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Amplification (Pre/Power) / Re: How to Build a killer Amp
« Last post by Pixelplay on July 09, 2018, 02:39:29 PM »
Just hooked up a large valve laboratory supply to play with voltages.......
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Amplification (Pre/Power) / Re: How to Build a killer Amp
« Last post by Pixelplay on July 09, 2018, 08:30:36 AM »
Hi Steve
How many watts are you getting from the 45's?
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Amplification (Pre/Power) / Re: How to Build a killer Amp
« Last post by stevenvalve on July 09, 2018, 02:30:57 AM »
Right now i run all Vintage Stuff, 1 Western Electric engraved base 274B, 2 - Mullard Brown Base ECC32, 2 - Holland 45s, nice combo
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Amplification (Pre/Power) / Re: How to Build a killer Amp
« Last post by stevenvalve on July 09, 2018, 02:23:06 AM »
I agree i cant imagine a better sounding amp than my own UX250 globe beast, its hard to comprehend how an amp could get any better, why because it just sounds real. but there is always better somewhere.......... maybe.
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Amplification (Pre/Power) / Re: How to Build a killer Amp
« Last post by Pixelplay on July 08, 2018, 08:32:12 AM »
This amplifier just keeps on amazing me..... I had not had a listen for a while and I was shocked at how good it is when got back to listening.
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Other DACs / Re: Marantz CD12
« Last post by Tweedle12 on July 05, 2018, 09:48:22 PM »
Some other random info - back in 1988/89 CD12 sold for 3000 (more than 10,000 in today's money), only 500 were produced worldwide, I was told by the guy who used to run the Marantz service centre that various celebrities and a member of the Royal family were owners.
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Other DACs / Re: Marantz CD12
« Last post by stevenvalve on July 05, 2018, 06:27:34 PM »
Great story. Mine was also a one owner. Now doubt he would not have sold either, while alive anyway, This wife took it to the local HIFI shop and sold it probably cheap. It had 10 years of dust and obviously had not been moved or used for years, i suspect because the belts had gone on the transport, so i received a phone call, are you interested, i know you like this old vintage stuff, price, make an offer, OK, so i made a very generous offer, the rest is history.
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Reel to Reel / Phono Stages, as Tape headamps?
« Last post by ozmillsy on July 05, 2018, 12:42:22 PM »
Hey guys, I have been doing some reading online.

And I discovered that the general EQ curve for tape head output follows the RIAA standard (which as we all know, is the same standard for vinyl).

The signal off the heads is low, around 1mV or less.    Which is similar to alot of MC cartridges.

I understand the EQ sections in tape machines also have slightly different curves allow for tape speed and IEC/NAB standards.

But,,,, is it crazy to think, that an MC phono stage, could be theoretically used as a tape headamp, to receive the signal directly off the heads of our tape machines?   With perhaps some minor tweaks to get it right?

Anyone played with this before?
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Other DACs / Re: Marantz CD12
« Last post by Tweedle12 on July 05, 2018, 03:53:39 AM »
I first heard a CD12 when I was a student - around 1994/95. I had assembled a decent enough starter system - Marantz CD63, Aura Evolution amp, Linn LP12 and Mission 760i SE speakers and called in to my local Hi-Fi shop. One of the sales guys was around my age and he asked if I had a bit of time as Marantz UK had sent over four new, unused CD players that they found when they were clearing out a store room. He said they were older machines - two CD11LE and two CD12 players. He and I spent a couple of hours listening to these remarkable players through, I think, a high-end AV amp and floorstanding B&W speakers. I was transfixed - I had never heard the like of it before. I remember that the CD12 stood out for me. The sales guy preferred the CD11LE - it was a more modern model, he said.

Anyway, I couldn't find the money to buy one of the CD12 players and had to satisfy myself with the memory of it, but it remained my dream machine.

After I started to work I picked up a secondhand Marantz CD80 and later a CD16, but neither recreated the magical sounds I recalled from my encounter with the CD12. Imagine my amazement when an absolutely mint CD12 was advertised for sale less than 10 miles from where I grew up. It came with all the original packaging, accessories and documentation. Well I am sure you can guess the rest...

Of all my Hi-Fi items I treasure the CD12 the most. It truly is a CD player for life. I am glad that other 'custodians' have similar connections with this fantastic machine.
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Other DACs / Re: Marantz CD12
« Last post by brenden on July 04, 2018, 09:18:37 PM »
Here is a pic of the DA12  dac and caps .
     This was mine and had the same chip as Steve's .
     My 94 mk 2 has    two    8805  single crowns .
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