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paikiah
02-25-2005, 11:44 PM
This is what I have, and constantly looking for ways to improve it somewhat. Thinking about swapping out the tubes on the jadis to see if it'll get me better sound (but I wouldn't know what that would sound like:P)

http://img225.exs.cx/img225/4510/overallsystem2jk.th.jpg (http://img225.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img225&image=overallsystem2jk.jpg)

60" fujitsu PDP
Jadis S50 Signature tube amp
Meridian G08 CD player
Sonus Faber Cremona

I've since bought an analog radio receiver and pushed the speakers wider apart, with a slightly more aggressive speaker angle facing the ceiling.

I'm thinking about returning the Meridian for something else, as it's just TOO sensitive. Trying to give separate CD transport and DAC unit a try.

I've been trying to locate some great sounding speaker kits for my bedroom and I've heard so much hype about the seas thor, but they seem a bit too large for my room. Still looking.

In the store room collecting dust:

Unison Research Simply Four tube amp
Quad 66 + 606 pre + power amp
Infinity 60 speaker
Acoustik lab speaker
Sony ES555 CD player (still my fav CD player)
Arcam CD70 CD player
Kenwood digital radio tuner
Sony 38" TV with memory stick reader, HDTV ready
Various Sony LD, VTR, VCD players
Various monster cable wiring. (yes,the M1 speaker cable too, I was foolish enough to purchase them).

Due to my bad habit, I don't throw things away. I really should think about selling my things and not just letting them rot.

PV Audio
02-26-2005, 02:24 AM
holy fck pakiah. how much did that jadis run you?

JimJ
02-26-2005, 03:23 AM
Thinking about swapping out the tubes on the jadis to see if it'll get me better sound (but I wouldn't know what that would sound like:P)

Did you go over to the Decware forums over on http://www.decware.com like I told you :) Those guys know their **** about tubes - swap a matched quad of NOS KT88's in there and that amp will blow your mind.

paikiah
02-26-2005, 12:15 PM
lemans, it cost me quite a few dead presidents. lol~

here's a larger pic of the amp:
http://img218.exs.cx/img218/1226/jadistube4wp.jpg




jack, I didn't have time to go in there to see what they had to offer. Rather, I think I forgot..hehe. Going in there now.

paikiah
02-26-2005, 01:34 PM
pics of some of the stuff idling around.

arcam CD player:
http://img220.exs.cx/img220/8479/cdarcam0eo.jpg

acoustik labs speaker:

http://img220.exs.cx/img220/3327/speaker19ar.jpg


gotta take a pic of the Quad 606. sony CD and infinity when i have the time.

JimJ
02-26-2005, 01:48 PM
hehe...want to get rid of that Arcam? :D

phht, like I have the money for it...:(

PV Audio
02-26-2005, 01:51 PM
how many bills? ihve heard that tubes are overpriced. what makes them so good?

JimJ
02-26-2005, 02:26 PM
Tubes are only overpriced if you buy hyped-up gear, something that happens with SS stuff too :D

I'm not going into every detail about why tubes rock (there are more technical explanations out there), but there are a few reasons for me.

1. Distortion. Tubes (and especially single-ended triode or pentodes running in triode mode) produce lots of low-order harmonic distortion which is more pleasing to the ear, especially when overdriven. Transistors simply start sounding like grunge.

2. Soundstage. The tube setups I've heard simply image like nuts. I guess it goes back to the sound that the amp imparts on the midrange and the rolloff between bass and treble - it just sounds very smooth.

3. Looks. They look ****ed cool, just glowing there :D Has a vintage feel that solid state stuff doesn't touch.

Are they worth it? For me, sure :)