Aleph J cascoded three incarnations

Hi Gary and there is all that you need updated.
between few days hope to able to post also THD , THD vs FR , FR and others measure with Arta Software that at moment is KO.


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Hi Alex! Naturally I've already listened to it and I think I'm already quite satisfied with it...I have to say that I already come from F5...and maybe I need to metabolize the new character of Aleph j.
For this reason I prefer to do a review in a few days....
Also I would like to play a bit with the bias and ac gain.
Stay tuned...
P.s. what do you think about 2sj74 source resistors degeneration optional?
What they can introduce in term of sound?
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Hey ragazzi!
Eccomi tornato...
Vi racconto le mie impressioni su Aleph j zen modded...
Premetto che ho portato l'aleph a 1A per dispositivo (470mV su R25 e 470mV su R29).
Il cabinet è 3U/400 e la temperatura è ok.
Poi ho giocato con P3 (500r) ottenendo così due condizioni:
1) Senso antiorario P3 (0r) + R19= 680r
2) Tempo P3(500r) + R19= 1180r (questo valore serve per ottenere AC Gain di circa il 50% @ 8 Ohm di carico.
Beh voglio essere breve..
1) In senso antiorario garantisce Thd inferiore rispetto a quello orario.
2) L'andamento della FFT è ottimo in entrambi i casi (scala dalla seconda alla terza, quarta, ecc.).
Ma... non chiedetemi perché...
Le mie orecchie preferivano P3 ruotato in senso orario (R ac gain Total=1180r.
Perché il suono acquisisce un senso di tridimensionalità drammaticamente superiore!
Sembrano creare "virtualmente" delle diagonali che partono da sinistra verso destra dietro e viceversa!
Ma c'è di più... anche a me è capitato di sentire qualcosa di mai sentito prima.... cosa?
Suoni provenienti anche dalle mie spalle! garantisco che non fumo erba!
Non a caso il progetto di Mr. Pass prevede 1200r in quel luogo.
Il mio unico dubbio ora rimane su come gestire eventualmente P3 su carichi a 4 Ohm (lo proverò nei prossimi giorni).
Grazie ad Alex.


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Is it possible to add a 4ohm/8ohm switch for AC gain? I don't believe the bias and the DC offset changes much with AC gain. I could be wrong. I didn't pay much attention to it when I was changing the settings on the Alephs I built recently

I'm glad you were enjoying your Aleph J :)

So I have a question regarding the cascode again, is there any Sonic benefit to having cascoded JFETs on a low voltage circuit That is well within the JFETs range? I understand it is needed at higher voltages.

Thanks :)
Sorry for the Italian post above... unfortunately I wrote with my mobile phone and something went wrong...

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Hey guys!
Here I am back...
I'll tell you my impressions on Aleph j zen modded...
I state that I brought the aleph to 1A per device (470mV on R25 and 470mV on R29).
The cabinet is 3U/400 and the temperature is ok.
Then I played with P3 (500r) thus obtaining two conditions:
1) Counterclockwise P3 (0r) + R19= 680r
2) Time P3(500r) + R19= 1180r (this value is used to obtain AC Gain of about 50% @ 8 Ohm load.
Well I want to be brief..
1) Counterclockwise guarantees lower Thd than clockwise.
2) The trend of the FFT is excellent in both cases (scale from second to third, fourth, etc.).
But...don't ask me why...
My ears preferred P3 rotated clockwise (R ac gain Total=1180r.
Because the sound acquires a dramatically superior sense of three-dimensionality!
They seem to "virtually" create diagonals that start from left to right behind and vice versa!
But there's more... it happened to me too to hear something never heard before.... what?
Sounds coming from my shoulders too!
Guys...I guarantee you I don't smoke weed!
It is no coincidence that Mr. Pass's project provides for 1200r in that place.
My only doubt now remains on how to possibly manage P3 on 4 Ohm loads (I'll try it in the next few days).
Thanks to Alex.
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only purpose of cascode is voltage

first glance on it is voltage
second glance on it is dissipation

anyhow, all roads are leading to Rome ( again those damn 'Talians), I did chose my own - keeping those puny JFets on moderate temperature

some other guys like to keep them hot, and on verge of Idss

try it in as much many ways you can think of, choose a way closest to your heart, keep doing that way
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