diyAudio http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:47:15 -0400 PhotoPost Pro 6.02 Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/13843 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/13843" target="_blank"><img title="Spatial_Audio_M3_Turbo_S.png" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Spatial_Audio_M3_Turbo_S.png" alt="Spatial_Audio_M3_Turbo_S.png" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: These are Clayton Shaw's 94dB, 2-way, point source, open-baffle, dynamic driver, controlled directivity speakers that uses two 15 inch mid/woofers and one wide bandwidth compression driver. After hearing them at a friend's home I found these speakers yielded one of the most beautifully natural renditions of music I've heard in a long, long time. The Spatial Audio speakers provided wonderfully transparent sound and life-like dynamics within such a wide and deep soundstage, it elicited a deep emotional connection to the music and an unforgettable listening experience I'll not soon forget! These will be my next pair of speakers and I cannot think of another speaker anywhere near their price that can compete with them! thetubeguy1954 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:00:42 -0400 Dayton PS220-8 Full-range Drivers http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9151 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9151" target="_blank"><img title="Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" alt="Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: At $275 a pair these relatively inexpensive Dayton PS220-8 8in full-range drivers ---{[I]once they've had their cones treated with a somewhat expensive cone treatment[/I]}--- are absolutely phenomenal sounding! So good in fact, I removed the $2K Fostex FE208ES-R drivers that were previously installed and replaced them with the PS220-8 drivers. I even know of a man who replaced the AER drivers that were in his Lamhorn 1.8 with the [B]treated[/B] Dayton PS220-8 drivers! thetubeguy1954 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:11:56 -0400 Dayton PS220-8 Full-range Drivers http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9152 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9152" target="_blank"><img title="Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" alt="Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: At $275 a pair these relatively inexpensive Dayton PS220-8 8&amp;quot; full-range drivers ---{once they've had their cones treated with a somewhat expensive cone treatment}--- are absolutely phenomenal sounding! So good in fact, I removed the $2K Fostex FE208ES-R drivers that were previously installed and replaced them with the PS220-8 drivers. I even know of a man who replaced the AER drivers that were in his Lamhorn 1.8 with the [B]treated[/B] Dayton PS220-8 drivers! thetubeguy1954 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:11:56 -0400 Dayton PS220-8 Full-range Drivers http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9153 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9153" target="_blank"><img title="Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" alt="Dayton_PS220-8.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: At $275 a pair these relatively inexpensive Dayton PS220-8 8&amp;quot; full-range drivers ---{once they've had their cones treated with a somewhat expensive cone treatment}--- are absolutely phenomenal sounding! So good in fact, I removed the $2K Fostex FE208ES-R drivers that were previously installed and replaced them with the PS220-8 drivers. I even know of a man who replaced the AER drivers that were in his Lamhorn 1.8 with the [B]treated[/B] Dayton PS220-8 drivers! thetubeguy1954 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:11:56 -0400 Audio-gd Reference 7.1 DAC (Ver. V) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7527 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7527" target="_blank"><img title="Audio-gd_Reference_7_1_DAC_Both_.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Audio-gd_Reference_7_1_DAC_Both_.jpg" alt="Audio-gd_Reference_7_1_DAC_Both_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: The Reference-7.1 is a real fully balanced discrete design that uses 8 PCM1704UK chips which can support up to 24Bit/96KHz input. This design uses what Audio-gd calls non-feedback. One of the features I really like about the Audio-gd Reference 7.1 DAC is how the digital processor allows me to select between NOS, 2X, 4X and 8X oversampling. The bad part is this is done by moving certain switches on the motherboard. So I have to unscrew and remove the top whenever I wish to change setting. So far I've preferred using 8X oversampling. thetubeguy1954 Wed, 30 May 2012 14:19:33 -0400 Fostex T900a Super-tweeters http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7432 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7432" target="_blank"><img title="T900a_Tweeters.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/T900a_Tweeters.jpg" alt="T900a_Tweeters.