EC Aficionado (was: The Studio Jr.)

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  1. Carlos CPA

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    Is is possible to run dual Vidars in monoblock configuration out of the Af’s balanced outputs?
     
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    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    Yes.
     
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    I’m enjoying Af no feedback tremendously with HD800SDR and HD600. I really like HD650K with Af tertiary feedback but need moar bass/impact/slam. Is there a headphone besides Verite that may do the trick with feedback running? Source is Yggdrasil A2. I would greatly appreciate any and all suggestions, thanks.
     
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    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    Aeolus or Auteur with Universe Suede pads.

    Aeolus is the more 650-like, wins in detail slightly, Auteur is the more 600-like, wins in timbre.

    Havent compared directly, Aeolus might have the slightly better bass?

    Or a Clear, just be aware of Focal warranties as replacement headband is like 800 ameripesos out of warranty, and also it needs a fat copper cable as the stock one by many accounts causes temperamental treble.
     
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    Maxx134 no one will touch his boy parts without $$$

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    You mentioned "Verite", so I assume your looking for a higher resolve than hd6xx types and others mentioned above.

    The Focal types are a step up but have their issues.

    I still recommend the Denon 9200 over them.
    Way, way overlooked and actually at a high resolving level.
     
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    Anyone had a chance to compare Mullard 5AR4 versions f31 (fat base) and f32, with Af?
     
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    jazztherapist analrapist

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    Just noticed the EC site indicates Af "Sold Out." Permanently?
     
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    Yes. It was superseded by Studio Jr. There's an Af in sales thread right now, if interested.
     
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    jazztherapist analrapist

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    Got one, just a bit surprised. Thanks.
     
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    ya know, since my Aficionado is still sitting right next to the DSHA-3F amp, let's connect up extra XLR cables so the Af is a pre to the 3F for the next few days.
    maybe unicorns will fly out and spit sparkle dust?

    sometimes audio is ridiculous.
     
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    I just bought this Aficionado from @Sanjeev Jain (who bought it from @foo_me who bought it from @JoshMorr who ...). It's my first full tube amp, and I only had 30 minutes to listen to it before I had to pack for a trip. Intended use: Yggdrasil A2 > Af > Verité silkwood. I might also use it it as preamp for a still to be figured out small room speaker system, or maybe even as the direct amp. I'll be digging into this thread more carefully to look for nuggets of Aficionado care/use, but any additional suggestions on care and feeding of the Aficionado would be appreciated.
     
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    that’s a sweet chain... you’ll love it, as i do
     
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    Welcome to the club! and it's the same chain that I have and love.
    I would try vintage 5AR4 mullard rectifier...it's noticeably better than stock and what everyone with an AF seems to end up with.
    Plus, it's a cheaper way to upgrade your sound without spending more on 2A3 tubes - though you can do that as well.
     
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    I am (recently) enamored with the
    Yggdrasil A2 –> Af—> Verite combo as well!

    I prefer tertiary feedback engaged and stock Universe pads currently. What are everyone’s preferred configurations?

    @earnmyturns this chain is so good with small combo jazz. I’m very impressed with the different textures of piano and guitar that are readily apparent now with Verite.
     
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    Personally running the tertiary feedback and using Universe Suede pads on my Ziricote Vérité. I find this headphone pretty fun+
    versatile and a great complement to the HD800.

    I currently run a WE396A with a pair of Fivre 2A3s. Switch off between a Mullard and a Amperex 5AR4 depending on mood. Hope you enjoy the setup @earnmyturns! It's made me sell almost all my portable gear and convert completely to desktop audio.
     
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    @Gaspasser suggested Verité pads to listen to Dave Holland's Quartet's magical Conference of the Birds on the Yggdrasil A2 > EC Af > Verité silkwood I've recently assembled. I've listened to this album 100s of times since its original vinyl release, and I thought I knew it. No way. The layering I'm getting from this combo (source 192/24 Qobuz remaster), the localization and solidity of Holland's bass in the back, the shimmer of Altschul's cymbals, Rivers's flute, Braxton's sax, they all pop out as if I was sitting front row at their rehearsal. Of it all, bass and drums are most striking, their materiality, clear edges, micro-detail (those bass strings have unique texture) is as good as I've ever experienced in recorded jazz. I love this album, it was my one-way door into a lifetime fascination with modern jazz, but I never thought I'd be this bowled over by something I thought I knew so well. Many thanks are due, to these amazing musicians, to ECM's recording chops, to Schiit, Eddie Current, and ZMF engineers, and to @Gaspasser for his great suggestion. Music rendered this magically inspires and heals.
     
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