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Old 6th November 2017, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default Success! Elekit 8200

I just finished my first Elekit 8200 and first tube amp complete build. I'm doing a Tubelab SSE, but cannot finish it as I'm waiting for the power transformers and output transformers.

This kit is fantastic. I upgraded many capacitors and resistors (Takman). I also put in a great Alps volume pot. I'm listening to some Bill Evans right now, cooking in the system and breaking in a pair of brand new Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary loudspeakers. The amp and the speakers are going to be a Christmas gift for my father.

I am going to custom paint the chassis tonight so it's not bolted together. Beware of shock!

I can't believe how good this sounds. When I moved it into my tiny sunporch office to break it in and test it, I was floored. It was previously in my main living room. In the 12 x 7 sunporch, it sounds as good as my Primaluna Dialogue HP Premium integrated.

I think it may sound better with EL34s than KT88s but not sure. I have a nice stock of NOS 12AU7s to play with.

I'll post pics after the paint job is done and it's properly sealed up.

Viktor, you are the man. I wish that I could make something similar with more power to put in my main room. The lushness here is feeling more cozy and warm than my main system--which costs thousands upon thousands.

This was a great project and my dad will love it. THANK YOU VIKTOR!
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Old 7th November 2017, 01:25 AM   #2
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i will replace the stock 12AU7
the stock 6L6 is good
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Old 7th November 2017, 02:16 AM   #3
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Thanks Viktor. The stock 12au7 is out. I will break in the 6L6GC now.

I was pretty surprised that I was able to get this up and running. I want to try another one!
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Old 7th November 2017, 02:48 AM   #4
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I like psavne 12AU7 mkIi
you have a lot of options
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Old 7th November 2017, 05:39 AM   #5
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Success!  Elekit 8200
I like the stock 6L6EH tubes.

I tried KT88 tubes and they ran quite hot, and I didn't notice much of an improvement over the 6L6EH tubes.

I did notice much more of a change with changing the 12au7 tubes.
Even the inexpensive Electro Harmonic sound much better than the stock 12au7 tubes.


BTW The internal DAC is a nice addition. It actually sounds good even though it's only 16 bit.




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Old 7th November 2017, 07:15 AM   #6
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You can upgrade the OPA-AMP too
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Old 7th November 2017, 11:32 PM   #7
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You can upgrade the OPA-AMP too
Iím sorry Viktor, Iím new to this but a fast learner what is OPA-AMP?
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Old 7th November 2017, 11:36 PM   #8
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OP-AMP is NJM4580
you can replace other op-amp
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Old 8th November 2017, 01:40 AM   #9
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Are you saying I could upgrade by replacing the output transformers?
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I said the OP-amp not the opt
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