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On 7/31/2021 at 4:05 PM, koba said:

Audiolot monoblocks. Based on 6C33C tubes. Made in Ukraine

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If these sound as good as they look, I imagine it would be a fantastic experience. I can't seem to find any info about these or Audio Lot. Can you share more? The balanced input is intriguing. 

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15 hours ago, capo72 said:

If these sound as good as they look, I imagine it would be a fantastic experience. I can't seem to find any info about these or Audio Lot. Can you share more? The balanced input is intriguing. 

 

These two sound great! Unfortunately the balanced input is not true - just switching  between two connection options.

Here you are http://www.audiolot.com.ua/

Unfortunately I cannot find English version... After having pushed as shown at the pictures you'll get to the old amps they produced

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How do you like that Orchid? I had a Havana for years and now a heavily modified Pagoda that I really love. My son tried an Orchid in his system, but thought it was no better than the onboard DAC in the Node. I found that pretty hard to believe, but we all hear differently.

 

Shakey

 

 

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3 hours ago, Shakeydeal said:

How do you like that Orchid? I had a Havana for years and now a heavily modified Pagoda that I really love. My son tried an Orchid in his system, but thought it was no better than the onboard DAC in the Node. I found that pretty hard to believe, but we all hear differently.

 

Shakey

 

 

I agree that we all hear differently. I find DACs more alike than different up to a certain price, Once above it they seem to hit another level and most in that level are more alike than different IMHO. I can not see paying the idiotic figures they want for some DACs. I had an 8000.00 DAC in the house I thought was VERY MARGINALLY better than a 1k DAC.

 

The Orchid is a very good DAC it punches above its price point. I Like the Tube output it smoothes out the edges. Your son is probably in the camp looking for more detail etc... from a DAC I dont think that is where the Orchid excells. It offers a great overall sound without all the digital harshness. If he were looking for a DAC to do that, I am sure he would re-think the Orchid

 

I like the idea of the Audio Note being an all tube design. it sounds very good, I need to spend more time with them

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Back around 2000, I bought an AN DAC 1.1. It replaced a Sonic Frontiers SFD-2. I thought the AN was very good, I bet the 2.1 is even better. I like the sound of non-oversampling DACs and doubt I will go back to a Delta Sigma type again.

 

Shakey

 

 

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3 hours ago, Shakeydeal said:

Back around 2000, I bought an AN DAC 1.1. It replaced a Sonic Frontiers SFD-2. I thought the AN was very good, I bet the 2.1 is even better. I like the sound of non-oversampling DACs and doubt I will go back to a Delta Sigma type again.

 

Shakey

 

 

I am on the fence between the Audio Note and an Audio GD Master 7 (The M7 is set to NOS). The best Delta Sigma type DAC I have ever heard is the PSaudio Perfectwave DaAC MKII..... It honestly has the same traits as the NOS DACs IMHO......................................I could Frankly live  with any of the 4 in house DACs I currently have. I'll Put it this way anyone that knows me will know what this means " I am no longer looking at DACs"  I also sold a VERY nice vinyl setup. I kept getting pulled back into vinyl because digital was always just a bit off. That is no longer the case for me, Now digital causes the hair on the back of the neck to stand up. It just sounds REAL

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On 8/12/2021 at 2:02 PM, joessportster said:

Triode Lab AuPre Grande Line stage (Think Finale)

 

 

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what's up with the triode lab piece?

Ive long been looking at that Chinese/Canadian builder... probably something in the 2A3 range.

do you like it?

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7 hours ago, Schu said:

what's up with the triode lab piece?

Ive long been looking at that Chinese/Canadian builder... probably something in the 2A3 range.

do you like it?

I have only had it a few days, So far its very nice. I like it quite a bit. Build Quality seems top notch. Fit & Finish is as good as I have seen, My only peeve is its hard to find info / reviews / manual etc...

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certainly there are very few on the used market... they rarely come up.

 

these just look so beautiful... I worry about the loss of LF range on a 2A3 design though.

 

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42 minutes ago, Schu said:

"I worry about the loss of LF range on a 2A3 design though"

 

Low frequency performance on just about any tube amp is a direct reflection of the type and quality of output transformer. To a lesser extent, the tube itself (strictly talking about DHT's here).

 

The below frequency response & THD+N is from a Chinese 2A3 amp that I got in Hong Kong on one of my business trips years ago. It has been cleaned up and modified, but the original circuit is mainly intact. I don't see any low frequency issues to be concerned about here. This measurement was taken at 1 Watt / 4 Ohm. 

 

All transformers measure differently, which is why (IMO) it is always good to do some measurements to get an idea of what the amp is doing. 

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I mainly have concern in relation to my current set up... anything else will be referenced against it and that is a tall order.

 

I agree the Iron is critical...

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