Post by ocezam on Nov 23, 2014 18:25:56 GMT -5
I realize this thread is about tube pre-amps specifically, but I think all of Emotiva's tube products will show up around the same time. So this comment is probably relevant:
It was put out at the Emotiva on the road show in LA that Emotiva's tubes would show up "after the first of the year".
I had a prospective deal drop in my lap for some new Carver 350 monoblocks, so I messaged two people with Emotiva (one an officer with the company) about the expected due dates for the tube equipment and a technical question involving the feedback design of the 300 watt mono's Emotiva will be producing. I was told that the release date is more likely the middle of 2015, and the monos will "at this time" have a fixed feedback of 20db.
Well I could wait until june or so 2015 no problem, but 20 db feedback is too much IMO. It'll produce a sound that is VERY "tubey". Don't get me wrong, that will be perfect for lots of guys, just not me. My Jolidas have a fixed feedback of 5db. That's a bit low as far as I'm concerned. 8 to 10 db would be about perfect, again IMO. Well the Carver's have a variable feedback switch of 10/20 db.
So I said, "screw it" and ordered a couple Carver Raven 350's. Should be here in a week or 10 days. Can't wait!
So every time I buy non-Emotiva I feel a bit like a turn coat. This company IS THE BOMB! So to make amends, I just bought an ERC-3 II and a new XDA-2 II. I really don't need a new CD player, I never use the Marantz I have on hand, my music is all ripped lossless, and my XDA-2 Gen I is likely as good as the XDA-2 II but screw it. They LOOK nicer. And the Gen II DAC's remote is more ergonomic.
Yep, right now I have a bit of money burning a hole in my pocket. Like I said before, Screw It!