HELP! I bought equipment drunk, don’t know anything.


So I woke up with a very sore head and depleted bank account this morning.

Recently bought an Audiolab 6000a and Elekit TU-8500 tube preamp. I’ve never owned a preamp before and I hope they’re compatible for my KEF Q11.

I then had a few bottles of wine...

Woke up and saw I had purchased a passive pair of Bryston A2.

Will the amp be able to power the speakers? I don’t listen to loud music. 
Please help this idiot. 
ronniewills
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you buy the right stuff from here, the mismatched gear will sound great nonetheless...

have fun, don't drive
The amp will power the speakers, yes. Question is how drunk do you have to get to buy speaker cables?
Hi and thank you for the reply MC. I did find a review where they ran that amp into A2 and all
good. I’m glad as I’d be eyeing off the A2s for months and made a low ball offer for which was accepted! I had no real intention of buying speakers. 

Speaker cable next! Off to the whiskey store.


Hi, you should make it a rule to never do business when you are drinking unless its just a couple of drinks. I don't think the two mix
it may be time to reevaluate your life choices if your spending huge dollars while your drunk. 
No! Enjoy the sore head...

Drinking and drinking mix not to much else.. Maybe a little dancin'

NA and AA you don’t even have to tell them your last name..

Regards
The last time I had a few too many snoots I ordered (online) a master case/144 pack of Hamburger Helper's Buddy.

If the Elekit is assembled I might be willing to make a straight trade.

DeKay
I love to drink wine and other things while listening to music. I can see how it can lead to a vicious cycle of drinking and spending.  At least that pre only needs two tubes, though the 12AU7/5965 tube family is one of the largest and easiest to find NOS varieties around....  Good god man, hide your wallet, shred your plastic, change your passwords!!!! 
The Elekit TU-8500 is a fine tube preamp "IF" it was assembled well as it was sold in kit form.
Don’t know about the rest, but you won’t need the Elekit with the Audiolab, as it’s an integrated amp with it's own preamp

Cheers George

I’m yet to build the elekit - hoping it arrives today for a weekend project. Quite the bargain if you order the kit from the distributor. 

Does anyone know if you can preamp the streaming signal from a streaming amp? 
FWIW - i don’t normally drink or buy much kit, but i’d be eyeing speakers off for many months and only bought them as i made a very low offer which was accepted. 
Keep drinking, sooner or later you will be streaming all over the place.
Alcohol frequently gives advice. It’s usually bad advice,but advice none the less. 
what does your other half think of this tom foolery - people pay for drugs, gamble and prostitutes when in drink - BUT HI FI ????

CAn I just say that this OP is my favourite AUDIOGONER by a country mile.
Best forum post i have read in years
Please help this idiot.
Quit getting hammered and buying expensive stuff.
Send them back.
The next time you go on a bender PM me and I will give you my Venmo Address and ask you for a donation. Thanks in advance!😀
Thanks for sharing, keep coming back.
Could've been much worse, at least you got something tangible.
You’re a cheeky lot.

Have I not made it clear this was a one off aberration? Which I actually now have peace with due to forum member's constructive chastising and helpfulness. So thanks all. The 

Elekit arrived today. Hooray! Will post pics once I’ve finished glueing it together 
Good luck, hope you know something about the assembly of electronics. Otherwise sell the kit and move on.
I've got to ask:
Why did you buy an integrated amp and a preamp?
Can you use the 6000a solely as an amp?
Also, your amp I believe is 50 watts and the Bryston's  are 87db.
Not enough juice in my opinion for them to reach their full potential.
The audiolab is a british amplifier that means usually for smaller rooms and of lower than average current it probably will drive them ok for low volumes but usually not the type of amp that works with every speaker.
Hi thecarpathian. 
Yes the 6000a can be used as a power amp, preamp or integrated. Puts out 75W at 4ohm and I dont listen to music loudly. Not the best amp for Brystons, but as mentioned earlier, I bought the amp initially to power an old set of Kef Q11s.

But I did find a review where someone tested the amp with the Brystons and had no trouble. Got the Brysons dirt cheap with warranty. Worst case scenario I crack a few bottles of red and buy a bigger amp. Kidding. Sit back down guys.
The valve preamp is to run a Rega turntable through. Didn’t need to buy it - was more of a curio and I’m competent with a soldering iron and have a lot of spare time at the moment. Can always sell it or use on the second upstairs system with the kefs i guess.


Look, I’ve never claimed to not be an idiot and I do appreciate everyones time and advice.

I’ve only purchased active studio monitors the last 20 years or so, except for the Kefs. Separate components are all new to me.


Well then I certainly hope they work out well for you!
You are a braver man than I.
I would find a way to solder my fingers together.
your Not an Idiot!  you were just being Honest and wanting an Honest Answer..,  Please Commend yourself for Doing as Such!  ! Personally do Things.. Purchases..  and I'm Sure We All Have even Straight as an Arrow.. and the next day we scratch our head..  I Have..
It’s all good.

