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irishsammy- Check out the thread at head-fi and others here, the early buuyers are experiencing some hum with the power tubes that ship with the unit, it was very noticeable at first and then calmed a bit and I have since changed power tubes for some other ones and its pretty much gone now just make sure you read as much as you can on these before you jump. Mine sounds great, no hum and is really quiet now. Just a heads up.
irishsammy,You sold your SongTower for the Fritz 7? Wow. And you like the Fritz 7 more? How's the imaging, timbre, and bass extension between the two? (Whoops, I'm a bit OT but am indeed curious as the ST are so highly rated.)Thanks,UL
Better part selection, bigger transformer, sturdier tube inputs, real binding posts, and, as Irish mentioned, cheaper price.
How does that relate to speaker matching and the listening results in your case, or for others with different speakers?
Sorry, I just thought someone with experience should curb some of the hyperbole. To be clear, I preferred the Miniwatt N3 to the MK2, based soley on how they sound in stock set up. I wasn't saying that the Miniwatt is better because of its tube rolling ability, although, from the boards, it sounds like you can use pretty much any EL84 or 12ax7, including NOS. If I hadn't heard either and just looked at them, I would surely prefer the MK2. Better part selection, bigger transformer, sturdier tube inputs, real binding posts, and, as Irish mentioned, cheaper price. Problem for me was that the MK2 was just too dark sounding on all 3 of my speakers (omega single driver fostex, klipsch horns, vmps ribbons). With brighter, slightly less efficient speakers, I might have liked the MK2. It does have pretty good PRAT. FYI, you can get the old Miniwatt S1 (which I haven't heard) new on ebay for around $250. Its called "APPJ."
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