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Roscoeiii:Bottlehead offers DIY kits for either 2A3's or 300B's that are very reasonably priced. I already have a Bottlehead Foreplay preamp that would work nicely.Jim
Nelson Pass is a true genius of the first order....I have to think that Doc of Bottlehead is also no slouch and has a growing Bottlehead following...Jim
I gotta leave but I want to read those responses and respond. Please don't get upset Roscoeiii, I'm sure you're quite right. Peace.
RClark, I would strongly recommend not writing off Nelson Pass. Have you looked closely at some of his designs and products over just the past 10 years? The man had a transistor designed just for his company (featured first in his SIT amp). "Contributed what he will"? C'mon, get real. We haven't even seen a high power implementation of his SIT transistor. I will be lining up to hear that one. As others in multiple threads have mentioned, you are wading into dicey territory with a lot of your statements about amps and designers that as best I can tell you have not heard. Speaking in this way without direct experience is really doing some damage to your credibility. And I know I am not the only one who has said things like this about your posts. Could I see ncores as amps that I will have for a looong loong time? Yes. But I will definitely ALWAYS follow what Nelson Pass is doing in his amp designs. His nickname is "Papa" for a reason. In audio, there is no one-size-fits-all amplifier due to both differences in speakers and differences in listeners' preferences. Differences in amp and speaker characteristics is what leads to many folks putting together second systems that look very different from their main systems. That's why I have Hornshoppes & a MiniWatt N3 in my second (bedroom) system and SP Tech Minis and a beefy Butler 2250 in my main (living room) system. Sorry if this is getting OT in a Lore thread, but I felt that this needed to be said. A lot of the things I have written in the past few posts on this thread encapsulate things I wished I'd known about when I was starting out in this hobby.
As much as we all like playing with and debating about our amps and dacs, it is the loudspeaker that makes or breaks the system. It produces the most distortion and color, proper matching of components to a loudspeakers characteristics is the most important thing.
i agree; i don't seem to have this problem. i have been using the same dac for >10 years, and have no interest in changing. same turntable, a couple years longer. same w/the preamp. (don't ask me about tuners! ) w/speakers, which are fun to change, cuz there's so many different types, and they have such different presentations, i am only interested in finding an amp that matches the speaker well...doug s.
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