VTL 2.5 PreAmp in the House!

First of all, a very special thanks to Doug @gmcman for passing his minty pre-amp on to me. Came well packaged. 2 boxes, the pre was double boxed and padded well. The 2nd, had the remote unit and a bunch of spare tubes!

10 total spares! Here is the breakdown of the spares:

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Any comments on these tubes would be greatly appreciated, as I do not have any experience with them, or any tubes for that matter! :smile:

The pre currently has in it the a pair of Mullards (M8162) 12AT7, and a VALVO 12AU7 and what looks like a Siemens 12AU7 (identical to the spare listed above).

Gonna hook it up later tonight hopefully, and take her for a spin!

Reference thread (Doug's VTL journey). @gmcman please feel free to share your thoughts!

http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/174116/first-tube-pre-vtl-2-5

Pic's and other comments from Doug's FS thread:

http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/183480/fs-vtl-2-5-tube-preamp-sold#latest

BTW, yes I am a tube newbie!. Other than the rather interesting experience with the Monoprice amp! :smile:
Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
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Comments

  • halohalo Posts: 4,367
    edited September 22
    My 2.5 had the full complement of NOS Mullard tubes in it and I never had anything else in there. I never felt the need to try anything else as the Mullard tubes sounded so good to me.

    Siemens are great tubes but you only have the 1?

    According to Andy @ VTS the Brimar tubes are "ok" but nothing special. JJ tubes are Russian IIRC.

    Of course, you should roll them through there and decide what you like the best.

    Amperex tubes are really well-liked (I have them in my Bottlehead phono pre and I had them in my Modwright modded Sony 9100ES).

    I also really like the Ei tubes from back in the day.

    Everybody has their favs and it may also have a lot to do with the synergy of how they work with the rest of your gear.

    Good luck & have some fun ;)
  • verbverb Posts: 3,329
    Thanks Vic. Yeah I was a little surprised on the Siemens and the Valvo pairing. Hoping Doug can opine on that.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,863
    Those Brimars are very late production. The 50's and early 60's tubes sound a whole lot better. Late production Mullards are the same. JJ's are...meh. But, you've got to start somewhere. :D

    Get your ears on it and we can discuss tubes.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,863
    Tube labels mean very little. The construction and the codes are what identify the tubes origin.

    I've seen Valvo tubes have up to 10 different brand labels, but the codes and construction are what tell the story.

    So don't get too hung up on a label.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • verbverb Posts: 3,329
    Thanks Heiney! I believe you provided Doug support and tutelage while on his journey. Box 'o tubes!
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,272
    This fits in more ways than one.

  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,863
    The 84/85 on the Brimar's are NOT year but the test numbers. So they are probably just fine vintage tubes.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,065
    Looks good Dave. We'll be seeing you later...
    Here's some other "tube roller" locations I saw on the web. B) :) ;
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,272
    Tony M wrote: »
    Looks good Dave. We'll be seeing you later...
    Here's some other "tube roller" locations I saw on the web. B) :) ;

    You're right, Tony. You can NEVER be too careful when rolling tubes. One wrong combination and whoooooosh! :o

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  • verbverb Posts: 3,329
    All right! I must warn you, 2 Jack & Diet Cokes, carrying this baby down to the basement, hooked up, playing Billy Idol!
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,272
    Yep2 wrote: »
    Did you carry it down there with a "Rebel Yell"?

    Or singing this: :p

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,065
    Rock on Dave! B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 3,329
    Moving on Howard Jones Engage. One of my reference CDs. All I can say is wow! Such detail! More to come of course, when I’m sobered up a bit! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 3,329
    I hear ya! Oops the Mrs came down and intervened. "Turn it Down" guys you know the drill! But so far, so good! Exquisite detail, improved soundstage and depth, and tighter bass. Billy Idol never sounded so good! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,272
    lightman1 wrote: »
    ....the partaking of the corn and grain squeezins....

    Is that where you feed animals corn and grain and then start squeezing them?
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,288
    Viking64 wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    ....the partaking of the corn and grain squeezins....

    Is that where you feed animals corn and grain and then start squeezing them?

    Something like that >:)
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    Panamax 5400-EX
    Sunfire TGP 5
    Micro Seiki DD-40 - Lyra-Dorian and Denon DL-160
    PS Audio GCPH phono pre
    Sunfire CG 200 X 5
    Sunfire CG Sig 405 X 5
    OPPO BDP-83 SE
    SDA SRS 1.2TL Sonicaps and Mills
    Ctr CS1000p
    Sur - FX1000 x 4
    SUB - SVS PB2-Plus

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    Sony Bravia XBR- 32-Inch 1080p
    Onkyo TX-DS898
    GFA 555
    Yamaha DVD-S1800BL/SACD
    Ft - SDA 1C

    Not being used:
    RTi 38's -4
    RT55i's - 2
    RT25i's -2, using other 2 in shop
    LSI 15's
    CSi40
    PSW 404
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,912
    edited September 22
    Congrats! That is a fine pre amp! Victor brought his over once upon a time.
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,860
    Viking64 wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    ....the partaking of the corn and grain squeezins....

    Is that where you feed animals corn and grain and then start squeezing them?

    No
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,272
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Viking64 wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    ....the partaking of the corn and grain squeezins....

    Is that where you feed animals corn and grain and then start squeezing them?

    No

    lies.
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,209
    Good to hear it arrived safely!

    The JJ tubes were the tubes that were in it when I bought it. I believe they were the tubes that VTL installed during the check up prior to my purchase.

  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 40,378
    The Mullard M8162 is likely the best 12AT7 ever made.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,767
    Bought time my man, finally got to listen to the new toy. She's a keeper, and one heck of a measuring stick you have now moving forward. Enjoy.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,718
    Curious to hear your thoughts on how it compares to your Rotel preamp, after you get some more hours and experience with it.
    Got Dayens?
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