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Old 05-04-2012, 11:08 PM
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all I can say is:
If I owned an ET2 today....I'd be chomping at the bit to move to a 6922 and relay controlled volume setting unit. like ET3, ET5, GAT.

whether is was a smart move on my part, or yet another one of a thousand+ dumb moves, I discounted the ET2 immediately due to it's "chip based" analog switch volume control...and held on to my ClassicSE until ET3SE hit the street.

I had (have?) a long standing hatred of what we called at Ampex "IC analog switches". Which I fully accept is rooted in urban legend and superstition more than reality.

having said all that, I'd love to hear YOUR report on comparing ET3 to ET2.
Trust me; it'll be my pleasure
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:03 AM
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You may find that tube rolling is not all it's cracked up to be. After trying some well regarded NOS tubes in my GAT, I'm back to my two best EH6922s. The amplifiers were built for and voiced with the tubes they supplied so it may be hard to improve much on a quality stock tube. I found it a little like changing cables... not sure which ones really improved the sound vs. just different. Now, on the other hand, the SE version of a c-j amp is always better.

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You feel that about cables. Gees. With all Nordost (PC, IC speaker) I found if you pay more you get a better cable. Thats how I ended up at the pointy end. There was never any doubt.
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You feel that about cables. Gees. With all Nordost (PC, IC speaker) I found if you pay more you get a better cable. Thats how I ended up at the pointy end. There was never any doubt.
ditto, I also have all Nordost now and the synergy is wonderful!!

I am waiting on a 2nd used valhalla pc to arrive so I can put it on my tube phono stage.
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You may find that tube rolling is not all it's cracked up to be. After trying some well regarded NOS tubes in my GAT, I'm back to my two best EH6922s. The amplifiers were built for and voiced with the tubes they supplied so it may be hard to improve much on a quality stock tube. I found it a little like changing cables... not sure which ones really improved the sound vs. just different. Now, on the other hand, the SE version of a c-j amp is always better.

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What NOS tubes did you try?

I tried the Telefunken PCC-88's and Pope PCC-88's. the Tele for me was a clear winner - music is just clearer, better focused and better extension and control at both extremes

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You may find that tube rolling is not all it's cracked up to be. After trying some well regarded NOS tubes in my GAT, I'm back to my two best EH6922s. The amplifiers were built for and voiced with the tubes they supplied so it may be hard to improve much on a quality stock tube. I found it a little like changing cables... not sure which ones really improved the sound vs. just different. Now, on the other hand, the SE version of a c-j amp is always better.

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I've have done some tube-rolling to this point; with my Belles 21A. I mostly agree with Bob, big picture; I find the differences in tubes to be rather subtle...by comparison...to say whole pieces of gear, certainly. Plus...changing out tubes, and listening for differences...does interfere with the listening process, much in the same way auditioning does.

That being said...I do hear differences, and I find that changes...at this level...are usually rather subtle anyway. Shades of improvement or preference is what we have. Besides...if I'm getting dialed-in on gear (and I am rather happy at the moment...save for this pre-amp shoot-out)...I have to have something to futz with...lol; what's a couple of boxes of 6922s going to harm?
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ET-3 is due today; but as bad luck would have it, I'll be out of town on business until Friday

Oh well; at least I'll have it for a weekend of listening; uh...I mean burn-in.
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CD, the none se version should not take very long to burn in. Just leave it on with with music playing for 4 days and it should be fully cooked.

I am sure you will enjoy this great preamp.

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CD, the none se version should not take very long to burn in. Just leave it on with with music playing for 4 days and it should be fully cooked.

I am sure you will enjoy this great preamp.

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Yeah; I've read ~40 hours is the magic number.
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The eagle has landed...and has been streaming Linn Radio for about 10 hours now. I'll sit and listen tomorrow.
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