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I cross these Fostex T900a tweeters in at 10Khz to add that last little bit of shimmer to the highs of the PS220-8 drivers. The T900a's have alnico magnet, 8 ohm impedance, with a frequency response from 5kHz to 38kHz, 106dB 1w/1m, Nom. Power 60W and a net weight 7.8lbs. thetubeguy1954 Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:50:02 -0500 Mastersound Reference 845 (Top) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/6687 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/6687" target="_blank"><img title="Mastersound_Reference_845_top-websites_.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Mastersound_Reference_845_top-websites_.jpg" alt="Mastersound_Reference_845_top-websites_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I love this 135LB, 40w/ch, SET amp! I've replaced the stock 12AU7s with Mazda &quot;chrome-plate&quot; 6189s, the stock 5687s with Bendix 6900s and the stock 845s with Psvane WE845 tubes! These WE845 tubes have been voiced to sound like the Western Electric 284a tubes, but built to RCA 845 specs. It's the best of both worlds for 845 tube lovers... thetubeguy1954 Tue, 24 May 2011 09:36:02 -0400 Fostex FE208ES-R Driver http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5460 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5460" target="_blank"><img title="FE208ES-R_TOP_.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1494/thumbs/FE208ES-R_TOP_.jpg" alt="FE208ES-R_TOP_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954 thetubeguy1954 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:18:41 -0400 RCA LC9A Cabinets Hand Painted White http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5120 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5120" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/images/nothumb.gif" alt="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1564/thumbs/SPEAKERS.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: When I originally purchased the LC9A cabinets it was my intention to restore them while I searched for the original woofers, compression drivers and crossovers to complete them. As you can see by the photos I've already removed about 95% of the white paint. I'm disabled, and yes I knew when I purchased the LC9As, restoring the cabinets would be a long, slow &amp; painful process for me! However to me the thought of owning a pair of these very rare LC9A speakers completely restored with all original components inside was well worth the effort &amp; pain to me. Unfortunately my dream began to unravel and come to an end in August of 2007. While I was sitting at a red light in Aug 07 I was stuck by another motor vehicle doing 50mph from behind. It hit my vehicle with such force it totaled the woman's car who hit me, it totaled my truck &amp; damaged the two cars that were in the line in front of me! That accident &quot;triggered&quot; the degenerative nature of my disability &amp; caused it to progress at a much more accelerated rate. If I were to attempt to continue restoring these speakers it would not only take me many years to complete this project but, it would be extremely painful for me to do. So I've decided to give someone else who can honestly get them restored a chance at doing so and enjoying them. I'm just waiting to get a decent offer for everything... thetubeguy1954 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 20:23:52 -0500 RCA LC9A Cabinets Hand Painted White http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5121 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5121" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/images/nothumb.gif" alt="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1564/thumbs/SPEAKERS.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: When I originally purchased the LC9A cabinets it was my intention to restore them while I searched for the original woofers, compression drivers and crossovers to complete them. As you can see by the photos I've already removed about 95% of the white paint. I'm disabled, and yes I knew when I purchased the LC9As, restoring the cabinets would be a long, slow &amp; painful process for me! However to me the thought of owning a pair of these very rare LC9A speakers completely restored with all original components inside was well worth the effort &amp; pain to me. Unfortunately my dream began to unravel and come to an end in August of 2007. While I was sitting at a red light in Aug 07 I was stuck by another motor vehicle doing 50mph from behind. It hit my vehicle with such force it totaled the woman's car who hit me, it totaled my truck &amp; damaged the two cars that were in the line in front of me! That accident &quot;triggered&quot; the degenerative nature of my disability &amp; caused it to progress at a much more accelerated rate. If I were to attempt to continue restoring these speakers it would not only take me many years to complete this project but, it would be extremely painful for me to do. So I've decided to give someone else who can honestly get them restored a chance at doing so and enjoying them. I'm just waiting to get a decent offer for everything... thetubeguy1954 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 20:23:52 -0500 Stealth Audio M-21 Super Power Cords http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4975 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4975" target="_blank"><img title="Stealth_M-21_Super.