Don't laugh

Picked up an FX Audio Tube01 buffer to see what it can add to my system. It uses 6J1s and plenty of other replacement tubes. I am going to put some GE JAN5654Ws since I use those in my little dot.

I read the tube buffer is actually a nice little piece and punches well above it's $31 price tag. I don't expect miracles but for the price experimenting is worth it, worst case itll get Karma'd or given to a friend who knows. I did buy an aftermarket linear PS to go with it that is rated at 5 amps so it should have enough power and I read it made a huge difference.

We shall see, device and Power supply come in tomorrow. I'll hook it up to my adcom then up to some throw away speakers to make sure all is well before I hook up the SDAs. Will report back.
Just a dude doing dude-ly things

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,987
    edited February 8
    ROFLMFAO!!!!

    WAAAAAAAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,250
    FWIW -- It is reputed to actually have gain; i.e., not just a buffer.
    Many are singing its praises (e.g., at places like AK) ... but I have to wonder what else they've heard in terms of active preamps, much less what they might have compared it to.

    Good luck & have fun!
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,105
    Yeah, it punches well above its price tag of $31.00. It performs as if it were worth $51.00......LOL.
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    ROFLMFAO!!!!

    WAAAAAAAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!

    I said DON'T laugh John! GOSH! Maybe I can compare this to your set up :D :D :D

    I mean I have nothing to lose and no money for better considering I just bought my first mattress/box spring set, a new bed frame and a recliner loveseat for the music room.

    Worst case I will switch back to my normal set up and live content until money comes available (After my wedding in Sep).

    @mhardy6647 That is exactly where I saw this and read the thread extensively.

    I don't expect this to be a world beater, just curious what the difference may be. I like tinkering and this seems right up my alley.

    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    Yeah, it punches well above its price tag of $31.00. It performs as if it were worth $51.00......LOL.

    Hey then I am doing something right then yeah? LOLz
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,987
    ROFLMFAO!!!!

    WAAAAAAAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!

    I said DON'T laugh John! GOSH! Maybe I can compare this to your set up :D :D :D

    I mean I have nothing to lose and no money for better considering I just bought my first mattress/box spring set, a new bed frame and a recliner loveseat for the music room.

    Worst case I will switch back to my normal set up and live content until money comes available (After my wedding in Sep).

    @mhardy6647 That is exactly where I saw this and read the thread extensively.

    I don't expect this to be a world beater, just curious what the difference may be. I like tinkering and this seems right up my alley.

    You are doing good Cody. When someone starts off by saying "don't laugh"... well I just couldn't help myself.
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,025
    Definitely roll some better tubes. IIRC the 6J1 is Chinese or Russian and probably pretty horrid. As we discussed 6AK5 might be a good choice (RCA comes to mind). But I've no ever done any research or heard any 6AK5 so can't really help giving any impressions.

    Have fun

    H9
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    edited February 8
    heiney9 wrote: »
    Definitely roll some better tubes. IIRC the 6J1 is Chinese or Russian and probably pretty horrid. As we discussed 6AK5 might be a good choice (RCA comes to mind). But I've no ever done any research or heard any 6AK5 so can't really help giving any impressions.

    Have fun

    H9

    I do take what you say to heart and have already researched 6AK5s. Going to look I to some to buy later today.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,910
    I have a Russian vishkod pair and a sleeve of GE tubes 5654 jan yours if you want them. The Russian 6ak5 vishkod are the best IMHO. I found it to be the best in my old yaqin cd2 buffer. I sold the cd2 and a set of gold pin vishkod tubes to @erniejade he liked them as well IIRC.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I have a Russian vishkod pair and a sleeve of GE tubes 5654 jan yours if you want them. The Russian 6ak5 vishkod are the best IMHO. I found it to be the best in my old yaqin cd2 buffer. I sold the cd2 and a set of gold pin vishkod tubes to @erniejade he liked them as well IIRC.

    Oooo Ivan coming in with the experience. You willing to sell that pair of Russian tubes?
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,910
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I have a Russian vishkod pair and a sleeve of GE tubes 5654 jan yours if you want them. The Russian 6ak5 vishkod are the best IMHO. I found it to be the best in my old yaqin cd2 buffer. I sold the cd2 and a set of gold pin vishkod tubes to @erniejade he liked them as well IIRC.

