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Boscoe 15th June 2012 04:10 PM

Do you like listening to distortion?
 
That's all that differs in a well designed amplifier and gives characterful sound, I am into HiFi and so prefer to listen to as little distortion as possible. How about you?

fpitas 15th June 2012 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Boscoe (Post 3060673)
That's all that differs in a well designed amplifier and gives characterful sound, I am into HiFi and so prefer to listen to as little distortion as possible. How about you?

Well...no. I'd rather not. That's why I got a J2 for my horns, instead of say, a SET amp.

fpitas 15th June 2012 04:24 PM

Was that a trick question? Did I pass the test?

RNMarsh 15th June 2012 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Boscoe (Post 3060673)
That's all that differs in a well designed amplifier and gives characterful sound, I am into HiFi and so prefer to listen to as little distortion as possible. How about you?

No thanks, I'll pass on distortion.

tubelab.com 15th June 2012 05:09 PM

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Do you like listening to distortion? ........No thanks.....Well...no. I'd rather not.....prefer to listen to as little distortion as possible.
Ever play a Marshall stack cranked to 11....or listen to a recording of one? Thats about 30% THD according to my HP8903A.

Boscoe 15th June 2012 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by tubelab.com (Post 3060773)
Ever play a Marshall stack cranked to 11....or listen to a recording of one? Thats about 30% THD according to my HP8903A.

The distortion is now the new signal that can be distorted...

fpitas 15th June 2012 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by tubelab.com (Post 3060773)
Ever play a Marshall stack cranked to 11....or listen to a recording of one? Thats about 30% THD according to my HP8903A.

But that's an instrument producing a unique sound, not a hi-fi system intended to faithfully reproduce any sound.

Boscoe 15th June 2012 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by fpitas (Post 3060679)
Well...no. I'd rather not. That's why I got a J2 for my horns, instead of say, a SET amp.

Because the J2 is so much better right?

fpitas 15th June 2012 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Boscoe (Post 3060779)
Because the J2 is so much better right?

Not sure where you're going with that; but if measurements matter, it has about 0.008% THD at 100mW output. That, or a bit less is what the horns take for my normal listening.

bigwill 15th June 2012 07:35 PM

I'm always shocked at how inaudible low order distortion can be. I try to get distortion as low as possible, but it's amazing how undistorted a pair of EL34 tubes wired as UL sound WITHOUT global feedback. The problem is of course the lack of damping, so you get a massive tonal shift from your speakers.


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