As promised a report.
First of all I must
say, I never have had any major complaints about the Copland pre
amp as it is with standard 6922 tubes. It has provided me with hours
and hours of sheer joy when listening to music.
Music has always
been and will always be far more importnant to me than
the technical stuff. So why even try something new, when I'm happy
with what I've got?
Well, curiousity hasn't
killed me yet, -and I have read and heard what other
tube-lovers think about the 6922... Although I do not agree that
it's a useless tube when it comes to music reproduction, I'm not blind
or deaf to others experiences, and coming across your site, I suddenly
had the chance to try out a new path at a very low cost. So why not? If
nothing else, then just for the hell of it.
is physically taller than the 6922. Just so tall that it won't fit
in a Copland. It doesn't matter to me, since I have
no difficulties in having a new cover made, but others could
have a problem here.
Enough about the the
peripheral details, it's the sound that matters!
When I first listened
seriously to this new tube, I thought: "This is easy!" A
killer tube had arrived. Deeper bass, bigger sound scape, crispier
sound, more air and all the other thousands of hifi-clichés came
to mind. "I'll write it down so I can remember what to say to Lukasz."
Normally when I listen
to new gear, I try out a lot of very well-known numbers and
passages, in order to pin out differences and establish whether
it's a bargain or not. And then later I'll just enjoy. Thats also
pretty much how I started out this time, but very, very quickly I
forgot about listening to details and nuances. And I forgot to write
down too! I just had to sit down deep in the couch and be a part of the
I've listened to my
system a whole lot of hours the last five days, and nothing has
changed. I simply don't listen to hifi-parameters. I listen to whats
inside the music; to the deeper meaning within the music, if you
like. It's so cohesive, so fluid.
Yes the details are
there as they were with the 6922s, but they're not an important
factor anymore. This is something different. Something else... And
certainly something I want to get to know better. It's like listening
to my cd's in a whole new way. Damn a cliché!, but I really mean
The next couple of
weeks will bring forth the whole picture. Maybe there will be a few
minors that I haven't noticed yet, I don't know, nothing is perfect.
But I know the 6H6P outperforms the 6922, and I am not going back. Even
if I still don't see the 6922 as a shitty tube, it has given me lots of
pleasure in my set-up, I know now there is a better alternative.
Lukasz, thank you for
introducing this "new" tube. And now I want a lampizator!
Btw the 6H6P tubes in
my preamp amazes me constantly. It's the best tweak I have ever tried.
Best regards, Soren
Back to Lampizator:
There it was! Pure clean music through leg 5.
The whole system is cold now, so I can't say anything about sound
quality, -but the signal is way louder than I expected it to be...
almost no difference... Funny... What are these op-amps for anyway?
You have a green light from me right away. I just need to know if you
send along the anwsers to the where's and why's regarding the exact
Please let me know the total cost and the payment details. I'll
transfer as soon as possible.
I'm very exited. Thanks and best regards, Soren
----- Original Message ----- From: "Lukasz Fikus" <email@example.com>
To: "Søren" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: Lampizator
OK, I know now. You have a single op-amp in double package. Try leg 5
A Lampizator has entered the building!
Nice work Lukasz :-) I'll spend the next half hour hooking it up
properly, and then it's time for some serious music listening.
Best wishes, Soren
:-) Easy now,
Well what can I say? It's flauntless and it plays wonderful. I
have been listening to music contantly since the first note came out of
my speakers Friday afternoon. Ok I've slept just a bit as well.
I'm not surprised, afterall I knew what I had coming after switching
tubes in my pre-amp. There are so many tiny but crystal clear details.
So much space that my speakers totally disappears. Sounds like the
music doesen't come directly from them, but from around them.
Instruments and musicians have life-like size and sound. And there is
I have a rather big CD collection and luckily most of them benefits
from being played through this unit. But it shows no mercy on new ones
or remasters that are dynamic compressed to the extreme. -Just can't
figure out why the record companys do this shit, and spoil probably
perfecly good recordings..?
But we can't blame the Lampizator for that! ;-) I'm a very happy man
owning one. You have done a hell of a job contructing it Lukasz, and I
have made a hell of a bargain. It's worth every cent.
Now I have a few questions:
There is no power switch. Should it just be turned on all time? Or will
that shorten the tubes lifetime a lot?
I've checked the Sowter home page, and they recommend another
transformer to fit a PCB 63 than you do. Is there a reason why you
The output from the lampizator is very loud. Will it increase even more
when i get the transformers implemented? I think Iwill need another
attenuator if it does...
One of the tubes you send look a bit different than the other. The
"plate" on top inside the tube is connected to the screen via two
cores, just like the one I was send from Tube-Audio. On the other three
tubes it's via one core... Is it an I-type?
Hope you'll have the time to answer.
Best regards and thanks for the supreme Lamizator, Soren
Three years later -in July 2008 I discovered the 6N2P tube
and now I would recommend to Soren to hookup his I out DACs to 6N2P