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Just got my AKG K7XX. Listening off DarkVoice with rolled RCA tubes and Pure Music on an MacBook. Very first impressions out of the box, dull, bloated sound lacking clarity and sharpness. What's up? Is it the lack of burn in?
Try another source? Maybe it doesn't like your tubes...
That would be my guess too. tube amps are notorious for being warm/Dark and gritty. That's pretty much what they are made for. It's a preferential thing.
ive got a cheap aune t1 mk2 tube dac/solid state amp, sounds quite good out of the box
Well... technically it depends on the tube, etc. I had a tube fetish once, in big stereo stuff (before tube headphone amps became "the rage"). Today I view them mostly as a sort of in-line filter or possibly a high level modification to the X-over at best. I still like tubes! But they have their limits.
hmmm, kind of the same situation here...but after sometime, they sound better. So either burn in is required or my brain got "accustomed" to this sound. currently using foobar2000 as my player and Sound blaster E3 as amp
Give it time to clear up. If you have the opportunity, you may want to try them on a solid state amp. This may reveal some of the clarity that you are missing.
In addition, a generous burn in allowance is essential imo, after which there is revealed a generous sense of fullness and modest lushness with slight loss in detail, attributed not so much to it's absence, but rather to it's immersion in the general ambience of the tuning.
yeaH you gotta run them for like 10 hours to open them up. First couple times you go back and listen to them the sound will change.