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REVIEW: Dynaco ST-70 KIT Dynaco ST-70 KIT Amplifier (Tube)
Posted by email@example.com on June 28, 2008 at 04:22:02:
Model: Dynaco ST-70 KIT Category: Amplifier (Tube) Suggested Retail Price: $695 Description: An upgraded Dynaco ST-70 in KIT form Manufacturer URL: Dynaco ST-70 KIT Model Picture: View
Review by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 28, 2008 at 04:22:02
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for the Dynaco ST-70 KITI was looking for Dynaco products on Audiogon and ran across an ad from Bob Latino. He offers a new ST-70 amp in kit form with all new or upgrades parts for $695. I`ve been wanting to try another tube amp for quite some time but the cost for even a used one is out of reach. I gave him a call, we talked and it was at my door in 3 days. All the parts are in separate resealable bags and clearly labeled. The assembly instructions are very easy and leave no guesswork. Included is a color pictorial of the completed bottom section so you can go back and check your work. I`ve never built a kit before and this one is a joy. The unit comes with a stainless steel chassis( gorgeous, looks like a mirror),upgraded driver board which takes 3- 12at7`s, 4 bias adjust pots for the EL34`s, exact copies and makeup of the original transformers and more. After assembly it took about 100 hrs. to really shine and I was very pleased. Being a 40+ year veteran tweakoholic in this hobby I asked Bob how I could go further. A few days later 4 Russian PIO caps arrived. I would suggest if you purchase the kit get these caps from the start they make a HUGE differance after broken in. Replaced the 12at7`s with GE triple mica and the EL34`s ( although the Valve Art supplied with the kit turned out to be really great tubes) with EH EL34`s. Tried many things , mostly hype , and I must say this is a sure keeper.
Product Weakness: none at all Product Strengths: price point for certain, ability to tweak to my hearts` content,texture and TONE quality, detail, real detail not electronically exaggerated HF to sound like you`re hearing more.Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: ST-70 Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Musical Fidelity CR3 Sources (CDP/Turntable): CAL Aria and Euphonic Technologies Speakers: MMG`s and Cain and Cain Abby Cables/Interconnects: Sleltz anti cable and interconnect Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock, jazz, acostic Room Size (LxWxH): 12 x 20 x 8 Room Comments/Treatments: acoustic foam panels Time Period/Length of Audition: 30 days Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Powervar Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner