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Reply #315 - 11/30/13 at 16:42:13
 
We're getting their LR!  Parts pulled on a 10/6/order IV with a couple more IV's after that and then us.  Steve, eluded to...in his White C+ sale, that we were looking at January for delivery....and that is just fine for that sweet Amp to come in then.

I noticed the MA is on the Tube Amp page now too.  ....with the Manual yet to follow....I look forward to that....and the biasing play by play.     .....gotta go....my daughter is dragging me out to shop for a snow board for her.........  .
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Reply #316 - 11/30/13 at 19:58:53
 

Yeah, I've been stalking the waiting list. Brianne said that a kitten gets microwaved every time I check the status on the list (which is like every other day at least). So when I check it before I go to bed I yell out to her "Bri, grab another kitten!".

I'm hoping the amps are done just before Xmas. I'm on vacation and can do a proper break in!

I also asked for HDTracks gift certificate for Xmas. Smiley
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Reply #317 - 12/01/13 at 15:55:07
 

Yey! I noticed the ZMA made it to the main page last night! That's a good sign!

I haven't noticed much difference between the early draft of the ZMA page and the now posted page. I saw the high rez (clickable) overhead photo of the ZMA, but that's all that really jumped out at me.

I wish the other photos were clickable to a high rez version. I wouldn't mind a new wallpaper for my Home Theater PC/Server
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Reply #318 - 12/01/13 at 16:40:08
 
YES, a 23rd, 24th -or- 26th...27th arrival would be pretty nice.
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Reply #319 - 12/01/13 at 17:46:51
 
I've added an enlargement to the main Mystery Amp photo at the top of the page.
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Reply #320 - 12/01/13 at 18:10:44
 

Thanks Boss!

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Reply #321 - 12/01/13 at 18:23:32
 
Cool, thanks Steve.

Quite frankly, I don't expect the 23-27th delivery. I respect the build process (and you) and how busy you are....when it is ready to ship then it is ready to ship in January.

Right now, I am enjoying my KS3035 break in with my KS1030 IC....the Organic realism with both the SE84CS & SuperZen CKC is not hyperbole.  .....to have the MA in next....an season it over the coming new year....does not get any better... .      -S
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Reply #322 - 12/02/13 at 20:55:39
 
Hi Steve, 3 questions:

I noticed you did not list the KT120 Tube. Do you not recommend using them? I realize at 38 watts/per channel...the KT120 might not be utilized as well as the KT66's. Plus, you voiced an like the KT66's...which works for me...if this is what you recommend staying with.

You did not list the Stepped Attenuator as Optional...did you make this a standard feature or was it overlooked in the Copy... . Non issue if you forgot to list it as an option....you generously gave the Red Malory NOS Caps & the Pelican Case....thanks again for that. I just wanted to point it out.

Does the MA have a common ground?  Dual mono sharing the same chassis usually does....and the center ground I see in the photo...sure seems to be common ground... . I need this for my Living Room Speakers...Polk SRS SDA 1.2's....to use the SDA function. However, if it does not have common ground...it is a non issue....Stereo is just fine. My Living Room SDA's are the only Speakers I like/run in SDA.

Thanks in Advance,   -S
I wanted to add....with the current of the MA, the topology with no chokes....and subjectively sounding as powerful as your Mono's....maybe we don't care or need the KT120's or KT150's.

I so look forward to this Amp....the PrimaLuna Dialogue Five drove my SRS SDA 1.2's at 42 watts/per channel Ultra Linear & 21 per in Triode-no problem. However, the PrimaLuna is no Decware Amp...or even close to the Torii III, I had briefly....so back the Prima went.
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Reply #323 - 12/02/13 at 21:17:57
 

On a similar thread - what about the new KT150 tubes?

I'm curious about the stepped attenuation - does it improve the sound at all vs a typical pot? I'm wondering if I should spring the extra $150 for that, or any other features that might help it be all it can be.

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Reply #324 - 12/02/13 at 21:30:12
 
Re: stepped attenuators: I think they are worth it. There's a bit of clarity I think they bring to the equation that is welcome. And the channel balance is more precise than with the pot. . . or can be, some pots are better than others.
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Reply #325 - 12/02/13 at 21:52:42
 

Thanks Lon, that's the theory I was going by as well. In the past, I've not seen Steve overly excited about the stepped attenuators only saying they might be slightly better. I was curious if the difference might be bigger with *this* amp.

$150 would get me some Iso-Cups or tube dampers or what-not.

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Reply #326 - 12/02/13 at 22:16:46
 
Even Balance of the two channels is most important to me...and the slightly better from the Boss....does it for me too.   Cool  -S
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Reply #327 - 12/02/13 at 22:34:42
 
The room will cause more imbalance than any quality (volume) pot.
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Reply #328 - 12/02/13 at 23:28:44
 
I have heard pots that were a bit more unstable then room Imbalances, especially at low volumes. (I used to live at low volumes, by necessity).
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Reply #329 - 12/02/13 at 23:31:01
 
Lonely Raven wrote on 12/02/13 at 21:52:42:
Thanks Lon, that's the theory I was going by as well. In the past, I've not seen Steve overly excited about the stepped attenuators only saying they might be slightly better. I was curious if the difference might be bigger with *this* amp.

$150 would get me some Iso-Cups or tube dampers or what-not.



Cool. I love my stepped attenuators, I now wouldn't order one of the amps without them.  Just that little nudge further into the sonic wonderland.
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