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post #46 of 419
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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

 

009 would be a nice compliment to your TH900.

Thanks Anaxilus. I actually saw you in the show but you were in a involved convo with someone and I didn't want to interrupt. But yea, the 009 would be a very nice addition, it surpassed my expectations for a electrostatic headphone (I'm sure the amp was involved in the sound as well).

post #47 of 419
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Originally Posted by Ahzari View Post

Thanks Anaxilus. I actually saw you in the show but you were in a involved convo with someone and I didn't want to interrupt. But yea, the 009 would be a very nice addition, it surpassed my expectations for a electrostatic headphone (I'm sure the amp was involved in the sound as well).

 

You should have jumped in!  If it was Jason or Craig I usually just pick a point in space, focus, smile and nod a lot which is the internationally recognized distress call.  J/k.  tongue.gifwink.gif

 

Heard back from Craig.  There will be 3 stat amps.

 

1-A slightly improved Electra for production.  I have an idea as to the possibilities but can't say which in case the logistics don't work out.

2-The Electra SE

3-A SS version.

post #48 of 419
Any timeline yet on when production or preorders are?
post #49 of 419
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Originally Posted by KingStyles View Post

Any timeline yet on when production or preorders are?

It's on the front page of the EC website. Were I a betting man, I would say he's probably accepting preorders.

post #50 of 419
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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

 

You should have jumped in!  If it was Jason or Craig I usually just pick a point in space, focus, smile and nod a lot which is the internationally recognized distress call.  J/k.  tongue.gifwink.gif

 

Heard back from Craig.  There will be 3 stat amps.

 

1-A slightly improved Electra for production.  I have an idea as to the possibilities but can't say which in case the logistics don't work out.

2-The Electra SE

3-A SS version.

 

Will all three be coming out at around the same time? 

post #51 of 419
Thread Starter 

No. It's the Electra for now. There is no guarantee that anything else will see the light of day. I will post some more info on the Electra when I get the chance.


Edited by purrin - 6/5/12 at 6:05pm
post #52 of 419
That would be appreciated.
post #53 of 419
Thread Starter 

As I have indicated before, I try not to comment too much on non-yet-in-production designs for obvious reasons. But this is what I got out of him.

 

Front panel

A new front panel will have just two input switch positions B for balanced, and SE for unbalanced. The bias switch will be removed, the 6 pin will be 230V, and the 5 pin 580V. Spritzer won't be needing to pick up pieces of normal bias STAX headphones which exploded.

 

Tubes

The low voltage section of the power transformer will be beefed up to accommodate the EL34 tubes so the Electra can run the 6L6GC, or EL34.

 

Coupling caps

Craig and Andy are exploring a few ways to get rid of at least a few coupling caps. This will result in some significant design changes and a price increase. Personally I feel this is a good design decision that will immensely increase transparency. I'm sure it's harder for Craig because I know he's trying to hit an entry level price point.

 

 

DISCLOSURE: Craig lets me hear prototypes. I pop over to his place from time to time to see what's cooking. He lets me borrow tubes which I forgot to return to him. He doesn't give me discounts. I've paid full price for everything.


Edited by purrin - 6/5/12 at 8:56pm
post #54 of 419

The bias switch will be removed, the 6 pin will be 230V, and the 5 pin 580V

    Can it be 500 V for HE90 and 580 for other stax ?

 

The low voltage section of the power transformer will be beefed up to accommodate the EL34 tubes so the Electra can run the 6L6GC, or EL34

      That's very good news indeed.


Edited by kiertijai - 6/5/12 at 9:16pm
post #55 of 419

Moved to Summit-Fi. This can't be good for my wallet. wink.gif

post #56 of 419

@Purrin,  could you inform us about the tubes used in Electra SE.  I know that the power tubes are KT120 but I wonder

what are the drivers?

BTW, What is the approximate peak to peak voltage of the Electra standard and SE?  Does the standard version do a good job for O2mkI?

If the Electra is the same clone as Aristaeus, it may not have enough peak to peak voltage to drive the O2mkI 


Edited by kiertijai - 6/6/12 at 8:11am
post #57 of 419
Thread Starter 

The specs on the SE are in flux. I've gotten different answers every time I've asked him. I'm sure he's still working things out in his head.

 

I haven't heard the O2mk1 on the standard Electra, but given that my only complaint was with the bloated mk2.5 bass (un-modded mine for this test), I think it should be fine if you like something laid back sounding. I've heard the mk2.5 sound worse. The Electra is warming sounding than my existing rig, so I'm guessing this may suite your preferences.

post #58 of 419
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post

As I have indicated before, I try not to comment too much on non-yet-in-production designs for obvious reasons. But this is what I got out of him.

 

Front panel

A new front panel will have just two input switch positions B for balanced, and SE for unbalanced. The bias switch will be removed, the 6 pin will be 230V, and the 5 pin 580V. Spritzer won't be needing to pick up pieces of normal bias STAX headphones which exploded.

 

This must be the end of times as manufacturers never listen.  smily_headphones1.gif  Switchable bias only belongs on garbage like McAllister amps. 

 

It will be interesting to see what direction he takes the circuit while cutting out interstage coupling caps.  The Mafia has been working on similar designs lately for the new volksamp project and now we are sitting at one interstage cap per phase which isn't bad.  This means compromises though... 

post #59 of 419
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Originally Posted by spritzer View Post

The Mafia has been working on similar designs lately for the new volksamp project and now we are sitting at one interstage cap per phase which isn't bad. 

 

Funny you should say that....

post #60 of 419

I haven't heard the O2mk1 on the standard Electra, but given that my only complaint was with the bloated mk2.5 bass (un-modded mine for this test),

I think it should be fine if you like something laid back sounding. I've heard the mk2.5 sound worse.

The Electra is warming sounding than my existing rig, so I'm guessing this may suite your preferences

      Thanks,  I like the warm sounding on the HE90 and SR009.  However the O2mkI is already a warm sounding phone  IMO so it may not

be a good match with Electra.  I like the sound of O2mkI driven by Spritzer modded 727A more.   the Aristaeus does not drive the O2mkI well enough

and does not drive the SR009 as well as the DIY T2 but the warm sound of Aristaeus is a good match for the SR009.   I wish the Electra has the peak to

peak voltage of around 1400-1600V and has the warm sounding that you mentioned.  We can also do the tube rolling to correct, especially with the 6SN7's

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