Friday, November 26, 2010

Pass capless BoZSE

My new Oppo BDP-83SE has input caps but my 6AS7 SET has no input caps. So make a preamp with no input caps but good output caps. In this capless SE version of BoZ I have no input caps but retained the 10uf polypropylene caps for the output. Also the output caps have been snubbed by 0.1uf polies.

Nelson suggests a total of 30,000uf for his B1 whose PS I stole a few ideas from. But only having 10,000uf caps I used three to get the filtering/storage up. Also I used a simple RCRCRC filter network. 1ohm/10,000uf/10ohm/10,000uf/1ohm/10,000uf. Each 10,000uf cap is snubbed. Silver plated wire wrap wire is used throughout. Input hookup wires and power wires were threaded through tiny bead chokes. Multiple earths (negative voltage) connections were made. Bitumanised Al foil laid in the top and bottom of the Hammond anodised Al case. Silver solder, Alps pot and 4oz brass added once more to a quality build.

The sound stage is massive, stage depth multi-dimensional. The mids are excellently rendered with transients laid bare. Treble smooth is silky-smooth. You almost feel there is no treble because it is just parts of the mix, part of the overall music. Bass is weighty and well extended.

Where I thought the B1 was the Bee's knees this capless SE BoZ may be much better on all fronts. And it has gain.

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