC and preamp just because it seemed logical. I never moved it. The rest of my cables and power cords were MB Signature. That one set of ICs made a huge improvement in the...

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