Redboy's setup from the audio underground

Discussion in 'Members' Systems' started by Redboy, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Redboy

    Redboy a few good watts Subscriber

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    I'm trying to figure out how to summarize this stuff.

    My system changes a lot because I'm ever distracted by shiny pennies, but some underlying themes exist:
    • I like to DIY
    • I like old, heavy turntables
    • I like passive preamplifiers
    • I like single-ended tubes (or valves)
    • I like efficient speakers
    • I like the whole KISS concept

    My system's just a little bit off the beaten path. Flea-powered tube amplifiers producing just a few good watts, esoteric DIY stuff, idler turntables, giant horns. I listen at low volume, prefer jazz at this point.


    The stuff (click through for threads with more pictures and information):


    Vinyl stuff
    Skele-208:

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    Phonostage is a Herron VTPH-1MC or a Bottlehead Seduction with step up transformers.

    Preamp is a passive job, built around S&B TX-102 transformers:

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    Amplifiers are single ended EL84 monoblocks that I built.

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    Speakers are based on Edgarhorns.

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    Here are the best pictures of how it currently all comes together. When I brought the speakers in, I had to rearrange the room kind of radically and everything got stacked on whatever was convenient. I still haven't found a good solution for the stack - I'm still looking for a good "stand" or rack for it all. Oh, and the giant rack thingy that you see on the right side of the second picture is no longer there. :)

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    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  2. Mike Gibson

    Mike Gibson Modulator Super Mod Subscriber

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    Absolutely beautiful setup. I'd really like to hear it.
     
  3. caddisgeek

    caddisgeek sorry.......what?

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    tell me more
     
  4. TejasRichard

    TejasRichard Babies taste of chicken..

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    Wow. Just wow. It is all beautiful, but that tt is spectacular.
     
  5. Art K.

    Art K. The Voodoo You Do! Subscriber

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    Outstanding!
     
  6. Redboy

    Redboy a few good watts Subscriber

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    Thanks, guys.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  7. doucanoe

    doucanoe Registered Audio Abuser

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    Nice!


    RC
     
  8. Fast_Eddie

    Fast_Eddie Upper-middle fi

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    Very nice. Is there a write up on the amps somewhere?
     
  9. Redboy

    Redboy a few good watts Subscriber

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  10. Redboy

    Redboy a few good watts Subscriber

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    Here's another picture of the turntable. The tonearm is a 12" Thomas Schick, and I'm currently running a Denon DL-103 cartridge on it.

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  12. aidynphoenix

    aidynphoenix AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    :jawdrop::drool: :ntwrthy:
     
  13. timofred

    timofred I'm just a garbage man... Subscriber

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    What a lovely system, and an inviting room you have.
    I like the cupbord/shelf running around the room, good for breaking up reflections.
    Nice pussy.
    I would love to hear it all.
    Cheers, Timo.
     
  14. cableguy

    cableguy In Twang We Trust Subscriber

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    :drool:
     
  15. voltcontrol

    voltcontrol Fizheuer Zieheuer

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    Sweet lord, that pre is a class act... :drool: (Srry I also drooled over the rest of the stuff)
     
  16. Jailtime

    Jailtime Standin' on a corner Subscriber

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    Wow, Nate, that's some fine gear. I'm digging the TT. I really want an Empire 208 right now. So what's still 208 original in your TT?
     
  17. Redboy

    Redboy a few good watts Subscriber

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    All the stuff that makes the 208 great is in the "new" version. That's the platter, bearing and motor.
     
  18. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Super Mod Subscriber

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    Very nice and great DIY work! I'd love to hear it someday.
    Regards,
    Jim
     
  19. Jailtime

    Jailtime Standin' on a corner Subscriber

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    If I ever scrounge one up, I'll probably just go with a different base and tonearm. Maybe an SME. I don't think I have the skills to build something like your Skele-208.
     
  20. ejfud

    ejfud Audio Pinhead

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    The good news is it sounds even better than it looks!

    Awesome Nate.
     

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