    Oooo Ivan coming in with the experience. You willing to sell that pair of Russian tubes?

    No i do not plan on selling them.....
    I do plan on a karma to you if you want.
    It may be awhile before i could send them as I'm kind of laid up atm.
    Probably be a few weeks before i can drive to post office
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I have a Russian vishkod pair and a sleeve of GE tubes 5654 jan yours if you want them. The Russian 6ak5 vishkod are the best IMHO. I found it to be the best in my old yaqin cd2 buffer. I sold the cd2 and a set of gold pin vishkod tubes to @erniejade he liked them as well IIRC.

    Reading a little more about them, I wonder if they would pair well with my gear. I was primarily looking to inject some warmth into my sound. I see some reviews saying the Vishkod's have amazing imaging but are not as warm as the GE tubes.

    Granted I keep saying this however the GE's may be too warm come time to plug it all in. Time will tell.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I have a Russian vishkod pair and a sleeve of GE tubes 5654 jan yours if you want them. The Russian 6ak5 vishkod are the best IMHO. I found it to be the best in my old yaqin cd2 buffer. I sold the cd2 and a set of gold pin vishkod tubes to @erniejade he liked them as well IIRC.

    Oooo Ivan coming in with the experience. You willing to sell that pair of Russian tubes?

    No i do not plan on selling them.....
    I do plan on a karma to you if you want.
    It may be awhile before i could send them as I'm kind of laid up atm.
    Probably be a few weeks before i can drive to post office

    That's quite the offer, we have come a ways from the Nocturnal Feline Protection PM thread haha. I would be glad to take them but like you said no rush. Just PM whenever you have free time my friend and we will get it hashed out.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,874
    Not laughing, in fact many here cut their tube virginity on buffers. Consider it a gateway drug to the rabbit hole we call toooobs.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,626
    I better not order one then!
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,910
    Cost you nothing to try the Vishkods ;)

    You may very well be able to use Western Electric 403b. They are all cheap enough to try in those little tubes. The WE's pop up from time to time on the bay. In my Yaqin CD2 i thought the GE's were very harsh to me. I had used Siemens 6ak5 and those are a bit too warm for me. I had thought the Vkods very neutral good top end.
    Pm me your info I'll see what i can do for you.
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,733
    Like me, some rabbit holes are shallower than others.... until we dig them deeper.
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,283
    Cody screw these guys I will karma you an Emo 2 channel cause you are a righteous dude. Let the laughs begin.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,434
    You rock Bruce
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,987
    edited February 9
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Cody screw these guys I will karma you an Emo 2 channel cause you are a righteous dude. Let the laughs begin.

    That's not a Karma, that's a curse.... :p ;) :p B)
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,283
    @nooshinjohn I figured someone would say that and it was probably you. Anyway Cody, I still got those open back Sennheisers that are yours for the asking along with the amp. I can pass by your area and drop em both off next month if you like.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,987
    afterburnt wrote: »
    @nooshinjohn I figured someone would say that and it was probably you. Anyway Cody, I still got those open back Sennheisers that are yours for the asking along with the amp. I can pass by your area and drop em both off next month if you like.

    Just a joke my friend. Good on you for the generous Karma. Nothing feels better than doing something nice for someone that deserves it. Cody certainly fits the bill.
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,283
    Too bad that stuff is in CA I could run it over to you on the way back. It's worth checking out, don't cost nothing.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    Yeah Bruce let's set something up. I don't feel as much of a hassle since we can do something local. Appreciate you.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,283
    Not sure when I will be back exactly but around three weeks, probably try to catch you on the way in. We can coordinate when I have a firm date.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,250
    I just spent 45 minutes listening to Blues for Allah on a pair of Dayton B652-AIR speakers via the infamous Monoprice "25 watt" hybrid amplifier. I am in no position to laugh at anyone.

    B)
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,283
    At least that's my favorite Dead album. I never did dislike any of my Emo's, anxious to try the monoblocks with other configurations but none of the three that I have had are bad amps, there are just some amps that are better.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,209
    I've never been one to judge Emo stuff. It fits a price range and sound people like, others not. My Adcom isn't top dog but it fills a need.

    By the way having a recliner instead of a futon in the listening space is a fantastic experience.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,283
    Give it a shot you may find some synergy. If nothing else it's great for driving HT channels
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