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It's for sale... components are extra. :evil:

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It's for sale... components are extra. :evil:


really smart:biggrin: 

post #8988 of 10199
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really smart:biggrin: 

:thumb: Hey, we're operating on s shoe-string budget over here...

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:thumb: Hey, we're operating on s shoe-string budget over here...

i know, i know.

also by us:deadhorse:

post #8990 of 10199

Hi everyone,

 

I received Glenn's OTL amplifier a few weeks ago (see picture below) and I have been enjoying it very much... so much that I didn't have time to write much lately :)

 

 

I posted some preliminary impressions on my blog (tweak-fi), but here is a copy of what I wrote using the ALO recabled Beyer T1s :

 

"Power tubes :

- With the two RCA 6AS7s, the sound is reminiscent of a bigger more complete LD MKIII - it is very appealing, and simple to like

- With the six RCA 6BL7s, the sound was very different : much more refined, more extended in the frequency extremes, more delicate ... but it took me some time to "get it"

 

Driver tubes (6SN7) :

- The sound with the stock 6SN7 RCA Glenn provided with the amp was neutral and dead quiet (no noticeable noise floor with my Beyer T1s)

- The sound with Sylvania 6SN7W was very nice : more refined, richer and warmer than the "stock" RCA. However, the noise floor is higher than the stock one, though once the music is playing, it goes slightly unnoticed

- The sound with the VT231 6SN7 Sylvania was fantastic : great timber, great soundstage and excellent resolution but there is a annoying buzzing on the right channel --> I hope it can disappear with burn-in

 

Rectifier :

- I personally didn't like much the sound of the 3DG4 tube (Westinghouse and Zenith). The sound was very "strong"/powerful but at the expense of the soundstage layering and spaciounsness

- The 5AW4 RCA worked better, especially in the soundstage department

 

I wrote those impressions after listening for only a few hours. I will post some more detailed impressions/review later on.

But the more I have listened to this amp, the more I came to appreciate what Glenn has done. It is a dynamic, fast, accurate and "rich sounding" amplifier. I was fearing that a tube amp might be too warm or not enough detailed, but the resolution of Glenn's amplifier is as good or better than anything I have had the pleasure to listen to."

 

 

Since then, I acquire the HD800s and they worked perfectly with the amplifier.

 

I am wondering about a few things though :
- Can one use six 6SN7s on the amplifier instead of six 6BL7s?
- Would the gain of 6SN7s be higher or lower than that of the 6BL7s (in the output stage)?
- Has anyone tried anything than the 3DG4/5AW4s as rectifiers for Glenn OTL amps?
- I looked around for "modern" 6SN7s to try - and I came across the Sophia ones. Did any one try that brand? Is it really low noise?
 
I will write a detailed review of Glenn's amplifier in the coming weeks as I get a better hold/understanding on the sound with both the Beyer T1s and HD800s. 
 
Happy tunes everyone!
post #8991 of 10199

That's the one I'll be getting too, slightly modified. Have you tried 6336 tubes?

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Thanks for sharing, slim.a, nice contribution and photograph. What is the function of the silver disc up front, a cover or dial perhaps?

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It's a magic stone from Patrick82's Coconut audio

 

http://www.coconut-audio.com/index.html

 

:biggrin:

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:beerchug:

I remember that guy!

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What you mean? my cable kickass...

post #8996 of 10199

Btw, I was asked to do a group buy for 6SJ7WGT RCA branded Tung Sol Meshplates. Let me know if anyone is interested, 9 more pairs available

 

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Thanks for sharing, slim.a, nice contribution and photograph. What is the function of the silver disc up front, a cover or dial perhaps?

The silver painted disc is a herbie's audiolab stabilizer - it is supposed to help tame vibration. I didn't do any A/B testing for sound quality but I have found it to be somewhat effective at reducing microphonics (?). When I put the amp on top of the marble tile, anything that would touch the rack or the marble tile would be heard through the headphones. I have been more a solid state kind of guy until now...

 

I am probably going to get one of those 2 inches maple platform. My maple platforms are slightly smaller than Glenn's amplifier (as they were made for the smaller audio-gd dac19/c2 equipment) and the amp doesn't sit in a very stable manner on top of it.

 

Anyway, the amplifier is fantastic sounding with all sorts of music. And as good as it sounded with the Beyer T1s, it sounds fantastic with the HD800s which I found not so good the last time I listened to them.

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It's a magic stone from Patrick82's Coconut audio

 

http://www.coconut-audio.com/index.html

 

:biggrin:

 

 

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:beerchug:

I remember that guy!

 

My favorite quote from him : "Everything in Audio is sublte and not worth it"

post #8999 of 10199
Ultra, do I need an adapter for Glenn's OTL amp?
post #9000 of 10199

I don't think Glenn's amps take a 6SJ7 tube John. I could be wrong

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