Hi all! with this i make my first post, I'm planning on building a headphone amp for outdoor use and had always loved the idea of tube amps and their cool retro styling, however as many of us know said tube amps are generally heavy massive pieces of desktop equipment. Enter the sub mini pentode and the Oatley electronics portable tube amp kit. the original idea was to build said kit and enjoy this tube amp bliss that many audiophiles swear by. I consider myself a budding audiophile and already own several fairly average headphones, my current workhorses being the Sony XB600's and even though my iPod can drive them pretty dang well, i plan on eventually making that jump into the true audiophile grade headphone world, so why not build something I can use now and then in the future. and then there was the day i came up with the idea to combine the ideas of the crystal CMOY amplifier and use the same construction methods with this kit. the purpose of this thread is to monitor my progress on this project and also to gain information on building amplifiers,since even though this is not my first shot at electronics, it is definitely my first attempt at an amplifier. the tubes this project uses are raytheon 6418 sub-miniature pentodes, but since they are solder style tubes and not socket i was wondering if there were any other tubes in the sub mini range that would be an equivalent or an upgrade from these? thanks for reading about my project and i hope you have some suggestions for components!
the photo is a "little" big but this is the kit i hope to recreate in Crystal cmoy form (copyright oatly electronics, i do not own this image)