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    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    I'm James.

    Default FS: Audion Sterling Plus SET amplifier

    Decided to move this on as it's been sat in my spare room doing nowt for too long.

    Mk1 Audion Sterling Plus with the nice chrome case. This one has been breathed upon by Anthony Mathews of tube Distinctions, who tweaked everything and threw a bevy of new parts at it about 5 years ago. I used it for 2 years before changing to my current setup, and it's been languishing ever since.

    The picture is of the unit, but it has a different valve complement now. Power valves are Tung Sol KT-120s. i checked with Audion before purchasing them and they confirmed that the unit is suitable for powering the heaters correctly. Certainly I had no issues with them. Input valves are a NOS Brimar 6922 and a NOS Amperex Bugle Boy 5687. I can swap out the KT120s for either HotRox KT90s or Svetlana Winged C 6550s if you prefer, and I have a lot of different input valves if you fancy something different.

    I'm looking for around £600 delivered in the UK

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    nice.. what output watts does it boast? might help sale
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    nice.. what output watts does it boast? might help sale
    18 Watts with KT88s or KT90s. About 15 with 6550s and with KT120s you might get a couple of watts more than the standard 18, but the best feature of those is that they are running well within their power envelope and thus will have a nice long life

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    Cambridge Audio CXU / Theta DS Pro Prime

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    Are you sure this is SET and not SEP? Pretty sure for 18w the valves would need to be strapped for pentode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Are you sure this is SET and not SEP?
    It uses the pentode in ultralinear mode. It's semantics really.
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    Ortofon ST-7 SUT / Croft RIAA

    Cambridge Audio CXU / Theta DS Pro Prime

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    It’s a lot of amp for the money. Good luck with the sale.


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    [QUOTE=Berni217;954982]It’s a lot of amp for the money. Good luck with the sale.

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    For sure. Lovely amp.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST25 supertweeters; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912 + Miyajima ETR-Mono SUT; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; tube preamp - Gate Audio tube; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 Mk I tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage from Gate Audio preamp; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smegger68 View Post
    It uses the pentode in ultralinear mode. It's semantics really.
    Doesn't pentode vs triode change the sound as well as the power? I'm not sure many SET fans would agree it's just semantic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    Doesn't pentode vs triode change the sound as well as the power? I'm not sure many SET fans would agree it's just semantic.
    Whatever. I'm just selling an amp here
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    Interested, is it a power amp or does it have some line inputs?
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