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Old 31st December 2007, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default Adding a Tube Pre-Amp Stage to T-Amp

Was just wondering if the marriage of a tube pre-amp stage and the pure power and efficiency of a Class D power stage could make a sonically pleasing yet compact integrated amp. Much as I like to experiment on this, have no idea how this could be accomplished and wonder if any T-Amp modders out there have tried this.
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Old 1st January 2008, 07:06 PM   #3
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I used my Foreplay II tube preamp with my Charlize amp for a short while and it was much better than just the charlize with a volume pot. Since the amp was for my kids, and the FP has high voltages running through a not very well sealed box, they use it with just the pot.

If you have a tube pre, or can borrow one, just try it and see if you like it. You could then build it into a single chassis.
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Old 3rd January 2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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I got this from ebay, sounds nice with a modded audiodigit Class T100 HCL-m. Its currentley my main set-up

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tube-buffer-am...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 4th January 2008, 03:25 PM   #5
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The following looks like it could preform as a pre-amp with the right modifications notwithstanding that it is small.

http://www.roehrentechnik.de/html/kolibri.html

Actually my intention was to integrate a tube-pre with the T-amp functioning as a power amp in a new enclosure as a hybrid amp driving JVC wooden cone speakers which are now available in kit form. Placed in the office, would not take up too much space and would sure make the overtime hours more pleasant.
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Old 5th January 2008, 12:21 AM   #6
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Be wary of the ebay one.
Tubes simply do not work properly at 12V.
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Old 5th January 2008, 03:52 AM   #7
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JVC wooden cone speakers which are now available in kit form
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I've got a Trends TA10.1 which I use occasionally. The addition of a tubed Pre in front makes it into a very enjoyable combination. Without it, it lacks a lot of that "something" that I look for!
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Be wary of the ebay one.
Tubes simply do not work properly at 12V.
Unless you use tubes designed to run that low. 6DJ8 isn't one of them (they usually start with 1)

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I've got a Trends TA10.1 which I use occasionally. The addition of a tubed Pre in front makes it into a very enjoyable combination. Without it, it lacks a lot of that "something" that I look for!
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Just got our Trends back from Chris (had to give him the KingRex). Guess i should hook up my Gregg the Geek line stage up with the USB DAC and the Trends and have a listen.

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