Two big boxes landed here on the 24th! All week, Elekit’s brand-new TU8600 has been playing (about 25 hours now) and it is sounding good – very good. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re even thinking of the possibility of building a 300B amp in the near future, you oughta pay attention to this one. So far the amp is everything I hoped it would be, and the value appears to be off the charts.
The amp I have is fully built, so the articles will be mostly limited to subjective performance – but I will also be taking it apart for photo essays, and I’ll discuss the build complexity in the context of other kits. (we’ve previously reviewed two unassembled Elekit kits and two that came to us built, like this one)
Note also, there are better photos in the other sneak peek posts. But to whet your appetite, these are some of the extended summer full of activities being planned around the newest Ellie:
- A full review of the stock amp, using my Lowthers, the new Coherent Model 5’s, and the Audeze LCD3 planar-magnetic headphones
- Another review using the custom Lundahl LL2770 output transformers
- A road tour to hear the amp in other familiar rooms – with some of the bigger Coherent speakers, the Reference 3A Veena, and Tannoy Monitor Gold 15’s
- A discussion on building the kit
- …more?? Who knows.
I doubt I’ll get into tube rolling at this time, but you never know. (my name is not Steve Graham, my name is not Steve Graham)