You could have woken up with an awkward rash…

Every time you turn the pre on, you’ll remember how you don’t remember buying it. Hopefully, you can remember building it :)
...at least you didn't wake up next to someone you don't know and wouldn't ordinarily care to.....;)

Another lesson learned backwards.....
No Miller, the question is how drunk do you have to get to buy $200 coloured fuses.  'I liked the pretty colours'? 
Well you own the gear now so put it together and see how it sounds. If it doesn’t sound good, get drunk some night and sell it. 
I’ve been where you are and once made an offer on a brand new 2008 BMW M3 on eBay only to wake up and see they accepted my offer.  I went ahead with the transaction and thoroughly enjoyed that purchase in the end.  Fast forward 13 years and now sober for 6.5 years.  Life isn’t as “exciting and chaotic” and still enjoying fun toys but no longer wake up with that instant fear of “what did I do last night and immediate urge to clean up my mess!”   Good luck and enjoy your new HiFi. 
Could be worse, you didn’t get married…
Incredible, as in not credible.
Thank you WTF325! Haha. Not quite the M3 but, yes - something to fear and look forward to at the same. Would recommend.

Learn the hard way and have a story to tell on a forum one day.

No ball rash, not gambling, haven’t told the missus, didn’t crap in  the bed, still breathing.

Serious question though -

My 6000a can be used as an intergrated amp, a preamp or a power amp with a separate preamp. Amp also has Bluetooth.

I have an old valve preamp that i want to run the Bluetooth signal through.

Can i plug an amp line out into the preamp line in, then run the preamp out back into the poweramp in? Or will that create a blackhole?
Just opened the Elekit box. Interesting. A few more bits of parts than I imagined, to be honest. Kidding sit down. They say only 4.5hrs to build. I reckon 5
<<No ball rash, not gambling, haven’t told the missus, didn’t crap in the bed, still breathing>>

LOL!

Thanks ronniewills launching this thread.

All the best 

JD
You are at the right place for uninformed expensive purchases. When the first batch of gear proves less than stellar get drunk again and maybe the second time will work. Or the tenth or fortieth. May I recommend you also drink the right labels and properly expensive libations? It will help you choose expensive gear you can then write about asking if anyone else owns them too. Really you are asking if it sounds as bad to others as yours does to you but some day good fortune will strike and an inebriated purchase will sound right by accident.
Please do not sit down to assemble the Elekit with a bottle of your favorite wine at your side. Maybe a glass or two will be OK, but after that I predict the odds of installing a capacitor bassackwards with rise 15 percent with every additional glass. But I sympathize with your predicament. I had a small stroke in 2019 and found my impulse control lacking afterward. I distinctly remember clicking the “Buy” button for a PS Audio Directstream DAC for “just” $4,000 — roughly the combined cost of my amp and speakers — and then wondering what the hell I’d been thinking. I sounded so nice I kept it, so I hope you have the same happy ending.
I believe AA could be your friend. 
Thank you jfuquay for the sage advice! A $4000 accidental amp purchase would be my dream as i’d also be single again and have plenty more time to enjoy the accident!

Not assembling anything just yet. Just plotting and building it in my head at this stage. Bit more reading on potential tweaks to caps etc. There is so much info out there I should’ve known before l launched. But then there always is and the journey has to kick off somewhere. To happy endings.

Have dad duty calling but will film the build and post a vid on youtube with all the kit I bought but haven’t met yet when it comes.
Long time lurker.

Best thread ever.

18 years of sobriety today.

Have learned that I don't need to be drunk to [insert wildly impulsive audio purchase here]. At least I wake up and remember now lol.
Can i plug an amp line out into the preamp line in, then run the preamp out back into the poweramp in? Or will that create a blackhole?
You certainly should not run an amplified out from your speaker taps on the amp back into a line level input on a pre.  I used to do that and called it "wiring amps in series" but it's a seriously dumb thing to do and it doesn't increase power or do anything else other than impress your college roomates that you can splice a speaker wire back into an RCA jack.

If you are talking about a line out - say a tape loop or preamp out, you can do it. Depending on the topography of the gear, daisy chaining all this together could dilute the signal and degrade quality.  And bluetooth is generally not considered quality.

One thing I like about Roon for digital is that you can use their zone functions to duplicate a signal through multiple DACs and still have them synched, which allows more tinkering.  

Have fun!  I second the idea of not drinking heavily while soldering, but there are of course other intoxicants that might enhance your experience.  
your Not an Idiot! you were just being Honest and wanting an Honest Answer.., Please Commend yourself for Doing as Such! ! Personally do Things.. Purchases.. and I'm Sure We All Have even Straight as an Arrow.. and the next day we scratch our head.. I Have..

What's up with all the random capitalization? You typing on some sort of "special" keyboard?


How long did you purchase?

Perhaps it is not too late to cancel the order and contact your credit card company to stop payments?
Aren’t we ALL guilty of that to some extent esp when we were (are) locked down?!?
Time to go to AA!!
Time for someone to invent a breathalyzer that ties into your computer banking account.