A friend suggested I turn the volume all the way up on the SBC (Squeezebox Duet Controller) and use the amp as the volume control. Problem solved. Using the SBC as the volume control is problematic, inefficient and just plain awful sounding when chained with the DAC.
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Thanks for the feedback - leaving mine on 24/7...
As for the Squeezebox Duet's receiver sound quality - found a place that does mods to solve that issue Audiocom. A tad on the expensive side tho...
I used to leave it on 24/7 when i was breaking it in, now i only switch off after i'm done for the day.
Don't mean to sidetrack, i'm using Tungsol tube at the moment and loving it, just last night i put on WE tube back for another try to see if i like it better this time, my thought on the two tubes was, tungsol was great with rock and jazz, so dynamic and soundstage is so deep, and really good bass.
but WE gives a little more forward presentation, the high is better, i know this is strange, it's punchier but only with purcussion stuff, it flows better with violin music. But there's something wrong with the upper bass department, sounds like the bass is meshed so i have to listen very hard to hear it, which reminds me why i am staying with tungsol now.
Is anyone using tungsol here? If yes, could you please tell me where you get yours, i'd like to audition and collect some good tungsol tubes.
Got my Tungsol (NOS 1959) from Tubeworld.com. Good guy and reasonable. I've been wanting to try a WE. When I got my Tungsol, they explained it as more detailed than the WE. It really works well in my Paradisea 3.
For those that leave theirs on 24/7, how long do the tubes last. My Paradisea is on about 8 hrs./day. I've been doing this for about 9 months. That's a couple of thousand hours. I think I am beginning to hear changes.
I also own WE tubes made in the 50s, in comparison to Tungsol for me they(WE) produce details in quatity, i hear more low level sound, but for my system the upper bass seems so mashed in to the midrange that to an extent i can't pinpoint where the bass notes are, im pretty big on bass, everytime i feel like giving WE another try, i ended up removing it and put back my tungsol.
Tungsol produces a much more "engaging" details, it adds more intensity, better dynamic and the soundstage is a lot deeper as well, in other words, more musical for me, i could just listen to music and forget about hifi.
That's why I'd like to collect more Tungsol tube. Hope you have a great time with yours.
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