I’m drinking the rogue coolaid! And it’s really good!

I hate to throw numbers out there. But I’ve only spent about 4 years in the 2 channel
Realm. At first I only cared about what sounded good, I was enthusiastic and everything sounded really good!

Unfortunately after some experience I started to get serious, I found myself listening far too critically of my system, I started noticing my enjoyment was being destroyed by my obsession. I was obsessing over the most minute detail. And even worse, I was getting hung up on brand names. I had some really nice gear go through my house, and I just wasn’t enjoying it.

Luckily I spend a fair amount of time in a friends hi-end Audio shop. Listening to expensive systems. And these guys do a lot
Of comparisons, and what’s even better is they’re honest. I’ve ditched some much more expensive brands, and what I’ve found is a real VALUE is Rogue Audio. I have had a stereo 100 in my house for about 3 weeks and this 100 Watts has been the most enjoyable music I have had in a looong time,
And this thing Is super powerful and graceful. For my ears it kills my bryston 4B3 in almost every category except for raw ear bleeding output.

What an amazing amp for the money! Please don’t over look these guys. I swapped the 12AU7S out for 50’s Westinghouse long carbon black plates (thanks Brock) and 50’s Raytheon 12AX7 Long Black shiny plates. The combination is stunning.
2 channel:
Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
Theater:
Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

Comments

  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,752
    edited October 6
    I’ve tried many tube combinations on my demo (broken in amp) including 57 herleen Holland long plates, long plate Mullard (Mitchum r code), Valvo Hamburg long plates. And the tube combination of Westinghouse and Raytheon has been the most natural, balanced and stunning soundstage.

    As an example herleen long
    Plates had an almost unrealistic holographic soundstage that ruined the music. The soundstage wrapped around your head, it was fun and amazing, detailed, but ultimately fatiguing.

    I prefer things to sound pleasing, realistic and easy on my ears.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,752
    edited October 6
    The soundstage is wide, deep, extended on every frequency without overdoing it. Bass is tight. Sometimes I forget it’s there, then it comes on with unexpected authority. It’s detailed without fatigue. Simply amazing! Cymbals have this shimmer and decay that last forever. Did I mention this amp is solid state quiet? This thing also has a switch that puts it into single ended triode ( I think) and the 60 Watts is simply stunning. A little less grunt. But holy **** it’s sound clean.

    I was always told my focal Electra’s were hard to drive. Dipping into 3 ohms but at a 91.5db efficiency, in my room these bad boys are killing it.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,941
    Here's some pics of this cool looking product:

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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,752
    edited October 6
    Here’s more/actual shots, individual tube bias was all over the place until after about 30 hours, then things locked into place nicely. I’m not a fan of new production tubes, but I have to say these Tung-Sol kt-120’s are a work of art. Absolutely gorgeous tubes, the build is top notch.

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    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,932
    I have a set of M-120 mono blocks and Magnum 66 pre.......
    Beastly combo. ;)
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,017
    Good info.

    Hmmm, which way to go.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,161
    nice system you put together man, sweeeeet !
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • decaldecal Posts: 3,093
    I loved my Rogue Tempest Magnum integrated but my Octave V 70 SE bests it in every
    way.
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,729
    I had and still have the issue of having to back off of my obsession over the little things. Yeah my system is far from perfect, my roo mb is far from perfect and my source is far from perfect but if I am in the right mood it just sounds fantastic.

    Need to remind myself to get off the judges seat and just have fun.
    Living room

    Mains: Paradigm 90P
    Lows: Velodyne CHT12, Pioneer SW-8Mk2
    Power: Marantz SR7000
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' Curved 4k

    2 Channel Den

    Mains: SDA2B Upgraded XOs and Binding Posts
    Pre: Denon PRA-1200
    Power: Adcom GFA-545
    TT: Pioneer PL510

    Noggin Rockin'

    Phillips L2
    Harman Kardon CL
    Little dot 1+/GE JAN 5654w

    Closet of Dreams:

    Polk RTA11TL
    New Large Advents 25th Anniversary Edition
    Bravo V2/RCA Clear top Conn branded 12AU7
    Yamaha AV-34

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,948
    edited October 6
    I always liked Doro (Mark). Get off the path. Sometimes you find something worthwhile for you.

    Congrats! Nice gear! Love that Space 294! Definitely off the path. Lots of folks overlooked Nottingham.
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,548
    lightman1 wrote: »
    I have a set of M-120 mono blocks and Magnum 66 pre.......
    Beastly combo. ;)

    Now if you could just get them out of long term storage and actually listen to them...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with PS Audio NuWave Phono converter, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 525a CD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,672
    My buddy’s shop carries Rogue. Always been a fan of the budget minded hifi mentality they have.
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,899
    edited October 6
    Awesome!

    Those early "true" Westinghouse made tubes are simply fantastic. One of the true hidden gems as they tend to be kind of rare to find the real deal.

