What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,187
    edited February 24
    marvda1 wrote: »
    @audioluvr and @jaycee have you received the brimar cv4003's in yet?
    if so what are your thoughts on the sound?

    Pulled out the Belles pre to dust and the stupid shelf came out with it and the front dropped 3" when the shelf came off the pins. While I had it out I thought I'd set it on top, pull the cover and do some tube rolling. Fired it up to get a reference from my favorite tubes (the Raytheon long black plate halo getters marked "Baldwin") and nothing. No sound. Swapped out the tubes with the RCA clear tops I picked up from @Gerres26 and all's well again! Clearly those tubes weren't Mil-Spec rated... Good thing I have a stash!

    The RCA's are very nice. Accurate, smooth and revealing with just a little less bass than my favorites.

    Next I put in a fresh set of the "Baldwin" tubes. Immediately I'm immersed with what I can best describe as "hall effect" where the sound of music wraps around you. One of the benefits of small venue concerts is that "hall effect". I miss live music :( .

    After some reference tracks on those tubes I went ahead and rolled in the Brimar CV4003's I got from Upscale Audio. The only thing I can say they lack in is the "Hall Effect" (it's there but just not on the same league as the Raytheons) They are the most balanced of all the tubes I have tried so far from 20Hz to 20K! Whether playing low volume or cranking it up you don't feel like something's missing. They are also the most accurate tubes, edging out the RCA's for their crystal clear reproduction! The only bad thing about that is they make mediocre recordings more mediocre...

    Currently rocking April Wine's "Harder / Faster"

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    Post edited by audioluvr on
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,488
    Time to hit up @helipilotdoug for a Solidsteel rack.
  • billbillw
    billbillw Posts: 5,893
    edited February 24
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Time to hit up @helipilotdoug for a Solidsteel rack.

    Was thinking the same thing...expensive gear and pin supported racks are a recipe for heartache. Not that you have to spend a fortune on a new rack, but maybe just look around on the used market. People dump nice Salamander and VTI type racks all the time for dirt cheap.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; Amp: LSA Statement Integrated; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-3/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,187
    Just like the look of oak furniture as it matches the oak caps of my SDA's but I agree I should look for something modular.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 830
    Or in the meantime you could nail or screw a couple of wood cleats below the problem shelf.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,644
    edited February 24
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I hear gorilla glue works very well....

    If you're referring to the recent news stories, then you get a LOL.

    If you're serious, then you get a LIKE.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,259
    Pick one I was just being facetious
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,386
    Just don't put it in your hair
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,171
    VR3 wrote: »
    Just don't put it in your hair

    or, ideally, in anyone else's...
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,644
    Can I Gorilla glue Polk magnets? Asking for a friend.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 497
    I had an appointment with my ENT today and both channels were cleaned of wax.

    That is a definite upgrade in sound, I feel like I have super sonic hearing when I have that done.
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,056
    What B&Ws? I to was blown away with my modest and small listening room after adding all the acoustic treatments. It was like a whole new system for sure!

    Enjoy!
  • Willow
    Willow Posts: 10,347
    CH46E wrote: »
    What B&Ws? I to was blown away with my modest and small listening room after adding all the acoustic treatments. It was like a whole new system for sure!

    Enjoy!

    Thank you, they should show in my sig. The 703
    TV room- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607, Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 1 and AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Signal Dig Coax, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung QN75Q7DR Qled 75" tv, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Nintendo Switch and Xbox 360 Family room Samsung 55JS7000 Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV, Polk Magnifi Max. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium, Neutron App or Amazon Music to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,056
    edited February 26
    Willow wrote: »
    CH46E wrote: »
    What B&Ws? I to was blown away with my modest and small listening room after adding all the acoustic treatments. It was like a whole new system for sure!

    Enjoy!

    Thank you, they should show in my sig. The 703

    Nice! S2 or the older ones? The older 703 is one of my all time favorite speakers! I absolutely love them! Got some pics????

    I'm on the mobile site so no signatures.
  • Willow
    Willow Posts: 10,347
    Fair enough. h3tmbp6s38sl.jpg
    The older 703
    TV room- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607, Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 1 and AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Signal Dig Coax, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung QN75Q7DR Qled 75" tv, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Nintendo Switch and Xbox 360 Family room Samsung 55JS7000 Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV, Polk Magnifi Max. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium, Neutron App or Amazon Music to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,056
    edited February 26
    Love them. I really enjoy the FST mid range. At the time the 703 was the cheapest speaker you could get the FST in.
  • Willow
    Willow Posts: 10,347
    I think people don't give them enough credit in the proper environment. I find them to be quite real
    TV room- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607, Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 1 and AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Signal Dig Coax, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung QN75Q7DR Qled 75" tv, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Nintendo Switch and Xbox 360 Family room Samsung 55JS7000 Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV, Polk Magnifi Max. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium, Neutron App or Amazon Music to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,056
    Willow wrote: »
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    Better..

    Topless photos are always better! ;)
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,187
    Willow wrote: »
    I AM listening to my system. I have no idea what happened but ever since moving it to the basement, such a wide and deep sound stage. I'm hearing nuances I've never heard before. The area rug is still not in and neither is the new couch. That is arriving Wednesday. It's absolutely amazing how much a system can change by changing it rooms. I've always heard it can but never experienced it first hand. I'm just blown away at the difference, I'm really enjoying the b&ws for the first time since buying them. They were ok on the main floor but in the finished basement they sound so different and might I say really good. Oh and I'm only on my first glass of wine.

