Originally Posted by minimus
Congratulations on the new amp. It looks great. (Note to self: this amp may be cost effective for me because it would utilize the vast supply of tubes I have lying around from my failed Singlepower Extreme "experiment".)
Can you characterize the sound at all? How is it different from the Peak + Volcano and/or the Pinnacle? I know writing about sound is difficult, but I am curious if you had different goals in mind when you designed this amp vs. your other two?
Also, how do we sign up for a loaner?
Well... to date I'm the only one who has listened to it. And really I'm the wrong guy to ask such questions, being an engineer :)
That said, it is very different than the Peak and the Pinnacle. The Peak and Pinnacle are both pretty neutral amps with low distortion and low output impedance. The Teton is... neither.
In terms of subjective sound, I would say that the Teton sounds more like a single-ended 300B or 2A3 amp than the others. Depending on the music and headphones, some may find it more musical.
Choice of output tube and headphones make substantial differences in the sound, whereas the Peak and Pinnacle are pretty unaffected by headphone loading.
If you listen to female vocals with Sennheisers, you may fall in love with it. If you listen to heavy metal with Grados, well, maybe not so much.
I'm sure after RMAF in a couple of weeks there will be plenty of reviews. Honestly, because of it's different topology, I expect some people to love it and others to hate it. This is an amp you really need to try with your music and your headphones before you render an opinion.
I guess I am too honest...