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After the time you spent yearning for it (don't even deny it, I was there ), all I can say is I'm very glad the real thing ended up meeting your expectations/hopes.

Might've said this before, but as you move up in tube amp quality/design, the more attributes they seem to share with solid state. This ultimately makes that touch of warmth much more of a factor in the sound, because tubes become capable of matching virtually everything else solid state can throw at it. Of course, this is just something thematic that I've noticed in my experiences; the Beta or one of the Dyna-series amps could add in something I've never heard. What gets really interesting is when you hear a solid state like the Luxman P-1, which has more warmth in it than some tube amps I've heard. In this case, the common design attribution flips itself 180 degrees, and you are found wondering how in the hell a solid state amp can sound so musical. Then you find out that the N. American, 120 volt version, is limited to like a dozen units and you don't have the cash for it, then it sells out within a few days and you begin to cry...

Sorry, sorta got off-topic.
I don't think that was even slightly off topic.

But I do think you double posted.



I wanna hear the Luxman.
    
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Hello, I have a pair of Sony MDR-RF880R headphones, can I join?
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I don't think that was even slightly off topic.

But I do think you double posted.



I wanna hear the Luxman.
Come to Can Jam! I hear that's where all the cool kids will be .

In other news, my dac came in this afternoon and I've been listening to it since it got here. It was perfect timing considering the emu left my house yesterday evening. The dac is of the non oversampling variety and uses a 6922/6DJ8 tube in the buffer stage. I'm currently using an Amperex 7DJ8 that the seller included and recommended. It's certainly a good deal less analytical sounding than the emu but if it's lending any coloration to the music then it is quite subtle because I haven't been able to distinguish it so far. The presentation isn't at all relaxed and in combination with the caliente it does very well with faster paced music.

For those of you who don't know, I bought Gollie's dv 336i a few weeks back and while I've had to sell it because I can't and don't really want to keep two amps in my house atm, I won't be shipping it till tomorrow. I've been listening to both amps and let me just say that although I prefer the overall presentation of the caliente, there are things that the darkvoice just does better imho. It's not as detailed as the caliente nor is the soundstage as wide, but it provides better attack, it seems to drive my k501s more effortlessly than the Caliente, (9 on volume knob as opposed to 11 on the Caliente to get a similar volume) and the midrange, for acoustic music specifically, is more seductive and involving than the Caliente. The bass on the Caliente is more resolving, but the darkvoice has better bass thump if you take my meaning.

These are just initial impressions and, for those of you that believe in burn-in (I have too little experience to make an assessment one way or the other) the Caliente only has about 20 or so hours on it.

I'll be sure to keep you all updated as things progress and once I've had more time to listen. Who knows, I may even do a formal review when I've become more familiar with the equipment.
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Come to Can Jam! I hear that's where all the cool kids will be .
You know ...

I was on the fence towards actually going for a while ...

And then I got hit with 5 grand of IRS back taxes (my own fault) ... and then I started pining for new gear ... and then ....

I just decided to stay put.

Besides ....

If the surf was up the same day I was out on the West Coast ... I'd most likely skip the conference to go surfing ... and if my Newport Beach/San Clemente pals got wind of my being out that way, then I'd almost surely be in the water instead of in the headphones. LOL.

I love headphones, don't get me wrong ... but age old priorities would kick in I'm afraid ... and so just decided to stay at home.

    
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You don't know how close I am to wanting to seriously rack up some credit card debt just to demo that.

I'm actually chewing on it ...

Pray for me.

    
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you don't know how close i am to wanting to seriously rack up some credit card debt just to demo that.

I'm actually chewing on it ...

Pray for me.

Uh...

...

...

...

...I'll pray that you buy it.

Btw, I'm familiar with the previous owner of that Zana, Mulveling, and I can assure you he treated that amp as well as can be. You won't find that amp in better shape, at least not used. It was also used heavily as a preamp under his possession, so the headphone jack should be fresh.
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That's ok...

My wife's laptop died a couple of weeks ago.

My router got jacked up on tues so no wifi except for the neighbors, and no home phone...

The photoshop cs4 I purchased and received Wednesday was fake...

My sig rig died yesterday...

I couldn't sleep last night and was tired as hell and just not paying attention until it was too late and the officer clocked me doing 53 in a 40 on my way to work this morning...

I can't find my wall adapter for my iPhone, which is my ONLY source of Internet right now...

And to top it off the liquor cabinet is rather dry...


No headphones, sources, amps, etc for me for a looong time! :-(
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That's ok...

My wife's laptop died a couple of weeks ago.

My router got jacked up on tues so no wifi except for the neighbors, and no home phone...

The photoshop cs4 I purchased and received Wednesday was fake...

My sig rig died yesterday...

I couldn't sleep last night and was tired as hell and just not paying attention until it was too late and the officer clocked me doing 53 in a 40 on my way to work this morning...

I can't find my wall adapter for my iPhone, which is my ONLY source of Internet right now...

And to top it off the liquor cabinet is rather dry...


No headphones, sources, amps, etc for me for a looong time! :-(
. That is quite the depressing series of events you've just described there Jacob. And an empty liquor cabinet to top it all off. You were all like and then life was like . Best of luck in turning everything around, man. Keep us posted.
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Uh...

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...

...

...I'll pray that you buy it.

Btw, I'm familiar with the previous owner of that Zana, Mulveling, and I can assure you he treated that amp as well as can be. You won't find that amp in better shape, at least not used. It was also used heavily as a preamp under his possession, so the headphone jack should be fresh.
I'm gonna be reasonable ... considering my current financial circumstances and what not ...

Give it three days ...

If it's still their come this Tuesday ...

Then I'm gonna see what I can do to get it.

I'm sort of on a quest for the ultimate Grado amp ... and despite how well the Raptor synch's with the GS1000's ... I can't get the banter I've heard about the Zana out of my mind.

So would love to demo them both.

I know folks say the Zana *kills* the Raptor ... but just considering relativity and diminishing returns and what not ... I can't see how it could be so much better.

...

That said ... and since I listen for 15+ hours straight most weekends (while building software/websites and what not for clients) ... I positively LOVE the OTL amp design of the Raptor as I never have to turn it off if I don't want too and it doesn't have to have a signal passing through it to stay in good shape.

But the Zana is a strong pull for sure ...

More later.

    
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