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  1. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Very cool, yeah I considered building one myself prior to owning the 8200 as well, different more simple design, but the price was just too good on that parts-express model at the time, plus I didn't need the volume control/remote. Now I just use the 2nd input on the 8200 for my phono preamp...
  2. Effusion

    CanJam @ RMAF 2018 Impressions (Oct 5-7, 2018)

    ...and for part 2 of the last of my photos: Mr. Speakers Sony Cleer Audio Campfire Audio HiFiMAN Spirit Sound Design and Questyle
  3. Effusion

    CanJam @ RMAF 2018 Impressions (Oct 5-7, 2018)

    A big thanks to all who participated in this year's show! Every year it seems to get just a little bit better and without all the members and vendors it just wouldn't be the same. Well, I finally got some time since the show ended to load up the rest of my pictures from my last two days...
  4. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    @Dimu very cool! I'm a big vinyl fan as well and after following everything you recently did with your rig, I may have to do something similar to mine in the future too. I've been down the crazy opamp road before in other equipment and I would roll quite a few in the past, so I know how much...
  5. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Welcome to the club @Lasollor! Congrats on tackling this kit for your first project, impressive! It sounds like you've learned a lot while building/tweaking it, and I know while it must have been very frustrating at times, it was fun and rewarding in the end. I'm glad the thread helped so...
  6. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Couldn't agree with @Dimu more, that is the reality nowadays and with many amps, more every day. Unfortunately there is still only a few really great options in new production overall as well, but that seems to be changing in recent years, at least somewhat, with more focus on quality than cost...
  7. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Very interesting and great find! I'm not entirely sure, but it makes sense. The output mode, Triode versus UL at least, does make a difference with the tubes though for sure. Even though there seems to be an overall general sound to UL, I found that several tubes preformed quite differently...
  8. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    As a side note, prior to switching output modes, it is recommended to let the amp sit, unplugged, for about ten minutes before changing the jumpers. Just something to keep in mind if you start "rolling" output modes, so you don't do any damage. Once you get a good idea of the Triode mode, I...
  9. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Sounds like a plan! Yeah, I would say that after about 20 hours or so, my caps settled, general hardness eased, highs tamed down, and the lows stiffened up a bit as well. Now while not a ton, quite noticeable in parts. Also, keep in mind burn-in with the output modes as well. Also after...
  10. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    :beyersmile: No worries, Victor is Victor Kung of VKMusic up in Canada. He sells the TU-8200DX kit as well as numerous other Elekit amps, etc. He's the guy, @vkung, who posted about changing the 12au7 out and trying the Supreme Upgrade, which are those caps. Yeah, with some burn-in and a...
  11. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Was just thinking... the power tubes you have are the Electro-Harmonix 6L6GC's right? Hard to tell from the picture, but I believe the kit still comes with them. Well, if they are, although I haven't really heard them in quite some time, I remember them being a bit boomy in places with quite...
  12. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Probably best to get the details from Victor, as that's who I got my caps from. You can source them yourself, but for me being in North America, it was easier through Victor and I believe he still sells the upgrade, which includes all parts. I don't believe there are any real issues with the...
  13. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Hey dawktah2, welcome to the club! You'll have to let us all know how it sounds after you get it built, etc. As far as tube equivalents, there are a ton, and if you do some modifications such as Dimu has, then it even opens up even more possibilities. Many here have tried a ton of different...
  14. Effusion

    CanJam @ RMAF 2017 (October 6-8, 2017) Impressions!

    Below are a few impressions of mine over the three days I attended the show. Although I did listen to a ton of gear during that time, due to many issues, I only felt I could accurately, and to my ears, describe a few out of the many. The show isn't always the best listening environment and...
  15. Effusion

    CanJam @ RMAF 2017 (October 6-8, 2017) Impressions!

    Another great start to what looks to be one of the best shows I've been to yet! Beautiful fall day here in Colorado and probably one of the best ways to spend a Friday. Below are a few more pictures, mainly of newer items, every piece, except one, I personally spent some time with and will try...
  16. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    I agree with you regarding the RCA blackplate 6L6GCs, I also don't think they are really worth the extra coin, compared to the GE 6L6GCs, which can really be a deal if you search and are still my personal favorite 6L6GCs. Your impressions also sound very similar to mine as well, to me the RCA's...
  17. Effusion

    Cowon Plenue D

    Your right about the stated size, below is the link to the specifications sheet on the Cowon Global site:   http://www.cowonglobal.com/product_wide/PLENUED/product_page_4.php   It also notes that the card has to be formatted as FAT32, with a link to the formatting GUI program below:  ...
  18. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

      While I have never used low ohm headphones for extended periods of time in the Elekit, several owners have reported excellent results using IEMs.  I've tried low ohm IEMs before and I thought they sounded great, so the Elekit could be a good option.  While I do not know the rated output in mW...
  19. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Wow!  I'm sorry to hear about all the troubles; must have been very frustrating.   I've never really seen, heard, or experienced anything quite like that.  I did have one 6sn7 that would hiss in the highs in my Darkvoice 336se, but only as long as I used a certain opamp in my tube DAC.  Sounds...
  20. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    I also have used the Triode mode the most, but UL has also been nice at times.  I believe many here prefer the EL34 tubes in the UL mode instead of Triode as an example.  Best just to experiment and see what caters to you the best in the end though.  Just make sure you unplug the unit and let it...
  21. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

      Thanks for sharing, that cable looks very nice indeed and you are right, a quality cable will either lift a veil and seem to "clean" the music a bit or they can also increase both the warmth and/or detail; really good cables also increase/adjust the soundstage.  Some stock cables are pretty...
  22. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

      I've been really digging them so far and I got them new, tested twice, so happy.   Very interesting observations, I too was concerned about both heat buildup as well as airflow within the kit myself.  Since doing the mods, the outside case is much cooler, but I've always wanted to throw...
  23. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

      Looks great and I like the form factor; small enough to fit just about anywhere, yet able to drive near-field single drivers as well.  I'd be curious as to how it compares to the 8200!  Thanks for sharing Victor, I will be keeping my eye on it.   Dimu, thanks for all the pictures and...
  24. Effusion

    Elekit TU-8200 DX Headphone/Speaker Amp Review

    Glad you are digging the Mutec!   They are great sounding units and you went with one of the better units they offer.  Although my setup is different, my conclusions are very similar to yours and now after going through it as well I believe that cleaning up the signal is almost necessary when...
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