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Stealth_M-21_Super.jpg" alt="Stealth_M-21_Super.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: The M-21 Super unlimited power cord has 441 wires, 44 layers of insulation, 8 separate shields altogether. It's made using military-grade teflon insulated, silver-plated, oxygen-Free copper wire with seven silver-plated copper &quot;internal&quot; shields -configured as a separate shield for each &quot;bundle&quot; of three wires, with an additional layer of Teflon insulation over each of the seven shields. It's over 1/2 inch overall cord diameter. AWG (gauge) calculation: 21x6x30AWG=9 gauge for the AC (i.e. two runs 9 AWG each); 21x9x30 AWG=7.5 gauge for the ground (shields are not included!) Arrow Hart 6266 HG hospital-grade (green dot) AC plug, rated 15A/125V. Watt'Gate 350 &quot;Audio Grade&quot; gold-plated IEC recepticle, rated 15A/125V. thetubeguy1954 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:32:23 -0500 Stealth Audio M-21 Super Power Cords http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4976 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4976" target="_blank"><img title="Stealth_M-21_Super.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Stealth_M-21_Super.jpg" alt="Stealth_M-21_Super.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: The M-21 Super unlimited power cord has 441 wires, 44 layers of insulation, 8 separate shields altogether. It's made using military-grade teflon insulated, silver-plated, oxygen-Free copper wire. It has seven silver plated copper &quot;internal&quot; shields - a separate shield for each &quot;bundle&quot; of three wires- with an additional layer of Teflon insulation over each of the seven shields. It's over 1/2 inch overall cord diameter. AWG (gauge) calculation: 21x6x30AWG=9 gauge for the AC (i.e. two runs 9 AWG each); 21x9x30 AWG=7.5 gauge for the ground (shields are not included!) Arrow Hart 6266 HG hospital-grade (green dot) AC plug, rated 15A/125V. Watt'Gate 350 &quot;Audio Grade&quot; gold-plated IEC recepticle, rated 15A/125V. thetubeguy1954 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:32:23 -0500 Atelier Rullit Late-Gothic Interconnects http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4977 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4977" target="_blank"><img title="Stealth_Sakra.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Stealth_Sakra.jpg" alt="Stealth_Sakra.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: For now these Atelier Rullit &quot;Late-Gothic&quot; ICs I have been replaced by Grover Huffman SR-II ICs. thetubeguy1954 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:32:23 -0500 Stealth Audio Sakra Interconnects http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4978 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4978" target="_blank"><img title="Stealth_Sakra.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Stealth_Sakra.jpg" alt="Stealth_Sakra.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: Key Design Features: Amorphous conductive media (wire) - which is perfectly homogeneous, grain-less – i.e. identical in all directions, since it has no crystal structure at al. Ultra thin wire: 0.001” (one-thousands of an inch) thick. Very thin wire is important for: · minimizing skin effect (no harshness in the upper midrange and treble) · minimizing time-domain errors (necessary for the clean, well defined bass, and perfect imaging) · in realistic cable dimensions, allows the use of the STEALTH proprietary distributed LITZ geometry. Proprietary non-resonant cable geometry: aka Stealth multicore distributed LITZ: · Individually insulated strands (to eliminate direct electrical contact, i.e. galvanic interaction between strands – otherwise the multiple bare strands behave like a single thicker wire) · Non-inductive bifilar winding - the advantage of the STEALTH multicore geometry. · Electrical resonance control: the advantage of the STEALTH distributed LITZ geometry. · Mechanical resonance control: dielectric and jacketing mechanical properties: optimized density and damping. Too much damping usually sterilizes and deadens the sound, while too little damping is even worse because of excessive “ringing” (unwanted uncontrolled resonances). Characteristic impedance control: optimized relationships among capacitance, inductance and DC resistance: the &amp;#346;AKRA characteristic impedance and its resonant behavior (“Q” at RF frequencies) are different from any machine-made cable. Ultra low energy storage dielectric: Stealth para-vacuum (Helium gas) + porous - i.e. foam-like Teflon. The Helium dielectric, combined with the multicore geometry, are the MAIN technical advantages of the &amp;#346;akra, compare to the Indra. Porous Teflon has the lowest dielectric constant of all solid and semi-solid materials. Low dielectric constant = low energy storage = low distortion = fast sound. Helium gas dielectric properties is much better than even porous Teflon, better than air, and better than realistic (commercial) vacuum. Proprietary Stealth connectors: custom and highly advanced; very low overall mass, solid silver contacts, machined ultra-modified PTFE (Teflon®) dielectric, Kevlar composite frame, Carbon Fiber/Titanium shells. Advanced termination technique (high pressure crimping = cold weld) – a direct contact = seamless transition between the wire and the contact – no intermediate agent (solder) involved; thetubeguy1954 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:32:23 -0500 Audio Room (Front View) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4967 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4967" target="_blank"><img title="My_System.