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Old 26th February 2007, 08:13 PM   #1
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Default Winsome Labs Amp - Any Info?

While I was browsing yesterday I came upon this Tripath amp. Has anyone here used or know anything about he quality of this amp. It is made in the USA and comes as a kit or fully made. It appears to have some nice options.

http://www.winsome-labs.com/


Here are some pics...


http://www.winsome-labs.com/images/mouse_front.jpg

http://www.winsome-labs.com/images/mouse_back.jpg

http://www.winsome-labs.com/images/mouse_complete.jpg


I was wondering if price seemed reasonable as well.

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Joel
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Old 26th February 2007, 08:30 PM   #2
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Looks like an honest product to me, both in build quality, specification and price. I never saw or heard it though.

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Old 26th February 2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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Hi,

it uses Tripath chipset TC2001+TP2050. Same chipset are used in 41Hz Amp4, Amp11 and in Redwine Signature 30.
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Old 27th February 2007, 02:04 AM   #4
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That would be me. =)

It's a modified TK2050 that uses two TP2050 chips, each in parallel/mono mode, one per channel for 4-ohm stability and more current.
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Old 27th February 2007, 02:48 AM   #5
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I found it abit on the expensive side compared to offerings from AutoDigit and Trends and the looks aren't stunning at all !
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Old 27th February 2007, 08:13 AM   #6
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I found it abit on the expensive side compared to offerings from AutoDigit and Trends and the looks aren't stunning at all !

These are whole different things. Trends is a TA2024, like SI T-Amp, whil Audiotigit one is a TA4100, simplified amp optimized for 4 ch. TC2000/TP2050 is another category, more complex and much better sounding.

Winsome one is a bit expensive as kit, but not so much the assembled one.
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Old 3rd March 2007, 01:30 AM   #7
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I built the kit version and took it to the last meeting of the Lone Star Bottleheads in Houston Texas. It was well received and amazed a few non-believers with its ability to drive different speakers and all with great detail, especially in the upper end.

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I'm headed to another Lone Star Bottlehead meet just north of Dallas Texas tomorrow. I'll take the Winsome Mouse amp again and see how the Dallas Audio Society take to it. I'll post a few pics afterwards and their impressions.
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Old 4th March 2007, 10:44 AM   #8
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How sensitive is the input of this amp? I'm using a trends-ta 10 at the moment but find that my modified squeezebox ( 1v output) does not have enough drive... In what form does the kit come? Some nice Oil caps and a Pec carbon pot would be nice

So this might be a nice option instead of making my system more complicated by adding a tubed pre-amp.

Also does anyone know wether the charlize is good without a pre?

Thanks

Robert
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Old 4th March 2007, 07:33 PM   #9
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1V to the Winsome amp should be plenty for full output. The input resistors are thru-hole Dale metal film so you could easily increase the gain if needed. Oil caps would be a tough squeeze physically, you need 2 microfarads minimum to avoid bass rolloff. It can be ordered with ALPS blue velvet pot or Panasonic EVJ, input caps are Illinois MWR or Solen/Bennic.
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Old 4th March 2007, 09:50 PM   #10
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thank you,



I'm currently using a trends ta-10, does anyone know if this amp will be better ? the trends is based on the t2024 chip... I don't need extra power , my hawthorne SI's only need 2 wpc ( in my 12 by 12ft room probably 1wpc)

So it's mostly 1st watt perfomance I am looking for

Robert
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