Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #220 on: 9 Nov 2017, 06:39 pm »
Two items I'd like to mention:

1)  In past weeks I've mentioned my intention of shipping my Apollos to Taiwan because that was going to become our permanent home with temporary visits to N. America. Due to my mother's health issues, a major shift in our thinking has occurred. We're still going to sell our home in Oregon, but now we will relocate to Vancouver, WA. Tis will be our permanent home with visits to Taiwan. The Apollos will remain in the US for the foreseeable future.

2)  This new Kootenay 120 is an astonishingly great amp. It sounds so incredible powering the Apollos that I just last night began considering not taking it to Taiwan.  :duh: I so want to keep it with the Apollos. I even spoke with my wife about this idea.  :o Yeah. I know. Any head shrinks or addiction counselors in the audience?  :roll:

3)  What the hell am I going to do with my Model 2?? Drag it back in January, or keep it in Taiwan?  :banghead:

Go ahead. Give me hell. I'd rather come clean now than have someone point out inconsistencies in a couple weeks.

Michael

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #221 on: 9 Nov 2017, 06:51 pm »
Congrats on the new system! Sounds delightful!

What is this Kootenay 120? Please post a picture of when you get a chance.
Thanks!

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #222 on: 9 Nov 2017, 07:02 pm »
Congrats on the new system! Sounds delightful!

What is this Kootenay 120? Please post a picture of when you get a chance.
Thanks!

The Kootenay 120 is the KT88 amp that Don Sachs has recently begun selling. Pics coming....










Wig

Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #223 on: 9 Nov 2017, 07:49 pm »
Michael,

What a stunning sight! Did the Psvane TII (middle tube) add a level of clarity over the CV 181? Let me know what you think of those triode switches especially with very efficient and wonderful sounding loudspeakers after some time has passed.

Thanks,
Wig

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #224 on: 9 Nov 2017, 08:58 pm »
Michael,
Hope your Mom gets to feel better, our prayers are with you, and your family.
God Bless !

This looks beautiful ! Congratulations ! , What kind of  RCA input connectors does Don use ? are they WBT ? also does this have XLR ? (True Balanced ? )
Question ?
 you say in one of your posts you don't know if you are going to bring back the DS 2 back to state side , in that case are you just going to use Nu-prime with all that expensive gear ? but isn't their synergy between the DS-2 and the K. 120 ?

OK just one more thing  !
just picked up a PS Audio Directstream DAC brand new from TMAudio  today just because  the price was right !: :wink:
Should be here in a couple of days , ( Wife does not know that yet , I will wait to be yelled at when it comes in  :( but than She is a Good Gal she gets over it after after a while.

So now my question is Do I go DAC >power AMP (with Directstream it has Volume control Paul McGowan says that is they way he likes it ) or should I go  Source>DAC>DS2> PowerAmp.
 Any feed back would be greatly appreciated
I tried doing that with my Schiit Gungnir in the Chain but I seem to like the SQ better without the DAC !
Asghar

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #225 on: 9 Nov 2017, 09:47 pm »
Asghar

Paul has changed his position on the going directly from the DAC to the amp once the BHK preamp was created.  I would stick with using the DS-2 between the DAC and the amp.  The two Nuprime units have separate Analog preamp circuits unlike the DirectStream.

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #226 on: 9 Nov 2017, 10:28 pm »
Asghar

Paul has changed his position on the going directly from the DAC to the amp once the BHK preamp was created.  I would stick with using the DS-2 between the DAC and the amp.  The two Nuprime units have separate Analog preamp circuits unlike the DirectStream.


Thank you !

Wig

Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #227 on: 9 Nov 2017, 10:35 pm »
The Kootenay 120 is the KT88 amp that Don Sachs has recently begun selling. Pics coming....










Can't wait and mines are going to look just like yours...:)

Wig

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #228 on: 10 Nov 2017, 12:07 am »
I want one of those amps!

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #229 on: 10 Nov 2017, 01:27 am »
The Kootenay 120 is the KT88 amp that Don Sachs has recently begun selling. Pics coming....

Ah, I see. I didn't know that's what it is called. I was thinking maybe he had another amp using KT120s.
Thanks for the pics Michael!

Wig

Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #230 on: 10 Nov 2017, 05:33 am »
It's going to sound even better after those Caps form and settle within the next 150+ hours and it's really going to be magical... Don has created a masterpiece.

Wig

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #231 on: 10 Nov 2017, 05:55 am »
Michael,

What a stunning sight! Did the Psvane TII (middle tube) add a level of clarity over the CV 181? Let me know what you



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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #232 on: 10 Nov 2017, 06:05 am »
Ashgar,

That's wild.

Noobie question - What's special about this DAC? I see the name mentioned in forums, but I haven't paid attention to it because of (what I thought was) the high price. At $3200 it's in the range of what I've been considering recently.

Oh, I agree with what JackD said about wanting to use a preamp. A DAC/pre is very convenient, but my experience informs me that soundstage is superior and dynamics are ...more dynamic (LOL!) when you add a high quality preamp into the system. Without my prompting, Don (Sachs) emailed me after he saw my posts about the amp and DAC today saying that everything will sound much better with my preamp added back in.

Michael

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #233 on: 10 Nov 2017, 06:11 am »
Michael,

What a stunning sight! Did the Psvane TII (middle tube) add a level of clarity over the CV 181? Let me know what you think of those triode switches especially with very efficient and wonderful sounding loudspeakers after some time has passed.

