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  1. Thank you Doogie, from your excerpt it does sound like tube type tends to have a general overall characteristic that can even cross the boundaries of implementation (SET vs PP). I currently have a 300b SET and I have been a little hesitant to try PP because I wasn't sure if the pleasant sound was in the 300b or the SET design. My questions are really to understand if I might hear more of a difference in sound by just buying more expensive 300b tubes for my current amp, or possibly trying out other amps that take different tubes. Of course to make it fair the design and parts would have to be similar to know that it is really just the tubes that are changing the sound and not some other factor. Line Magnetic has a 300b amp that can also be configured to be 2A3 as an example. This means that all the parts are exactly the same for both regardless of what you choose, and only the tube changes. So which might offer more of a change in sound, the difference between the 300b version and 2A3 version, or the 300b version with difference 300b tubes?
  2. Thanks everyone, I’m still not clear about what makes more of a difference however. Do all 300b’s share somewhat of a similarity sound characteristic, with minor differences in brand and quality varying this sound within a certain range? When switching to a 2A3 does this generally give a completely different sound character? Or can you find 300b’s and 2A3’s that sound very similar and two 300b’s that sound completely different. If both of these instances are possible, which is more common, and which one generally gives more of a difference in sound characteristic.
  3. What makes more of a difference to the sound, differences between tube types, or differences between brand and quality within a tube type? Would one get more of a variety in sound owning an variety of 45/2A3/300b amps (provided the design is similar), or alternatively an amp you can tube roll different tube types, OR owning a variety of tubes with one amp?
  4. Oh yeah, no tubes past their prime thank-you-very-much!
  5. Thanks everyone, I was hoping there was something a bit more simple out there on the market without adding another component like a PC. I am surprised out of all the companies that are out there no one has included something like this in a DAC.
  6. So you are saying that there is a technical limitation? The best sound engineers can not replicate the distortion characteristic of a valve accurately enough in the digital domain to simulate what gives a valve its specific timbre?
  7. I am wondering if anyone knows if there are any DAC's that have DSP sections that share features commonly found in digital mixing software in studios? Sometimes these are in the form of plug-ins. In particular, are there any DAC's that can add 2nd harmonic distortion digitally before conversion to analogue? I can imagine such a device that has a library of well known tubes and their harmonic distortion characteristics studied, recorded, and then programmed into the library. It would present an opportunity to digitally tube roll. The DAC could offer the harmonic distortion characteristics of tubes while pairing with high power amps with very low distortion. Even if it is more basic like a few slider bars to adjust the amount one wants. Does something like this exist? Can something like this exist or is there a technical limitation as to what can be achieved?
  8. Thanks, you answered my next question!
  9. Ah yes, sorry I should have mentioned this. The source is an Oppo 105 and the Integrated is a 300b SET. Watts are a scarcity so I'm looking to optimise the setup. Being a tube amp I just wasn't sure if there was a downside to turning it to 100% the entire time. Background noise is also something to consider but at full volume I only notice it when getting close the speaker and never in the listening position. A new 32 watt PP tube amp is on its way as well and I will have the same question with this one.
  10. If I am going to use an integrated amp as a power amp and control the volume from the source, where should I set the volume? Are you meant to put it at 100% or is it not a good idea to do this? I have been backing it down to about 80% on a tube amp that I am using. The other idea I have it so set the source to 100% and then find a point the power amp that would be the max volume I might listen at, and then leave it there and then control the volume from the source. If there is an optimal combination however I would like to know.
  11. You don’t have any money left over for cable ties do you? 😂
  12. Anyone else like trying to identify other gear in the background of photos that photobomb a classified listing?
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