hey turbo, we've talked about space-tech before so I won't get into that here. Just wanted to say you did a great job describing the sound. from what i know about space-tech you got a lot more than you paid for. enjoy.
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Turbo: Glad you like the preamp in your setup. I was able to audition Kublakahn's entry level S-T preamp ($300) and was very impressed with what I heard. Did you have a chance to listen to any of Albert's digital gear (either a transport or DAC)? Also what other replacement tubes will the preamp accept? Will it take 6dj8/6922 types?
Kubla, thanks for the comments and I believe you're right that I got a lot more than what I paid for. Dekay, Albert recommended using the 6G6G tubes (2) for the amplification stage and mentioned that tubes like the 6K6, 6L6, 6V6, etc could be used for the buffer stage. All those tubes, according to him, would result in better bass at the sacrifice of the mids and highs. With regards to his digital gear, he had his CD player hooked up to one of his integrated amps - don't know which DAC he was using. There was a subtal but noticeable change in the sound when he connected the CD player to the preamp. I'll probably drop by his store sometime this week as I'm getting him to replace the hardwired power cord on my monoblocks with an IEC connector. By the way, he doesn't just build very nice amps, etc., he also does modifications and repairs to existing gear.
hey dekay, wirehead also lives in the area and has checked it out and had interesting things to say about it. he did a demo of a bunch of space-tech's gear.
by the way dekay, i never got around to swapping the tubes you researched for my pre because i went with an arc ref1. if you're interested in giving the space-tech a workout you can borrow it for as long as you like. let me know. maybe i can give it to you at randy's again and we can demo some more goodies.
Kubla: Yes, I would be interested in trying to run the Audion 300B through it when I put together another set of the OTA IC's (right now I am short on IC's). Thanks for the offer. Perhaps we can get together over here later on and/or even share a ride up to Brulee's if JHunter schedules the PC shoot out later this month. I will try and dig up a better pair of 6SN7's for it, which will then stay with the preamp. I wish that we had a Bottlehead Foreplay to compare it to (a friend of mine is going to build one, but it may be awhile). I will start researching the tubes in the meantime.
Hey Dekay, talk about coincidence, I just received my ASL Wave Monoblocks several days ago. Can you believe it, I got mine used! It wouldn't drive the sellers speakers so he disposed of it. It's a far cry from my Quickies but it is bloody good for the price. I now have to put together a TQWT with the Pioneer full-range drivers that I purchased for $19 (for the pair, yup I'm cheap).
Kitch29, I don't think I have the sweet whispers but am planning to get it. Could you email your soldering method to me?
Anyways, back to the main topic of my post. I just got back from Space-Tech. Albert has some interesting stuff lying around. He was putting together a phono preamp when I stepped in (he said he had sold his previous one). Other than the amps, preamps, and DACs that he makes, he also has a Quad tube monoblock, a Dynaco ST-70, some other vintage tube items, and lots of speakers in the store. Word must be getting around as I believe he had way more amps in his store last year. I was listening to one of my CDs on his CD player and DAC (DA-64X-T) hooked up to a little 6BQ5 push-pull integrated amp. It sounded really nice on his speakers (Sansui tweeters, can't remember what woofers) but I still prefer my ribbon hybrids. I guess I'm used to the sound of ribbons and am hoping to be able to upgrade to a pair of Apogee Stages next year, if I can find a pair. I'm also considering purchasing one of his DACs but that'll again have to wait till next year. I'll be picking up my amps from him in 3 to 4 days and will report any other interesting items if I see them. BTW, he has a 300B push-pull demo amp for sale (over Can$1,300 off). I should give that a listen the next time I'm there.