System Synergy - Special Sound

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  1. mscott58

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    I also find the alcohol has the effect of making the music more interesting and rounding off the rough edges a bit.

    Better quality alcohol doesn't have a linear effect on SQ though.

    ;)
     

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    That's effin' brilliant! Totally agree. Some of my best writing has been done at 35K feet after a few glasses of bad airline wine, balanced right on that razor's edge...

    Cheers and thanks for sharing
     
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    Here is one kick-butt, take names, no apologies, system that will be my desktop reference for the foreseeable future:

    20170118 SU-1 - Modi MB - Saga - Jotunheim Stack.png.jpg

    Here is the component list for the complete system, including SW I find contributing a significant portion to the overall system synergy:


    20170118 Headphone System List SU-1 - Modi MB - Saga - Jotunheim.png

    The level of auditory immersion is exceptionally high with this setup, provided the source material was recorded and mastered without crushing the details out of the finished product.
     
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    Great info, Bob! What do you feel the saga brings to the table?
     
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    Did you do any kind of tube rolling for Saga?
     
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    Thank-you.

    Facts:
    It brings multiple inputs, selectable passive attenuator / active buffer, a glowing 6SN7, precise and repeatable attenuation.

    Personal Opinion Ahead:
    To my ears the Saga's active 6SN7 buffer offers a silent buffer stage with a slightly euphonic presentation. This counters a slight hardness observed with the jotunheim on some recordings in my collection. Additionally it adds a bit of dimension. Percussion especially, sounds more dimensional and effortless with the combination. As examples, listen to any track from the Contemporary Records Story collection disc 3. Gary Stroutsos playing ancient wooden instruments is amazing. I heard him play these instruments in person at Bake's Place. Very hard to record. Even harder to properly render on a playback system.

    Not yet. A few current production tubes inbound.
     
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    Have you experimented with using, then not using the PRT, with the Saga in the system yet?
    I would suspect it makes an even greater impact upon the over all SQ, than w/o the tube in the circuit.

    JJ :)
     
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    Not yet. Currently just kicking back and enjoying another all too brief trip through a portion the library, some familiar and some not heard in a long while.
     
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    That in and of itself is a good sign.
    Where actually listening and enjoying music takes preference over analyzation.

    JJ :)
     
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    The reason I asked about it is because when you run both channels in a dual triode tube, some of the cross talk between channels tends to cancel.
    This usually has sonic advantages, especially in the mid range where the tube's magic happens.

    JJ
     
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    Stereophile comments don't shock me. The Schiit model is the antithesis of Stereophile ethos (direct to consumer, value based pricing) and their success is no doubt troubling to many of the mags advertisers. Instead of engaging in a tit for tat exchange, best medicine is to keep doing what they are doing. Can't wait for products like "Manhattan" to further disrupt the status quo.
     
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