Many of our customers ask similar questions.
It will be helpful to many people, if we have a "public"
because some members of the public, probably have the similar questions,
and would like to know the answers to these questions.
Email from customer
Q1 The EL34 Ultralinear Silver Amp is, I believe, priced at £700
- what is
Q1 The £700 EL34 can be upgraded to the KT88 Triode connection.
Q3 The KT88 Triode version seems to be available at £850 and £1000.
Q4 My Speakers are fairly low sensitivity (about ... db I think). My
Q5 Further to the above question I am considering buying a 3 way speaker
1. Buy EL34 silver
Does this sound like a good approach?
Reply from Affordable Valve Company
Is the Dynaudio Contour 3 speakers
Does it have 8 inch woofer + midrange + tweeter ?
Email from customer
To correct my earlier Email - I meant to say my speakers have a sensitivity
Re Dynaudio Contour Speakers.
Hope this helps,
Reply from Affordable Valve Company
I think that your loudspeaker might be a Dynaco Contour 1.3 with 6 inch woofer + tweeter.
Assuming that your your speaker has 1 piece of 6 inch woofer..... this is my reply
It is everybody else fault, but mine ! (Part 1)
There are loudspeaker manufacturers producing
It would be nice if some manufacturers, shops, and magazines could admit
It is everybody else fault, but mine ! (Part 2)
There are some "push pull" valve amplifier manufacturer using
There is also a huge problem with the lousy bass of
If you connect these amplifiers WITHOUT FEEDBACK into HUGE "High End"
This is absolute nonsense. It is a "Law of Physic" that it impossible
to build SMALL efficient speakers with excellent LOUD DEEP bass (unless
you have a magnet the size of a football).
Why can't some valve amplifier manufacturer , shops and magazines admit
that their valve amplifier
Probably the only range of CURRENT POPULAR COMMERCIAL (i.e. more than
50 speakers a year) of efficient speakers with DEEP BASS, are the famous
Klipschorn which sells for USD 7,500 , which is about GBP £4,000
+ the cost of shipping these huge speakers from America + the cost of building
an extension to your house for these 52 inch x 31 inch x 28 inch speakers,
which is a corner loaded horn with 15 inch woofer + 2 inch horn loaded
midrange + 1 inch hold loaded tweeter with a VERY IMPRESSIVE frequency
response of 33 Hertz to 17,000 Hertz +- 3 dB. Please remember that
the bass response will NOT disappear / collapse / compress when you turn
up the volume ! Small speakers can claim to go down to 33 Hertz at
1 watt about 87 db at 1 meter, but turn up the volume to 107 db and the
bass will disappear / collapse / compress from small speakers !
Before you suggest "baby" horn speakers with "single drive units" please remember that you need a horns mouth of 14 feet to 37 feet diameter to go down to 20 hertz. The 37 feet diameter will give better quality than 14 feet diameter mouth. Ask people selling "baby" horn for a "frequency response curve" and you will find their claims of 40 hertz to 22,000 hertz is NOT +- 3 decibels. Please look at the frequency response curve and you will find that the frequency response curve of most (but not all) "single driver" "baby" horns are totally unacceptable to SERIOUS Hi Fi enthusiast, who believe that one of the cornerstone of HIgh FIdelity and ACCURATE REPRODUCTION of sound is a FLAT frequency response curve.
"Woolly" sound from valve amplifiers.
"Woolly" sound only comes from "push pull" valve amplifiers with small
output transformers or
"Grippy" transistor amplifiers.
Our HUGE output transformer and HUGE mains power transform + choke regulation of the power supply give HUGE POWERFUL bass into HUGE 12 inch woofer.
To get HUGE POWERFUL bass, you need HUGE POWER transformers
Our power supply is so "over the top" that if you leave the CD player
If you take away the HUGE POWERFUL bass, the sound become ?cleaner?,
Power Handling for the Dynaco
It is good that the Dynaco has a large 3 inch voice coil.
This should increase the power handling in the mid range,
but NOT the bass, where Xmax is the limiting factor.
Xmax is how far the cone can move before distorting.
However, I believe (but I do not have any proof) the last time I saw a specification detail of Dynaco drivers the Xmax was quite "typical".
Please remember that some people might express +-3 millimetres Xmas as 6 millimetres Xmax.
If the Xmax of the Dynaco driver are "typical",
Please email Dynaco ask ask them how much is their Xmax , and how they calculate their Xmax.
Try our GBP £750 "EL34 Triode Connection - Lim Signature"
In general, you have our money back guarantee (less £30, within
But there is a limit to how good "2 way" speakers with 6 inch driver
in SMALL boxes can sound,
Please pay a little bit more and audition our GBP £ 750 "EL34 Triode Connection - Lim Signature" and you will be shock at the HUGE difference. Whether on not you like the huge difference is another matter ! But about 90% of customers like the huge difference.
If you must have small speakers, please consider GBP 1300 "baby" Veritas
We prefer large floor standing speakers, but if you must have small speakers please consider a one month home trail on the "baby" of the well reviewed "Energy Veritas" range. The bigger V2.8 , V2.4i and V2.3i have received rave reviews.
Please do an internet search for Stereophile review of Veritas V2.8 which show how different American "High End" is compared to English "High End"
Please do an internet search for Veritas V2.4i
We prefer large floor standing speakers, but if you must have small speakers, please ask for a one month home trail on the GBP £ 1300 (or we will match the lowest English price) "baby" Veritas V2.2i is a stand mount with 6 inch woofer with TWO voice coils and TWO magnetic gaps + 2 inch aluminium dome midrange + 1 inch aluminium dome midrange.
There will probably be large differences in sound between the Dynaudio
1.3 versus the GBP £ 1300 "baby" Veritas V2.2i WHEN DRIVEN BY A VALVE
AMPLIFIER , because they are 2 totally different design ! How different
is the bass of the Dynaudio 3 inch Voice coil versus Veritas 2 voice coils
+ 2 magnetic gaps. How different is midrange of the 6 inch bass/midrange
of the Dynaudio versus the 2 inch aluminium dome midrange of the Veritas
V2.2i WHEN DRIVEN BY A VALVE AMPLIFIER.
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