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Old 22nd April 2003, 08:42 AM   #1
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Last year I heard this amp from Spark audio:

http://www.sparkaudio.com/ecp02.asp?id=76
The speakers was a set of Martin logan.
Only crappy thing about it, was the total price landed around 6 month's paycheck

Would it be possible to build something with the same quality?
It's certainly the best amplifier i have ever heard.
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Old 22nd April 2003, 12:11 PM   #3
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Would it be possible to build something with the same quality?
Sure and that would likely still cost the equivalent of 3 paychecks...
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Old 22nd April 2003, 01:10 PM   #4
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Old 22nd April 2003, 02:31 PM   #5
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I thought so

Here comes the tricky part. I have found a lot of different solutions on the board, but i have absolutely no idea wich one to choose.

3 paychecks....Well, improves chance of survivial when i tell my girlfriend compared to 6 of them
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2% THD doesn't seem very good. They don't say at what output level though.

I wonder why they need a 6SN7+6SL7 for the front end...
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Old 22nd April 2003, 06:18 PM   #7
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Don't know why Joel, but it sure can play

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Old 22nd April 2003, 07:02 PM   #8
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Do you have a schematic? It's probably a differential, williamson style front end.
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Old 22nd April 2003, 07:43 PM   #9
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I had a look at their 211 amp as well. Proudly presented are a pair of cheap Elna Cerafine caps. Dunno why refered to as 'coupling cap' probably the 'english'.
With commercial valve amps the really interesting question is not what topology is used, as very seldom anything new and original is seen, but rather what is the output iron. Small companies seldom wind or even custom order their iron but rather buy something off the shelf. It's very rare for a valve amp manufacturer to use even cheap power supply and plate chokes, usually a cheap SS regulator is all you get.
I believe that by using top quality output iron and reasonable passive components a DIYer can easily outperform most commercial offerings below the stratosphere.
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Joel,

Wish I had, but it's a 3500$( converted from my currency ) per channel amp, so I'm not sure that it's possible to find a schematic
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