ECP Torpedo III [indexed in first post]

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by FlySweep, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. Dr. Higgs

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    Just ordered one with Cinemags (and most importantly an ocean-green LED) :D
     
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    I don't think the pinout spacing is quite the same

    http://www.hificollective.co.uk/sites/default/files/tkd_cp601_datasheet_0.pdf

    http://www.alps.com/prod/info/E/HTML/Potentiometer/RotaryPotentiometers/RK271/RK27112A00AK.html

    Each row is 10mm wide on the Alps, vs 5mm on that TKD.

    I have considered the more expensive TKD but that will require some wiring on the input.
     
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    I'm ok with wiring to the input if I can fit it, but I'm pretty skeptical. The bigger tkd is my favorite pot (not that I've heard a ton).

    -edit- actually think it will fit, though wiring will be a pain. I'm a glutton for punishment...
     
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    If I already had a T1 I can see how this would make sense and would be what I would go for.
     
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    I ordered a Cinemag version to compare to my ECBA. Hoping mine was in the first bunch shipped out.
     
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    Mine has been delivered according to tracking. Maybe I'll build this weekend then replace the caps and pot when they arrive Monday.
     
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    Which caps will you use?
     
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    I went nuts and got some mundorf evo silver gold in oil. Going to be a tight fit and probably not worth it, but what the heck. The evo aluminum in oil is a lot more reasonable and could even sound better for all I know.
     
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    Wow - yea you did. That's a chunk of coin. We'll all be curious to see what you think.
     
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    Please post impressions of before and after (from memory), and exactly which caps you replaced. Also pictures are always good :D
     
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    He's likely replacing the 4 parafeed 10uF caps.

    The Mundorfs aren't cheap...almost $250 a pop...
     
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    Sure, I'll do my best ;).

    Yeah, too much coin really. Pcx had a 25% off sale so it was kinda buy 3 get 1 free. Still ouch


    Edit - they were about 100 a piece. The supreme silver gold in oils are in the 250ish range
     
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    That is some crazy overkill going on with those caps. Do you think the less pricey aluminium in oils will represent an improvement over stock?
     
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    Really hard to predict. I'm not expecting much (though I probably should based on the overkill). I'll do my best to detail any differences I hear, but that could be tough going on memory plus dealing with the cap burn-in people mention (not sure I "believe" in that beyond very initial break in).
     
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    Just out of sympathy for your wallet I'm hoping you see improvements with those caps. Suffice to say you're probably going to serve as my guinea pig |\/|
     
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    Haha, gotta give back when I can ;D
     
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    built and playing music. no time now for any impressions, but i'm optimistic ;D


    Stock right now, but I have another pair of tubes (ge 6072a 5 star) to roll in along with the replacement parafeed caps coming Monday. I'll probably run this stock for a week or two before making any changes to hopefully best detect any changes.
     
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    Anyone who picked one up going to the (probably) January SoCal thing?
     
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    Quick impressions.

    Really haven't had much head time at all, and I won't be with a familiar source until tomorrow, but...excited. Bass detail seems really nice. Fast, clean, natural, open. More later.
     
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    I was most worried about tonality issues so "clean and neutral" in there is reassuring. Might I ask what your frame of reference is in terms of amps when you describe them as such?
     

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