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#91090 - 04/18/05 09:41 AM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 2034
Loc: Fla. Orig. Mich.
Ok, got it: Paragraph #1, the goat must be kept away from the moose.

Para #2, Oh, you have grandkids, too?

(Woah!! Better not let my grandkids read that!!!!) Only kiddin' of course!
Rich.

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#91091 - 04/18/05 01:09 PM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Hmmm, that might be an interesting project go w/ the vintage Pioneer turntable I got this weekend...

I listened to some old R&B vinyl I had. Once again, the detailed sound Axioms makes really bad vinyl pressings/recordings sound really bad. But good recordings, like one of my Whispers albums, sounds fantastic. Sound is a little thin and veiled, but I think that's due to the cartridge, and I have a new Ortofon on order. Dangit, and I thought I was done w/ my system...


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#91092 - 04/18/05 02:20 PM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
2x6spds Offline
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Registered: 03/16/02
Posts: 2726
Loc: CA, USA
I'm thinking of building a Bottlehead Foreplay preamp kit for the T-Amp. The preamp kits with all upgrades runs about $320. The amp goes for $20. The amp costs less than the "gold RCA jack" upgrade for the preamp. Oh well, as Axiom fans know all to well, cost and sound quality are decoupled values.

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#91093 - 04/18/05 04:04 PM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
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Registered: 01/19/04
Posts: 521
Loc: PHX/Flagstaff, AZ
You've piqued my interest. What all do I need besides the amp to use them? A preamp and a digital source? My Denon doesn't have preouts so I can't use that. What would suggestions of things I need and their costs? Where can I find them?

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#91094 - 04/18/05 05:53 PM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
PaulM Offline
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Registered: 03/12/05
Posts: 278
Loc: St. Albert, Alberta
Hmm. A T-amp, an Ipod, M3's in the back and a power inverter into the lighter might make for a good system in the minivan. Bet the kids would love it. Not sure about my SO.

Did you see those wild speakers in the link to the T-amp review ? They are a work of ...

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#91095 - 04/18/05 06:39 PM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
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Registered: 03/16/02
Posts: 2726
Loc: CA, USA
Hi Player8

All you need is the T-Amp, a pair of efficient speakers (M3s would be swell) and a CD player or IPOD. The T Amp's input jack is a 1/8" earphone mini, so you can get an adaptor - 1/8" male splitting into 2 male RCA plugs (Radio Shack has them for a couple of bucks) if you want to use a full size CD player, or just use the cable supplied if you want to use a walkman, discman or IPOD. You can run the T Amp off of 8 AA batteries or spring for a DC power converter. It's max is 15 watts per channel and if you give it more than 14 volts it'll fry, so you want a 3 amp 14 volt power supply and an "L" DC power plug which you just solder to some hook up wire - connect the exposed wire ends to the power supply and the "L" plug into the T Amp. The T Amp has a volume control so - that's all you need unless you want to use multiple sources or a phono.

I've taken everyone who has come by the past few days into the garage and the uniform reaction is "Holy Sh*t!"
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#91096 - 04/18/05 06:59 PM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
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Registered: 04/02/03
Posts: 16268
Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
But isn't it a different garage now?

Just yanking your chain. I can't wait for my brother's unit to arrive. Should be fun! (My onkyo has no pre-outs, so I'll have to use a cable straight from the CD player to get a signal to the amp.)
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#91097 - 04/18/05 07:14 PM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
2x6spds Offline
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Registered: 03/16/02
Posts: 2726
Loc: CA, USA
Yes, and the acoustics are not as good in the new garage as they were in the old.

That's what I'm doing at this point - I'm using that earphone jack to twin RCA jack adapter and hooking the CDP straight into the T Amp. That's the shortest and cleanest signal path possible.
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#91098 - 04/19/05 08:32 AM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
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Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 365
Loc: Charlottesville, Virginia
Well, you got me.
Just ordered one from Target.
Who Knew???
This'll keep me from having to run speaker wire back into the bedroom, and we'll also be able to take it out in the backyard for when we are putzing around out there.
I'll just run my little iRiver CD player off of it.
Cool.
TjB

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#91099 - 04/19/05 11:20 AM Re: Want to Try Super Tube Sound for $20?
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Registered: 08/24/03
Posts: 147
Loc: East Bay, California
2x6 Speeds,
I just finished building the new Foreplay III and it sounds so sweet, I also have a Foreplay 2 that I have had for about a year these are a fun project and you really get a feeling of saisfaction by doing it yourself. Try one..


Edited by koiman (04/19/05 11:21 AM)
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