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  1. thomask

    Psvane Acme Series (new flagship series)

    https://www.hifi-amplifiers.com/en/psvane-vacuum-tube-amplifiers-c-67/
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    Western Electric Audio Museum

    I had been to Korea for 7 weeks to attend the wedding of my daughter. I talked on the phone with Mr Chung whether Silbatone 300B SET is up to driving Altec A7 speaker which was available in West Vancouver, BC Canada across the border. After getting positive opinion from Mr Chung, I bought...
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    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    Some 6f8g tubes using adapter also give fuller sound than 6sn7. 6f8g tubes have good potential although 1578 Melz is still my favorite overall. I had been comparing Sylavania, RCA, Raytheon, Tungsol, National Union and Zenith 6f8gs for the last two months in Schitt Freya + But I will travel...
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    Best headphone under 10k$

    I will get my second Covid vaccination next week. After being back from Korea to attend wedding of my daughter late May, I may visit your home if you give me chance to try it. Enjoy it.
  5. thomask

    Best headphone under 10k$

    Some people have high opinion on Susvara. Sr1a sounds like Apogee speakers with same ribbon technology. It sounds fast and transparent.
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    Best headphone under 10k$

    i auditioned Abyss CC with Sr1a. Thus i understand the potentila of Abyss TC. For the time being, I may be happy with trio of SR1a, Stax 009s and HD 800s. If I want powerful bass, then I will use my 2 channel system. 009s also give enough bass if driven by Kgsshv amp.
  7. thomask

    Best headphone under 10k$

    It depends on personal taste. Sr1a does not go below 30hz. Thus some people complain about lack of sub bass. But its bass is fast and tight and not bad until 30 hz. You have to try yourself to find out whether it is up to your taste. They give 15 days' return. i pulled the trigger after...
  8. thomask

    Best headphone under 10k$

    It may work well with tube amp like Audio Research 160m which has enough power to drive Sr1a. But you never know until you try yourself.
  9. thomask

    Psvane Acme Series (new flagship series)

    https://www.hifi-amplifiers.com/en/psvane-vacuum-tube-amplifiers-c-67/ I had got mine from this dealer.
  10. thomask

    Nice subwoofers can make your speaker sing!

    Thanks a lot for your kind word. I use Accuhase Digital Eq to integrate the main speakers with 18 inch subwoofers. It seems to work well.
  11. thomask

    Psvane Acme Series (new flagship series)

    Line Magnetic 508 or 805 is a dream amp for tube roller. It uses one 6sl7 and pairs of 6sn7, 300B and 805. Thus there are almost ininite combination of tubes. ;) It has good bass control over most speaker with 88db or up.
  12. thomask

    best cost no object, cables

    There is no best cable for everyone. It will depend on your system and personal taste. Expensive cables tend to show lot of details but sound analytical if not in the right system. I had done lot of cable rolling in the past but now I had run out of gas. This year I had done tube rolling for...
  13. thomask

    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    I would not waste time to consider the mismatched tubes made in 1959. After having gone through more than 16 6sn7 Nos tubes last 6 months. My recommendation is If you like full bass and wide and deep soundstage , then you shall try Melz 1578...
  14. thomask

    Best headphone under 10k$

    I am back to Rogue Cronus magnum ii fitted with Telefuken 12ax7 and Amperex 12au7 from Jot R. It sounds much more gracious through Rogue than Jot R to drive Sr1a. I believe Sr1a need dedicated tube amp. I also have good result with two 18 inch Scaena subwoofers to complement bass of Sr1a...
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    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    I agree with most of your opinions on each tubes. Now I try to stay out of hardware swap and just enjoy the music for the time being. I use 1578 Melz in Line Magnetic 508 and Kenrad vt231 at gain stage of Freya pre and Syl vt231 at buffer stage of Freya pre .
  16. thomask

    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    If you like deep bass than I recommend you to try 1578 Melz. But if you care for transparency and clean details, then you can try Sylvania vt231. You may get a pair from Ebay under 150$.
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    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    Not yet. I will contact Ebay to cancel his seller status based upon racial slur.
  18. thomask

    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    After receivtng two more pairs of 6n8s metal base tube made in 1952 today, now I have 5 pairs of 6n8s metal base tubes in addition to 3 pairs of 1578 tubes made in 1980 and 83. 6n8s metal base sounds more female like with nuanced details while 1578 sounds more robust with deeper bass. I will...
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    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    This is the mail that I sent him last Friday but no response. He does not seem to realize what he had done wrong. Re: Racial discrimination suit Hi Out of grace, I am going to give you the last chance. If you express sincere apology about racial slur and cancel the order of Kenrac vt231...
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    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    I ordered Kenrad vt 231 tube from Ebay dealer " vascotube " or "tube tech" on June 5th Thursday. Most Ebay dealer ship the item on next day or following day. But this guy did not show any shipping information by Saturday. Thus i sent request to give tracking information. But no response...
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    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    Another happy new user of 1578 mid40sguy 124 posts 06-20-2020 7:10pm My pair of 1980 Melz 1578 from Olga arrived yesterday. After playing 8-10 hours background music in our living room system I sat down to listen. WOW! I'm ordering another set of Metz 1578 now. I also ordered a pair of 1954...
  22. thomask

    Are Transports Obsolete?

    I thought Dave and HMs combo does not benefit from reclocker but do.
  23. thomask

    Psvane Acme Series (new flagship series)

    No experience of EML. If you want serious dynamics, you shall go for Nos We 300b made in 40's that will cost you 10k$ and up for pair. Acme is pretty good for the money overall.
  24. thomask

    Psvane Acme Series (new flagship series)

    I had used Sophia Princess ( not Royal)300b as driver tube of Line Magnetic 508 amp before switching to Acme 300b. The difference is drastic. Acme is much more transparent with more details, more bass slam, wider and deeper soundstage. They give one year warranty and my Acme 300b had been...
  25. thomask

    Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes

    http://www.monarchy-audio.com/DIP_Combo_Main_frame.htm Monarch reclocker that I paid 200$ for used one three years ago changed the balance of my system. With it back between music server and Hugo Mscaler, overall system sounds with more air and sparkle. Now I favor 1578 over 6n8s made in 53...
  26. thomask

    Magico M9

    My living room(20ft by 30 ft) on the second floor with high vaults open to third floor has marginal but enough space for WE vintage horn. My friend used to play WE vintage horn in the smaller space than my living room 20 years ago with acceptable result. Thus I will get advice from my friend...
  27. thomask

    Magico M9

    Just the original not rebuild or replica. No decisions on specific horns but the available ones in good condition when I can afford one. But it will be 3 years or longer to save enough money. In the meantime I will do my best to get the musical sound out of Lansche 4.1 or Scaena 3.2.
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    Magico M9

    Funny thing is that WE vintage big horn speaker sounds wonderful in poor environment with cheap cables and without DSP. I am happy with my Lansche 4.1 augmented by two 18 inch Scaena carbon composite subwoofers. Spooky details and excellent dynamics but not going on the analytical side. My...
  29. thomask

    Are Transports Obsolete?

    http://www.monarchy-audio.com/DIP_Combo_Main_frame.htm I had bought used one which is similar to Empirical Audio Synchro-Mesh reclocker at 200$ 3 years ago. It had more effect on Cocktail Audio x12 but less on Jay's audio CD transport. After reading your statement, I had put this back on...

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