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In Reply to: RE: A couple more points........ posted by TubeBuilder on January 15, 2012 at 20:46:48
I agree with your post about 97% I too, believe the BK12 is a dog that's why I recommended Robert either buy used or at the very least a BK20 that uses the much better Fostex 8" drivers, plus I was trying to find out just how firm Robert's stated $400 audio budjet really was!
The 3% where I begin to disagree with you is with your recommendation to Robert not to buy a SE amp, but to build his own. Not everyone can do this. I've been in this hobby for 45+ years and couldn't repair or mod my SET if my life depended on it. Plus who would want to chance possible destroying their amp and what do you propose he use "if" he start with upgrading his Yaqin MC10L amp? Where I begin agreeing with you again is I do believe a person will get great satisfaction in having the ability to repair/mod/build their own audio components.
I want to thank you for your nice comments about my back-loaded horns and Fostex drivers. Yes the Sachiko's are complex internallyand you're correct in that I am using what is to the best of my knowledge Fostex's most expensive 8" driver. However a much less expensive close driver are the FE208E Sigmas I suggested to Robert.
I think your suggestion that Robert consider a BIB horn is a very good one Tube and one I have to admit I'm embarrassed I completely overlooked it as a choice. Considering that the BIB is simple to build and even if one isn't capable of building a BIB horn it would be very inexpensive to have one made and it sounds very, very good to boot! A pair of BIB's loaded with a pair of nice Fostex or other 8" fullrange drivers should still fall in or perhaps it is slightly above Robert's budget.
Finally the 8" fullrange L Cao might be a good idea for a open baffle design, but have to admit I'd need someone to look at the T/S specs and tell me if I'm right. However if the L Cao would work on an OB design it would be perfect for Robert as they're $350 a pair and anyone can build an OB. So it could be the perfect solution.
Thetubeguy1954 (Tom Scata )
Full-range/Wide-range Drivers --- Front & Back-Loaded Horns
Central Florida Audio Society -- SETriodes Group -- Space Coast Audio Society
"The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with the concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, deceptions, and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night and his affections dark as Hell. Let no such man be trusted."
- William Shakespeare from The Merchant of Venice; Act V,i
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