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Old 21st May 2006, 01:10 AM   #1
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Question Audio Note Conquest?

Hello!
I was considering to build a Pass Labs aleph 30, but got a lot of comments like "it's as close to good tube sound as you can get with transistors", and so on. Then I tough; "Why don't I build a good tube amp instead?!".
So here we are..

I need a little power since I listen to rock music. I'll buy some Klipsch speakers soon, so I can do with around 20 watts and play almost as loud as I want to. 300b paralell is the best option as far as I can see. The tubes are expensive, so If someone told me how long a set will last, I can consider if I can afford to keep the amp running.

So, which amp should I build? As you may have entered this thread waiting for juicy images of a Conquest, you know were this is going. It seems like a rather simple build, 18 watts of power, and I love the Audio Note sound.

What I'm asking for, is some tips on how to build it. What transformers to use (lundahl would be great..), how to make the chassis, what capacitors you recommend etc.

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Old 21st May 2006, 01:49 AM   #2
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300B for rock? It must be damn well designed. Most 300B amps I've heard just don't cut it. They're overly coloured, bloated and slow.

Having said that, I use 2A3 for rock (read: Blue Man Group kinda stuff) and I'm satisfied.

My friend has a Conqueror and admits my system (with the 2A3) is faster that his.

I've heard a tweaked Conrad Johnson MV-75 that sounds good for rock.

There are many tube options/combination for you, such as EL34, KT88, 6550. But if I'd do such a thing (PP) I would use 807

417A -> Lundahl 1660S (SE-PP) -> 807 x 2 -> Lundahl OPT

So simple but expensive
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Old 22nd May 2006, 10:16 AM   #4
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Ok, I've heard that it sounds good with rock as long as you got efficient speakers. Which speakers do you and your mate use then?
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Old 22nd May 2006, 11:46 PM   #5
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He's an Audio Note guy, thus also use Audio Note speakers.

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