Show me your ****(embly), and let me get in your guts baby!

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  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 12,863
    edited November 2013
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Nicer than your average CDP (or CD-recorder, for that matter)! ;-)

    Yeah, I'm pleased! I've seen receivers and amps with lesser power supplies that it has. And though it is dated technology as far as DAC's are concerned (built in 2000), it sounds great as a player. In fact, I think out of all the players I've ever owned (and I've owned a lot), it is the 2nd best sounding one I've ever owned, trailing only the $3500 Marantz SA-11S1 that I used to own. And, it not only plays HDCD's, it will burn them when another HDCD capable player is connected to it via a digital connection. This unit had an msrp of $1500 when new, and I got it for $150 (with a 90 day warranty:loneranger:). The last 3 that sold on Audiogon sold for $420, $320, and $325.
    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited November 2013
    more topless than open guts ;-) but I re-animated the Bottlehead Paramours last week in preparation to loan 'em out to someone and snapped a photo whilst they were warmin' up...

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    paramours 112413 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    ... just another opportunity to suck someone in to the high-sensitivity loudspeaker/single-ended, direct heated triode amplifier sickness... The first hit is free. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahhaaaa...
  • blushtravelerblushtraveler Posts: 2
    edited December 2013
    pjdami wrote: »
    here's the back:

    Pretty cool. This must have a powerful sound. I guess it would be perfect for multichannel home theater project.
  • ZitroZitro Posts: 867
    edited December 2013
    Gaara wrote: »
    Recent purchase -> PeachTree Audio Decco65

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    How are you liking this amp? Looking to get one to replace my NAD and run my Sonos connect into the Peachtree DAC.
    - Jeremy

    Amps: Jolida FX-10, NAD 3045, NAD C320BEE, Sansui G-9700
    Speakers: Polk Monitor 7A's, KEF Reference 104aB
    Sources: ProJect Debut Carbon, Sonos streaming FLAC
  • PreCdPreCd Posts: 786
    edited December 2013
    Simple in design but big on sound. My preamp build............Bottlehead Quickie battery powered pre.






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    SDA2BTL
    Marantz CD5004
    Adcom GFA-545
    Bottlehead Quickie Tube Preamp
  • PreCdPreCd Posts: 786
    edited December 2013
    My GFA-545.


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    SDA2BTL
    Marantz CD5004
    Adcom GFA-545
    Bottlehead Quickie Tube Preamp
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited December 2013
    PreCd wrote: »
    Simple in design but big on sound. My preamp build............Bottlehead Quickie battery powered pre.

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    Thanks for posting that!

    Funny you should mention the Quickie ;-) I had my first aural Quickie experience a couple of weeks ago - one of the local tube guys brought one over. We listened to it through my SE 2A3 amp (JE/Angela "Simple 2A3" variant) and the Duplexes... and it sounded really dandy to me. Quiet and silky smooth. It looks like a toy in every respect, and of course it is cheap... but it acquitted itself very nicely.

    The only real drawback (if any) -- besides, of course, the complete lack of 'snob appeal' ;-) -- is that it offers rather low gain (6 dB, if memory serves). If that's enough for one, it's an excellent gateway drug kind of little preamp, I'd opine!

    Indeed, even its owner was impressed by its "synergy" (probably impedance related) with the SE 2A3 amp. He's used it with a solid state amp, and he found it microphonic and touchy in that setting.

    It was really dandy on my hifi.

    EDIT: What ancillary equipment are you using your Quickie with?
  • PreCdPreCd Posts: 786
    edited December 2013
    Mhardy:

    Toy? Why I would put this thing up against any Fisher Price contraption that is made in China? ;-)

    I have the Quickie feeding a Adcom GFA-545. To cure the microphonics that is inherent in the Q I went through a few tube brands. Finally settled on a RCA version. Almost cured the microphonics. The little preamp does a good job if you can control it. I have been tweaking the tubes with home made dampers to try and get them to a euphoric state. At this time I have it sitting on a 2 inch concrete cap block out in front of the amplifier on the floor. This weekend I am thinking of wall mounting behind and above my gear. I am getting good battery life from the preamp, better than I expected. With my listening habits I should spend about $60 per year on them.

