wolf_garcia

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SET the best?
Yeah...close most of the speaker options and open up pretty much all the amp options.  
SET the best?
It is interesting that one can box yourself in with a lower watt tube amp, and deny yourself the vast multitudes (and clear large margin majority) of 83 to 90db efficient speakers...I check efficiency in every review and simply say meh...it will b... 
Shootout of Nos 6sn7 tubes
NOS GEsare mycurrentfavesafter trying various others in my Freya and Had SEP amp. I also tried double spacing this post to see if it works for me and yeah, it's kinda lame. 
Are tubes really “warm”?
Kaitty apparently wanted everybody to know about his Walkman/Grado rig as he's mentioned it here more than once, which he may backtrack from any second as hey, so would anybody else. 
SET the best?
I can't tell if my amp is loafing, and I've used the iPhone meter for years out of curiosity and to test relative channel levels...no idea how many watts my amp is actually using as I don't own whatever gear would tell me that, but it sure seems c... 
Looking to upgrade my 3-way towers
Try a pair of Klipsch Heresy IVs...the jump from 89db efficiency to 99db might be interesting (I own Heresy IIIs, and they're great sounding), as would the step away from the conventional.  
Tube Rolling
I replace tubes well before the getter "flashing" gets funky, and often simply because I want to try a different tube...generally the power tubes get the most attention, but my amp has only 2 (single ended pentode) so it's cheap. Preamp tubes seem... 
SET the best?
My Dennis Had amp is an SEP (pentode) at from 12 to 17wpc depending on tubes used, which means with Gold Lion KT77s, my "tube du jour," I'm likely getting 10 to 12wpc. This drives my 99db Heresy IIIs to as loud as I need to hear 'em with plenty of... 
Are tubes really “warm”?
Note that Kaitty's said his rig is a Sony Discman through Grado SR80s without earpads, so there's that.  
SET the best?
After years of SS amps (except for guitar amps....all tube) and just after a nice few years with a great sounding push-pull tube amp, I was absolutely floored by a little Dennis Had single ended pentode amp...just amazed at the clarity and detail,... 
Why don’t tube amps sound like tubes anymore?
Nonsense...especially with single ended amps. If clarity and improved design for clarity is to be questioned that's just silly, as well as SS amps that, as Nelson Pass says "sound more like tubes" in a good way. It's the harmonic rules you just ca... 
Audioquest or Kimber kable.
Bill Low personally recommended "33s" to me (for bi-wiring) at a local audio shop a couple of years ago, and I liked them...when I went back to single wire I switched back to a pair of Type 8s...Audio Advisor has been selling those for a while (I ... 
Schiit Freya+ vs. high end (e.g., Mcintosh) ?
Hickamore...yeah the input stage, but I decided to use 4 matched GEs of the same vintage as they’re pretty cheap really. Maybe I got lucky but my original version Freya has never been noisy at all...tried various tubes and settled on NOS GEs...I h... 
In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment
The politicization of the Covid-19 pandemic is astonishing...right wing nonsense, a "dumb and dumber" presidential embarrassment, and whining about your rights (you have no "right" to harm others) when clearly staying safe by avoiding crowds and w... 
Rectifier Hum
I forgot to follow up with the solution...the two subs had opposite grounding (one was lifted one not). Lifted the ground on the other sub and hum is now gone.