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Offline rockdrummer

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Upgrades?
« on: November 05, 2020, 04:14:04 AM »
I know it's probably early to be asking for these yet, but I'm looking forward to planned upgrades for the Moreplay.

Still loving mine.  Use it every day.
Ben

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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2020, 05:49:09 AM »
They are in line after we get the BeePre 2 ready.
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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2020, 06:01:00 AM »
Good to hear!
Thanks.
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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2020, 11:47:42 AM »
I know it's probably early to be asking for these yet, but I'm looking forward to planned upgrades for the Moreplay.

What is the rating of the capacitors in the signal path? 

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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2020, 12:41:23 PM »
The stock coupling caps are 2.2uF/250V.

I could rationalize recommending 4.7uF/250V caps in their place.
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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2020, 12:50:05 PM »
Interesting...could you elaborate on that?

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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2020, 02:33:28 PM »
Interesting...could you elaborate on that?
The recommendation stems from unannounced product upgrades.
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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2020, 04:15:48 PM »
Ah...okay!  Keep us informed....
Thanks for all the good work!

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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2020, 04:38:34 PM »
The stock coupling caps are 2.2uF/250V.

I could rationalize recommending 4.7uF/250V caps in their place.

 How would this affect the tone? Doubling the value seems significant.

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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2020, 07:28:51 PM »
Technically, it won't have a large effect - just dropping the -3dB corner from ~5Hz to ~2Hz. A subtle improvement in the deep bass, perhaps. Based on experience with the BeePre and the Mainline, there does seem to be something there - but two out of two is still not statistically  meaningful. We'll probably assess it in the Moreplay when the upgrades are prototyped.

Moreplay and BeePre II are our first preamps with a low-impedance level control at the output instead of the usual high impedance control at the input, so we're still exploring what works best. Incidentally, this change was PB's idea, and it seems to be working out quite well.
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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2020, 04:32:08 AM »
The upgrade path would involve increasing the plate loading impedance by using a C4S board, which will allow for a lower impedance attenuator at the output.  The bigger coupling cap could be helpful there.
Paul "PB" Birkeland

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Re: Upgrades?
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2020, 12:32:49 PM »
The upgrade path would involve increasing the plate loading impedance by using a C4S board, which will allow for a lower impedance attenuator at the output.  The bigger coupling cap could be helpful there.

Ah yes...will be watching for the C4S upgrade.  Thanks guys!