    The Raytheon 12AX7's are no slouches either. If you haven't, try a pair of '50-51 black plate Tung Sol 12AX7. One of my favorite combo's is the Tung Sol 12AX7 black plates w/the Westinghouse 12AU7 black plates. Be careful, both are very hard to find and most out there are relabled common tubes like RCA or Sylvania.

    You really have to pay attention to construction cues to make sure you are getting what's advertised. Both the Westinghouse and Tung Sol bp's have very specific construction identifiers.

    H9
    "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!
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,315
    edited October 8
    My first Tube Preamp was a Rogue Audio 66 Magnum, at least 10-15 years ago. Have had a piece of their gear in my setup ever since. Good Value, GREAT Service.

    btw, Spectacular Two Channel rig you got going there!

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,752
    First weekend in a long time where I didn’t have anything to do! Was able to really sit down and have a few late and long listening sessions. The break in has been a bit of a roller coaster, but the rogue is breaking in nicely, and is sounding buttery smooth. Nothing budget sounding about this amp. At a cost of almost half of the Bryston 4B3 this amp is killer. I’m still shocked that 100 Watts is driving my Focals to the moon! No signs of compression, and the dynamic range is excellent!

    Thanks for all the comments everyone. I have a audioquest thunder power cable on the way for the amp, will swap out my excellent sounding ZU Audio Event, and see what happens.

    The bass on this amp is killer! Bone crushing bass from this beast. Absolutely loving it. Stayed up until 3AM twice this long weekend. Been a while since I’ve enjoyed my system this much.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,752
    heiney9 wrote: »
    Awesome!

    Those early "true" Westinghouse made tubes are simply fantastic. One of the true hidden gems as they tend to be kind of rare to find the real deal.

    The Raytheon 12AX7's are no slouches either. If you haven't, try a pair of '50-51 black plate Tung Sol 12AX7. One of my favorite combo's is the Tung Sol 12AX7 black plates w/the Westinghouse 12AU7 black plates. Be careful, both are very hard to find and most out there are relabled common tubes like RCA or Sylvania.

    You really have to pay attention to construction cues to make sure you are getting what's advertised. Both the Westinghouse and Tung Sol bp's have very specific construction identifiers.

    H9


    As always, you make excellent recommendations. I’m thinking of some 5751’s in the AX7 spot. The problem is that I don’t have any! I have hundreds of tubes. But not one pair of 5751’s! Just what I need is to buy more tubes! Lol
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,460
    You can never have enough...
  • FaustinFaustin Posts: 771
    Glad you are enjoying the Rogue. I have a Cronus Magnum ll that I really like. I agree, there is nothing"budget" about their products. I have some 5751's in my tube stash. If you are interested in a pair, send me a pm and I can see what I have.
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,899
    edited October 9
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    heiney9 wrote: »
    Awesome!

    Those early "true" Westinghouse made tubes are simply fantastic. One of the true hidden gems as they tend to be kind of rare to find the real deal.

    The Raytheon 12AX7's are no slouches either. If you haven't, try a pair of '50-51 black plate Tung Sol 12AX7. One of my favorite combo's is the Tung Sol 12AX7 black plates w/the Westinghouse 12AU7 black plates. Be careful, both are very hard to find and most out there are relabled common tubes like RCA or Sylvania.

    You really have to pay attention to construction cues to make sure you are getting what's advertised. Both the Westinghouse and Tung Sol bp's have very specific construction identifiers.

    H9


    As always, you make excellent recommendations. I’m thinking of some 5751’s in the AX7 spot. The problem is that I don’t have any! I have hundreds of tubes. But not one pair of 5751’s! Just what I need is to buy more tubes! Lol

    Did you get a pair of Tung Sol 5751's from me or what that Kerry? If not, I highly recommend the Tung Sol 5751. The earlier ones from the late 50's with the horseshoe getter is a tad bit better than the early 60's version. But they are both superb.

    GE black plate, early 3 mica with sq getter is excellent as is either the early gray or black plate Sylvania's. But you pay a mint for those especially the Sylvania's. Tung Sol's sort of fly under the radar and I actually prefer them to the Sylvania's.

    I'm using a pair of mid 50's Raytheon, 3m, bp, sq getter right now, another superb choice....hard to find. The later 3m bp windmill getter seems to be more available but will set you back some $$$. I think the highs and mids are a bit sweeter with the non-windmill version, but again, both are excellent.

    H9

    "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!
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,582
    I ordered some Raytheon from the Russian guy.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,460
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I ordered some Raytheon from the Russian guy.

    I hope the screen print is dry.....

    LOL


    Kidding Kerry
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,582
    What screen printing? He assured me they were Raytheons, even scribbled it on the box! What more do you need?
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • delkaldelkal Posts: 345
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I ordered some Raytheon from the Russian guy.

    I hope the screen print is dry.....

    LOL


    Kidding Kerry

    At least it wasn't done with a Sharpie! Has to be legit.
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