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7591's Great sound for chump-change System
Last Update: October 08, 2004 at 04:57:36 IP Address:
Amplifier: HH Scott 296 integrated amp I restored completely: replaced all plate and grid resistors with quality 2W 2% MO, All coupling caps with Sprague 715Ps, All multi-section B+ electrolytics replaced, selenium bridge replaced with 800v 8a silicon rectifier. Extra electrolytic filters on each DC balance pot makes hum totally non-existant.

clean, clear, detailed and incredibly transparent 50 watts per channel with new JJ 6L6GCs, JJ 12ax7s, Jan 6U8As and dual JJ 5AR4s.

This amp absolutely sings. All point-to-point construction-build quality must be seen to be believed. I believe this amp could go toe-to-toe with any amp in any price range made-yesterday or today.

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: New KEF Coda 70s. 10-70 watts power handling, 91 decibel/watt/meter efficient. 45Hz-27KHz!! Anybody who would sneer at these speakers needs to be slapped-build quality and performance put these 'budget' speakers into a class all their own.
CD Player/DAC: none
Turntable/Phono Stage: Technics SL1200 MK II. Don't believe the negative hype about well-executed Direct Drive TTs. Build quality and sound FAR exceeds the price and the sound surpasses many 'audiophile approved' turntables in the budget price range and beyond. This is a GREAT turntable just on the basis of it's merits. When judged by cost-it's in a league of its' own.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: I work in the TV/commercial post-production field so I make all of my own RCA/speaker cables with raw materials coming from our commercial/industrial supplier. I have a hard time believing the hype about ICs costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): none
Tweaks: other than the Scott, none yet. The 1200 is next up though.
Room Comments/Treatments: none. Small-medium sized one-bedroom apartment.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): blues, bluegrass, rock, jazz

Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Reverend Horton Heat, Johnny Cash, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, BB King, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Peter Green, Del McCourey, Rolling Stones, Bruebeck, Coltrane

System Goals/Comments: build an 'audiophile' system on the dirt cheap-just like the Rolling Stone article several years ago. Started with an HH Scott 299C-just as the article suggested and my first tube amp as well-and liked the sound so much after restoration I found a 296 to replace it.

No exaggeration; I don't start hearing anything that compares (excluding low-frequency-Koda 70s are small monitors) until I listen to systems in the $8-10,000 range

System Strengths: Clarity, detail, relative realism, spaciousness, deep soundstage, complete and utter transparency, no listening fatigue-this system grabs your ear and leaves you grinnin' like a monkey!

Low cost for great sound-if you can learn to read a schematic and use a soldering iron. If I can do it anyone can!

System Weaknesses: lack of deep, ground shaking bass, the Kodas are studio monitor sized after all. Very revealing of bad source material is a double-edged sword.
Video/HT System: Separate

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