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Yaqin CD3 Tube Buffer

Yaqin CD3 Tube Buffer

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I have one of these and cannot detect any change at all. It's between my preamp and amp. I have 4 different sets of tubes and swapping them still makes zero audible change. On a whim I bought the cheapo FX Audio buffer/pre and I can actually hear the difference. Any thiughts on why? Is the FX audible bc of the volume knob? Are 6sn7 tubes not as good as 5654 tubes? I am struggling to understand any logical reason for this.
Could this take the place of a pre-amp in my turntable setup?
Zach.Veenstra
No. It's not a preamp, just a tube section.
Is this true bypass?
Hi, I'm wondering if this can be shipped to Calgary, AB Canada? If so, how much will the shipping cost me. Thank you very much.
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What's the point of the note at the end about the choice between the 115V and 220V models at checkout if the device has a voltage switch on the back panel (according to the picture)?
andyo
Probably comes with cables with different wall plugs...
clarkkent
You're right. It may also come installed with a proper fuse.
Has anyone tired this in a bi-amped setup? I have a pair of power hungry Tannoy, and it needs some pretty hefty amplification to sound good, powered by an Integra multi channel amp. The system sounds for the most part great, but still sounds a bit robotic at times. Curious on people's thoughts.
Cheers! The Zizo
Elzizo
I have bi-amped Tannoys. I installed the buffer between the source (cd player) and the preamp in. Works fine. BTW, try to find matched Westinghouse or Sylvania 6SN7s.
SACDLOVER
Thank you for the suggestion
How would this compare to tube amplification? I would prefer people's opinions who have actually tried this product, or a similar buffer. I understand that it distorts signal and is added circuitry etc., but so are guitar pedals, and while many aren't great, some are able to produce great tone benefits.
NateTetz
See my earlier head-fi comment and thread. The effects are subtle but noticeable if your familiar with your gear, don't expect guitar pedal level effects.
Path- solid state>tube buffer>speaker.lol !
Elsid
*Source>tube buffer>amplifier>speaker
I contributed to a thread on head-fi years back is anyone is interest in details about this unit changing tubes and modifying it. http://www.head-fi.org/t/469109/yaqin-cd-tube-buffer/30 I still own it.
Can it be used as pre amp with Headphone Amp ?
GU1DO
Yes, these are popular for adding some warmth to solid state headphone amp setups, which as you probably know, can be fairly harsh and unforgiving compared to the loudspeaker setups people are used to.
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There was a tube buffer called the Musical Fidelity X10 that was probably the first device of this type. It existed in various versions something like 10 - 15 years ago.
If you want to read up on how buffers such as this affect the listening experience, just look up the X10 on the various forums.
I had the original version years back, the X10D, that came in the cylindrical aluminum case. It did improve the sound in some ways, but also made it slower and more opaque. I'm not sure how this one sounds.
If you have a very good system that you've matched up and balanced very well, you probably won't benefit from something like this. It could, in fact, add too much coloration and obscure some detail. You might lose a certain sense of pace, too.
But if you have a mid-fi solid state system that you want to add some tube warmth and dimension to, this could be very good.
Whether this is worthwhile or not is very system dependent. Hard to say how it will work out until you try it.
what's with the ugly font on the "SD-CD3" text on the front? :(
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I am concerned that the listing may be misleading as it is for all intents and purposes a tube buffer by the manufacturer and is not actually an amplifier unless you consider a 500mw output an amplifier.   I have used a vintage tube buffer 25 years ago and it does help the harshness of digital signals but the listing still bothers me.
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Re: analog vs digital - I wish I could find the article that I read some years ago explaining why vinyl is often preferred over digital. The premise is that vinyl can store high frequency data that lies outside the range of human hearing, but the interference patterns can contain spatial information and these artifacts are audible. The magical intersection of good engineering (e.g. a Rudy Van Gelder or Lewis Layton), early generation stamper, quality turntable/arm/cartridge, good amplification and good speakers will reveal spatial artifacts beyond the simple right/left channels of stereo. I have experienced this for myself, and even mono vinyl recordings can contain spatial elements of depth and height. It may only be illusion, but then every recording is an illusion anyway. (My reference rig at the time was a stock Rega Planar 3 tt, Audible Illusions Modulus 3 pre, a pair of Dynaco Mark 4 monoblocks and a biwired pair of Vandersteen 2c speakers.) In contrast, digital recordings were capped just above the upper limit of normal human hearing, and much of that spatial information is simply missing. The digital nasties of early gen recordings are pretty much gone, but no amount of trickery will restore the magic.
pshanks01
Amen to that! Best I had were von schweikert vr4s, golden tube class a amps in monoblock, audible illusion 3a and VPI tt loaded. Digital is getting closer but not quite there yet. Best audiophile proverb. Old audiophile safe from Japan says CD is a lot of dots, sacd is better due to smaller dot. But vinyl is best due to straight line. Lol
If nothing else, it is really pretty. I wonder if its worth while to mod it into a full blown headphone amp?
WildChinoise
it's not an amp and not going to be simple to just add an amplifier stage. it's a buffer as others have said here, so it's basically a unity gain preamp stage. If you want a really cheap HP tube amp to play with , just go buy the nobsound for $50 on amazon.
I'm interested in adding a buffer in my SS setup. Would this be better as a buffer/preamp than Darkvoice 336?
I'd consider this as a tube buffer, rather than an amplifier. As described, it adds "warmth" to the source material rather than amplify it. My two cents worth ..
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I have an Audible Illusions M3 driving a pair of modded Dynaco Mark 4's, so of course I view this "tube buffer" device as a waste of money. If you want to hear tubes, get actual tube gear, not a tube based façade. That being said, a nearly twenty year old article is only relevant if you are running a twenty year old SS rig. You might see a benefit if you put this between an early gen digital source and a later gen SS amp stage. And of course, the natural reaction would be, why bother? Spend the money upgrading the digital source instead.
I would indeed expect this thing to have very low distortion since it doesn't amplify anything.