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    Just seeing this...both the Elysium and the Drina are self biasing. (we wouldn't want anyone exposing themselves near the voltage required to run transmitter tubes.) Obviously the EML tubes are currently made, while the Eimac/transmitter tubes) are stocked beyond any foreseeable need. These...
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    Acoustical Sounds Axiom tonearm

    Hi Scot, You didn't mention the cartridge(s) you favor at present. You have quite a list of contenders for arms...depending upon the cartridge you may also consider one of the upper level Glanz Tonearms. The MH-124SD is very nice with our quite heavy field coil cartridge, (Dava). There are...
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    they are self biasing. the voltages are too high to want any layperson near them, that and they are luxury amps. eimac tubes are collectable. That said, they have more than they need. There's been talk of a pp 304tl amp which would have in excess of 1200 watts class a. There are also some...
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    Technically, the coupling of the stages Trafomatic employs is novel. The 250tl is direct coupled to the EML 20B via an interstage transformer of his own design. He's closed mouthed about specifics but as I understand it, he does not consider it transformer coupled, despite the interstage...
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    A stunning system. There is also a Drina amplifier from Trafomatic. It utilizes the even larger 450tl tube from Eimac. The voltage on the rails is not for the feint of heart. For Sasa Cokic, it wasn't about using the largest, but to his ears the best sounding powerful SET tube. Quite an...
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    What are some of the top 845 Amplifiers you have heard?

    Destination Audio. Not on the site yet...truly special like all of their gear. Two versions, one excellent and one a bit over the top.
  7. Fred Crane

    SET amp owners thread

    Yours is a bit of a dream system, (perhaps two). I thought I would send along this video of a full Destination System which is similar but different. Important to note that I am in the trade and distribute Destination Audio in the US. (I have written WBF on how to notate my membership as...
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    What are some of the top 845 Amplifiers you have heard?

    In the past, I had their Numerico DAC, their 'small' 845 integrated the Solistino, and their headphone amp the Egoista, (also based upon the 845). I had a memorable listening session at their booth in Munich some years ago. Here's a video I made back when I had Stereodesk... I don't think I...
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    What are some of the top 845 Amplifiers you have heard?

    Of course there are any number of great 845 based amps, many of them already mentioned. I would have to nominate the Viva Aurora Mono Blocks into their very own Master Horns. Bob Clarke from Profundo brings them in... http://vivaaudio.com/en/products/master-horn/ The Credenza is pretty...
  10. Fred Crane

    Something wicked this way comes... (2020 speaker teaser content)

    Looking forward to it Duke!! I've always loved your rooms.
  11. Fred Crane

    SET amp owners thread

    woops. thanks.
  12. Fred Crane

    SET amp owners thread

    What is the Deon equipment. It's smart looking...not turning up in my searches.
  13. Fred Crane

    SET amp owners thread

    Sweet. Destination is also coming out with 2 new GM70 integrateds and a headphone amp. Should be interesting. The headphone amp is purported to drive Stax as well as planar, magnetostatics and traditional headphones. Their Dac, if you haven't heard it, is superlative. I'll post some videos...
  14. Fred Crane

    The [coffee snobs'] espresso thread

    I'm very interested to try the new Yemeni coffee that was auctioned off. Supposed to be one of the best cups in the world. Square Mile bought a share as did George Howell in the US. Prices for raw coffee went over $100 a pound in some cases, (i believe there were 18 lots or so ranging from...

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