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/My_System.jpg" alt="My_System.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This photo is looking at my system from the prime listening postion on the center of the couch that you can see in photo: Audio Room (Side View) This system, which is my pride &amp; joy, represents the culmination some 48 years plus of my learning how &amp; what to listen for. And to think it all began in 1967 when I was 13 and heard the Beatles on the radio all the time. Since my parents wouldn't by my a stereo. I assembled my first audio system by gutting the insides of various audio consoles that were left out by the side of the road once a month on special collection days. On these special collection days literally anything could be left on the side of the road near your regular garbage in the pails for pick-up by the garbage men in Connecticut. I think it's kind of funny actually to remember how it all started off. I attached a wagon to my bike, grabbed some of my dad's tools and off I went! I travelled up down all the streets and eventually within a couple of months I had a stereo that consisted of two separate mono tube amps of different make and probably different power too, a preamp/tuner &amp; TT all gutted from the various consoles on the side of the road. But the best part was the night two friends and myself biked to the local high school and stole (remember we were stupid kids) a pair of metal EV, coaxial, horns. Dang you should have heard that system kick butt! Later on as a grew up and I obtained jobs I started saving my hard earned cash as I listened to audio salesmen and started purchasing new solid state pieces by Harman Kardon, GAS, as well as the Infinity FET and the Mark Levinson JC-1 preamps! However in time my ears missed the truth those tubes told. So I eventually purchased an Aronov 960I integrated ultralinear amp and the magic was back! But one day I heard an SET amp at a Central Florida Audio Society get-together and I was smitten! That was when I went out and purchased (completely on a credit card) the Mastersound Reference 845 amp/integrated amp just about 15 years ago now and it's been audio nirvana ever since! thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:28 -0500 Audio Room 3 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4968 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4968" target="_blank"><img title="My_System.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/My_System.jpg" alt="My_System.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This is looking at my system from the listening postion on the couch you see in Audio Room 1. This is my pride &amp; joy. It took over 40 years to finally realise SETs with fullrange drivers in BLHs was the way to go! thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:28 -0500 Audio Room 3 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4969 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4969" target="_blank"><img title="My_System.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/My_System.jpg" alt="My_System.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This is looking at my system from the listening postion on the couch you see in Audio Room 1. This is my pride &amp; joy. It took over 40 years to finally realise SETs with fullrange drivers in BLHs was the way to go!<br /><br />1 comment thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:28 -0500 Sachiko Cabinets (Stock) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4970 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4970" target="_blank"><img title="Sachiko.JPG" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Sachiko.JPG" alt="Sachiko.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I had Scott Lindgren's Sachiko design custom made for me in Rosewood by CarderSound ---{[I]who I believe went out of business since[/I]}--- I originally replaced the stock FE206E first with FE206ES-R drivers which were a very significant improvement. Later I replaced those with Fostex FE208ES-R drivers. These are Fostex's extremely limited edition ---{[I]250/prs world[/I]}--- that don't have whizzers. I extend the highs with Fostex T900a horn tweeters that cross in at 10KHz. I thought that was Audio Nirvana, UNTIL I heard a pair of Dayton PS220-8 drivers that had their cones treated! The combination of Sachiko/PS220-8 is absolutely astounding! I can play YES, Kansas, EL&amp;P etc. at volumes that will drive you from the room. But it's only the volume that drives you out of the room. The drivers don't &quot;break-up&quot; and once I get out of the audio room go through the kitchen ---{[I]the audio room and kitchen are attached. There's only a small wall that separates them which runs from floor to ceiling and extends only 4 feet out from the rear wall[/I]}--- which now places me 18ft away from the Sachiko/PS220-8 combo where I am now listening to crystal clear music. In fact the sound is not only crystal clear without the slightest hint of &quot;cone break-up&quot; But if you can imagine listening to EL&amp;P playing &quot;The Endless Enigma&quot; from 18ft away, at volumes where you cannot talk to the person sitting next to you without constantly saying &quot;what?