How "transparent" is a cutting lathe or phono cartridge on a tone arm? What about what a head gap on a tape head does to phase and linearity? What about the pilot tone filters in AM radio?
If the installation is content loaded, the tube output stage could be the spice required with certain drives. If you send Fikus an e'mail, he will answer.
When I heard the level 4 we listened to all 9 Beethoven symphonies in one sitting - most with Christopher Hogwood. No fatigue, we just couldn't get enough. That of course is not a test for transparency, but original, historic instruments really get on your nerves when there are "digital" purity issues.
Back to the review, there is so much info at the Lampizator site, that it is inexcusable for a dealer to not offer anything. It just means that they don't even give a mercenary shit.
| Paul S wrote:|
|For better or for worse, I also tend to think of the "tube buffer" as a gimmick. I wonder if one of our readers has an idea, what are the benefits of the tubes used in this case? Why not a discrete version of the op amp, or just a decent modern op amp?
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
I think that any line level tube stage can be every much of an expressive tool as any other device in the chain. I am also not sure that the biggest difference between digital and analog is the sampling process.