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Old 15th June 2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Default 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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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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