- Apr 11, 2012
I had a demo unit for 5 weeks that had the acrylic top & bottom plates. You're right about the looks but the acrylic shows up fingerprints quite a bit. I'm going to buy a separate acrylic top-plate so that I can ring the changes but it's no biggie. The novelty of sitting staring at an amp wears off eventually.
Besides, when you use the 6SN7 adapter the LED doesn't shine up through the valve any more so you don't lose too much with the aluminium top-plate. YMMV.
It does sound absolutely fantastic though & comes with some great tweaking options.
Two input gain settings, input capacitor bypass & three output resistance options. For my HD 650's I use low gain, bypassed caps & either low or medium output R.
As well as all that the new MkII version of the Ember has the supercharger, which was previously an option, built-in. This allows the use of high current valves. Input attenuation can be changed too to suit individual headphones. What this means is that it can be configured so that almost the full range of the volume control can be used.
There's also the option of fitting the 6SN7 adapter. This opens up a huge range of valve options.
The photo above has the adapter fitted. It also has a non-standard volume knob.
What is the default tube?
Also, I believe my friend bought the kit because he had red, blue, and green LEDs in his amp (damn show-off!) and i don't see that option on the Garage site.