&quot; or &quot;huh?&quot; Then as you try to understand what the other person is yelling to you, you finally realize your foot has been tapping to the music the entire time and now you finally understand what I mean!<br /><br />1 comment thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:28 -0500 GoldeNote Stibbert V CD Player / Transport (Tubed) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4961 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4961" target="_blank"><img title="BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" alt="BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This photo is my tubed Goldenote Stibbert V. I replaced the stock 6922 tubes with the amazing sounding Voskhod &quot;rocket-logo&quot; 6H23 tubes! IMHO their performance upgrade was amazing and very close to that of a pair of Telefunken Cca tubes I tried. After alternating between using the Stibbert as a transport vs my Audio-gd CD7SE transport. I've decided the Goldnote Stibbert with the Audio-gd Reference 7.1 DAC is the better sounding combination of the two! thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:27 -0500 GoldeNote Stibbert CD Player (Tubed) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4962 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4962" target="_blank"><img title="BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" alt="BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This photo is actually of my earlier solid state Bluenote Stibbert. The Goldenote looks the same except the face panel is black. I changed the stock CVC 6922 tubes to the Voskhod 6H23 tubes! :^)<br /><br />1 comment thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:27 -0500 GoldeNote Stibbert CD Player (Tubed) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4963 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4963" target="_blank"><img title="BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" alt="BlueNote_Stibbert_Now_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This photo is actually of my earlier solid state Bluenote Stibbert. The Goldenote looks the same except the face panel is black. I changed the stock CVC 6922 tubes to the Voskhod 6H23 tubes! :^) thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:27 -0500 Mastersound Reference 845 (Front) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4964 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4964" target="_blank"><img title="Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" alt="Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I absolutely love this amp! It's 135LB, 40w/ch, Italian, SET amp/integrated. I've replaced the stock 12AU7s with Psvane 12AU7T-II, the 5687s with Bendix 6900s and the 845s with Psvane WE845 tubes. These WE845 tubes are absolutely amazing!!! They have the capability to convince you you’re actually listening to live, unamplified acoustic instruments and singers rather than a reproduction of them. If your audio system is up to the task and doesn’t hold these WE845 tubes back, they’ll conjure up an astonishing, almost magical sense of live music from virtually every recording you’ll play. Now understand I’m NOT claiming they’ll make a poorly recorded CD sound like a well-recorded one, but what they will do is make it sound better than it ever did before. I’m also NOT claiming they’ll make a studio session sound like a live performance. If it’s a studio recording they’ll make you believe you were in the studio while the music was being recorded and with a live recording the WE845s will transport you to venue where the live recording was made. I believe the best way to judge an audio product is how easily it makes you forget you’re listening to a reproduction of music rather than to music itself. With the WE845 tubes that was very easy to do every time.. After 8+ weeks of critical listening I was still impressed every time I played my system. I know these WE845 tubes aren’t perfect, nothing is, but I’m at a loss to fault them. Over the entire frequency range and with every genre of music I played. There wasn’t one aspect of the sound where these WE845 tubes exhibited less than state-of-the-art realism. Their tone color, inner-detail, excellent macro-dynamics &amp; micro-dynamics, the treble is wonderfully extended. The midrange is warm and full-bodied. While the bass has great bottom-end extension and pitch definition and the list of sonic praises