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Old 1st October 2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Valve amps are rubbish

I posted "valve amps are rubbish" in the subject field to make folks jump! I am a newcomer/ returnee to DIY high end audio.
(The last thing I built was in 1969) I have been reading around the subject for a few years now, and my brain hurts! I have a good basic working knowledge of electronics and I keep reading things that I have to question, A spray or green pen that improve the sound from CD`s!, insulators to keep your speaker cables off the floor!, Loosening the bolts in your amp chassis!!, Supports to go under a CD player, the list goes on and on! I recently found 2 websites that expose some of the myths.

http://www.ilikejam.org/blog/audio/audiophile.html

http://www.bruce.coppola.name/audio/wisdom.html

The only thing I AM sure of is that my valve amp sounds better than any solid state amp I have ever heard, given that I prefer classical/orchestral music. I dare say someone (probably much younger than me) who prefers big band or hard rock would prefer solid state, I did once,- but for about 15minutes, in 1969. - after that it started to hurt my ears - literally!

Please read the info on the sites above, it`s educational stuff!
What I, and many others would like to know about ,are things that don`t seem to make scientific sense but do APPEAR to have an effect in the general opinion.
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Old 1st October 2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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Welcome back.

Thank goodness for people thing tubes are trash. I wouldn't have the lovely pair of (almost no cost) monobloks if it hadn't been for the 2 Grundig Console donors.

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Whatever you do don't listen to a Sonic Impact T-amp, as your ears may begin to bleed, and your wallet may have a heart attack.

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Old 4th October 2008, 01:04 AM   #4
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Supports to go under a CD player

Its time you get to work...one of those that really does make a difference
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I think it's fair to say that SS amps have improved since 1969.

This is because of component and topology improvements.

Try a good one, an expensive Brit example should be fine......

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Old 6th October 2008, 11:24 AM   #6
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In reply to post from tinitus, stating that supports under CD drive improve the sound, I don`t know either way! I havent tried it because it doesn`t seem to make any sense, being a digital transfer.
The reason for my post is to try to get a discussion as to what things really do appear to make a difference.
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The reason for my post is to try to get a discussion as to what things really do appear to make a difference.

Speaker xo really matters
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things that don`t seem to make scientific sense but do APPEAR to have an effect in the general opinion.
There are none. There are many that APPEAR to have an effect in some individuals' opinion, there are many disputed phenomena which don't make scientific sense but there are no agreed phenomena which don't make scientific sense but do appear to have an effect.

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