Stereophile May 2021 edition

Stereophile Vol 45 No 4 May 2021
Vol.45 No.4 Stereophile May 2021 - Stereophile / AVTech Media Americas
Gramophone Dreams #48: The Venus Tube, Western Electric's 300B |

ELEKIT TU-8600S Available in July 2020


WE300B -2113
World Premiere - Western Electric WE300B/2021 Lot REPORT #1


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Stereophile recommended components..

It is a great honor to have 2 X TU-8600 reviews within 24 months from Stereophile
(There appears to not have been any DIY kits in history of Stereophile reviews to have this honor)
I thank Mr Fujita, Herb, Mr Lundahl and a lot of DIY friends for supporting me along this DIY journey.

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2021-02-27 4:35 am
"To me, ancient, directly heated power triodes like the 300B are the Venus figures of audio history." - Herb Reichert Apr 27, 2021

Does this mean that the TU-8600 S is not tube rectified but the tubes are DC from the Lundahl transformer?

I saw in a Build video that both the Power Transformer and the Output Transformer were both Lundahl, until I saw that I thought is was just a single Lundahl in the upgrade. WOW

Stereophile Dec 2021 Edition

ELEKIT TU-8600S with Mola Mola Tambaqui

On a morning-coffee whim, I connected the Tambaqui directly to the Elekit TU-8600S 300B amplifier, controlling the volume with the DAC's volume control.
Now, it was the Elekit driving the "Gold Badge" speakers. When the music started, I cried and laughed at the same time. On Areni Agbabian's first ECM recording, Bloom (24/96 FLAC ECM/Qobuz), ....
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2013-06-24 1:48 am
Central NJ
Congratulations Victor. Sounds like Herbs writing?
It is Herb's article from Dec 2021 of stereophile on reviewing Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC. Herb was hooking up (Bryston B135, Elekit TU-8600S, Parasound A21+) to Mola Mola connected to Falcon"Gold Badge" LS3/5a speakers. Herb reviewed and noted what he heard from each connected device. In the end...."Mola Mola - Parasound A21+ combo made recordings sound bold, solid, and blue-sky clear but never cold and hard. And Yes....Herb does own Elekit TU-8600S as in past equipment reviews.