Hi rollo ~ Deborah and I always talk about re-visiting New York. I grew up in Brooklyn and Deborah in Long Island. We lived in NYCity for many years and loved it before finally moving to Ojai, California. I will definitely call you if we visit NY, an Italian feast combined with the Jacob speakers is unbelievably irresistible. Thank you for your kind offer!!!
Hi doggie ~ Tidal is quite amazing for musical choices. I play Tidal through Aurdirvana. Deborah and I listen to mostly classical and jazz. If you have a chance try Jerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, and, Bach: Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, Glen Gould (who actually plays piano on this disc) & Jaime Loaredo, also Saman by Hildur Gudnadottir, for aural thrills.
Hi rockdoc ~ Your Bottlehead Paraglow Parafeed 45 amps must surely be 'magical'. Nice! Perhaps before discovering your next amplifier build or purchase you may want to try a DIY open baffle speaker design. Here are my primary reasons for suggesting it: Drivers in open baffle configuration have no 'resistance' to have to work against, the bane of box speakers, so they communicate a wealth of sonic detail and texture. There are no, or few room nodes stimulated that can create problematic reflections. The sound is richly room filling with a spaciousness that will make almost all box speakers sound overly directional by comparison. They are easy to build with simple tools. You can choose from a nice selection of high efficiency drivers. The investment of drivers is not limited to one DIY open baffle design, you can always reconfigure the design as you learn more about what 'sound' you are after. Lastly, I learned more from building my own open baffle speakers than from listening over years to hundreds of 'commercial' designs, a nice often overlooked pay-back for the time spent in the DIY efforts. Deborah will never give up our open baffle speakers, after living with them for the last 14 years she can no longer tolerate most commercial speaker designs.
Hi Tyson ~ Sorry but I have never had a chance to listen to the Bottlehead Stereomour amps. I am almost certain I would fall in love with them. To my thinking you cannot go wrong with this circuit design. Here are the simple reasons I opted for the Yamamoto A08S: Shigeki designs the Yamamoto A08S with a powerful output stage, this 2 watt amplifier is so powerful that I rarely use more than 1/4 watt for most room filling music (room size 20' x 30' with 8' ceiling) driving my Lower PM5A Alnico/Ticonal driver (97-98db depending on who is measuring it) and I only use a passive preamplifer. Since the Lowthers are 15 ohm I had Shigeki install a 16 ohm output transformer on the recommendation from Don Garber of Fi (his recent death is a great loss, you could call Don and chat SET audio with him). Also Shigeki designs and builds his own C-style transformers, one of the best in the world. Almost all of the components in the A08S are built by Shigeki in his laboratory. The design never falls to fill me with a sense of deep appreciation and aesthetic pleasure. And lastly, the rate of exchange when i purchased the amp 3 years ago, favored the dollar, making the A08S at least $500 to $600 cheaper than previously. The cost was around $2500. Some knowledgable SET lovers think the amp should cost $20,000 owing to its parts and being hand built.
Hi Tyson ~ Have you tried getting rid of the 'ground' plug? Sometimes this works magic when there is hum.
Hi tybee ~ Yes, I remember our conversations. How lovely you were able to purchase a 45 based on a similar circuit to the A08S! Congratulations! I also use a passive preamp designed by George Stantscheff, his Lightspeed ('This revolutionary device uses an optocoupler device in a sealed unit, which consists of a high performance LED that shines on a light dependent resistor (LDR). This means that it is a passive preamplifier with no contact points in the form of a "wiper" as in the case of a potentiometer or "switches" like a discrete stepped attenuator. It provides a totally new and revolutionary way of controlling the source volume, like plugging the fixed output of your CD player/source component directly into your power amp, yet having control over the volume. It allows the most transparent dynamic transfer of signal from the source to the power amp'). I do not want to ever use an active preamplifier if that can be helped. I tried several preamplifiers with SET amplifiers and found that they all took away the glorious rich textures, ambient space and dynamic presence that is a good part of the SET magic. The problem I had with the Korneff 45 was that it apparently needed his or a similar tube preamplifier to play the German 94db drivers I was using in OB at the time. It seemed to have insufficient power for my set-up and room.
Hi Rocket_Ronny ~ Very kind of you to share that with me. Thank you.
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