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by Billy Budapest
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....
Replies: 20
Views: 1728

Re: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....

Thanks for the info! I didn’t think they would work but I figured it was at least worth a question, as some amplifiers (primarily those with autobias) will work with almost any octal power tubes, whether they are EL34/6CA7, 6550, KT88/90/100/120/150, 6L6/5881, 6V6, KT66, KT77.
by Billy Budapest
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....
Replies: 20
Views: 1728

Re: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....

Any idea if the KT-150’s would work in a CAV-50 (which normally takes EL34’s)? I doubt it but would like to know. Thanks! Eric
by Billy Budapest
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: Year End Conrad Johnson Clearance Sale (Authorized Dealer)
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: Year End Conrad Johnson Clearance Sale (Authorized Dealer)

Steve,

I'm looking for a used CJ phono preamp and the HD3 DAC. Have a Lehmann Black Cube phono preamp and Ayre QB-9DSD DAC available for trade. Thanks. Eric
by Billy Budapest
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: DIY, mods, tweaks
Topic: C-J HD3: replacement of USB DAC module with more modern HRT model
Replies: 6
Views: 850

Re: C-J HD3: replacement of USB DAC module with more modern HRT model

There are also some capacitors missing from the left and right channels of the analog output booster/buffer. They are labeled C13, C14, C19, and C20. Again, I wonder why they were deleted from the final product?
by Billy Budapest
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: DIY, mods, tweaks
Topic: C-J HD3: replacement of USB DAC module with more modern HRT model
Replies: 6
Views: 850

Re: C-J HD3: replacement of USB DAC module with more modern HRT model

Something else that I noticed: where the thicker blue cables leave the "hrt streamer" and enter the L-in L+in and R-in R+in of the analog output booster/buffer, there is also a small green wire that exits the "hrt streamer" and is soldered onto an unmarked connection between the L-in L+in connection...
by Billy Budapest
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: Trade: Conrad Johnson HD3 for Ayre QB-9 DSD?
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Trade: Conrad Johnson HD3 for Ayre QB-9 DSD?

I have the latest model Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC (although the QB-9 was recently discontinued) that I would like to do a 1:1 trade for a Conrad Johnson HD3 DAC. Any takers?
by Billy Budapest
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: DIY, mods, tweaks
Topic: CAV50 triode connection
Replies: 9
Views: 2542

Re: CAV50 triode connection

I never implemented the switch although I still think it would be a good idea. Instead, I actually used it as an epl loop and set it up as a stereo to mono converter using this: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/monacor-smc1-stereo-mono-converter/432335-01/ I went this route rather than using y-cables ...
by Billy Budapest
Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: WTB: CJ MET1, MET150
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: WTB: CJ MET1, MET150

Bump. One year later, any available?
by Billy Budapest
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Other CJ (Processors/DACS/Players) Products
Topic: DF-1
Replies: 3
Views: 1025

Re: DF-1

If anyone is interested, I saw one of these listed on eBay right now.
by Billy Budapest
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: Announcing the conrad-johnson CA-45 control amplifie
Replies: 30
Views: 3051

Re: Announcing the conrad-johnson CA-45 control amplifie

I wonder how different it sounds than the CAV-50. Same power rating. Two less tubes (no 6sn7's) and missing the two big upright can capacitors used in the CAV-50. In other words, a different circuit.
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by Billy Budapest
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: sold! Conrad Johnson TEA2 SE HG Phono Preamp - $2500.00
Replies: 2
Views: 690

Re: Conrad Johnson TEA2 SE HG Phono Preamp - $2500.00

Did you ever sell this unit? Thanks! Eric
by Billy Budapest
Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: WTB: CJ MET1, MET150
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: WTB: CJ MET1, MET150

Bump. Anyone willing to part with both or either? Thanks.
by Billy Budapest
Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:55 am
Forum: DIY, mods, tweaks
Topic: CAV50 triode connection
Replies: 9
Views: 2542

Re: CAV50 triode connection

I've been thinking about a pretty cool mod--repurposing the epl button (which I do not use) into a switch so that I can convert from triode to ultra linear on the fly. Well, not exactly on the fly, because I would power off the unit before doing the switch--I don't think it would be a good idea to s...
by Billy Budapest
Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: McCormack
Topic: McCormack UDP-1 C-J Edition
Replies: 3
Views: 1804

Re: McCormack UDP-1 C-J Edition

Very happy with it so far. The Oppo and the UDP-1 are in different systems so a side by side comparison won't be possible.
by Billy Budapest
Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: WTB: CJ MET1, MET150
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: WTB: CJ MET1, MET150

Yes, I missed out on the closeout Spearit Sound ran a few years ago. I was talking to them about putting together a deal but it didn't happen, and then--BAM--all of their stock sold out in a hurry!
by Billy Budapest
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: WTB: CJ MET1, MET150
Replies: 4
Views: 600

WTB: CJ MET1, MET150

I am looking for a MET1 multichannel preamp and/or MET150 multichannel amplifier. Thank you!
by Billy Budapest
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: DIY, mods, tweaks
Topic: C-J HD3: replacement of USB DAC module with more modern HRT model
Replies: 6
Views: 850

Re: C-J HD3: replacement of USB DAC module with more modern HRT model

Based on the complexity of the circuit, I don't think it is a buffer stage, or at least, only a buffer stage. It probably is the entire analog output stage of the DAC. I actually corresponded with Kevin Halverson who, while not confirming that that the USB module is an OEM version of a HRT streamer,...
by Billy Budapest
Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:59 am
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: BOUGHT ONE--MET150 5-channel poweramp
Replies: 3
Views: 919

Re: BOUGHT ONE--MET150 5-channel poweramp

Ah, gotcha now! I also am guessing you live in a pet-free household!
by Billy Budapest
Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Classifieds and Wanted
Topic: BOUGHT ONE--MET150 5-channel poweramp
Replies: 3
Views: 919

Re: BOUGHT ONE--MET150 5-channel poweramp

I am a little confused by your thread title. Did you buy one and now are looking to sell it, or did you buy one and now want to buy another?

Is this a "for sale" thread or a "want to buy" thread?