    Interesting to hear that your friend experienced a less microphonic environment with your tube amp than with the SS gear. I am headed in the tube direction. As you mentioned if you are not a tube guy this is a way to get your pavlov experience started!
    SDA2BTL
    Marantz CD5004
    Adcom GFA-545
    Bottlehead Quickie Tube Preamp
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited December 2013
    The Quickie was impeccably behaved with a CDP as the source and driving the JE/Angela Simple 2A3 variant. I rapped on the preamp's panel and it didn't whimper. The tubes in it were (AFAIK) those supplied with it.

    ....I've asked my wife for a Quickie for Christmas. ;-)
  • PreCdPreCd Posts: 786
    edited December 2013
    I firmly believe that any wife out there worth her weight can provide their husband with a Quickie. ;-)

    I feed the Q with a CDP. My interest is still peaked concerning the Quickie's response especially when you tapped on the case. The supplied tubes that I received were the devil! Not knocking Bottlehead as I am happy to have a preamp that performs so well for $99. But they were highly microphonic even when enveloped with heater hose which is a home remedy I was taught. Great to hear that it performed so well with your 2A3 amp. It seems I need to study up on what the causes of microphonics are SS vs. tube. It sounds that there is a difference between the two.
    SDA2BTL
    Marantz CD5004
    Adcom GFA-545
    Bottlehead Quickie Tube Preamp
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited December 2013
    Hmm... we should probably start a Quickie thread... ;-)

    The tubes used in the Quickie are notorious for microphonics; it's "just" an old battery radio tube (3S4); not exactly designed for hifi. Presumably the only - possible - salient difference in interfacing the preamp with different flavors of power amp would be match of the the output impedance of the preamp and the the load presented by the power amp.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,131
    edited December 2013
    ^So what your saying is....

    Keep in mind, "Its just a quickie" :biggrin:
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • FaceFace Posts: 14,714
    edited December 2013
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Hmm... we should probably start a Quickie thread... ;-)

    The tubes used in the Quickie are notorious for microphonics;
    That's disheartening. Why did they choose them, low power requirements or cost?
    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Friedrich Nietzsche
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited December 2013
    all of the above.
  • Glen BGlen B Posts: 269
    edited January 2014
    Acurus A250, recently acquired. The insides need some cleaning. Upon removing the top, I was surprised at how physically imposing the power transformer looked, rated at 1KVA. Upgrades planned including re-cap, adding bypass caps to the DC rails, and adding output relays/DC protection. One of the output posts is missing its plastic cap. I have a set of new WBT Midline posts on hand, and will use them to replace the stock posts.

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    Main System: Denon DP-59L | Audio-Technica AT33EV | Marantz SA-11S2 | Classe DR-10 | Classe CA-300 | Classe RC-1 | PSB Stratus Gold i's | DIY Balanced AC Power Conditioner | Acoustic Zen and NeoTech cables | Oyaide and Furutech power connectors | Dedicated 20A isolated ground line.

    Home Theater: Toshiba D-VR5SU | Laptop #1 |Outlaw Audio OAW3 wireless audio system | Marantz SR-19 | Phase Linear 400 Series 2, modified | AudioSource 10.1 EQ (for subs) | Axiom M3 v3’s | Axiom VP150 | Optimus PRO-X55AVs | Dayton 12” powered subs (x2) | Belkin PureAV PF-60 line conditioner.

    Party System: Laptop #2 | Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC | Technics SU-A6 | Acurus A-250 | Radio Shack 15-band EQ | Pioneer SR-9 reverb | Cerwin Vega DX9's | Dayton 100° x 60° horns with titanium HF/MF compression drivers.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,601
    edited January 2014
    Guts of Marantz 2385

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    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7004 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | Marantz SA8004 SACD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | HP Elite Slice PC | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4 Pro

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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,691
    edited February 2014
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited March 2014
    a semi-nude I thought that some might appreciate...

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    EDIT: is is probably the best sounding $30 amplifier I've yet heard. PP 6AQ5 is essentially identical to PP 6V6; probably about 10 wpc.
  • Glen BGlen B Posts: 269
    edited March 2014
    Appreciated. It looks like one of my early 1970s DIY 6BQ5 efforts.
    Main System: Denon DP-59L | Audio-Technica AT33EV | Marantz SA-11S2 | Classe DR-10 | Classe CA-300 | Classe RC-1 | PSB Stratus Gold i's | DIY Balanced AC Power Conditioner | Acoustic Zen and NeoTech cables | Oyaide and Furutech power connectors | Dedicated 20A isolated ground line.

