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Re: JJ 2A3-40 DHT Single ended triode, power amplifier

Unread post by Lotus Seven S » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:04 am

Steve - do you still listen to your NVA amp, or is it tubes all the way?
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Re: JJ 2A3-40 DHT Single ended triode, power amplifier

Unread post by SteveTheShadow » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:46 am

Lotus Seven S wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:04 am
Steve - do you still listen to your NVA amp, or is it tubes all the way?
No I don't listen to the NVA amp at the moment. I use the P20 and the Phono 1 into the valve amp. Interestingly, the 2A3 valve amp was voiced, and A/B'd with specific reference to the sound of the A20. The sound of the A20, woke me up to the fact that the previous valve amp I was so proud of, was actually not very good; it was all hi-fi and very little music.

It was a hard lesson to learn, but it ultimately did me good, because, with the NVA amp, I now had a specific goal to aim for, in terms of the kind of sound I wanted my system to produce. As a consequence of this, the system has never sounded better, and I have to say that the NVA A20 was the best 200 quid I ever spent.

The thing is, that once you have the DIY valve amp bug, it is very difficult to let it go. There is just something "right" about valves, or should I say properly executed valves. There are plenty of blingy, expensive valve amps, that are nothing more than marketing bullshit intended to prise money from the gullible, so those who say, "valves good, transistors crap" are, I'm afraid, talking out of their arses big time, and probably have too much ego invested. Sadly, I ended up like that.

TBH, the sound character of NVA amps and the sound of a great valve amp is interchangeable, in that it is perfectly possible to enjoy either.
I would also say that having heard Nelson Pass and Nick Gorham's transistor amps, they too manage to pull off the same trick. I would also postulate the theory that Colin Wonfor's latest gear would do it too.

I do have plans for a study system, this year, that will use the A20, so it is not going anywhere.
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Re: JJ 2A3-40 DHT Single ended triode, power amplifier

Unread post by Lotus Seven S » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:39 pm

Thanks for the reply.....

After a solid month of listening to the Starter Set, i have now plugged in the Tubes - and am enjoying them immensely (as I did the Starter Set)... But a day will come, when the NVA's return - and I am curious as to what I then will do.... My hope is, that they can be a supplement to each other. I am not really a tube guy - I have tried a couple and none have said me anything until I found the EL 84 tube - that brings a smile to my face and I had that one for 10 years. After a seven year gap this new one also makes me smile - and not many things do that. (The first one was a Synthesis and this one is a Leben.)
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Re: JJ 2A3-40 DHT Single ended triode, power amplifier

Unread post by SteveTheShadow » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:33 pm

Leben.....now that's class! 8-) :guiness;
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Re: JJ 2A3-40 DHT Single ended triode, power amplifier

Unread post by Lotus Seven S » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:13 am

Leben.....now that's class.
Thanks - and yes it is - but not for everbody. In many ways it is quite average and not exceptional at all. I think you need to appreciate the Japanese Aesthetic to really appreciate Leben and understand how "well-formed" it is. Understated Zen, and I will never part with it.
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Re: JJ 2A3-40 DHT Single ended triode, power amplifier

Unread post by Lotus Seven S » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:33 am

After a week I returned to the P20/A20 and it was like a breath of fresh air. So much so, that I ordered the A60!

When someone new comes to the house, they always say: "Oh! You have a Leben". From now on I am going to say, "Yes. But I listen to NVA"

Quite a nice tag-line for Richard. :grin:
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Re: JJ 2A3-40 DHT Single ended triode, power amplifier

Unread post by MarcoPisa » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:16 pm

For those interested in tube amps you may find interesting a small italian company that produces all in house(even trafo)for decent prices. I am not connected to the company:
https://www.gabrisamp.it

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