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Jon L

Elekit TU-8600R 300B SET amp/headphone amp

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23 hours ago, Tachikoma said:

How does it compare to your direct drive amps? and do you have the Lundahl transformers in this unit?

Don't have any DD amps on hand to directly compare, but I bought the Elekit to triple as speaker amp, stat amp via transformer, and to power Abyss 1266 Phi TC planars.  

And it does have Lundahl's and Mundorf silver/gold/oil caps. (below photo from Stereophile)

49170891618_c291f9acfc_z.jpgElekitTx by drjlo2, on Flickr

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Planars? OMG those are usually hard to drive bitches. Being headphones the Elekit should be more than enough. What about the speakers, what are yours? For Stax the bottleneck is the transformer, so I can imagine the results. I wish I had 98db/w/m speakers or higher sensitivity to try a 300B SET.

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My speakers are custom jobs at measured honest 95dB/7 Ohm, with bass offloaded to another amp, so even 3 watts are usually enough.  But just for fun, I have the infamous Klipsch RP-600M on their way.  It's usually a bad idea to rely too much on reviewers, but at the Klipsch's reasonable price, what the heck...

Herb Reichert of Stereophile:

"The EleKit and Klipsch RP-600Ms together cost only $2600, but musically and sonically satisfied me as much as if they cost $26,000. To my complete surprise, this pairing exceeded the Orangutan+SIT-3 combo in apparent speed, tightness of bass, and boogie PRaT fun factor. The TU-8600R powering the RP-600Ms, sourced by the Chord Qutest DAC ($1895), created a complete under-$6k system, including cables and stands, that I'd be hard-pressed to improve on."
 

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I read the review. Please, by all means let us know how do those Klipsch perform. The world needs more efficient and sensitive devices. And people, probably.

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Huh... I guess this THX technology business is not ALL hype after all.

In my Holiday shopping binge, I couldn't resist buying the SMSL SP200 THX tech amp for measly $260 +tax.  Boy, cheap headphone amps have come a long way since I was last into dynamic headphones years ago... Sennheiser HD600 with ALO cable sounding mighty fine burning in the amp.

 

 

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