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    2ch system is Euphony Stylus playing ripped wav files - Schiit Bifrost 2 is DAC - Transcendent Sound Grounded Grid Preamp - Dynakit ST-70 Restored, NOS 7199 Driver Tubes, Mullard xf2's.
    Home Built "CornScala's with Crites components, B&C 125 Tweeter, JBL Mid, Crites (Eminence) Woofer. Homemade speaker and interconnect cables using Mogami wire.

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  1. I installed 7 or 8 of these in custom home theaters, excellent processor and a great price!
  2. After years of el34's I was surprised to see the blue glow also from my 6p3s-e.
  3. I'm selective of what I'll buy from HF and yes they have stepped up their game as of late. I do own these two floor jacks and both have served well. I own a Snap-On torque wrench and purchased 3 of HF's Icon torque wrenches which are every bet as accurate and well made as the Snap-On. Don't hesitate to go with HF floor jacks, no problems there.
  4. My reference was to the experience we had with certain individual Tecate components, not to Klipsch PCB's or their vendor. Relax, I wasn't on the offensive you can stop playing defense.
  5. Shouldn't have made a blanket statement but all of the ultra c's our engineering team was using at the time were indeed made in Asia.
  6. Tecate is an importer not a manufacturer per se. Their caps are made in Asia and are very inexpensive but spec sheets indicate decent quality. I've used Cornell Dubilier WMF polyester caps for years and that won't change. Some of theirs are now imported also and manufactured to their specs. I do think a good polyester is a great choice in crossovers for horn loaded speakers, not far behind a good quality PIO. That higher ESR with polyester has something to do with balancing the sound we hear helping it to be more pleasant. Still clear but not bright.
  7. How necessary is it to match ESR between each network in the pair, polyester (Mylar) having higher readings than most other types. Is there an acceptable difference that won't effect the speaker audibly and do these caps read close if they're indeed being tested to match?
  8. I listened to my modified Hafler 500 for years with a tube pre using NOS Mullard CV4003'S. I do believe an amplifier's only job is to amplify the level of the input signal faithfully without adding coloration. Of course we love tubes and what they can do to season the sound. That being said I like a tube pre in front of both my solid state and tube amps for how it "seasons" the incoming signal at the amp.
  9. Yup, I agree....except for your last sentence. When I have someone sitting next to me asking to turn it down to talk, I tell them "Shut the f@$k up you're here to listen to the music"
  10. No surprise here. David Hafler and his team engineered with intelligence and produced gear with excellent specs. Simple designs that performed well at a reasonable price. My first real amp was a Hafler 500 I built in '84. I still have it along with a 220 and my ST-70. All of these designs can still compete with and often outperform many high priced modern amps. Refreshing them with updated caps etc is a must and well worth the effort. Your ST-35 is true to the original circuit with modern quality transformers that are spec'd to be just like the originals. The amp is a testament of the enduring design that Hafler and team created over 60 years ago. Congrats on experiencing one of the best values in tube amps available today.
  11. I wouldn't over think the bias set point. Best practice is to stay with manufacturers specs. They've designed, tested and evaluated the amp to perform best at their recommended setting. Lowering the bias too much will increase distortion, increasing it will run the tubes hotter and out of their comfort zone.
  12. I believe any changes made to the original components in a 60 year old circuit be they resistors or capacitors when in the signal path, can and do influence the sound. CC resistors when in spec are going to sound different than metal film...maybe very noticeable, maybe not so much. Depends on your equipment and your ears. For me, I've settled on carbon film for my tube gear. I wouldn't tear into a new solid state amp and change out original metal films though, just for the hell of it.
  13. I completely understand your feelings on this. I'm usually very skeptical with circuit component changes but for me the CF's took a bit of sharpness and edge off the upper highs. All metal film in my tube circuits tilted the sound towards a more sterile and brighter presentation. Yes splitting hairs...but I personally prefer the CF.
  14. In order of preference for best sound in my system: Carbon Film - Carbon Comp (when all are within spec) and lastly metal film. I suppose it goes against conventional wisdom not to use metal film as they are technically more accurate and with tighter tolerance. In my experience and in my system, a high quality carbon film like Takman just sounds sweeter. After spending time with them in my amp I installed them in the signal path of my preamp.
  15. I also have a ST-70 along with two SS amps I have put on the shelf for backup if needed. I completely refreshed the ST-70 with a stock replacement 7199 driver board. I have 3 sets of strong testing RCA and Sylvania driver tubes. I used Takman carbon film resistors and CDE wmf series coupling caps on the board. I first listened with carbon comp and then metal film resistors. Yes they do influence the sound. The condition of the driver board, the components used and the driver tubes have a greater influence on the sound than the output tubes. Get that right first and then roll out EL34's, KT66 , KT77 and fat bottle 6CA7's and decide what sounds best in your system. Give your ST-70 a fighting chance before investing in a completely different amp. When healthy with the right board configuration and tubes it is a very capable and sweet sounding amp. I use a tube preamp and my speakers are home built Cornwall clones at 100db sensitivity. Highs and mids are smooth, rich and detailed. Bass is clean, detailed and strong. BTW I have two strong testing sets of vintage Mullard xf2 power tubes. I couldn't be happier with my system....and won't spend thousands more chasing a unicorn.
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