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Has anyone compared Rogue RP-7 to Cary SLP05 and / or Audio Research Ref 5se?
I thought that the reason that Cary sent them out with EHs was because they were readily available & affordable.  They WERE cheap and abundantly available, before the recent events of this year. They were also a fun example of "wow these ar... 
Has anyone compared Rogue RP-7 to Cary SLP05 and / or Audio Research Ref 5se?
The Electro Harmonix 6SN7, like many EH tubes, have a brash & rockin sound. A bit of extra zing on top, with great bass impact and decent mids. They’re really not a bad tube at all, any way you slice it. And they typically measure at a good de... 
Excessive gain with a Belles preamp
Older tube preamps with tube power amp is a tough combination because the tube preamps often have gobs of gain - this is from when analog sources dominated, and the extra gain was of benefit (especially when trying to push an MM phono stage into M... 
Many higher end preamps are dated and ugly, why is this?
Nothing Schiit makes can be considered pretty. They’re inoffensive at best. Not really a great example to drop as your standard of aesthetic, unless you’re saying you like a minimal & simple visual footprint. Any others you like? And when you... 
How does the VPI Aries II stand up to current mid priced tables?
The Aries tables are gorgeous. II probably being the best looking of all - congrats! If I had the room, a nice used deal on one would be hard to turn down. Agree with others you should explore the SOTA/Phoenix upgrades. The VPI tables since Aries/... 
Is an unbalanced preamp a bad thing?
Like everything it depends - in this case, especially on the downstream component and how it handles SE vs. balanced input signals. Sometimes there is an extra stage for SE vs. XLR (or vice versa) that the signal has to pass through. It can be an ... 
Balanced Line Stage Tube Preamps
I would avoid it for the use of 6 (six!!) 12AU7’s alone. 6SN7 is a better sounding tube. I would however expect it to sound more "tubey" than the Rogue RP7, because of the latter’s MOSFET output stage. The older Rogue high-end 6H30 preamps Athena... 
Has anyone compared Rogue RP-7 to Cary SLP05 and / or Audio Research Ref 5se?
I had an RP-9 and it has no bloom - more SS like in its presentation. ARC Ref 6 has just a *little* bloom, is technically amazing; nicely positioned between tubes and SS, sonically. VAC preamps have bloom, a romantic sound, and gorgeous mids with ... 
Rogue Audio and Audio Research Comparisons
I did try the RP9 with Apollo Darks. Ref 6 or VAC Master is a better match in my system, even with the Apollo Darks. Actually the older Rogue Athena was a better match too. Hera II sounded really good but was too microphonic and noisy. RP9 sounded... 
Why is used audio equipment so undesirable?
It’s really fine, with some education and adjustment of your expected resale values. If you buy something at full retail, you’re gonna take a bath on its resale, even if it’s the very next day. Some brands hold up in value better than others (yes,... 
Rogue Audio and Audio Research Comparisons
I’ve had a full stack of current Rogue tube gear (phono + pre + power), have a full current VAC stack, and have the ARC Reference phono + pre. And I’ve mixed & matched these components a lot. The Rogue tube power amps are excellent (the best ... 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
This is what I hate about audio groups. Guys get their panties in a bunch too easily and get emotional over almost nothing. Yes I've been guilty of this too. @daveyf is not the bad guy, here. He simply stated a preference for forum/text discussion... 
Legacy Audio Impulse integrated amp (200W/Channel SS amp) - low volume issue
Welcome to the world of gain and sensitivity. Tube amps and preamps can have deceivingly high gains. This doesn't mean that they're more powerful than a solid state amp with lower gain!!  Remember that most tube circuits were designed when source... 
New tubes in Rogue M-180 Monoblocks
Does someone try running KT-150 tube on Rogue M-180 amp ? Rogue has said this is not recommended. I tried an octet of KT150 in my VAC 200iQ's and they were just awful. That amp was designed for KT88 too. I think KT150 is best suited to amps des... 
Tubes becoming hard to get?
To summarize: The main supply issue facing audiophiles is for power tubes - especially the big types for which there is no NOS / vintage alternative in quantity. The situation is especially dire for amps designed around KT120 and up (especially...