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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Gotta love tube rolling! One of the reasons I purchased the Freya + preamp. And I re-purchased a mint NOS pair of Raytheon/Baldwin 6SN7GTB tubes as my first choice of tubes. I had a pair of these many many moons ago for an old (then new) Opera Consonance M100SE integrated amp. I loved the sound those tubes provided, so it only made sense to get a pair of them again to see how they perform in the new system. They don't disappoint!

    And I still have two more pairs of tubes in the mail right now, on their way here!






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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Just installed more NOS tubes... Sylvania JAN VT-231 tubes.








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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Decided to go ahead and throw the Raytheon/Baldwin tubes on the "output" side of the preamp, so now NOS tubes coming and going... One word...


    WOW!!!


    Talk about a holographic sound! It's so three dimensional, so sultry, so emotional. It even seems to be more dynamic. It's certainly even quieter at the tweeter with nothing playing and just the ever so slightest "hiss" barely coming through at full volume. It's quite incredible what adding these tubes to the mix did.










    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Sounds like you are having fun Charles. That is awesome .
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    You could say that Randy. This preamp definitely plays well with rolling tubes. The sound differences in tubes in the Freya + is not as subtle as in other tube gear I've had in the past. With that other gear, it was sometimes difficult to notice any changes in sound when rolling tubes. With the Freya +, it's quite noticeable.

    So when are you going to come over for a listen?
    Charles
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Hmmmm... if you recall Charles, I invited you to come out here first ....

    Yea, I liked the Freya. It was a very solid pre-amp, and did very nicely with rolling, but when I had an opportunity to get a Stage 2, well.... ... The Stage 2 is true world class. I know Joe has put it against some of the absolute best in the world and it holds its own, besting many of them!

    You got to get yourself a Yaggi DAC and their new table.... and then you will be completely full of Schiit !
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Very true. You did invite me out there first. Maybe one of these days. With the new job and all, an no more 370Z car payment, I can start saving some money. And that's not including Teresa with her promotion and pay raise. So hopefully within a year or so we'll be doing pretty good finally.

    I was contemplating going with the W4S STP-SE as there was one available, lightly used for not much more than the Freya + brand new, but... I wanted to get back into tubes, and since Schiit finally decided to have the tubes shut all the way down when in the other two modes, I knew it was a perfect time for me to buy one. Honestly, that's the only reason I went with PS Audio, because the old Freya's like yours kept the tubes on no matter what mode you were in. No good for me since I leave my system on 24/7.

    The Yaggi? Nooo... Way too much scratch for me. I'll be going with the new Bifrost 2 with its balanced outputs. Plus I would like to possibly upgrade from my Bluesound Node 2 to something else that possibly utilizes a USB output, but not a laptop. Maybe something like one of those little Raspberry things or something. Nothing super pricey either.

    And I have been thinking about that new Sol turntable of theirs. I just wish they provided some kind of nice acrylic cover to go along with it. But it's not like I can't buy one of those separately somewhere.
    Charles
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    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Finally got the adapters in to run these NOS RCA 6C8G's. They've only been running for about an hour, but man... They sound GOOD! And look great too! A bit of a tight squeeze in the rack, but they fit just perfectly!








    Charles
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    I did the same thing with mine, they are very good & take the pre to another level where you can almost see the vegetation growing.

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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Quote Originally Posted by sharkmouth View Post
    I did the same thing with mine, they are very good & take the pre to another level where you can almost see the vegetation growing.
    That's kind of an odd analogy, but it makes sense

    I just got home from work and fired up the tubes (turned the volume down a bit beforehand obviously), and am going to let them cook for a bit with some Joe Pass, an album named "Chops" no less! LOL

    From what I hear so far, these are probably going to end up being my favorites. And something else I noticed... Almost zero microphonics with these tubes and adapters installed when tapping my finger on the chassis. With the other tubes, especially the JJ's, you could breath on them and nearly hear it come through the speakers.

    Just for the heck of it, I'm thinking about getting a pair of NOS 6C8G round plates and see how they perform. Maybe RCA, or Sylvania, or...
    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
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    Schiit Bifrost 2 Multibit | Bluesound Node 2 | Roku Ultra
    Speakers: Klipsch Heresy III | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
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