|13th February 2014, 11:41 PM||#121|
Join Date: Dec 2006
I have a really good preamp, an OK power amp, OK turntable, Ok cd player, OK speakers. Cannot upgrade at all as I am paying for my kids college education. But don't let my situation stop you guys from buying amps from Hugh. He deserves it.
When you guys upgrade I am happy for you.
Time for the GK-2 to rest in peace? Hugh, when one window closes another opens. Perhaps you can make a more simple and better and cheaper preamp. And we can
call this preamp the NAKSA. I have faith that you will come up with a pragmatic design. You don't believe it? Miracles can happen, it happened to you. Hugh, you are still alive and kicking. And that's a miracle!
|14th February 2014, 04:22 AM||#122|
Join Date: Sep 2009
|15th June 2014, 11:45 AM||#123|
Join Date: Dec 2009
GK-2 tube out vs. SS out driving speaker bass section - final comment
I have (finally) made a decision on this!
After using the "tube out" and the "SS out" for driving the bass section of my active, NAKSA-driven speaker system alternatingly for a long time, I have at last come to a conclusion:
By a very small margin, I prefer the "SS out"
The differences between the two outputs are very subtle indeed, and the choice is to a very large extent a matter of personal taste on my part - and perhaps also a question of the synergy with my bass drivers. These are currently 8" Peerless HDS polyprops (now obsolete) that have a slightly "dark" sound. Using the "tube out" has a tendency to cause a slight additional "darkening" of the bass.
Also, on a few recordings the "SS out" has an ever so slight edge over the "tube out" when it comes to transients, but the difference is minuscule - and something I would never have given a second thought if I had never had the possibility of trying out the "SS out".
Perhaps I should note that I am using a couple Mundorf Silver/Oil caps on the "SS out", and I have a feeling that the quality of the caps in this position is important, although I have not tried lesser quality caps here (no point, I had the Mundorfs lying around anyway ).
I need to stress that I do not feel there is any real difference in sound quality between the two outputs. The bass from the GK-2 is exceptionally good (as is the rest of the sound spectrum), very detailed and well-defined, and with very good weight.
I would also like to point out that my polyprop bass drivers will be replaced by another type of drivers in a coming upgrade of my speaker system, and I cannot guarantee that I will not feel differently when the new drivers are in place (it will be quite a while before I start this upgrade, as it will also mean replacing the fronts of the speakers, and even though these are bolted on and thus replaceable, that is still a major project) - simply because of the sound "signature" of the new drivers.
In conclusion, I would like to congratulate Hugh on creating a fabulous preamp
In my opinion, with all the hard work that having been done (both by Hugh and others), and having gotten this baby de-hummified (I have zero hum!), this preamp just needs a nice enclosure and a good remote system (like the one that came with the GK-1R version, and which I still use) to go on the market. More people should be allowed to hear what music can really sound like!
Pair a GK-2 up with any of the NAKSA amps and a pair of good speakers and you can make the leap into audio heaven
"Life is too short for over-expensive hi-fi pretending to be high-end"
Last edited by Jens A.; 15th June 2014 at 11:48 AM. Reason: Typo
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