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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    NOS GE 211s.
    They are GE and labelled VT-4-C
    SW1X Universal Music Server UMS I Signature with Power Supply Unit PSU I Signature
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    Transcription Audio single ended, 211 triode, integrated.
    SW1X Open Baffle Speakers containing both vintage and modern alnico drivers - Grundig tweeters, SEAS exotic W8 midrange and Altec VOTT 416 bass. All silver wired.
    Silver mains cables, interconnects and speaker cables by SW1X

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpy View Post
    They are GE and labelled VT-4-C
    Yup I have a quad. I use Amperex 211s though.

    If you like that amp then I'd recommend trying to get hold of some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpy View Post
    The pre amp has been upgraded by using Audionote non magnetic tantalums as the shunt resistors. All other resistors remain as Charcroft Z foil resistors. Performance clicks up again.
    Ah, so now I know where Ian Walker's 'souped up' passive went!

    I know the sound of that pretty intimately, Chris, as I used it for long periods in my system. I'd be interested in specifically what way the tants improved matters?

    Oh, and the rest of your system looks fab and is clearly very well thought out. Would love to hear it sometime!

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    Actually I have just bought and have had installed 4 Audio Note level 6 2 Watt tants in my Lampizator DAC. At stupid cost - for resistors. See here.

    Not got the DAC back yet, though. Also had to go for some AN UX4 valve bases. Pretty costly too. CMC ones I had bought turned out to be a risky fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    Actually I have just bought and have had installed 4 Audio Note level 6 2 Watt tants in my Lampizator DAC. At stupid cost - for resistors. See here.

    Not got the DAC back yet, though. Also had to go for some AN UX4 valve bases. Pretty costly too. CMC ones I had bought turned out to be a risky fit.
    not so dear considering the work to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    not so dear considering the work to make.
    32.95 plus VAT each must be close to world's most expensive, though.
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    It was Slawa's (SW1X) recommendation to replace the bypass resistors and yet again he was right. The sound is more relaxed and natural, qualities demonstrated in all his kit. We debated going for AN silver tantalums, but his experience is that this often leads to a need to re-balance the whole system.

    At the moment the passive reclines in my cupboard as the Transcription Audio 211 amp is an integrated
    SW1X Universal Music Server UMS I Signature with Power Supply Unit PSU I Signature
    SW1X USB I Signature
    SW1X DAC II Special
    Transcription Audio single ended, 211 triode, integrated.
    SW1X Open Baffle Speakers containing both vintage and modern alnico drivers - Grundig tweeters, SEAS exotic W8 midrange and Altec VOTT 416 bass. All silver wired.
    Silver mains cables, interconnects and speaker cables by SW1X

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    Justin have you evaluated Psvane 211's. They seem to come out well in this review (albeit by the seller).

    http://www.aa-acoustics.com/psvane/
    SW1X Universal Music Server UMS I Signature with Power Supply Unit PSU I Signature
    SW1X USB I Signature
    SW1X DAC II Special
    Transcription Audio single ended, 211 triode, integrated.
    SW1X Open Baffle Speakers containing both vintage and modern alnico drivers - Grundig tweeters, SEAS exotic W8 midrange and Altec VOTT 416 bass. All silver wired.
    Silver mains cables, interconnects and speaker cables by SW1X

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpy View Post
    Justin have you evaluated Psvane 211's. They seem to come out well in this review (albeit by the seller).

    http://www.aa-acoustics.com/psvane/
    Not really. I own quads of RCA, GE, Amperex and Chinese. I put Amperex up against KR 211s and in my opinion and that of others the Amperex were better.

    Heard ELROGs against Psvane WE 211s briefly in an AN Tomei but not for long enough to really do a compare.

    I have some Psvane 2A3s which are OK but not great when it boils down to it. Pretty OK VFM though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpy View Post
    Justin have you evaluated Psvane 211's. They seem to come out well in this review (albeit by the seller).

    http://www.aa-acoustics.com/psvane/
    They are Psvane dealers. Beware I think it's biased.
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