    Home Theater: Toshiba D-VR5SU | Laptop #1 |Outlaw Audio OAW3 wireless audio system | Marantz SR-19 | Phase Linear 400 Series 2, modified | AudioSource 10.1 EQ (for subs) | Axiom M3 v3’s | Axiom VP150 | Optimus PRO-X55AVs | Dayton 12” powered subs (x2) | Belkin PureAV PF-60 line conditioner.

    Party System: Laptop #2 | Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC | Technics SU-A6 | Acurus A-250 | Radio Shack 15-band EQ | Pioneer SR-9 reverb | Cerwin Vega DX9's | Dayton 100° x 60° horns with titanium HF/MF compression drivers.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited March 2014
    It's a console pull, from a Canadian console - a little beefier all around than the typical US offerings of its day... sounds darned good on the Duplexes, in fact.
  • Glen BGlen B Posts: 269
    edited May 2014
    AudioSource AMP 300. 150W x 2, 470W bridged.

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    Main System: Denon DP-59L | Audio-Technica AT33EV | Marantz SA-11S2 | Classe DR-10 | Classe CA-300 | Classe RC-1 | PSB Stratus Gold i's | DIY Balanced AC Power Conditioner | Acoustic Zen and NeoTech cables | Oyaide and Furutech power connectors | Dedicated 20A isolated ground line.

    Home Theater: Toshiba D-VR5SU | Laptop #1 |Outlaw Audio OAW3 wireless audio system | Marantz SR-19 | Phase Linear 400 Series 2, modified | AudioSource 10.1 EQ (for subs) | Axiom M3 v3’s | Axiom VP150 | Optimus PRO-X55AVs | Dayton 12” powered subs (x2) | Belkin PureAV PF-60 line conditioner.

    Party System: Laptop #2 | Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC | Technics SU-A6 | Acurus A-250 | Radio Shack 15-band EQ | Pioneer SR-9 reverb | Cerwin Vega DX9's | Dayton 100° x 60° horns with titanium HF/MF compression drivers.
  • Glen BGlen B Posts: 269
    edited May 2014
    Denon DP-59L

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    Main System: Denon DP-59L | Audio-Technica AT33EV | Marantz SA-11S2 | Classe DR-10 | Classe CA-300 | Classe RC-1 | PSB Stratus Gold i's | DIY Balanced AC Power Conditioner | Acoustic Zen and NeoTech cables | Oyaide and Furutech power connectors | Dedicated 20A isolated ground line.

    Home Theater: Toshiba D-VR5SU | Laptop #1 |Outlaw Audio OAW3 wireless audio system | Marantz SR-19 | Phase Linear 400 Series 2, modified | AudioSource 10.1 EQ (for subs) | Axiom M3 v3’s | Axiom VP150 | Optimus PRO-X55AVs | Dayton 12” powered subs (x2) | Belkin PureAV PF-60 line conditioner.

    Party System: Laptop #2 | Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC | Technics SU-A6 | Acurus A-250 | Radio Shack 15-band EQ | Pioneer SR-9 reverb | Cerwin Vega DX9's | Dayton 100° x 60° horns with titanium HF/MF compression drivers.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited May 2014
    Nice to see this thread stirring again! ;-)

    ... guess I'll have to get out the screwdriver and a camera again, sometime fairly soon...
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,971
    Reviving this thread!

    HRT Music Streamer HD USB DAC that I recently purchased:

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  • dorokusaidorokusai Posts: 25,231
    Beautiful setups.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,606
    I just bought a new piece of gear so I thought I would take a close-up of the electronics inside.

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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,792
    Man, this thread is still going? Too bad it has been decimated by the Photobucket Ransom Grab.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,495
    billbillw wrote: »
    Man, this thread is still going? Too bad it has been decimated by the Photobucket Ransom Grab.

    I know right so much lost:(
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,590
    edited April 12
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    billbillw wrote: »
    Man, this thread is still going? Too bad it has been decimated by the Photobucket Ransom Grab.

    I know right so much lost:(

    I dunno - to some extent I get some perverse joy* from seeing Photobucket's pathetic business practices consigned to digital eternity as the sad grab for revenue that they are (were). Morons.


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    * Schadenfreude might be an even more apt description of my reaction ;)
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