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post #1486 of 5846
OK, I'm looking at committing apostacy and install portions of the crack speedball kit into my WA3. The two amps are very similar, with exception of maybe the B+ and tube bias points. They both use 6AS7 output tubes with simple cathode follower resistor bias...crack with 3K and WA3 with 1.5K. My question is if the speedball instructions contain enough information for me to choose proper resistor values to match my current Woo bias? With 193V on my plate, I'm seeing about 35V on the cathode. Thoughts?
post #1487 of 5846
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Originally Posted by GrindingThud View Post

OK, I'm looking at committing apostacy and install portions of the crack speedball kit into my WA3. The two amps are very similar, with exception of maybe the B+ and tube bias points. They both use 6AS7 output tubes with simple cathode follower resistor bias...crack with 3K and WA3 with 1.5K. My question is if the speedball instructions contain enough information for me to choose proper resistor values to match my current Woo bias? With 193V on my plate, I'm seeing about 35V on the cathode. Thoughts?


Thoughts? You probably wont find much help here on the matter, but you should check out this thread: LINK

post #1488 of 5846
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Originally Posted by dpippel View Post

 

I'm no DIYer, have no tools, and no electronics fabrication or soldering skills. My Crack was built by someone else (who did a supreme job BTW!). My solution was to buy a pair of Harrison Labs 12dB line-level attenuators. They'll be here on Friday, so I don't have long to wait to see if they do the trick without compromising sound quality.

Hi,

 

Can you tell me who build your amp? I'm new to this forum. Just got a pair of HD650, a step up from Audio Technica M50. I am interested in this crack amp but I am too not a DIY person... Thanks!

post #1489 of 5846
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Originally Posted by jhamdg View Post

 

Can you tell me who build your amp? I'm new to this forum. Just got a pair of HD650, a step up from Audio Technica M50. I am interested in this crack amp but I am too not a DIY person... Thanks!

 

Check out the Amplification For Sale Forum here, and your PM.

post #1490 of 5846
Has anyone tried one of the Psvane 12AU7s or CV181s/6SN7s (using a 6SN7 adapter)? If so, what are your impressions?

Best regards,
Adam
post #1491 of 5846

Been toying with the idea of getting an HE-500 recently however I don't really have an amp to drive them (Nuforce HDP, Crack).  If any of you own the Crack and the 500s can you give the combo a green light?

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

post #1492 of 5846

No! Red light, flashing lights, helicopters overhead, children screaming, mothers running away with baby strollers, some open mouthed fat guy dropping a hotdog.

 

Serious distortion.

 

KP

post #1493 of 5846

Not the Crack, no... but the HDP should be good to go. 

 

I don't have an HE-500, but I have an HE-6 and the HDP does surprisingly well with it. If it can handle the HE-6, I think the HE-500 will be ok. If not, it will still be enjoyable and you can always upgrade later.

 

I actually have my HDP feeding into the Nuforce Icon speaker amp to drive my HE-6. It's a nice little combo. 

post #1494 of 5846
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Originally Posted by Jmstrmbn View Post

Been toying with the idea of getting an HE-500 recently however I don't really have an amp to drive them (Nuforce HDP, Crack).  If any of you own the Crack and the 500s can you give the combo a green light?

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

 

No. The crack is optimized for high voltage. The HE-500 need high current. Build the Smack or Sex (or any number of other fine designs), but not the Crack for this headphone. 

post #1495 of 5846
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Originally Posted by liamstrain View Post

 

No. The crack is optimized for high voltage. The HE-500 need high current. Build the Smack or Sex (or any number of other fine designs), but not the Crack for this headphone. 

I haven't heard the Crack, but I do have a S.E.X. and it does wonderful things with my LCD-2s and with the HE-500s I originally auditioned it on.  It also does a very good job with my HD650s and HD800s.  I am thinking about building a Crack just to compare the two.  

post #1496 of 5846

Yes, we recommend the S.E.X. amp for Audeze, HiFiMan and AKG K1000s.

post #1497 of 5846

That makes me want to build the S.E.X, sounds like gonna be fun.... No, no!! Must.. resist.. temptation...

post #1498 of 5846

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpJ73JmT9HA I want to know what you guys think listening to this song with the hd650's ! 

post #1499 of 5846
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Originally Posted by j123my View Post

That makes me want to build the S.E.X, sounds like gonna be fun.... No, no!! Must.. resist.. temptation...

must ...resist.... the temptation.... of s.e.x.  

post #1500 of 5846
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Originally Posted by amcananey View Post

Has anyone tried one of the Psvane 12AU7s or CV181s/6SN7s (using a 6SN7 adapter)? If so, what are your impressions?

Best regards,
Adam

I've tried some 6SN7 tubes with an adapter.  Very, pleased with the sound.  To me they seemed to open up the soundstage.  Kind of a "bigger" sound. I have an old Motorola in there now.

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