Re: Jan 21 meeting. Just a few thoughts on what I listened to...
OSCAR: "[quote] What I remembered most was the sound coming from those speakers labeled "JM Labs" (were these modded ?) and the tube-based system driving them. That system worked really well in my living room and something like it might eventually make a permanent home there. "
JIM: The JM Labs are stock. The tube amp circuit was designed by Walter Delesandri and built by me. That and a tube linestage are my reference system when reviewing FM tuners here...
OSCAR: [quote] while the DODD was smoother.....
[/quote]I was highly impressed with the 120W Dodd amp. It did an excellent job taming the stridency evident on too many of my recordings with Classe
JIM: Hey Oscar. Be careful! If you're thinking of buying Mr. Dodd's tube gear for a living room system. Your home theater may gather dust as you just sit back and enjoy music in there for hours!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "oscar_in_fw" <obautista_1@c...> wrote:
> It was a lot of fun trying out all that equipment in the living room. There was so much
> equipment being swapped back and forth in the makeshift 2-channel room I couldn't keep
> up with everything. What I remembered most was the sound coming from those speakers
> labeled "JM Labs" (were these modded ?) and the tube-based system driving them. That
> system worked really well in my living room and something like it might eventually make a
> permanent home there. Also, listening to a 3W amp driving Klischhorns was a treat.
> The HT room was used mainly for listening to the Meitner combo through Classe SS. There
> was an interlude where we dropped down the screen to watch video and also listened to
> some high resolution multichannel (e.g. SACD "Dark Side of the Moon") It also kept the
> ladies entertained who managed to stay still for hours waiting for the guys to finish with
> their fun.
> The highlight for me was bringing Dodd Audio amplification into my main system and
> initiating some intense "A/B"ing pitting Meitner against tube preamp and DAC60 and
> Classe vs. the 120W Dodd Amp.
> I was highly impressed with the 120W Dodd amp. It did an excellent job taming the
> stridency evident on too many of my recordings with Classe. It had no problem driving my
> speakers with sufficient "bass slam" on tough recordings (e.g. Bela Fleck "Flight of the
> Hippo") When I'm in the market for an amp change, this will definitely be on the short list
> (unfortunately, I'd don't have the funds necessary at the moment for the five (5)
> monoblocks I want for the HT room). The rest of the A/B sessions used the Dodd for
> power amplification.
> I thought there was definite disagreement between some of the participants concerning
> Meitner's performance vs. the tubed stuff. I think a lot of this may have been simply
> preferences for Tubes vs. SS. The reference material used comprised mainly of hybrid
> SACD/CDs (e.g. Rebecca Pidgeon's "The Raven" on the Chesky label) My own tin-eared
> (1) Meitner SACD vs. (modded?) DAC60 CD playback - Not a fair contest IMHO, the SACD
> had more "air" and detail resolving. No surprise to me, but I'm biased with this regard
> since most of my digital stuff is SACD.
> (2) Meitner CD vs. DAC 60 CD - A lot closer. Still, I thought the Meitner was a bit clearer/
> more detailed, the DAC60 a bit smoother. I think the Meitner gets you "closer to the
> original recording". It might be just a matter of personal taste in music presentation.
> However, I'm far more inclined to scrounge up the $800 for modded DAC60 then $20K for
> the Meitner.
> (3) Meitner preamp vs. Dodd Preamp - Again, I thought the Meitner was bit clearer/more
> detailed, while the DODD was smoother, perhaps more listenable. This may be where
> biggest differences of opinions resided with personal preferences (that tube vs. SS
> argument. Again, I'm more likely to opt for the Dodd because of Performance vs. cost if I
> were building a 2-channel system (Any 6 channel Dodd preamps out there ?)
> There was no controversy concerning the Dodd power amp. Everyone I talked to (SS or
> tube fans) thought very highly of this tubed amp.
> I'll caveat all this by stating that my quick impressions have been known to be reversed
> based on extended listening. Too bad I couldn't hold on to all that gear for a week/month
> or so...:0)
> My thanks to everyone who brought gear, this was an extremely enlightening experience
> for me as I was able to listen to many different configurations the whole day.
> Kudos to the ladies who took over the kitchen and bailed me out of a bad mess. I was in
> way over my head trying to play host to such a large gathering.