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tinpan

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Post Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:39 pm

Re: Look what else showed up

later, more to follow.... :-" :-" :-"

:lol: :lol: :lol: Do I hear the sound of solder flowing? :lol: :lol: :lol:
Tinpan

HT - Sunfire TG IV, Sunfire Cinema Grand Sig. 400 x 5, Oppo 93, Klipsch LaScala (3), Cornwalls (2), SW-12, Sony 60" LCD

2 channel - AN L2 Pre-amp, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN 2.1 DAC, DUAL CS 5000 TT, Oppo DV-981HD, Lowther PM4a/Azurahorn/SentryIV

2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's

2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin
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mbskeam

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Post Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:07 pm

Re: Look what else showed up

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I'll see your 2 and raise ya..... :-" :-" :-" :D

by the way, did you know that you were going to get theses #'s????
Mbskeam


#1 BLACK BEAUTY's made by the man, the myth, the legend Bob Carver
CARVER: TFM-75, TFM-45(3), SD/A-490T
SUNFIRE: Tube pre
2 sets of ALS'3, set of SILVERS, set of PLATS
AUDIOCONTROL: phase coupled activator
KENWOOD: BASIC M2a (2)

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TNRabbit

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Post Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:41 pm

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Technically, you two have different amplifiers.

However, I think Bob F. should have started the numbering of the new amps with the first number AFTER those assigned to the CF amps....

We basically built the prototypes....
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Post Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:46 pm

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Yes I know, but I'm havin way to much fun now.....
I dont get out much you see..... :lol: :lol: :lol:
Mbskeam


#1 BLACK BEAUTY's made by the man, the myth, the legend Bob Carver
CARVER: TFM-75, TFM-45(3), SD/A-490T
SUNFIRE: Tube pre
2 sets of ALS'3, set of SILVERS, set of PLATS
AUDIOCONTROL: phase coupled activator
KENWOOD: BASIC M2a (2)

“Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.”
― Aristophanes

The only thing I'll feel......will be the RECOIL
Necronomicon Ex-Mortis....... Klaatu Barada Nikkto
"We should seek the greatest value of our action"
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tinpan

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Post Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:45 pm

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I'll see your 2 and raise ya..... :-" :-" :-" :D

by the way, did you know that you were going to get theses #'s????


Oh yes, there was a round of negotiation, and while I won't go into the details of it, I will say Tony Ferraro was very gracious in making sure I got these amps. If I could have sold my 600 x 2 I probably would have had numbers 1 through 4.
Regardless, I am very thankful to get 1& 2. Tony went beyond what I could have expected.

Now, about this Sonos thing, I am loving it. I have Number 1 driving the Khorns and the Sonos performing DAC and preamp duties. Last night we were on the back deck watching the kids swim and having dinner. I downloaded the Sonos app to my iPhone and I could sit on the back porch and picks songs and control the volume. It was wonderful.

This morning I rolled some Mullards EL84s into number 1 and noticed a nice improvement in the bass.

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Last night I hooked up #2 to the Klipsch Epic CF-3s to see how they compared to the Cherry 260s. I remembered Tony had said that Bob thought these amps should all be voiced the same. This set up has an Audio Note preamp and DAC feeding the VTA20s. These speakers are pretty efficient so I wanted to see if the VTA20s could even come close to the Cherry 260s.
Shockingly, they do, these speakers can throw out some bass and you can definitely feel it with the Cherry 260's. They also do with the VTA20s, the same full range of sound is there, granted the VTA20s may run out of steam on less efficient speakers, but they sound great on the CF-3s. If anyone is looking for a good tube amp under $2,500 bucks, this one is hard to beat.

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Here's a close up of number 2. The sound is great, the finish is awesome, I can see this amp being the centerpiece of many systems out there. It's very well thought out and i think it's a great amp for beginners to start with if they are worried about the learning curve with tube amps or maintenance. It is also a great amp to keep more advanced sterophiles more than happy.

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Since I am one to appreciate little details I thought I would also include a shot of the box as you unpack the system. First you are greeted with a nice short easy to read owners guide. It's right there when you open the box and you can't miss it. It even has a couple spare fuses taped to it.

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The box and insert are custom made and the tubes are wrapped in bubble wrap and taped securely to the amp so they don't roll around in the box.

