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Old 17th February 2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Antek 4218 suitable for F?

I am planning on ordering at least 2 Antek 4218 400VA 18-0-18 for building Cviller's and Peter Benchley's F5 Clones as stereo amplifiers.

Would this transformer be suitable for F1, F2, F3, or F4 as a stereo amplifier? I will order more to save on postage if they are appropriate.
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Old 17th February 2009, 04:13 PM   #2
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I am planning on ordering at least 2 Antek 4218 400VA 18-0-18 for building Cviller's and Peter Benchley's F5 Clones as stereo amplifiers.

Would this transformer be suitable for F1, F2, F3, or F4 as a stereo amplifier? I will order more to save on postage if they are appropriate.
I am using the AN4218 on my stereo F5 and it seems to be working great and is quiet. I also have Plitrons in my stereo F4's, though I believe the Antek would work just as well in those. I don't know much about the F1,2,3 so will defer to those with experience on them.
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Old 18th February 2009, 02:11 AM   #3
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I'm also using the 4218 in an F5, runs cool and quiet.

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Old 18th February 2009, 11:17 AM   #4
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Just for your information: I tried to order 2x 4218 from Antek on Monday, they were out of stock. John said they expect to get them back in stock in 2 weeks. I guess a lot of people have used the group buy code (GN8128) for the discount. John gave me a great price on a 6218 (600 VA, 18V). So I will be using one big trans on my F5 (balanced). John at Antek is a pleasure to work with.

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Old 19th February 2009, 07:22 PM   #5
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I am not in a big hurry to get the 4218's. I am just wondering how they would work in the F1, F2, F3 ,and F4. It seems to me they would, but I wanted to get a little feedback from those who may know better.
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Old 19th February 2009, 07:36 PM   #6
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I am using the AN4218 on my stereo F5 and it seems to be working great and is quiet. I also have Plitrons in my stereo F4's, though I believe the Antek would work just as well in those. I don't know much about the F1,2,3 so will defer to those with experience on them.
Any reason why you didn't reuse the Plitron in the the F5?

I'd really like to read a serious review comparing the Plitron to the Antek to in the F5 by someone who does some listening for subtle differences.
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Any reason why you didn't reuse the Plitron in the the F5?

I'd really like to read a serious review comparing the Plitron to the Antek to in the F5 by someone who does some listening for subtle differences.
I still have the F4's with Plitrons and didn't want to part them out as I use them daily. I didn't buy new ones because of their stupid policy and have been very happy dealing with John at Antek now.

I may still try some comparisons but only with the variables controlled properly, with a clear understanding of what we're actually trying to evaluate.
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I still have the F4's with Plitrons and didn't want to part them out as I use them daily. I didn't buy new ones because of their stupid policy and have been very happy dealing with John at Antek now.

I may still try some comparisons but only with the variables controlled properly, with a clear understanding of what we're actually trying to evaluate.
I was hoping someone would evaluate and report any subtle differences in sound.

I'm on a tight budget and can't just buy one of everything to try so I splurged and bought a Plitron because I know Nelson has a golden ear and most likely made parts choices he thought made the amp sound best.
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Old 25th February 2009, 08:21 PM   #9
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It sounds like the 4218's would work on the F4 and F5. How about on the F1, F2, and F3?
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It sounds like the 4218's would work on the F4 and F5. How about on the F1, F2, and F3?

vonfilm, I use the Antek 4218 in the F2, and it doesn't seem to flinch. Its a big meaty looking tranny compared to the Plitrons 300va standard. Of course that doesn't mean it's better. The F2 boards run very hot, so Imagine it's pulling down a good deal of current. I have mine biased at 14v.
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