Dare I get a tube amp?
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So, I’m currently running a Sony HAP-S1 as my base station with a pair of HD6xx’s. It’s a good multipurpose box since it’s a combo DAC/amp/hard drive. However, I know it can be run out to a bigger amp since it’s not designed to power much more than bookshelf speakers (it maxes out quickly on my Cabasse reference set). In short, as I understand it, it would work as a preamp+DAC if I ran an RCA out. Anyone have a take on whether it’s worth me adding a tube amp and, if so, which one is worth it? I’m interested in something that can still work with my headphones as well as my speakers.
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ohsigmachi
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Jul 12, 2018
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Get a Darkvoice 336SE and a NOS Silvertone 6SN7 tube. I'm listening to it through my 6XXs right now and it is GOLD!
Jul 12, 2018
Dubharmonic
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Jul 5, 2018
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Tubes do sound different, but we can't tell you if you'll like the difference :-)
Jul 5, 2018
mindhead1
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Jul 2, 2018
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I’m a big fan of the DarkVoice 336SE. The 6xx soumd great with it and you can have a lot fun tube rolling if your into that.
Jul 2, 2018
Heinsbeans
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Jul 12, 2018
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I've tried everything but I could never get HD650 to sound just as good as my HD600 on DV336SE. I don't have much tubes to roll with besides Tung sol 7236, Sylvania 6SN7W & GE 6SN7GTB.
Jul 12, 2018
mindhead1
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Jul 12, 2018
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Sounds like you are in the HD600 camp I'm terms of preference. I've never heard those so maybe I'm missing out.
Jul 12, 2018
Rhamnetin
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Jul 1, 2018
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HD 6XX sounds best with tube amps to me. I am guessing a Bottlehead Crack 1.1 especially with the Speedball upgrade will be a nice improvement. Can't say for sure since I don't know anything about the Sony HAP-S1 really.
Jul 1, 2018