Now, let's see where is that other box of Mullards for number 2, I'll be busy...and Mike.. :lol: ..I did come very close to playing the game out through #3 & #4 :lol: :lol: :lol:
Tinpan

HT - Sunfire TG IV, Sunfire Cinema Grand Sig. 400 x 5, Oppo 93, Klipsch LaScala (3), Cornwalls (2), SW-12, Sony 60" LCD

2 channel - AN L2 Pre-amp, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN 2.1 DAC, DUAL CS 5000 TT, Oppo DV-981HD, Lowther PM4a/Azurahorn/SentryIV

2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's

2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin
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stevek

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Post Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:08 pm

Re: Look what else showed up

tinpan wrote:
Now, about this Sonos thing, I am loving it. I have Number 1 driving the Khorns and the Sonos performing DAC and preamp duties. Last night we were on the back deck watching the kids swim and having dinner. I downloaded the Sonos app to my iPhone and I could sit on the back porch and picks songs and control the volume. It was wonderful.


I've been using the Sonos in my system for a about a year and am also loving it. I have one unit feeding my stereo and the bridge connecting wireless to a Play-3 in the bathroom. I sit and soak in a hot tub with a choice of tunes from my NAS server or discover new music with Pandora. I put my Android phone in a zip lock baggie to keep it dry.
Steve
Carver M500t(9/14), Carver M500t(8/12), Benchmark USB Preamp (10/10), biamped Emerald Physics CS-2 (7/14), Sony CDP-CE505,
Sonos Zone Player ZP90 (9/11), Sonos Play:3(9/11), Sonos Bridge(9/11), Qnap TS-219P+ Music Server(9/11). Spares:
Sunfire CRM-2 (2010), Decware SE34I.3 (11/13)
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Post Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:45 pm

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That looks like a keeper Tinpan. Very nice. =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
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tinpan

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Post Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:07 pm

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Thanks Tom, are you going to be selling these? I'm listening to number 2 right now on my CF-3s ...frickin' unbelievable how nice they sound.
Tinpan

HT - Sunfire TG IV, Sunfire Cinema Grand Sig. 400 x 5, Oppo 93, Klipsch LaScala (3), Cornwalls (2), SW-12, Sony 60" LCD

2 channel - AN L2 Pre-amp, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN 2.1 DAC, DUAL CS 5000 TT, Oppo DV-981HD, Lowther PM4a/Azurahorn/SentryIV

2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's

2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin
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Post Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:53 pm

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Yes I will. They will be on the site next week. Already have my demo. \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
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tinpan

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Post Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:18 am

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SteveK, my buddy has been trying to get me to move to Sonos for a year. Wish I would have listened. I still need to A?B it with my DACS for sound, but I love the convenience. I just turn my amp on, pick up the controller and hit play and it plays immediately. With my Apple music server it took two minutes to reset the Apply wireless network and watch the drive wake up. The Sonos on a NAS is boom right there.

Beemers, you should sell a bunch of those amps, I know I'll be sending people to you. I had mine rolling on the CF3s last night after I put the Mullards in.

Can't wait to try the Lowthers on em next.
Tinpan

HT - Sunfire TG IV, Sunfire Cinema Grand Sig. 400 x 5, Oppo 93, Klipsch LaScala (3), Cornwalls (2), SW-12, Sony 60" LCD

2 channel - AN L2 Pre-amp, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN 2.1 DAC, DUAL CS 5000 TT, Oppo DV-981HD, Lowther PM4a/Azurahorn/SentryIV

2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's

2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin
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Post Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:04 pm

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Well done Tinpan! =D> =D> =D>
I am curious as to how they compare to the ones Gary built for you. Please let us know your thoughts.
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Post Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:51 am

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tinpan wrote:SteveK, my buddy has been trying to get me to move to Sonos for a year. Wish I would have listened. I still need to A?B it with my DACS for sound, but I love the convenience. I just turn my amp on, pick up the controller and hit play and it plays immediately. With my Apple music server it took two minutes to reset the Apply wireless network and watch the drive wake up. The Sonos on a NAS is boom right there.


Tinpan,
Have you, or your buddy, heard the Sonos with the Wyred 4 Sound modifications made to the Coax and Optical outputs?
Steve
Carver M500t(9/14), Carver M500t(8/12), Benchmark USB Preamp (10/10), biamped Emerald Physics CS-2 (7/14), Sony CDP-CE505,
Sonos Zone Player ZP90 (9/11), Sonos Play:3(9/11), Sonos Bridge(9/11), Qnap TS-219P+ Music Server(9/11). Spares:
Sunfire CRM-2 (2010), Decware SE34I.3 (11/13)
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