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I'm selling my Vali 2 for either DV or Massdrop CTH amp. First of all, does CTH come with same tube socket size? And which of the two would you use for 4XX's? My problem with Vali 2 was that even with warm tubes, it cannot tame the touch too bright highs of 4xx (I have sensitive ear to sharpness)
CTH is warm sounding amp so it should suit your sound preferences
It uses same 9 pin tubes of Vali2
Did you tube roll the Vali 2, for me when I need to knock down the highs of a pair of cans I use a JJ E88CC or a converted 6SN7 to a lesser extent, the stock tube is transparent and close to SS. For reverb and room acoustics with ethereal voices go with a Golden Lion E88CC. All tubes tested on with my 6XX.
I ended up getting CTH amp. I'm currently rolling Gold lion, reflector 6h23n-eb, EH, and GE. Of them All, I prefer reflector for almost all genres with my 4XX's
Nice, I'm glad you at least tried different tubes, I love Zeos but he basically tossed it aside when with some rolling it does change the sound quite a bit especially with soundstage and imaging.
Yeahh I agree. I know it's not an easy task, but I wished he'd spent more time with each tube and be more thorough in his review.