could go on and on. In the end perhaps the best thing I can say is these tubes is this: I had a $4000, incredibly musical sounding, prototype tube preamp installed in my system to evaluate and as good as it was and it was very, very good. In fact I haven't heard a better preamp, ever! Yet that preamp didn’t make half the level of sonic improvement in my system as adding these WE845 tubes did! All hail the new King of the 845 triodes. thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:27 -0500 Mastersound Reference 845 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4965 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4965" target="_blank"><img title="Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" alt="Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I love this 135LB, 40w/ch, SET amp! I've replaced the stock 12AU7s with Mazda &quot;chrome-plate&quot; 6189s, the 5687s with Bendix 6900s and the 845s with 845Bs. thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:27 -0500 Mastersound Reference 845 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4966 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4966" target="_blank"><img title="Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" alt="Mastersound_Reference_845.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I love this 135LB, 40w/ch, SET amp! I've replaced the stock 12AU7s with Mazda &quot;chrome-plate&quot; 6189s, the 5687s with Bendix 6900s and the 845s with 845Bs.<br /><br />1 comment thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:27 -0500 Audio Room 1 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4956 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4956" target="_blank"><img title="Audio_Room_1.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1494/thumbs/Audio_Room_1.jpg" alt="Audio_Room_1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I'm lucky, to have a dedicated audio room. I'm even luckier because it opens to the kitchen, which in turn opens to the dining room. From Audio Room 1 &amp; 2 you can get an idea of how close I sit to the speakers. Which is about 8ft away. thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:26 -0500 Audio Room 1 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4957 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4957" target="_blank"><img title="Audio_Room_1.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1494/thumbs/Audio_Room_1.jpg" alt="Audio_Room_1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: I'm lucky, to have a dedicated audio room. I'm even luckier because it opens to the kitchen, which in turn opens to the dining room. From Audio Room 1 &amp; 2 you can get an idea of how close I sit to the speakers. Which is about 8ft away. thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:26 -0500 Audio Room (Side View) http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4958 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4958" target="_blank"><img title="Audio_Room_3.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Audio_Room_3.jpg" alt="Audio_Room_3.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This is an older photo that's looking into the audio room from the kitchen. From this POV you're looking slightly to left at the speakers. I should also mention that because this is an older photo the Sachikos are loaded with the original Fostex FE206e drivers instead of the Dayton PS220-8 drivers with Rispoli modified cones that I now use. From this view you can notice the Sachikos are tilted backwards &amp; slightly toed-in. This may seem strange but, I go back and forth from using the Sachikos tilted backwards to using the Sachikos flat on the floor with no tilt at all. After almost 8 years I still haven't been able to determine once-and-for-all which way sounds the best! thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:26 -0500 Audio Room 2 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4959 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4959" target="_blank"><img title="Audio_Room_3.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Audio_Room_3.jpg" alt="Audio_Room_3.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This is still looking into the audio room from the kitchen. The difference is now you're looking slightly to left at the speakers. From this view you can see the Sachikos are tilted backwards &amp; slightly toed-in. thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:26 -0500 Audio Room 2 http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4960 <a href="http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4960" target="_blank"><img title="Audio_Room_3.jpg" border="0" src="http://origin.dastatic.com/forums/gallery/data/1556/thumbs/Audio_Room_3.jpg" alt="Audio_Room_3.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: thetubeguy1954<br /><br />Description: This is still looking into the audio room from the kitchen. The difference is now you're looking slightly to left at the speakers. From this view you can see the Sachikos are tilted backwards &amp; slightly toed-in.<br /><br />2 comments thetubeguy1954 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:17:26 -0500