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Old 22nd June 2011, 02:50 AM   #41
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RCA 807 is my preference. $25 each
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Old 22nd June 2011, 06:34 AM   #42
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You're welcome .

If you don't mind me asking, which cabinet do you have your FE166E in?
Its made by a company local to India called Audire. Bass Reflext book shelf about 3 ft tall and narrow each weighting 15kgs or so. Dont have a pic handy right now.

So this kit uses solid state rectification correct?

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Old 22nd June 2011, 08:45 AM   #43
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RCA 807 is my preference. $25 each
It seems to be a favorite with other amp builders as well ...

I will consider that one ..

Whats the o/p impedance and damping factor of this amp?

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Old 22nd June 2011, 03:15 PM   #44
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I noticed that the 120 volt transformer just barely fits into the case, since it seems to be a little larger than the original 100 volt one. It blocks off about half of the vent on the bottom..
I hope the 230V R-core is not so larger that it blocks the vent completely.

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Old 22nd June 2011, 03:20 PM   #45
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So I tried the combination of Tung Sol KT120 plus Sovtek long plate 12ax7 and I love it in this setting. The KT120s are hard to describe, but full and balanced and extended bass and nice midrange and treble. There is no downside that I can hear (again, this is a fairly noisy setting), and the 12ax7lps drives them well.

From what little I know these KT120s need much more current. It also seems to be the case that different tubes may not shine and sound their best if the correct current/voltage/bias is not applied when a tube is dropped in to a circuit.

How does this self-biasing circuit work in this kit? Can it be tweaked with a potentiometer like (screwdriver) knob to fine tune the current voltage for a tube type if required?

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Old 23rd June 2011, 02:27 PM   #46
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Just FYI for the community members, I ordered the kit today along with the coupling caps from Vitamin-Q.I figured I would rather not spend another $14 on shipping just the caps - that money can be spend on tube rolling.

I will update on the build progress as it happens.

After procrastinating for a full year and wondering what kit to acquire, I am finally glad to have made this decision within days of having discovered the Elekit all by chance on the net.

Thanks Victor.

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Old 23rd June 2011, 09:07 PM   #47
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Gobble,

Keep us posted on your build, and especially your listening impressions. The Elekit TU879s has got good reviews on the Internet.

You have fun and all the best.

-Zia
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Old 24th June 2011, 08:18 PM   #48
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Default New to tube.

I am considering this kit as my 1st entry into tube amps. I have always heard how much nicer the sound is out of a tube amp is compared to SS. This seems to be a great value after looking at the prices of other non kit amps. My musical taste cover everything from classical to Nine Inch Nails. I plan on using a set of Bose AM5s with this or a pair of Boston Acoustics shelf speakers. I am not sure if this amp would handle my Polk RT55's. Could anyone tell me if this amp could run the AM5s or even the Polks? I could not find the sensitivity specs on the Bose.
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Old 24th June 2011, 11:51 PM   #49
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TU-879S can drive Proac 2.5 with a very good result. I guess it should be fine with Polk RT55's.
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Old 25th June 2011, 10:44 PM   #50
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