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Old 29th October 2006, 06:10 AM   #1
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Default Tube preamp vs. solid state

I've recently become interested in tube preamps. I found a Hong Kong supplier that sells clones of both the MBL 6010D and the Jadis JP-200. I've never owned any tube equipment. How is the Jadis going to stack up against the solid state MBL?
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Old 29th October 2006, 05:40 PM   #3
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I doubt that many people have critically listened to both of these exact models of esoteric preamps, especially under similar circumstances. That is why you probably have gotten no replies. I have heard various MBL preamp and amp models driving their own MBL Radialstrahler 101 speakers (spectacular speakers, by the way) and with other brands too; and Iíve also heard several Jadis preamps and amps through the years in various circumstances. In my view, the recent MBLs are among the better solid state devices Iíve listened to (and Iím a real tube bigot). The Jadis products are quite idiosyncratic however. They usually sound very ďtubeyĒ, more so than I think is accurate. I donít think they represent the best that tubes can offer. Others will vehemently disagree, Iím sure. Would I prefer the Jadis model you refer to over the MBL model you mentioned? I canít say for sure. I would suggest that you critically compare several tube preamp-amps to several decent solid-state preamp-amps and see if you hear what many of us hear who prefer a good tube amp. There may then be better options for you either way Ė including DIY. I know that Iím generalizing a bit much here, but thought you deserved an answer.
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Thank you, I appreciate the honest reply.
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If you are talking about the outfit I think you are the clones are an interesting opportunity to experiment. The local buzz is that the term clone is somewhat mis-used in that many of these boards in fact bear little resemblance to the device they are intended to clone.

An acquiantance with a Marantz 7 clone indicated that this was the case as well.

Of course YMMV.
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How did the 7 clone sound? I think I know the vendor you're talking about. The one you're referring to sells complete units. I'm looking at cloned PCBs.
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Old 30th October 2006, 02:33 AM   #7
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Since I built a JP200 I might be qualified to comment on the sound and quality of the board and design. The JP200 like the rest of the clone boards from Hong Kong by those wanting to latch onto the money of the unknowing isn't worth the postage it takes to get it to your home. It has a number of lay out flaws as well as circuit flaws. It has way too much gain and noise. It requires a heater supply that is a well regulated DC supply as well as a regulated DC supply for the board. After all the trouble of taking care of the power supply end of it the sonics are better than a SS preamp but falling far short of those of an Aikido design.

It sounds far better with 12AT7's in it than it does with 12AX7's. I spent hours trying to get it to sound halfway decent.

Stay clear of it

Purchase the Aikido boards from this site and look up the Aikido thread and simply build it.
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Old 30th October 2006, 02:47 AM   #8
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I guess after re-reading your post I didn't answer it correctly. I haven't heard the MBL clone as yet but based on the correctness of the other "Clone" designs I don't have much faith in it either.

If you desire a SS product then go with the real thing and the same thing with a tube preamp. You get what you pay for in this life. If your a SS fan I suggest you purchase a fully complimentry designed preamp such as a GAS product or SAE. If your wanting to play with tubes then please read the entire Aikido thread and take some notes for further questions you will have and then build it.
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Old 30th October 2006, 03:43 AM   #9
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bushroot, I by no means mean to threadjack, but did you get your name from Darkwing Duck?
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Old 30th October 2006, 03:54 AM   #10
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I most certainly did. In my foolish youth, I was a "mad botanist" of sorts. I had some "herbs" growing in my closet. My last name is Bush (no relation), so my friends nicknamed me Bushroot. Later, I discovered *nix (Linux and FreeBSD) and kept the name.
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