I do not know why but I prefer simple, low power triode designs. May be it's the warm sound produced by these tubes or because I like horn speakers and I know that this relation is erotic. It's a kind of magic, a sweet sound triggers up your feelings, that can reproduced only from a combination of a DHT tube amp and a pair of horn speakers.
So last year I decided to construct a low power SET based on 2A3 tube. I had no previous experience on this tube, and this is something that excites me.
While I was looking for the simplest SET design of a top notch Valve amplifier that is based on a DHT (Direct Heated Triode )vacuum power tube, I came upon the 2A3 "Loftin-White".
Direct heated triode power output tubes are really interesting. Since September 2008 I've been working in a new project regarding a single ended triode tube power amp using the 811A vacuum tube. Actually it is a project with a long process of experimentation.
The 811A vacuum tube it is a power triode capable to output 10 - 15 Watts in a single ended class A2 configuration, in a three stages circuit using interstage transformer in the driving stage.
Giannis Spathopoulos made this one-off treasure audio power amp. This prototype model featuring four JJ EL34 power output pentodes per channel in an ultra linear push pull configuration. With an ECC83 as a pre stage, an ECC85 as a phase splitter, and a 6FQ7 as a buffer, this extremely dynamic and sweet sounding design is rated at 30 Watt in a class A configuration, and 70W in a class AB1 configuration.
Making a low power single ended amplifier has always been in my designing plans. Obviously such a construction requires the appropriate speakers, particularly horn type designs, so that the output of the amp can reach an efficiency satisfying level.
Once at a certain point, I came across the designs of the Decware SE EL84 Zen amp, which had quite good reviews among the tube amps DIY and Single Ended tube amp builders.
Even though 6L6 tube is used primary in guitar vacuum tube amplifiers, many manufacturers use this tube in audiophile designs. I decided to build this small single ended amplifier based on 6L6 vacuum tube using a classic three stage single ended design.
The idea of building a DIY audio vacuum tube amplifier based on high-quality materials begins in the early 90's. Initially had to answer the question "Classic Push Pull or a Single ended amp ?" So starting the design somewhere in 1994 I decided to design οn a blank piece of paper, a pair of monoblocks push pull tube amps with a power supply in a separate chassis which would not use solid materials but rectifier tubes.
This project was an attempt to build a tube amplifier power supply for my 6550 push pull dual mono amps. I already had a really ugly tube power supply in my rack and in early 2000 I decided to design and build from the scratch a new tube PSU.
In the summer of 2002 I decided to build a pair of mono block parallel single ended DIY tube amps, using the 807 tube. Actually, that was my third DIY tube amplifier project. It all started with my decision to use the less known tube 807 , a tetrode whose features and sounds I was well aware of, from a specific DIY project (with one tube per channel wired in triode) made by Christos Spathopoulos.
This 811A tube amp DIY project designed by George Filippou and Giannis Spathopoulos and me. It is the first attempt to work with 811A direct heated triode audiophile tube in parallel single ended topology .
It is based on Shishido 811Atube amp,and the whole project is still in progress.Power output stage uses 2 X 811A tubes in a parallel single ended connection. Plate voltage is 450 Volts. The driver stage uses the 6L6GC tube and the voltage stage the EF86 tube.