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treah
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Mar 24, 2015
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I bought this from amazon in 2013 for 163$ shipped, yes it was the MK2. So do not but it at full price. It is amazing for what it is but tube rolling give really only a placebo effect since this is a hybrid DAC.
Mar 24, 2015
lilrkt
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Mar 28, 2015
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In what way does a Hybrid DAC not require this tube business?
Just curious as I want some for those AKG series cans that Massdrop sold me.
Mar 28, 2015
treah
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Mar 30, 2015
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This AMP does require the tube, it was designed that way. Im saying since this is hybrid, it runs the music through the DAC, SS ICs, tube, and the result sounds good but the tube does little to be able to change the sound. What im mainly saying is you can buy this amp but dont waste money on tube rolling, youll mainly have a placebo effect.
Mar 30, 2015
mikoss
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Mar 30, 2015
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Uh no, I'm sorry, but you're wrong. You'll hear the full effect of whatever tube you put into the Aune T1. Tube rolling is a lot of fun with this unit. The tube is only in effect when the DAC of the Aune T1 is being used- you'll hear the entire, full effect of whatever tube you put in, so long as you are using the USB input to the T1. As for sonic differences between a tube amp, there are definitely differences... I own a couple of tube amps, and I also have been using the Aune T1 as a DAC for quite a while. I have a very large collection of tubes for the Aune T1. To give a comparison between the T1 and a fully fledged headphone tube amp, like the Woo WA2, the Aune T1 is lacking dynamics, transients and a bit of the sonic layering. The fully fledged tube amps do sound different, however to say that the tube is merely a placebo is false. Sorry to call you out man, but you're entirely wrong.
I guess this may read like I'm being a dick, but the truth of the whole thing is important for people to understand. The Aune T1 will give you a very nice, tube fueled experience (if you're using the DAC) for a modest price. I personally find that upgrading the capacitors takes the T1 to a level well above its price point. If you do fall in love with the sound of this unit with a NOS tube, I'd recommend trying a $1200+ tube amp and check the difference. I've posted detailed comments on headfi myself, comparing it to the WA2. The truth is, I can easily live with the T1 when I'm away from home and can't lug my WA2 around.
I mentioned the fact that I've collected a bunch of tubes because it truly does bring out what the tubes are capable of. I'm currently listening on a pinched waist 1958 Amperex Holland 6922, and the T1 sounds amazing. I've put the pinched waist tubes into my WA2, and it's much more picky because it also has power tubes which affect the sound as well. It's much more challenging to find perfectly matched pairs of tubes, and get the right synergy between the power tubes, rectifier tubes, and driver tubes.
So I truly apologize for being abrasive and will say the tube does absolutely nothing if you are using a different DAC and plugging into the RCA inputs on the T1. The tube is only for the DAC... and then it will feed your headphones and also the RCA outputs with sweet tube sounds.
Mar 30, 2015
koolpep
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Mar 31, 2015
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Sorry Sir, but you are dead wrong. It's a tube DAC not a tube amp. If you use it as an amp only the tube has no effect at all. If used as DAC then the tube is in full swing. Gentles gold lion is my current favorite. In my office the T1 Mk2 is next to the Bottlehead Crack. It's an incredible value for $169 and has oodles of power to drive T90, HD650 and and and with power to spare. Thanks to the gain settings it even does work well with IEMs. I never had such a versatile combo than this one. Plus tube rolling is indeed fun.
Cheers, K
Mar 31, 2015
hdtv00
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Apr 1, 2015
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Totally disagree. Yea the layout in is exactly as you said. But saying the tube is not different from tube to tube is plain stupid. It can be a BIG difference in the sound depending on what tube is used, even in this config. Matter of fact even the same tube can sound a little different from each other, let alone different brands.
Apr 1, 2015
BlueInfinityX
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Apr 2, 2015
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Your sound can change dramatically when you switch out the tubes and tubes are not that expensive so you should get this amp with a pair of tubes to suit your need 2 one for the amp and the other for backup but i dont know where you get the could sound different even if you get the same tube bit from the tubes i use all sound the same as long as they are both new.
Apr 2, 2015
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