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DirtDawg
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #15 - 03/04/06 at 02:32:38
 
shsh... not so loud, please. Smiley
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Rap
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #16 - 03/08/06 at 00:21:45
 
[quote author=RFZ_Quest  link=1140416584/15#17 date=1141776685]These are the Emission Labs 5U4G's.
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What! speak up son..



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Sam in USA
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #17 - 03/08/06 at 00:29:18
 
[quote author=Rap  link=1140416584/15#18 date=1141777305]


What! speak up son..



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Aye Aye! Captain!  :D
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Reply #18 - 03/08/06 at 16:43:12
 
Sorry Sam the letters only go up to 24 in size Undecided no use writing 30
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #19 - 03/08/06 at 17:35:09
 
why are we yelling?  ???
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teepeeworks
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #20 - 03/08/06 at 17:50:50
 
Paul,

That is very interesting that your Torii required no break-in. Huge bonus.  :)

I don't know why but I love the F-16. It's concept, looks, small size, the single engine, just like that jet.

Take care,

Corey
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Reply #21 - 03/09/06 at 00:57:20
 
Corey,

 While the F-16 and the new F-22 are sweet machines, my favorite is the A-10.

  BobZ
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Sam in USA
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Reply #22 - 03/09/06 at 02:34:30
 
Awsome pics!
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MAC -SteveH
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #23 - 03/22/06 at 22:36:46
 
Well - wassup with the JJ KT-88's Paul??

I've been running the JJ's for a long time now. Fantastic sound. Extremely linear.

FWIW - the MkII does kick sum ass right out of the box!

I don't miss my SE84CS one bit! (sorry Grey) (not really)
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #24 - 03/23/06 at 01:02:17
 
Hello MAC- SteveH,

I know that my further comments have been lagging behind on the TORII MK2 but for a good cause. My time has been short lately and what spare time I do have has been spent searching and acquiring several different tube types. Some new production, with most being high quality N.O.S. types. It will be awhile before I can report on any of these as they are evaluated. Tube rolling is going to be a major aspect of the continuing review and I want to try many different configurations to know the difference in what this amp can do.

Since the SV83M-DC mono-blocks will be compared in this evaluation with both vinyl and SACD sources, I am also going to test these with upgraded tubes. Currently I am using the Svetlana SV83s with 6922s. I have two matched sextets of Ei gold pin Elite EL84s and some Ei gold pin 6DJ8s coming for these. I will also be evaluating with Mullard N.O.S. rectifiers. These amps have the advantage of considerable break-in so that they are at peak presentation.

Currently I have a set of N.O.S. Mullard rectifiers coming from England. They will be used for all tests in comparison to the stock Rubys in use now.

For driver tubes, I am in the process of acquiring many different brands of N.O.S. types to include Mullard, Amperex, RCA, Siemens, etc to include sets of 12AX7s for my phono stage and 12AU7s as well as 12AT7s for my SACD output stage.

I am also working on a set of N.O.S. 5U4 rectifier types from RCA and Sylvania. If I manage to get these, they too will be evaluated with the others. A matched quad set of JJ KT77s are also on the way to be used on the TORII MK2. These have very high praise and are a direct replacement as upgrade versions for the EL34s. I am very satisfied with the overall presentation of the S.E.D. winged C EL34s that I have now and the JJ KT88s are awesome with this amplifier. Both of these sets are highly recommended with the TORII MK2. I intend to experiment with a great deal of variations with these amplifiers and it will be interesting to discover the different signatures each trial will bring forth. I really want to hear just how far the sound quality can be extended with the right tubes.

It will take some time to get through all the tube swapping so have patience and I will report as things progress. I am glad to know that someone besides me found the initial sound of the TORII MK2 to sound reasonably good right out of the box. It seems as though all other reports reflect otherwise and I have really been puzzled by this. I am very satisfied with this amplifier, I expect much greater results to come forth as time progresses, and discover the ultimate tube configuration to tailor the sound just right.

More to come

Paul
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veryoldcat
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #25 - 03/23/06 at 02:00:39
 
[quote author=RFZ_Quest  link=1140416584/0#14 date=1141437184]

Just to assure you that my hearing is intact; I recently had an audio gram using the sound booth with headphones and I passed that test with flying colors.
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The eyes, don't forget to check the eyes...

Thanks for the great Torii impressions Smiley

Karl
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RFZ_Quest
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Reply #26 - 03/26/06 at 16:06:23
 
You are welcome Karl. This is only the beginning. Stay tuned as much more info is coming around the bend. I bet you thought I was challenging your eyesight with that french script. I hope it did not give you a headache as you need to be at your best for listening to audio.

Take care.

Paul
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RFZ_Quest
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #27 - 03/26/06 at 16:26:55
 
Update: Tube rolling has been initiated! Reports coming soon.


I just recieved a couple of packages yesterday with some of my NEW stock tubes that I will use in the comparison tests. These include the new JJ KT77's which are direct drop in upgrades for the EL34's and matched sets of Ei Elite gold pin 6DJ8EG's and 12AX7EG's. Most importantly my Mullard CV593/GZ32 N.O.S. rectifiers also came at the same time.

Here is the set of tubes recieved along with my set of JJ KT88's:





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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #28 - 03/26/06 at 16:34:15
 
Here are the 12AX7's (trio) which will be used in my 1.5 Phono Stage. Two are identical matches with the third which is very close. The closely matched tube will be placed between the balanced set and this will become non critical considering it's function. Beside them are the 6DJ8's. These will go into the amplifier.

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RFZ_Quest
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Re: Preliminary evaluation: TORII MKII
Reply #29 - 03/26/06 at 16:43:00
 
This is the set of JJ KT77 output tubes Quad matched. They are currently "breaking-in" residing in the TORII MK2


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