- Sep 26, 2001
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"I’m as active as ever with these but I’ve been busy over the last few months. I built up a nice stash of KGSSHV mini’s and I’m completing the last of the full size KGSSHV’s. Once these are gone there will only be the mini simply because people are more interested in the small desktop amp. There have been other updates too as the Carbon design has progressed from the large chassis to the new mini Carbon which will take over as the normal unit. There might be a new completely over the top full size Carbon in the future but it is months and months away and will cost a fortune.
The KGST has been out of stock for a while now but that should change soon as I’m working on new units. The new Megatron is also slowly progressing and I did finally finish my own T2DIY unit which had been waiting for years and years. It does sound good but I do prefer the Carbon to it in every way. The Carbon is simply more honest and neutral while also being more powerful.
On the horizon is me moving so builds will slow down until that ordeal is over but I’m also working on some dynamic amps which will eat up a large part of my time."
I find that VERY interesting!!
I also own the Carbon (not Mjolnir Carbon) with a Golden Reference Power Supply and I prefer the T2 to it by a good margin. Those who have stopped by also share the same sentiment.
He said it would cost roughly 8k.
However, do not that he's based in Iceland, which means his parts cost 20-40% more. For example, he said that RK50 would cost him 1.4k in the Iceland, compared to the 800-1000 in the US.
That's the downsize of buying from him. Part costs are much higher for him. I'm not sure what his labor rate is. Also why bother with the RK50? I thought Birgir loves the Alpha Pot. (J/K, of course). How about getting a quad DAC-T instead? Maybe it is cheaper to get it directly from Denmark.
He does Carbons for just south of $5k. Again, I'm not sure what changes to Carbon launch its price into the stratosphere other than Circlotron, which I thought was estimated in the $12-15k range. Perhaps there is some hybrid tube design playing out.
KG has so many designs out and he is most impressed with the Circlotron as well as the T2. $12-15K is definitely way way expensive and above my price bracket. Too many electrostat amps to sample really. Sadly the higher ends one are quite expensive.