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Old 6th November 2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default f4 vs aleph j

i realize it's no apples to apples but between the two design which one has more 'speed'? and which one has more easygoing romantic (tube-like?) sound?

i'm guessing f4 for the former and aleph for the latter...
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Old 6th November 2012, 01:05 PM   #2
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Not sure but the Aleph was trickier to build. The F4 is quite straightforward and is stunning.
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Old 6th November 2012, 01:09 PM   #3
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F4 is absolutely impossible to evaluate without appropriate preamp and then it really embrace character of preamp itself

in other words - F4 is almost completely neutral

Aleph J is slightly euphonic mean machine ; in a good way

I could live with it as my final amp ....... but building new ones is so big fun that I never had time to make it proper - as boxed one
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Old 6th November 2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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another blindfolded question but if i was aiming for ultimate transparency, can f4+appropriate preamp do better than aleph? i'm assuming that aleph is more of a purist solution where as f4+pre is for coloring the sound to your liking.
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I repeat - F4 is completely dependent of preamp

if pre is colored , combo will be , too

if pre is clean and neutral , combo will be , too

so - enough with generalization ........
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Agree with ZM, depends on your Pre. Although I have just built an Aleph J last week and having built F4 & F5 the J is more musical to my ears. Excellent amp.
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Old 6th November 2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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just ordered f4 boards from THE store. whoo, im in the club~
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Old 6th November 2012, 06:47 PM   #8
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Agree with ZM, depends on your Pre. Although I have just built an Aleph J last week and having built F4 & F5 the J is more musical to my ears. Excellent amp.
Normal, the last built is always the best one.
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Old 6th November 2012, 06:55 PM   #9
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Hee Hee you are probably right. Why is it never with speakers though?.
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Old 6th November 2012, 08:10 PM   #10
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all the tooling with the enclosure damages your hearing temporarily so that the speakers sound less resolute when complete? heh

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