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  1. Thank you for the recommendations. I generally try to find great deals on audio equipment but it appears that might not be possible in this instance. That said, the Lumin looks good for around $2000. I will however, look for a used Aurelic as they are very close to me here in Colorado and I have an affinity for them.......good stuff but quite pricey. I will also do some research on the Sonore Ultrarendu to see if it may be a significant upgrade from the Node 2i. The price is much more to my liking.
  2. They are pretty close, but if I had to choose one it would be the Ares. I expect the slightly more detail of the Pontus reduces the illusion of warmth. The amplifier probably has the greater effect on this. In a tube amp, I expect the tube selection can vary this.
  3. I listen to nothing but Tidal Premium streamed wi-fi through a Node 2i to Denafrips Pontus > Doge 10 > Tekton Electron (Upgraded). I use the BlueOS ap to control it. The Doge 10 has a remote and volume control. I have gotten the tubes in the Doge 10 just where I want them and I believe my next upgrade should be my streamer. Any recommendations that should improve the SQ and not break the bank?
  4. I'm the proud owner of an Ares II which I really enjoyed for a few months . I liked it so much I now have a Pontus. Definitely a step up but, of course, for the price difference it should be. Can't go wrong with Denafrips.
  5. Don't know anything about the physics of tube burn-in (does anyone) but I expect regular off>cool-down>on cycles should be part of it. I expect that the heating and cooling cycles effect the tube as much, or more, than one constant on cycle.
  6. I have a Chinese Doge 10 amplifier, which I really like, but I have two sets of identical 6550 tubes that red plate. It could be a tube problem, but it could be my mains voltage that is above spec. Voltage is supposed to be 120 at my house but measures 124 volts. The amplifier is designed for 115 volts. I have some KT88s that have no problems but the 6550 red plate a bit. The 6550 sound much more natural to my ear but the red plating is a concern.
  7. I expect you will be happy R8. It is definitely a great tube amp with a great deal of flexibility. I have a Willsenton R-35i which I bought instead of the R8. I figured that with EL34 tubes it would probably be as good as the R8 and cost a bit less. I liked it so much I went ahead and got a Doge 10 before the review came out. With my system the Doge 10 is clearly a step above the R-35i. Of course, it should be at around double the cost. If you get a chance, you might enjoy the Svetlana SED 6550C Winged C tubes. They were recommended by Marc of Doge and they do p
  8. Maybe the Doge 7 DAC?....or go with a Denafrips. all are musical and very good.
  9. I believe one of the YouTube reviews (maybe Thomas & Stereo) he mentioned that it worked well on the Maggies. Not sure if it was the 1.7s or the LRS. I would think that 60 watts in AB mode would be plenty but I expect it depends on how loud you want them to play.
  10. I'm quite sure you can run the KT66 in EL34 with no problem. I have a Japanese 6L6 tube amp with auto bias and it also runs EL34 and KT66. I have not tried EL34 in my amp, however, I have Genelex Gold Lion KT66 which seem to be pretty good.
  11. I have found this to be true and I buy used antique tubes for this reason. They cost much less than NOS. When I was younger I spent many hours testing tubes out of our TVs. Many of them would work just fine when measuring poorly and I find that to be the case with audio tubes I buy. Of course, my old ears might not be able to hear the differences some of you can hear.
  12. Statement not to be missed in this ad: " Service life is not less than 500 hours."
  13. I wasn't aware that we could choose boat shipping. How much did you pay for shipping?
  14. Do you know if the amp can handle the substitution? Tube gain is substantially different. Not sure about the other parameters.
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