LampizatOr Golden Atlantic + TRP

Last weekend I had a pleasure with several good and dear friends to hear at mine and at @wisnon place new reincarnation of LampizatOr Golden Atlantic Plus TRP where TRP stands for Tube Rollers Paradise. Where this name came from - actually the catch is that as output tubes this one uses pentode tubes working in triode mode ranging from El34, 6L6, KT88,90,120,150 and many more, while as recti tubes same ones can be used as for the rest of the Lampi family. What Norman told me, choice of tubes is getting into hundreds (considering variables of producers, types, etc.).
We rolled few El34s and KT120 as we had those on hand and El34 is/was clearly better than KT120 especially the NOS ones with Blackburn codes on them (xf3, xf4).
Sound wise what to say - maybe I could say is that this DAC is a nuclear bomb in a small package - just fantastic in every sense...speed, presentation, musicality, you name it.
Compared to my GG2, i still prefer mine, due to larger scale of everything and also having a bit more of that tube seductive character, but when things are put into perspective and if being realistic I could live happily ever after with TRP.
Again a fantastic DAC from Lampi team and they really nailed it. Respect!
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bonzo75

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The 596 seems very hard to get at the moment. Woo seem to be pretty much the only source. And it's pricey looking at what 596 has sold for in the past.

Hey, ho.
 

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Kindly thank Al for this nice price bump :cool::D
 

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Maybe I should start to liquidate my stash. What's the going price for an NOS 596?
 
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Before i get few of those 596 for 58$ (shipping included) i got this one to play with when time comes...
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Maybe I should start to liquidate my stash. What's the going price for an NOS 596?
Can I buy one and the adapter separately or do you have both
 

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So, I received my TRP upgrade two weeks ago and have done a ton of listening since then. For tubes, I have been using Gold Lion KT66s. Thus far, those are the only tubes I have tried so I obviously can't provide any insights into the relative merits of different tubes. I do, however, look forward to eventually playing around with different tubes. The ability to tube roll is definitely one of the great things about this new dac.

I am extremely happy with this upgrade. My original Atlantic (balanced plus, dsd only, 512 capable) was outstanding. Nonetheless, the TRP version is a serious improvement. In comparison, the TRP has a far more natural sound with more realistic and engaging tone and timbre. Even though the original did not sound "digital" as such, the TRP has a far more analog sound. The music flows with the ease and immediacy of a good vinyl system but with the improved detail and dynamics of digital. The TRP also seems to have a richer more tonally dense sound. Interestingly, virtually every other new component I have previously added to my system has produced some tangible improvement like better soundstage and imaging or more detail. The TRP's improvements are less tangible, but are in many respects more impactful. It has added a level of refinement that I have not heard in many other systems. A great product.
 
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As I keep an eye on the KT66 market and come to understand more about its background and codes, I’ve come across a few sites that mat be of interest here. Three are specifically about dates and codes, and the other is an email/forum exchange with someone who worked in one of the factories producing the GEC and other tubes in the 1950s that has a few useful tidbits. The year codes are apparently different in a couple of them, one starting A in 1939 and another in 1945 — unless all pre ‘46 production was an A — but the DIY forum one seems about right.

- https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/tubes-valves/16854-gec-date-codes.html
- https://www.valvecollector.uk/cv-valves.htm
- https://www.audioasylum.com/audio/tubes/messages/24/248118.html
- http://forum.marstran.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=130

Supposedly, my Atlantic TRP is going to ship tomorrow or Tuesday.
 
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As I keep an eye on the KT66 market and come to understand more about its background and codes, I’ve come across a few sites that mat be of interest here. Three are specifically about dates and codes, and the other is an email/forum exchange with someone who worked in one of the factories producing the GEC and other tubes in the 1950s that has a few useful tidbits. The year codes are apparently different in a couple of them, one starting A in 1939 and another in 1945 — unless all pre ‘46 production was an A — but the DIY forum one seems about right.

- https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/tubes-valves/16854-gec-date-codes.html
- https://www.valvecollector.uk/cv-valves.htm
- https://www.audioasylum.com/audio/tubes/messages/24/248118.html
- http://forum.marstran.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=130

Supposedly, my Atlantic TRP is supposed to ship tomorrow or Tuesday.
I too stumbled upon http://forum.marstran.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=130 when searching for info on the GEC TT21. It's a great read! And yes, if you can use the KT88 in the TRP, then you can also use the TT21 (with adapter). I like the TT21 just as much as the KT88, and I use them in my McIntosh MC75 amps.

I was also doing some more research recently on the KT66. I found out there were a few more early variations. This research ended up costing me yet more "tube $'s". I'll post up pics when they arrive.
 

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