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  1. darth vader

    WTB: Cheap AV Receiver <$200

    Yeah, they are a big receiver. Pretty heavy too @martin64 sent you a PM
  2. darth vader

    WTB: Cheap AV Receiver <$200

    Got a Pioneer SC-LX71 if your interested
  3. darth vader

    SW Vic GTG

    I'd come just for the beer
  4. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    @TerryO I heard @buzz lightyear Weston amps and really enjoyed the sound. IIRC, he had some globe 45's, RCA red base small signal tubes and I cant recall the rectifier he was using, but his TM pre sounded great through a Topaz. When I got my TM, I specified Mundorf coupling cap's. I asked about EML globe 45's and RCA red base availability. Earle was able to source some nice RCA red base. He had NOS Russian rectifier. As the EML globes were limited production, I went with EML mesh plate 45's. They took some time to arrive, in the meantime Earle fitted some vintage RCA 2A3's. It sounded really nice. When the mesh plates arrived, I took my Topaz mono's back and Earle fitted Mundorf caps to them and also updated a few caps and resistors. Then the sound went from good to great with the mesh plates. Adding an EML 274 rectifier helped a lot. It did cost a few pennies for the upgrades, but I can say I listen to it and enjoy the music, I dont think of the cost. Not when its right. Now its all had some good time to settle in (they say the caps take 300hrs and tubes 50-100) its sounding great to my ears. @Martykt was able to source some very nice recifiers for the mono blocks. They look like the Russian ones Earle has, but sound a lot better. I still use the original KT120's and Tung-Sol 6SN7's. I tried other small signal tubes but kept coming back to the Tung-Sols. @Red MacKay was the one that convinced me that rectumfriers make a difference. He did so by brining a shoe box full of em around. Well, I heard the evidence through Buzz's system, so I was kind of in agreement already. They do play. If you want to borrow the vintage RCA 2A3's to try, give me a yell.
  5. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    @TerryO yours, mine and another guy I know who has one makes at least 3 of them done that way. I'm sure there would be more.
  6. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    I would guess you could. I believe Earle does do a lot of custom variants so theres a chance you may not be able to. Mine has a switch to change from set amp to pre/headphone amp. The switch is near the headphone jack on rhs of the unit. Dont know if that helps or not.
  7. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    @SMARTPLAY swapping tubes can be expensive, but not as expensive as swapping speakers. $30k Tannoys might be a nice match if you got that much cash to drop on them. Tube rolling can be touch and go but with the right approach could give some good results. Any tubes you collect that dont fit your system can be on sold...they may match someone else's system perfectly. Tubes are like that
  8. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    Depends on the tubes your using. The 2A3's that come supplied are only good for about 4 watts IIRC. If you request better tubes when ordering, Earle will supply them and he has some good ones. The EML mesh plates in mine are good for about 7-8 watts I believe. @Steve M I was of the belief that rectifiers didn't change the sound much until I tried it. They may or may not do much in other amps but Earles amps respond really well to using a good rectumfrier. I agree that you need a good sensitive speaker to use a time machine as a set amp. I use mine as a pre so i'm not too worried about power. I tried it as a set amp and its not my thing. I like the push pull sound. Everyone has different tastes
  9. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    Synergy with your speakers is important Earles amps respond well to better tubes. Its a bit hit and miss if your flying blind. Others opinions may differ, but good rectifier tube goes a long way. Tube rolling can get expensive. It pays to try and get an idea of what tubes may work better. You got a good pre/set amp, it may just need some tweaking. If you got one of those potato masher rectifiers, thats where I'd start.
  10. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    Have you played with different tubes?
  11. darth vader

    Weston Acoustics owners

    @TerryO Its also a can amp if you want to get your Bose or Beats cans out
  12. darth vader

    SW Vic GTG

    I'll put my hand up. I can bring @buzz lightyear and @Chickenism and a Pseudo Echo album. @Steam also. Ive got a Chrylsler, its as big as a whale. Its seats about 20 and we are about to set sail. We can put @evil c on the roof rack, national lampoon style. Its the best place for him in case he wakes up and starts talking. I got to page 7
  13. darth vader

    FOUND: WTB: DAC < $1000

    more than hot tongue and cold shoulder, lol
  14. darth vader

    FOUND: WTB: DAC < $1000

    Damn, left standing out in the cold again. As long as you got the job done mate
  15. darth vader

    FOUND: WTB: DAC < $1000

    I got a Consonance Don Curzio DAC with remote volume, well within the budget. Came from @alistairm But I'm still not talking to you after you stood me up on our last date....
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