Originally Posted by masterminds
Great thread. I just ordered my first F revision kit based on the vibe here. Thanks so much to all who have contributed here. Amazing people.
Congrats, Oscar... after skimming this thread you are the first Rev. F builder I think I saw (though my search wasn't thorough).
I have always found it interesting that the buzz is about Rev. A and D, but not the later, non-class-A output versions. I'm a tone nut, but I must say I actually prefer the Rev. F 1176's to the earlier versions. The class-A versions (in spite of being 'class-A', which I realize is a buzz word) are crunchier and aggressive, though more sluggish in response (not talking the compression character here, but the signal path itself) when compared to the PP output versions.
I find the tone of the Rev. F to still benefit from the I/O iron, but the signal path is smoother and punchier (still hate that word, but it works) and just more lively and dynamic to my ear. A better line-level processor to me. While i think I could appreciate the class-A revisions' sound for mic preamps, I like my line level gear to have tone, but be more broadly complimentary, and despite claims earlier in this thread that the Rev. A sounds best on everything, I simply do not agree -- the color is too strong and so benefits many things greatly, and not so much on many other sources.
I wonder how much of the praise for the A and D come from all the talk about the A and D rather than actual experience with the various revisions?
And please understand, I'm not intending to pick a fight or make accusations against anyone in this thread.... I'm just think all the talk about the A and D is robbing people of the wonderful, but less publicly praised Rev. F, and I think it's a shame (given that, to me, it is the nicest sounding revision). I'm hoping more people give the Rev. F a shot... It's lovely!
And, FWIW, I do not prefer the even later Rev. G with its electronically-balanced input -- doesn't suck, but just not as tonally interesting... not as nice as the Rev. F, and can't handle the insanely hot input levels the earlier attenuator-equipped revisions can.
Just food for thought (as if the water wasn't muddy already