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I want a tube amp that looks good, and sounds okay. Get angry at me in this thread :)
I want a tube amp that looks good, and sounds okay. Get angry at me in this thread :)
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Old 10th April 2018, 07:00 PM   #31
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Well it seems, ( from reading many posts) that a good looking cable will sound better, so why not an amp. Seriously, 90% of people ( even, maybe especially "audiophiles ) will think a good looking whatever will sound better. So go for it.
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Old 10th April 2018, 07:02 PM   #32
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They do all look like they came from the same manufacturer, as do amps by Mistral & by Madison, and they are pretty much all available on Amazon and or Ebay. The one I posted is all tube, not hybrid, and it is on sale which is a plus.
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Old 10th April 2018, 07:46 PM   #33
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I want a tube amp that looks good, and sounds okay. Get angry at me in this thread :)
in the US, I think sometimes Mesa 400 Strategy go for less then "audiophile" amps - the driver would be considered anemic, and output transformers small

its not "pretty" but it is a sensible looking rack mounted unit (IIRC, mine sounds a lot better than something like a D90 ARC - tha tmight not take much - lol)


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Old 10th April 2018, 07:55 PM   #34
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Cost…

I wanted a steak yesterday; its been a long time. Imagining an 18 oz chunk of prime Angus, nicely blackened, rare-to-medium-rare in the center. Horseradish. Ridiculous smoked Carolina pepper sauce. A baked potato, a rasher of carrots. Forget the greens - that's for pikers.

I went to the store.
I found a prime ribeye. It was … exactly 19 oz.
So… I bought it.

Now, today, its gone.
And I want another one.

THIS IS THE COST of maintaining a great sound system.

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I love this. Bravo.
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Old 10th April 2018, 07:55 PM   #35
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You can see in video...nobsound tubes dont have anode voltage.....and tubes there are just for good look and if you pull out one tube...it will break circuit and channel will not sound...
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Old 10th April 2018, 08:11 PM   #36
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i shall measure anode voltage for you. I expect it is between 30 and 60v. Generated with a voltage doubler, tripler or quadrupler. I have tube preamps just running with 12v anode supply.
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Old 10th April 2018, 09:42 PM   #37
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+1

Here's how I did it (in German, but you can just look at the photos). Aesthetics is a very personal thing, so... up to you!

Don't go the Chinese kit route. My experience with them is that they tend blow up and then they don't look pretty anymore.
Matthias, are you sure SE KT66 will provide enough power with low enough damping for the OP's proposed speakers? They are 89db 2.5-way bass reflex...

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Old 11th April 2018, 11:29 AM   #38
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My KT66 amps are push pull, not SE. They give about 11 Watt into 8 Ohm before clipping. The KT66 are triode connected (lower plate resistance), and the output trannies have a winding ratio at the upper end. This results in a reasonably good output resistance / damping factor. The amp easily controls my AOS Studio 24 speakers, which don't have impedance linearisation. They are also not very sensitive (I'd guess somewhere in the 87 to 89 dB range). The volume control rarely goes over the 12 o'clock.
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oh ok. The link you posted earlier showed an amplifier with only two KT66's. I did not however read it through to see that it was just a single monobock. I am not sure if the OP is looking for dual monoblocs. I don't see a volume control on your monboc, so he will also need some buffer stage which implies yet another box. Of course this could all be built into one big box.

LTP with 6SN7 works well with CCS in the tail and is cost effective. I was going to suggest KT88 PP.
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I'm planning on buying sonus Faber venere 2.5 speakers for "my" kitchen.

I want an amplifier to match them that sounds good, but even better - it should look good I'm considering Chinese tube amps. Does anybody have a suggestion for an amplifier that balances HiFi quality and looks? (800 euros tops?)
I won't get mad at you, but it seems to me that the better quality china PP amplifiers are no longer so inexpensive. Also, shipping for heavy items adds to the cost as well. For example, Pvane makes a Push-Pull KT88 amplifier which is probably decent enough, but including shipping it will still cost more than 800 EUR. You might look towards something used, closer to home.

The cheaper Chinese amplifiers (typically having spelling mistakes on the controls, etc) are about as wise a move as putting cheap tyres on a Maserati..

Also, do you have a space in your kitchen where it will really not have any chance of getting wet? No chance of a coffee spill on it either I hope. I have repaired a few coffee spill damaged amplifiers years ago...
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