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Are you using the no name tubes it comes with or did you switch out the tubes?
Stock tubes at the moment, gonna start rolling once I get the second, since I'll need enough for both.
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Stock tubes at the moment, gonna start rolling once I get the second, since I'll need enough for both.
With time, you should be able to shape the bass image very much to your liking via different tube sets.

My DAC only has a single tube and it's influence over the sound is quite significant.

We have the same tastes in bass image it seems.

Good luck.



BTW: heading to Fry's this weekend to pick some sub 30 dollar buds/IEM's up. Any suggestions?
    
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Well, the DX is now enroute to me (apparently).

The seller has been pretty slow in general, but for such a deal I probably should expect at least one drawback in the process.

We will see...

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Anyhow, if I were to buy a large amount of hospital grade power cords would anybody like to purchase some off me?
How much for each cord? I would be interested if they didn't break the bank too badly (which I assume they will not ).
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Just finished paying off my laptop :O now all i have to do is buy a bag for it, and D2000's HERE I COME :O!

well, and my books for school. and the desktop :[ so. maybe soon.

@Nam: TELL US MORE ABOUT THE MKII :O!
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I would, but today's my town's yearly fireman's festival, and there's currently a parade going on my street, with honking and a marching band and fire truck sirens galore. I'll tell you what I remember from my listening at about 4:30 this morning though.

Bass has tightened up considerably, but still lacks some depth. Soundstage has mildly improved, and treble extension seems a bit better. At this point I'd rank it on par with my Headfive, but with a signature I like more.
post #3727 of 38150
Well, I buckled and picked up a pair of NOS Mullard M8100s for my driver tubes... I can't resist tweaking, and they seem to be easy enough to find so I can pick up another pair when I get my second MKII. Now to find some good replacements for the power tubes...
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Are you gonna at least burn in the no names or as soon as you get the mullards you're gonna switch?
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Two hours in to my dueling Paradisea's session and I can honestly say that I might lose my mind here in a bit...



It's so difficult discerning any differences ... but certain traits (at least) seem to be emerging:

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...

V.1.0: Noticeably more "sweet" sounding; easy on the ears (grados); smooth; relaxed; effortless; warm; astounding, clean, tight, deep bass. A noticeably more narrow soundstage image than the v.2.0, sounding a bit more 'between the ears.'

v.2.0: Noticeably better soundstage and transparency; instruments are more seperated and have more 'air' between them; not as smooth as v.1.0 but this could be a burn-in issue; slightly more edge than v.1.0 but again, could be burn-in related; astounding, clean, tight, deep bass.

...

The v.1.0 DAC has over 1000 hours on it, I'm sure.

The v.2.0 DAC has just under 200 hours on it; it's a brand new unit

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Which one I keep and which one I sell is still up in the air.

I like them both just as much for their respective qualities ....

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So confusing!

    
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Joel -

With two units that sound so similar, I would evaluate what you are considering for future upgrades in the other areas of your rig.

Say, for hypothetical purposes, you are considering another pair of headphones such as Denon or Sennheiser. Perhaps v.1.0 might serve you better in the long run on the basis that you are considering adding a smoother, more relaxed presentation to the setup. It's an advantage (from a relative perspective) in that you are matching synergy amongst components.

Now without having heard either DAC, I will say that the term "effortless" that you used for v.1.0 is incredibly important (at least it is for my ears). That is one way I would describe my amp - no matter the genre, the source, the headphones, etc., the amp completely encapsulates the music in the very way it was meant to, without the slightest sense of hiccup or issue. It is not so much a discernable property that you can actually hear, rather one that can be sensed but is still every bit as apparent as an increase in bass or a shift in presentation.

Just some input for you (and anyone else with nothing better to think about).
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