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Wanted some feedback from an actual owner user of either of these Pre-amps. I like the fact you can use as passive or tube buffer stage I also like the Remote control feature. Does anyone here use either and care to share ?

 

Joe

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I had a saga for a while. For the money it’s an excellent piece. I preferred it in passive mode, it lost some transparency with the tube buffer and I didn’t need that extra “warmth” in my system. In passive mode it adds nothing. Ultimately it was bettered by a Tortuga LDR, but not by a lot. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

 

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I have a Freya + really like it in all 3 modes. I'm a big fan of 6SN7 preamps, having had several....at least one of mine you had at one time. I was 100% passive prior to the Freya +. I bought it because of it having balanced connections which my xilica needed.

 

I'm done preamp shopping/swapping. It's a keeper. Dead quiet. Nice simple remote

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The only reason I bought the saga was because I wanted the remote capability. I had a Decware amp with gain pots and two inputs and it sounded very good using my dac or phono stage directly into it. I could hear no change when using the saga in the chain. 
 

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I've never heard the original Freya, but some reports of slight noise. Be sure and get the latest model, the +, if you go Freya.

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I just bought the Schiit Freya+ and am using it with Klipsch XF-48s so, far it sounds amazing (I'm literally only a few hours in owning this). I wanted to get into tubes and so far it is ultra quiet, no noise, no hum whatsoever. The new Freya+ is supposed to be 20db quieter than the original but I've heard original Freya owners saying theirs were dead quiet but good to know the engineers were able to do that. Additionally, it's got a feature that only heats up the tubes when actually in use so, that's a good feature to prolong their use.

 

Already in the first few hours I notice more warmth but it's not overt, I'm sure when the tubes and preamp are worn-in it will improve. Soundstage is great, and it is amazingly clear and not muffled at all or what people call "bloomy." It's rather a nice marriage of modern tech and old school done really well.

 

I was also thinking since Klipsch speakers are typically usually strong in the mid range and highs, a bit of smoothing off the top end would for possibly a even better experience.

 

I've seen plenty of original Freya models going for a nice price, I was lucky enough to ****** a Freya+ from a vendor who bought it to do some testing and then quickly sold it so it's literally brand new.

 

If you have more questions let me know, but I'm still only becoming acquainted with it too.

 

EDIT: I've done so much research before getting this home. A lot of the noise typically come from bad connections with the sockets or putting in a tube with dirty pins. Google how to clean vacuum tube pins, I was amazed myself. I think the most non-invasive way I saw was with a Dremel using a felt tip to basically polish the pins, a dirty tube from the 50s was made to look brand new!

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One more thing to my post above. Don't know if it's me but I'm playing back vinyl records through the Freya+ and it sounds amazingly quiet. More so than when I just had the Phono feed going through my Pioneer Elite VSX-32. I almost feel like any pops somehow are being minimized, I can hear them every now and again but they are not nearly as prominent on the Freya+ vs the Pioneer Elite.

 

Thought I'd add that if you should happen to be into vinyl.

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Picking up a Freya + tomorrow used but not that Old. The seller said something Interesting. He stated that only 2 of the 6sn7 are used in output and the other 2 for ?, And that you do not really need to buy matched quads. Anyone hear about this before ?

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I'm too lazy to search but check the tube section. I posted a quote from manual about right and left slots and which make biggest difference. 

 

I've got tons of 6SN7s so run vintage in all 4. I've never even installed the stock tubes that came new with it.

 

Looking forward to your impression. I'm done preamp shopping I think.

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I was seriously considering a Freya+ but then a friend offered to let me borrow his Saga+.

He said he preferred it with the tube buffer engaged but when I first got it from him I liked it better passive. The more I listened to it in my system, the more I liked it so I ordered one.

Then I proceeded to order a bunch of 6SN7's. I found that a lot of them were a little hot in the treble. The Tung-Sol was even a little grainy but in general the differences between tubes was subtle yet noticeable. Raytheon was the winner for me until I found the Mullard 6SN7. It came close to the sound I get from my Mullard 12AX7's.

This whole experience rolling tubes in the Saga was reminiscent of when I was rolling tubes in my Jolida JD100 tube cd player years ago. Every different tube rolled was a minimal difference in sound barely detectable but when I rolled in the right tube (which also happened to be a Mullard) it just clicked and I knew that was the right tube.

Luckily the 6SN7's are pretty affordable as far as tubes go and yet again, I found that NOS tubes rule.

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