Thanks,
Wig

Wig,

These are the tubes that Don supplied me with. I've made no comparisons yet. I won't have time for that until February at the earliest. Oh, I tried triode mode for a couple songs earlier, but I'm not sure what to listen for. I'll need time and repetition of songs before I can form an opinion, I suspect.

I'm going to be bummin' in about 10 hours when I have to box everything up to load into my vehicle. I won't hear them again till February! Why do I do this to myself?  :scratch:

Wig

Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #234 on: 10 Nov 2017, 06:28 am »
Michael,

I know it's going to be tough for sure not hearing those beauties but get some rest and happy/safe travel my friend. :) I should have mine by then and will be fully burn-in by the time your Sach's equipment is added back into your system ;)

Wig

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #235 on: 10 Nov 2017, 07:37 am »
Ashgar,

That's wild.

Noobie question - What's special about this DAC? I see the name mentioned in forums, but I haven't paid attention to it because of (what I thought was) the high price. At $3200 it's in the range of what I've been considering recently.

Oh, I agree with what JackD said about wanting to use a preamp. A DAC/pre is very convenient, but my experience informs me that soundstage is superior and dynamics are ...more dynamic (LOL!) when you add a high quality preamp into the system. Without my prompting, Don (Sachs) emailed me after he saw my posts about the amp and DAC today saying that everything will sound much better with my preamp added back in.

Michael
Michael,
Thanks for the feed back ! this  PS audio Directstream DAC can play  the DSD natively , very low noise floor , supposedly" jitter free" as per it's inventor Ted smith  and is supposed to be the closest thing to Vinyl, analog  sound , it is a FPGA DAC , I have listened to a Chord DAVE with a Woo Audio WA-6 SE headphone amp. but that DAC is $ 10,000 and ugly , PS audio Directstream DAC  has GR8 reviews ! it can be updated via software updates Via a SD card or internet, PS Audio updates it's software every 6 to 8 months and the DAC sounds different as if it a new DAC will play MQA , Tidal  DSD with a  optional Bridge card installed ,( another $ 500. bucks !) it use to sell for $ 5999. new ! but I found out  lately it was been discounted to 3k to 3.2 k ( which is what I paid ) I really don't know if I need it ! but I have 30 days to make up my mind , if I like it of course I will keep it lets see .I should have it next Wensday the 14th.
We would love for you to make a short YouTube video even with a iphone ! to see how your Apollo's sound with the the KT-88 and DS-2, just read some reviews on Nu prime DAC 9 , seems to be a good DAC.

Asghar
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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #236 on: 11 Nov 2017, 09:50 pm »
Michael,

I would definitely keep both DS 2 and Kootenay 120 mated with your Apollo's, synergy for sure...

Wig

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review/PS AudioDirect Stream DAC
« Reply #237 on: 15 Nov 2017, 05:52 am »
Hello Folks !
got my New PS Audio DirectStream DAC ,First impressions are Certainly WOW ! I have heard a Chord DAVE with headphones (I guess not a good Comparison) at an audio show ,  Schiit Yggdrasil (with head phones) I own a Gungnir which is attached to my HP Amp and LCD -X
 Gungnir, did nothing !!  when I attached to my main system , as a matter of fact  I preferred to listen to my music sources without it.
But this PS audioStream DAC is in a different league all together ! it sounds absolutely Gorgeous just as a  DAC/Preamp direct to my SS Kismet amplifier,  and Sounds slightly Different in Sonic quality with DS-2 Preamp but still absolutely wonderful non fatiguing ! it has both low level & High level gain , dead quite , balanced and single-ended outputs , was not able to play with the DS-2 XLR's but with RCA's it was fine (will work on it tomorrow morning



 morning  I guess my quest for a DAC is over for now.
     

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #238 on: 15 Nov 2017, 07:18 am »
Congratulations, Ashgar!

That's a mighty nice looking preamp you've got there.  :thumb:

Thanks for placing the pre and the DAC side-by-side. Now I know how big the PS Audio DAC is.

Audio heaven for Ashgar!  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
« Reply #239 on: 18 Nov 2017, 01:17 am »
Congratulations, Ashgar!

That's a mighty nice looking preamp you've got there.  :thumb:

Thanks for placing the pre and the DAC side-by-side. Now I know how big the PS Audio DAC is.

Audio heaven for Ashgar!  8) 8) 8)


Michael,
Thank you, ! Here is another picture of the DAC/Preamp/DS-2 , I have to agree I have reached,  for the time being "musical Nirvana" with this magnificent DAC/Preamplifier , I have not heard the Lampizator Atlantic or the G7 or G5 , but have heard plenty other DAC's and was not  looking for a tube DAC.(Tube DAC's all have tube gain stage ; logic part is IC and I prefer to have a decent preamp rather than a tube DAC anyway that is just my thinking ?  to my Ears I have not heard anything as musical and robust as this DAC , and  I am  completely satisfied at least for now with this Directstream sounds excellent, organic,  voices sound real !                                                                                 When plugged directly into the power  amplifier sounds  just about the same as the DS-2 maybe 8-9 % bigger soundstage with finely nuanced musically very quite , ( that is expected after after DS -2 is a tube pre-  amplifier ) I can listen to either - or and be completely happy with my system so I intend to keep it. I urge you to try and listen to one in your system PS audio allows in home trial for this unit.
The DAC does has some draw backs, it does  not have Extra inputs or out puts , but it is easily upgradeable , I just upgraded the firmware it changed the  SQ of  the DAC completely, it

 sounded very different !