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That's true, but only to a certain (usually lesser) extent than a tube amp or tube integrated, generally speaking.
Really?A bit off topic, but I used to own a pair of modded Rogue M-120 tube monoblocks. I replaced them with a solid state amp and got a more "tubey" sound. Some will argue that you can get a tube sound without tube gear. In fact, the so-called "tube sound" may be what the majority of audiophiles are seeking. To me, tube sound is defined as a relatively smoother presentation, a lush mid range (as measured by my emotional connection to the vocalist), and a cleaner form of distortion at higher volumes. I'm sure others may have quite a different definition.To bring this back on topic, I would encourage the OP to ponder more on what he really wants to hear from a "tubey" system. He may discover that he need not limit himself to tube amps. However, if dead set on a tube amp, get this one:https://app.audiogon.com/listings/tube-triode-corporation-japanese-tube-amp-45watt-with-headphone-jack-excellent-condition-2015-09-25-amplifiers-98004-6591-bellevue-wa
So far I've heard a couple Decware nominations. I've read some user reviews and they say it's some of the lowest/blackest noise floor they've ever heard. I WANT THAT! That'd be killer.But can someone give me a quick understanding of the different Decware offerings? I see SET vs. SEP, etc.
You can use 6N1P or 6N2P(more gain) with these amps.As you know EL84 delivery 2W, the Rachel EL34 6W in Stereo.The real deal is run the EL84 in mono to 6W IMO.
Hi FullRangeMan,a few years back, I wrote to Steve at Decware and ask him about his opinion on bridging the SE84C+ that I own to get more power and he told me,(Not using the exact words) that the sound would degrade a little.It's better to go for the EL34 instead of the EL84 with it's little 2wpc.Guy 13
I'm thinking about a Rachael myself, but this thread put me on the Zen Mini Torii. Funny how they don't market that as an integrated, but in the fine print suggest that you don't need a preamp as it has volume controls etc.If I intend to use it without a preamp (fed with a DAC like a Chord Qute) how would the sound differ in the Rachael vs. Zen Mini Torii? All things being equal I'm leaning towards the Rachael because my main amps at home use 16 * EL34 tubes, so I always have lots of EL34 lying around.Thanks.
If I intend to use it without a preamp (fed with a DAC like a Chord Qute) how would the sound differ in the Rachael vs. Zen Mini Torii? All things being equal I'm leaning towards the Rachael because my main amps at home use 16 * EL34 tubes, so I always have lots of EL34 lying around.
Hi everyone,Thanks for the great help. I've done enough research and taken everyone's opinion into account, and I will be going with the Decware 84UFO or the Decware Rachel. Thank you for the feedback.I would like to keep this thread open for further discussion around a Tube DAC or Tube Preamp and Speakers to pair with it. It sounds like I should go with Single driver with this setup. Budget for the DAC/Preamp and Speakers would be $2000 total and will be purchased within the next 20 days.As much as I enjoy flipping equipment, at some point in my life I found what I was looking for - and let the combination go. Seems to happen to us all! Can't really tell what you like until you see if the grass is greener.Thanks,Reuben
While the Rachel would be the easier move,
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