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Well. New system new thread. The Monoblocks are home. Haven't heard them yet. Impressions to come. I have included a pic with my 550 hicap for size reference. They are serial number 1&2. Mint. I love them. 

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Yes it was a very enjoyable day after such a long sabbatical- the Holton inspired amp showed great amount of slam to drive the JBLS. Few pics of the day:   Yummy meats Tubby

It's starting to look a little Amish there actually.

@georgehifi might chime in later today with a report on his 850 when he puts it back together.    Resistor upgrade  DC servo cap upgrade  & another modification that George wil



54 minutes ago, Cafad said:

Wow!  Nice.  

 

Where did they come from again?  Because if they really are serial numbers 1 and 2 then that must mean...

 

They were a special build for one customer. Only 5 or so in existence. More like a bridged ME550 on steroids, despite looking like an ME850. 

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Had a visit to Trevor's yesterday. Was great to say hello. 

I bought them off the guy who commissioned them. He's a home theatre builder in Sydney. He needed 8 and got ten built and kept 1&2. He's used them about 200 hours. 

Anyway with a little help from @gat474 they became mine. They were $8000 each when new. 

I guess there is some debate as the owner states the transformer was modified from the 555 and the internals were based on a bridged 1400 design. Anyway I'm not going to argue as I wouldn't know how to tell. 

They are 300 watts each. 

And will run my JBL S4600 nicely. 

His brief was he needed the wattage and dynamics  more than the flexibility as the speakers they were designed for didn't wildly change load. So there isn't such a huge energy matrix. I think I got that right but it's not my area. 

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Wow! They look superb. I had a great time over the years with my 550II and I don't half miss the original ME.

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5 minutes ago, Jakeyb77 said:

They are 300 watts each. 

And will run my JBL S4600 nicely. 

 

At 8ohms and 91dB, these ME's are way overkill for the JBL's, better sell them to ME;).

 

What will happen is you'll see this massive bulge slowly travelling up the speaker wires towards the ME's, this will be the JBL's about to be consumed by the ME's.

 

Cheers George

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18 minutes ago, georgehifi said:

 

At 8ohms and 91dB, these ME's are way overkill for the JBL's, better sell them to ME;).

 

What will happen is you'll see this massive bulge slowly travelling up the speaker wires towards the ME's, this will be the JBL's about to be consumed by the ME's.

 

Cheers George

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Hi George. I'm actually pretty concerned this is the case but we'll see. Hopefully they will be fine. If not I'll have to upgrade the speakers haha. 

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Ok ok!! Gave them a run today and they sound brilliant. Volume went to 10 o'clock in the ME14 and that was enough lol. They took a little while to warm to as they are used to sitting around but just got better and better. Snares sound like firecrackers and every note is precise. Well defined soundstage too with the speakers disappearing and the vocals right in the centre. Heaps of headroom but sounded sweet at low volume also. 

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Peter Stein told me that they were like an 850 but more dynamic. More suited for speakers that like power rather than current. As you know Jake I was really close to buying them for my atc's. Peter told me they'd be great for atc whereas not so suited for something like a Duntech which is what he designed the 1400 for. I'm guessing your JBL don't need current nor a whole lot of power but love 300 watts of ME.

Peter actually told me that one 1400 is better suited to demanding loads than two, apparently they harder the 1400 has to work the better it performs.

 

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12 hours ago, darth vader said:

So when is the GTG Jake?

 

Things are looking sharp in Jakeville:thumb:

 

Maybe in the warmer months mate. Then I can open the house up. 

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The rear makes it look like there are 16 output devices per monoblock. Are there 8 or 16 in these things? Oh, I guess there must be 8 and the lower sink is there because it's really an 850 style case. I think I get it. They certainly are pretty. 

 

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1 minute ago, treuben said:

The rear makes it look like there are 16 output devices per monoblock. Are there 8 or 16 in these things?

You'd have to ask Peter Stein. Only 10 were ever built so there is little info available. And I'm not that technical. They are mint they are rare and they are beasts. Otherwise I would never sell the 550. 

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Now you just need the 1500 to get up there with the big boys.

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2 minutes ago, Luc said:

Now you just need the 1500 to get up there with the big boys.

Nah... the monos are rarer that will do me. Might even listen to them one day. 

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13 minutes ago, Jakeyb77 said:

Nah... the monos are rarer that will do me. Might even listen to them one day. 

Not a case of rarer or rareness but different power, same goes for the 1400. 

I'd be asking the question why do I have these if I don't listen to them but then that's collecting isn't it and your choice, you can never have enough toys eh.(Says someone who had 9 black Sansui's at one stage)

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5 minutes ago, Luc said:

Not a case of rarer or rareness but different power, same goes for the 1400. 

I'd be asking the question why do I have these if I don't listen to them but then that's collecting isn't it and your choice, you can never have enough toys eh.(Says someone who had 9 black Sansui's at one stage)

Haha had multiple girlfriends at one stage. Never listened to them either. 

But seriously I've leant my pre so even if I wanted to I couldn't. I have plans to bi amp my 4435 build with them. 

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So the monos are in the cupboard but the 850 has come out to run the JBL S4600. Loving it!! Room change has made all the difference. Glad the landlord let me renovate. 

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