Multipurpose Amplification Device No. 6 - $9500
MAD No. 6 is the product of a collaboration between Swan Song Engineering and professional musicians to develop an amplification device that can be used in the recording studio or in the home. In order to accomplish this lofty goal, the team focused on the areas of studio level sound quality, control, and flexibility.
The key to a high quality audio recording or reproduction is low noise. MAD No. 6 uses both advanced power filtering and current sources to keep its power supply noise astonishingly low. This means that MAD No.6 can operate in true SET fashion without any feedback.
With the power supply and current sources in place, the engineering efforts focused on making MAD No. 6 a first in preamplifier flexibility. This starts with the ability to use the ECC85, 12AU7, 12BH7, 6CG7, and 6SN7 tubes. Simply insert the tube of choice, set the first dial to the tube being used, set the lean to fat setting, and enjoy. MAD No. 6 can now produce 20 different "sounds".
Like all Black Swan products, no expense is spared in the building of MAD No. 6. All parts are professional grade, and the interior signal path wiring is silver.
MAD No. 6 defines a new product category. It provides the flexibility and control to meet your needs in a variety of scenarios. From the headphone listener to the full blown stereo system. From the consumer to the professional. MAD No. 6 is designed to be customizable to meet your needs, tailored to meet your desired sound, and adapt as your system needs change.
Here are are two sample files showing the differences between the 6CG7 and 6SN7 tubes both set to their fullest sound setting:
6cg7 sample full.wav
6sn7 sample full.wav