Höfi's Audio page
The story, I tell you, started as my wife and I visited a
friend of her, who was (and is) building professional speaker systems.
He showed me, how a speaker system may sound. Due to the fact I used to
work for Revox 13 years ago, I think, I know a bit how, music may sound.
But believe me, I've never heard a sound so clear and real as on that evening.
(Actually, he also used the equipment to drive the speakers Krell, Mark
Levinson, Marantz and ......) I built the first speakers in 1975 with Jordan
Watts Celestion and Kef. That evening I decided to overhaul my audio system.
Name : Erich Hofer (also known as Höfi)
Age : 35 years young in 1996
Hobbys : Nearly everything
Profession : Computer Engineer (Digital Equipment Corp. Switzerland)
Member of TRUST - The
Real UNIX Support Team (DIGITAL internal)
picture shows you my growing 50 watt class A power amplifier. As you can
see in the picture the second part of the big capacitors in the power supply
and the power transistors aren't installed. The transistors are missing
due to the fact I hadn't paired them at the time I took the picture. The
big heat sinks, my wife and I found them on a weekend trip in Barcelona.
Click the picture and you get the big edition where you can see the nice
parallel monoural construction you also get the technical datas about.
By the way the speakers you see in the back are just the ones used for
the soundcard of my PC.
THE CLASS A POWER AMP
Go to semiconductor amp page.
a picture taken from the prototype of the box, used to verify the performance
of the bass drivers, at the start of the first listening tests and the
general crossover tuning for the mid and high frequency drivers. You see
only the finest quality parts are used for the crossover and belive it
or not, it's possible for everybody to distinguish between different caps
(MKT, MKP, MKS) in a crossover as in all audio applications. Of course
are also differences between different types of coils. The material I built
the prototype housing was just normal low cost filter board. The final
housing i built with medium density filter board, assembled with screws
and glue. Finally I applied a nice mahagoni veneer, and finally painted
the enclousures with a silky shining varnish. On the next picture you see
also my speakers mentioned earlier, built in 1975.
THE SPEAKER SYSTEM
Go to speaker page.
Because I didn't get my pots yet, I installed temporary and for test purpouses
the cheap grey cable which actually has to go, as soon I get the pots and
the cabling will be made finnaly. By the way the main
artists in the line stage (12AU7A) we bought on our last America trip,
in Lancaster by Frank Morris (Gold Aero) This tubes are selected and belongs
to the gold series (matched pairs). This tubes have a verry good microphonic
characteristic, I've tested it myself and the systems really have the same
characteristics. As soon the design ot the phono stage is completed and
finally approved, I think I've to order another 2 pairs from Frank because
also the noise ratio of this tubes is much better than the ratio of regular
THE TUBE PREAMP
Go to tube preamp page.
the moment i'm experimenting with some 300B tubes for 65 US$ each. I figured
out already why they aren't so expensive as the WE's or equivalent products
lifetime is approx. 3 months. More infos will follow soon.
THE 300B SE TUBE AMP
In the meantime my last pair of cheap 300B's died also,
all except one of the six tubes died due to a brocken fillament on the
same side, by an exact filament voltage of 5V. Bought me a pair of the
Audion R.O.D tubes, the ones with the dark plate, a local tube audio dealer
gave me these tubes for a good price, till now they ran many many hours
and i've not discovered any problem.
Go to 300B tube amp page.
newest project started 2 months ago with some SV811-3 tubes for about 30
US$ each. I like the sound of this tube very much because I think the low
frequencies are reproduced even more powerfull than with the 300B. I've
finished the prototype and need some time to compare the differencies
of several brands of the R's and C's. Within this project I decided also
to verify different wirings (cooper, oxid free cooper and silver wires),
to see if all this stories I read about are true or just VooDoo.
For this tests I'm shure I've to spent a lot of time. In the meantime i
ordered 2 SV572-3. Verification between 811 and 572 still ongoing. As soon
the 6BQ5 amp sounds i'll try a new driver stage E88CC and EL84/6BQ5. The
drawing and the calculations are completed ;-)
STILL PROTOTYPE 811-3 / 572-3
SE TUBE AMP
Go to 811/572 tube amp page.
a picture of the new ~15 watt class A/B tube power amplifier. I built this
amp to verify once more the difference between a triode and a pentode tube
amp and to learn more about pentodes connected as triodes. This amp sounds
not bad for the first shot, even the power tubes aren't matched nor they
are special brand or quality. 2 of them are in tube heaven already, but
not because of wrong working conditions, i think it's the quality of the
tubes. While shaking i heared the grids in some of them before the first
usage. I've assembled and soldered this amp in 1 day schematics you get
on the internet as much as you want. The parts aren't as expensive as for
a triode amp.
THE 6BQ5 TUBE AMP
Go to 6BQ5amp
time ago maybe 1 year i was searching for a Sovtek dealer in Switzerland.
On the internet i found an address of a very friendly guy in the capital
of Switzerland in Berne. We found out soon about our common hobby the music
and the good old vacuum tubes. I got some tubes from him to do some experiments.
You see them on some pictures on my pages. In the meantime i've modified
some amps for him. 3 months ago i visited him once more, during lunch he
told me about some tubes he would like to give me. Later in the afternoon
he came around with a big box full of tubes. After 5 hours of work i had
divided the tubes into a big box filled with used old Telefunkens, Siemens
and Valvos and nice small box full of ..... see next page.
Thanx's a lot Mirko
THE TREASURE BOX
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