Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?

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DarrellC

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Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #160 on: 4 Mar 2020, 03:18 pm »
Dan, any more thoughts on the timing of development on this?

modwright

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #161 on: 4 Mar 2020, 07:39 pm »
I have to be honest, it will likely be Spring/Summer at this point. I just got back from the VPI house over the weekend where I presented to dealers and our new KWH 225i and phono stage designs of our own production are eating all my time and resources.

I WILL finish this design! I am just stretched so thin right now. I am CONFIDENT that this product will be a HUGE seller for us...If I could only clone myself!

Thanks,

Dan

GregC

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #162 on: 4 Mar 2020, 07:45 pm »
I have to be honest, it will likely be Spring/Summer at this point. I just got back from the VPI house over the weekend where I presented to dealers and our new KWH 225i and phono stage designs of our own production are eating all my time and resources.

I WILL finish this design! I am just stretched so thin right now. I am CONFIDENT that this product will be a HUGE seller for us...If I could only clone myself!

Thanks,

Dan

Hi Dan,

You do an awesome job of creating innovative products AND being accessible to your customers. 

Greg

modwright

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #163 on: 4 Mar 2020, 08:03 pm »
Thank you, I appreciate that!

Dan

DarrellC

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Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #164 on: 4 Mar 2020, 09:57 pm »
Thanks Dan for looping us in.

modwright

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #165 on: 4 Mar 2020, 10:19 pm »
You bet! Believe me, I WANT to get the Buffer to market!

Dan

uncola

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #166 on: 1 May 2020, 08:46 pm »
This won’t make me popular but I think you should charge more for the tube buffer.  If you put a volume control on it, people will use it as their preamp.  It could become a popular item and people will judge the modwright brand by it.  You want to make it worthy to represent your brand

vanderstephen

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #167 on: 1 May 2020, 08:50 pm »
Ummm. Uncola, that would make you very unpopular with me. :|

uncola

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #168 on: 1 May 2020, 09:07 pm »
But I also think you should give a large discount to all the people in this thread, your most loyal devoted customers who you know you can rely on to give feedback ;). Yay I’m popular again

vanderstephen

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #169 on: 1 May 2020, 09:13 pm »
Redeemed.  :lol:

modwright

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #170 on: 1 May 2020, 11:47 pm »
OK guys, I have a solution!

The retail price of the buffer will start at $5K!

But, I will give everyone here a $4K discount!  :lol:

 :popcorn:

To be honest, I have not set the price yet, but at or around $1K is the expected base price. It will be offered with options that will add cost. I first want to get a basic prototype out for people to hear and give me feedback. It will be just the tube buffer, that can be run in-line with any digital source. The next step will be to incorporate optional linear supplies for the DAC(s) that it could be paired with. Then I will look at volume control, multiple inputs, etc. I first want to prove the simple concept of the wide bandwidth, low distortion and VERY low output impedance buffer circuit.

Just yesterday, I got tired of listening to my Logitech Squeeze box as source - burning in amps, etc. So, I took a digital out from the Squeeze Box to the Pro-Ject S2 DAC, feeding the tube buffer, out to our integrated. WOW that was better! Now, keep in mind that I am streaming Redbook, wirelessly to the squeeze box. All I did is take the coax out from the Squeeze Box to the $300 Pro-Ject DAC with the buffer! The difference in sound quality was startling! The buffer adds body and dimension to the stock Pro-Ject DAC which, on its own, while not bad, IS thin sounding!

I am just about caught up with backorders for the new KWH 225i and then I will dive head first into the buffer project. It is the perfect time for it!

Thanks guys...just kidding about the $5K price. $4995 at the MOST!  8)

Dan

jackox

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Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #171 on: 7 May 2020, 01:13 pm »
Hi Dan! Funny I've just sent you an email about the buffer.
From my perspective I thought I'd need something simple but because nothing stay simple long enough in my setup I would need more I/O.
2 XLR inputs, one RCA input and one XLR output.
This for: Modwright BDP83SE (you know the one) still running, LKS MH-DA004, Sony TA-ZH1ES => Denon AVP-A1HD Cinemike XLR unique input.
It would help group all source in the XLR input on the Denon.
Do you think this is doable ?

Also funny you say you got tired of the squeeze box. I listened to a Kennerton Thror at a friend's using a Squeeze (not Modwright). Nice Auris DAC and amp. I found the sound a bit arsh.
Not how I listened to Thror before.

Got myself a B-Stock Thror. My friend came to my house to give it a try : custom mod PC with SOtM cards, modded PSU, damping, filters, some Audio Magic stuff, OPPO HA-1 SE (Audiocom modded plus extras), TRYST (of course), not the same same headphone at all.

We concluded that the Squeeze is not good enough anymore and replaced it by another kind of setup based on ROON and pc sources. The Squeeze was indeed the weak link.
Have you ever considered using a tweaked PC with Audirvana (you have a two station licence I sent you) or JRiver?

uncola

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #172 on: 10 Oct 2020, 05:56 am »
Still interested in replacing my dac digital volume control with this!  Hope everything is going well at modwright and your 225 integrated is selling like hot cakes

modwright

Re: Quick Product Poll! Tube Buffer with Volume Control?
« Reply #173 on: 12 Oct 2020, 03:52 am »
It is still inline. It has just been an unusual year!

I am working on it!

Thanks,

Dan