    You should check your basement for carbon monoxide. Or radon.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • Willow
    Willow Posts: 10,347
    None of that here. House is over code and only 6 yrs old
    TV room- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607, Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 1 and AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Signal Dig Coax, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung QN75Q7DR Qled 75" tv, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Nintendo Switch and Xbox 360 Family room Samsung 55JS7000 Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV, Polk Magnifi Max. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium, Neutron App or Amazon Music to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • BlueBirdMusic
    BlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 1,475
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Willow wrote: »
    I AM listening to my system. I have no idea what happened but ever since moving it to the basement, such a wide and deep sound stage. I'm hearing nuances I've never heard before. The area rug is still not in and neither is the new couch. That is arriving Wednesday. It's absolutely amazing how much a system can change by changing it rooms. I've always heard it can but never experienced it first hand. I'm just blown away at the difference, I'm really enjoying the b&ws for the first time since buying them. They were ok on the main floor but in the finished basement they sound so different and might I say really good. Oh and I'm only on my first glass of wine.

    You should check your basement for carbon monoxide. Or radon.

    ..and red or white wine?
    If the telephone doesn't ring ......... it's me
    Harry / Marietta Georgia
  • JayCee
    JayCee Posts: 1,150
    edited February 28
    marvda1 wrote: »
    @audioluvr and @jaycee have you received the brimar cv4003's in yet?
    if so what are your thoughts on the sound?
    Just an FYI....I'm not new to tubes but am to rolling them. For anyone confused by the nomenclature of these tubes, they're 12AU7's w/the unique CV-4003 identifier. The 12 in the first 2 positions of 12A indicate they run at 12 volts. Getting my read on I've found CV-4003 is a military spec'd 12AU7 that's built to more demanding standards, longer life and, I believe, was first designated by the British military. Please, tube gurus, correct anything I may have misstated.

    I've been accused of TLDR o:), so synopsis after a few hours of warm-up. I like them. More to come. Skip the rest, skim the pictures or read on for some comments and pics. Been a while since I've done this...@Viking64, made you look.

    Put them in a few hours ago. Pics and narrative of the deed...

    Mullard meets Brimar. I have 769 hrs on the Mullard's when pulled for the exchange. Mullard's purchased from Watford Valves and are matched & cryo'd. Brimar's purchased from Upscale and they claim to test/burn-in for 75 hrs. "Platinum" grade and matched pair. No cryo.
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    Front side comparisons...
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    Bum shots...
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    I appreciate the pin protectors included on both sets of tubes. I wish they all came with these.
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    Several weeks ago I developed an "ocean" sound in the left channel w/the Mullard's. Used 99.9% isopropyl alcohol to clean the pins and swapped tubes/channels. Offending sound followed the tube and was reduced but didn't disappear. Four days ago it disappeared!?!? Not complaining.

    Looking over a Brimar next to a current production PS Vane and you can see how filthy these dirty boys are. Not gonna go in the female lady bits of the tube receptacle without a thorough cleaning.
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    As of the Mullard, uh, "problem", we practice safe tube hygiene in this house.
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    Comparison of clean vs dirty, respectively.
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    Noticed a very promonate blue on the cotton used for cleaning. Further investigation found writing and a large "dot" in the widest pin gap. Must be a tracking number/system by Upscale? So, if I have to return the tubes for any reason I'm using this thread as "proof" one tube, now missing the writing, is legit from my purchase. Don't know if this will hold water in court but hey, I'm an honest dude....really, I am. Trust me.
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    Also, on inspection, found one pin bent.
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    Brimar's in a row. Bent pin caused no resistance and the tubes are deep and flush with the board. Gut shot of the PS Audio BHK Signature Pre.
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    Had some other stuff to do so let the pre warm-up while the wife watched TV and did brainy school homework. The BHK has an hours meter and I just checked it; 6.5 hrs since install.

    The Mullard's have 3d, depth in spades and are excellent w/voice. They live in the midrange band. My biggest complaint is bass. Almost polite, accurate in an understated way. Not bad but they just don't dig deep.

    I have Roon selecting random tracks and I'll just say I don't hate the Brimar's! First impression...bass!...and the warmup was needed. I felt the Mullard's didn't bloom until the 175-200 hr mark, so I'm going to give the Brimar's more time before commenting. I'll also swap the Mullard's back in to see what I think after living with these for a bit.
    Speakers: Polk1.2tl's (Uber Mods) Pre/Amp/DAC: PS Audio BHK Signature & 250, DirectStream Cables/IC's: MIT S1Bi-Wire/S1 Balanced +Avel Lindberg 1000VA "Dreadnought" Power Conditioner: PS Audio P15 Power Plant Power Cords: Core Power Technologies Gold, DH Labs Power Plus DIY w/Neotech NC-P301 & P311ends Streamer: Roon ROCK on wifi'd NUC & Uptone EtherREGEN⟿Ω☯☥☮⟿🔊♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬
  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,295
    looked at a pair of new tubes i have from upscale and they don't have that writing underneath.
    Amplifiers: Norma IPA 140, MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic Reference 2
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Argento Organic Reference 2, Argento Organic 2, Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Argento Organic Reference, Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables

  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,187
    edited March 1
    The one's I just got from there "the CJ specials" had no markings either.

    Edit: I put the Brimars back on the shelf. Swapped back in the Raytheon's. Something about them that match amazingly well with my components and room.
    Post edited by audioluvr on
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
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