Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00
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    Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    Hey

    I am new to this forum, and i hope it's true that you don't bite because i am a newbie concerning audio etc.

    I recently bought a pair of Fostex TH-X00 Purplehearts and now i am looking for an amp to power them. I don't have an experience with any sorts of amps, but from what i have read a tube amp seems to be more my cup of tea than a solid state amp. However i would also take into consideration the THXAAA 789 amp because it's completly transparent and balanced.

    i did some research myself and found some amps that are within my price range:

    Little Dot MK3, Little Dot MKIV (350 usd), Darkvoice 336E, Bottlehead crack with speedball upgrade, Garage1217 (i am not sure which one), XDUO TA 20, Megaherz (Italian tube amp manufacturer, no idea which modell and about price), Elekit TU-8180

    Currently, my headphones are connected to a Technics A900S Reference amplifier, that goes in to the RCA outputs of my Asus Xonar Essence STX. I am planning to exchange the Asus with a Khadas Tone Board DAC.

    I got this amplifier from a friend, and it sounds much better than running the headphons over my soundcard. But i dont think it's ideal for headphones (not planning to use speakers) and it takes up a lot of space technics_se-a900sm2_su-c800um2_pre-power_amplifier.jpg

    For which tube amp should i go for? Or would the THX serve me better?

    my best regards and thanks

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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.
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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    First question is what is your price range? It sounds like you are looking for a headphone amplifier, correct?

    If you are in this range you might want to consider the Dennis Had amplifier I have for sale. Very highly regarded amp by one of the most famous tube amplifier designers of all time. Dennis does these amps by hand as a retirement project for himself. He even signs them on the bottom of the unit!

    https://www.audioshark.org/showthread.php?t=16154
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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    I had an Eddie Current Ec-445 tube head amp and it was my Holy Grail amp till I went into speakers. Wu Audio makes nice stuff more readily available and reasonable.
    Suncoast is a dealer. Might wanna call Mike or his other brother Mike.
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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    Quote Originally Posted by Dguitarnut View Post
    I had an Eddie Current Ec-445 tube head amp and it was my Holy Grail amp till I went into speakers. Wu Audio makes nice stuff more readily available and reasonable.
    Suncoast is a dealer. Might wanna call Mike or his other brother Mike.
    LOL, good Bob Newheart show reference ( Darrel and Darrel)
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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    Thanks for the suggestions, sadly it's waaay over my budget.

    350 usd is like my limit.

    My headphones only have 25 ohms would i be better off with a solid state amp?

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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    My first tube hp amp was the DarkVoice 336SE headphone tube amplifier available on Amazon or EBay for less than $300. Itís a great little amp which will get you in tube world. I recommend it highly.
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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    Quote Originally Posted by Dguitarnut View Post
    My first tube hp amp was the DarkVoice 336SE headphone tube amplifier available on Amazon or EBay for less than $300. It’s a great little amp which will get you in tube world. I recommend it highly.
    hey thanks for the suggestion, i was considering the darkvoice. But i am a bit worried because my cans only have 25 ohms and i heard that tube amps dont work well with low impedance headphones. I know that some tube amps have different gain settings, but i heard that nevertheless they don't supply the correct voltage because for that the amplifier would need a transformer.

    I am kinda lost tbh, because the outpout impedance of my Technics S900 reference amp has 330 ohm and it sounds waaaaaaay better than my asus essence stx soundcard that has 10 ohms output impedance.

    It's not a subjective sound improvement, i had 2 other people blind test the amp and soundcard and we all agreed that the cans through the technics amp sound way better, you can hear details that you don't hear through the soundcard, sound seams cleaner too.

    I am really really confused

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    Re: Tube amplifier for Fostex TH-X00

    My Foster Th-900 sounded good thru it. I had multiple hp’s and never paid attention to the impedance I must confess.
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    Vac Renaissance Mark V Preamp
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    Magico S3 Mk2 in Mcast Pewter
    Denali 6000S
    Ansuz cabling
    Timbernation walnut racks

    Fostex Th900 headphones

 

 
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