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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #45 - 09/03/05 at 16:05:01
 
Five single-ended tube watts per channel.
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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #46 - 09/03/05 at 16:12:03
 
Finally found the link to the pages on the site:

http://decware.com/se34m/zmono.htm
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playntheblues
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Reply #47 - 09/03/05 at 17:31:56
 
Lon those look SAWEEEEEEEEEEET!  enjoy Grin
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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #48 - 09/03/05 at 18:59:14
 
Been enjoying them since December 2003! Grin
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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #49 - 10/20/05 at 13:32:31
 
Well, my latest tweak:  Herbie Audio Lab "Grungebuster Dots" between my Radials and the brass speaker spikes I have them on.

They were cheap, and the whole set cost less than twenty dollars including shipping, and I think they made a subtle difference coupling the spikes to the speakers, better than Blutac.  Seems to give a better focus to the sound.  Nothing dramatic, but glad to have them.


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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #50 - 12/09/05 at 13:43:33
 
Keep going back and forth between a resistor in the lower radiator and no resistor in the lower radiator.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages!

Spent a few weeks with it IN.  Makes the Radials behave a bit more conventionally. . . imaging is more SPECIFIC and the sound and stage are tightened.  The treble and upper mids are really sweet.  They are a bit less focused without the resistor, but in that situation there is more bass and a wider deeper stage.

Ah, options!   Cheesy
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playntheblues
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Reply #51 - 12/09/05 at 20:52:45
 
LOn, great to hear from you.  More info please.  Guy
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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #52 - 12/09/05 at 21:38:32
 
Guy, whatcha wanna know?  Four pages of me being so happy with my RL-2s is not enough?   Wink Wink
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #53 - 12/10/05 at 02:40:21
 
Do you still have the Z-box in the mix Lon or are you mostly running strait off the 685?.  Dave Smiley
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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #54 - 12/10/05 at 11:21:14
 
I've taken the ZBox out.  It's a great machine, but. . . well I find that without a preamp between it and the Monoblocks, with the high output of the DEC685 and having to keep the gain on the Monoblocks so low, there is some compression of dynamics that I just can't ignore.  The sweetening is there but it feels like shaving off some detail and squashing some of the flow.  IT's not bad, but I prefer the straight into the amps from the DEC685 sound.  Partly also because of interconnects perhaps; I bought Decware Reference interconnects for use coming out of the ZBox and I don't prefer their sound to the PS Audio XStream Statement interconnects I have.  Those are so full bodied and clear, they make the Decwares seem pinched.  So. . . for whatever reason, the ZBox is vacationing in the living room where listening is less critical and it is doing a nice little job between my Sony vcr/dvdr and my B&O receiver.
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DaveCan
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #55 - 12/10/05 at 17:44:25
 
Thanks Lon, I like the idea of source to amp with nothing in between and I guess with your 685 there's probabley no real need for the Z-box in the mix. After posting what people would recommend in the under $1000.00 Decware amp category I'm hoping sometime in 2006 to get the Taboo. I'll just run it direct from my source and then go from there. I don't listen that loud so hopefully that will work out ok, besides the only tube amp I've ever owned was a Marshall JCM 900 lead series head so I'm sure this will be a huge step forward to what I have now.  Dave Smiley
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Reply #56 - 12/10/05 at 17:49:42
 
Ps, the way you've described your RL2's and latley Match with the 1.5's sure makes a guy wish he could check all this out, and deeper pockets would be nice too.  Dave Smiley
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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #57 - 12/10/05 at 17:55:05
 
I know what you mean Dave.

I really think unless you have a big room and a leadfoot on the volume the Taboo would be loud enough. . . . I never use half the volume I could muster with my Monoblocks. . . probably never use MORE than half.
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Lon
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #58 - 12/13/05 at 13:33:42
 
Okay, fiddling about with room placement etc. I've decided to leave the resistors IN the bottom (using 100 ohm resistors).  

Yes, I could use a touch more bass.  But no, I can't do without the dynamic focused magic these speakers have with the bottom driver "active". . . .
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Re: Radials and EL34 Monoblocks, some impressions
Reply #59 - 04/30/06 at 21:53:30
 
I've been away from home for a while except for two quick Friday night/Saturday morning periods, and I'm home with my wife finally for three days.  

I miss the Radials when I'm gone and when I come back it's really something to spend a few hours in their spell. . . . Nothing like it in my new "second life" in Houston.
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