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Old 02-17-2011, 11:04 PM
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Redboy's setup from the audio underground

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:



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:



Amplifiers are single ended EL84 monoblocks that I built.



Speakers are based on Edgarhorns.




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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Old 02-17-2011, 11:07 PM
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Absolutely beautiful setup. I'd really like to hear it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:11 PM
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:11 PM
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Wow. Just wow. It is all beautiful, but that tt is spectacular.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:16 PM
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Outstanding!
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:20 PM
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Thanks, guys.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:23 PM
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Nice!


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Old 02-17-2011, 11:35 PM
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Very nice. Is there a write up on the amps somewhere?
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:37 PM
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Very nice. Is there a write up on the amps somewhere?
Yes. You can click through the hyperlink I put above, but here it is again:
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=300554
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:44 PM
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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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Old 02-18-2011, 12:20 AM
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:20 AM
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:30 AM
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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.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:36 AM
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:11 AM
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Sweet lord, that pre is a class act... (Srry I also drooled over the rest of the stuff)
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