After a long eight month wait, here is a quick crummy picture of my new amplifier...the Eddie Current 2A3x4!
Four paralleled 2A3s with the famous Eddie Current high fequency AC filament heater, two 6C45pi interstage coupled driver tubes, and a 6D22s based power supply. This bad boy outputs 6w per channel into 8ohm so you can use it with all your power hungry orthos as well as high efficiency speakers.
Enough about the specs, this amplifier has truly blown me away. Here are a couple of early impressions on this amp
The soundstage is truly incredible. With the HD800 I have never heard such a deep, layered, and expansive sound before. Craig says it is able to surpass the Balancing Act, which is no small feat when considering the BA's legendary status in this regard.
The most impressive thing so far is the tonal accuracy and resolution. The 2A3x4 reveals the most natural presentation of musical instruments I have experienced. By natural presentation, I mean you get to experience an instrument almost as if it were being played right beside you. The attack, decay, and timbre of each note lets you hear all the nuances of the musicians technique. Not only that, but it has revealed a ton of beautiful detail in recordings that I had previously written off as marginal.
Anyway, those are just a couple of brief things that have stood out to me so far. I will be preparing a more detailed review after I get some more listening time.
I got number 2 from the first run so they are still in the early stages of delivery. Looking forward to hearing from other owners. I know there is a 2A3x4 that will be on show at the upcoming SF meet so hopefully others can join in as well!