EL-34 Tube Monoblocks in the House.

I recently picked up a pair of VAS Audio Citation II Monoblocks. I wanted to get back into an EL-34 Based Amplifier, and the Citations were just what I was looking for. They are rated at 50 Watt @ 8 Ohm (Ultralinear) and 25 Watt @ 8 Ohm (Triode), a perfect match for the efficient SDA's.

http://vasnyinc.com/pages/c2.php

These little Jewels have have transformed my 2-Channel set up, I can't explain just how good these Amps sound, that EL34 Tone is Intoxicating. Detailed, yet smooth is the picture being painted now. The sound I've been chasing for years, is finally here.

I have a Quad of Genalex Gold Lion KT-77's on tap now, and the presentation is as Emotional as I've ever experienced in my place. At this moment, I could not be happier.

The Citations are deceiving, as they weigh in at 31 lbs. each. They sport some very good Transformers that are dead quite, not a hint of Tranny Hum.

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  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,944
    Attaboy!!
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    Hey George, looking forward to rolling in those Shuguang Treasures!
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  • michaeljhsda2michaeljhsda2 Posts: 1,861
    Nice! It looks like the stock tubes are Shuguang EL34B's? Great tube IMHO. Can't wait to hear your impressions about the Shuguang Teasures. I thought about buying them but I was worried that the black paint would cover up the nice tube glow.
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,929
    Glad I could help you buy them. Sweet!
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    Nice! It looks like the stock tubes are Shuguang EL34B's? Great tube IMHO. Can't wait to hear your impressions about the Shuguang Teasures. I thought about buying them but I was worried that the black paint would cover up the nice tube glow.

    I have some Gold Lion KT-77's in them now. Also have a Quad of EL34 SED SVETLANA Winged C's I've yet to roll in.

    I'm not sure what the stock tubes are, but they do look very close to the Shuguang EL34B's. They sound VERY good for "Stockers".

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    lightman1 wrote: »
    Glad I could help you buy them. Sweet!

    Many thanks Russ, all financial help is appreciated :)
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  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 38
    Simply beautiful!!
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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,308
    That is a beautiful setup - nothing like the sound of EL34's, can't argue with that, all delicious and liquid, approaching magic, the sonic equivalent of twilight for photographers. Congrats!
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,131
    Awesome man! The el34 is second only to the 845 for me.

    Your system is definitely show-worthy.
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  • HermitismHermitism Posts: 1,973
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    That's a really cool picture. The grey top section of the tube captured your reflection. You look like you're trapped inside the tube, like a genie in a bottle.

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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    Hermitism wrote: »
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    That's a really cool picture. The grey top section of the tube captured your reflection. You look like you're trapped inside the tube, like a genie in a bottle.

    LOL, now if I could just find Barbara Eden from back in the day :p

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  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,944
    zuul wrote: »
    i'm so jealous. congrats.

    my anthem amp 1 is EL34 based... i don't know what kind of music you listen to but after rolling some tubes in and out over the years i've found that as far as "new" tubes go svetlana hard blue tubes are great for the majesty of rock. guitar feedback is such that it sounds like there's a marshall stack in your room. matching quads for those are affordable.

    i still aspire to get some NOS german power tubes for it some day... but for now i settle for having fancy NOS preamp tubes in it.

    but yeah... those monoblocks are killer. enjoy!

    Have you done the cap upgrade on that anthem?
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,594
    Nice Mike! Really nice . . . but now you've piqued my curiosity!

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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    zuul wrote: »
    i'm so jealous. congrats.

    my anthem amp 1 is EL34 based... i don't know what kind of music you listen to but after rolling some tubes in and out over the years i've found that as far as "new" tubes go svetlana hard blue tubes are great for the majesty of rock. guitar feedback is such that it sounds like there's a marshall stack in your room. matching quads for those are affordable.

    i still aspire to get some NOS german power tubes for it some day... but for now i settle for having fancy NOS preamp tubes in it.

    but yeah... those monoblocks are killer. enjoy!

    Yeah, those nos European Power Tubes are getting outa sight! Thanks for rec on the Hard Blue Tubes, I'll check them out.

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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    GlennDog wrote: »
    Nice Mike! Really nice . . . but now you've piqued my curiosity!

    Signed,
    The Perpetually Enabled

    Glenn, If an interested party would call Steve @ VAS Audio directly, they might be surprised at the price of admission. Just sayin...
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 856
    That is one very fine looking set up. I like the attention to symmetrics to; very well done.
  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,944
    I guess that I am just dumb and slow,,but these are based off the old he tube amps ,many of which are still around,, good sounds eh?
    Congrats!!
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    edited April 22
    I guess that I am just dumb and slow,,but these are based off the old he tube amps ,many of which are still around,, good sounds eh?
    Congrats!!

    Well, that's the story George. Old Harman Kardon Citation design, split in two (mono's)

    They are built offshore, but to exacting specs, with good components. All Point-Point hand wired, etc. Tube Retified as well.

    Change out one capacitor and they'll accept the KT-66/KT-88 family. And yes, they sound Real Good ;)

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  • LegenderLegender Posts: 474
    Very nice Mike. Looks like I need to make another trip up to your place.
    Ride safe and see you tomorrow.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    Nice Mike. Are those custom stands that you made for the amps?
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    edited April 23
    Legender wrote: »
    Very nice Mike. Looks like I need to make another trip up to your place.
    Ride safe and see you tomorrow.

    Doors always open. Safe travels to you as well.

    Post edited by Mike Reeter on
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Nice Mike. Are those custom stands that you made for the amps?


    Yes, I like too keep things off the floor!
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    TEAforONE wrote: »
    Simply beautiful!!
    MrBuhl wrote: »
    That is a beautiful setup - nothing like the sound of EL34's, can't argue with that, all delicious and liquid, approaching magic, the sonic equivalent of twilight for photographers. Congrats!
    DSkip wrote: »
    Awesome man! The el34 is second only to the 845 for me.

    Your system is definitely show-worthy.
    zuul wrote: »
    i'm so jealous. congrats

    those monoblocks are killer. enjoy!
    That is one very fine looking set up. I like the attention to symmetrics to; very well done.

    Thanks everyone for all the Positive comments. I just wanted to gush a little about these stellar little amps!
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,970
    Nice looking room Mr. Mike!!!
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