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mantha3
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ZSTAGE Tube rolling
12/11/11 at 03:14:03
 
This is a quiet area in the forum.  

The ZSAGE kicks ass big time for those like me who like a more minimal type of set up with a passive pre.  

I run this ZSTAGE into a passive pre to my McIntosh amps.  Unreal good.

If I were to speak to a person thinking of buying...  I would highly advise this thing.  But, Spend some $$ on a good 12AU7.  I got a CJ (Conrad Johnson) grade Mullard CV4003 from www.upscaleaudio.com.  A strong solid Mullard with balanced triodes is key.  If you pay for this ZSTAGE the $$ to get a solid and balanced NOS is a must.  This is the first stage and is pretty key in the whole system IMHO.  I have this ZSTAGE and then the McIntosh MC75s..  I think for the sound impact this ZSTAGE tube has the most noticeable impact.

I have
++12AU7 - Mullard A little forward.  Audiophile clean and punchy.  I like it  big time...  Bass is big! dynamic..  Not as relaxed as a RCA Clear top)
++RCA 5star clear top 12AU7 - (Best sounding...  But tomorrow I may pick the mullard
++GE Clear top-Brent Jesse got me these. Nice
++Raytheon black plate - (Big Dynamic sound.  Excellent!)
++Motorolla - I'd guess early 80s? good stuff

5965 tubes rule in this thing
++5965 GE Five Star NOS balanced triode is a tube you can get pretty cheap.  Get one or two.  
++5965 Hewlet Packard clear top.  I got one
++Some JAN 5965 from Brent Jesse-Dynamite value I'd do

7062
-- Amperex 7062.  7062 are not too well known.  They are built like tanks and sound amazing

12AT7..  They sound great..  A little too forward.  But at times sticking a good old NOS 12AT7 and turning the thing up is ridiculous good!  Get a 12AT7 / E81CC Siemens - triple mica, dual post getter.  Do this and play some AC/DC really loud...  It will never sound better.  No particular album by AC/DC... Any will work excellent.

The 12AU7 that came with the ZSTAGE sounds good.  

Get a ZSTAGE and shop around for a NOS tube or 3 to roll.  This thing is a blast to tube roll!

Happy holidays and go Decware! Grin





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Re: ZSTAGE Tube rolling
Reply #1 - 12/11/11 at 03:21:29
 
PS - the top pic had the right side cut off...  with the Decware ZSTAGE!  The driver of it all.  I run this ZSTAGE with a good short RCA interconnect into the Mapletree passive.  



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Re: ZSTAGE Tube rolling
Reply #2 - 12/11/11 at 14:09:38
 
Nice stuff, thanks for sharing. A passive and an active line stage! Cool.
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