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Offline greg788

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Upgrades In Work?
« on: September 18, 2022, 09:42:12 AM »
Paul and Paul:

What upgrades are hopefully in work and what's the ECD for them?

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Re: Upgrades In Work?
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2022, 10:12:25 AM »
We are still sorting out how to best implement the DC heater modification we would like to provide, as my first crack at it produced too much heat in some parts that aren't all that easy to take out and/or replace. 
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Re: Upgrades In Work?
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2022, 11:21:28 AM »
Are B+ voltage regulation and C4S planned?  Or will they be reserved for the TOTL BeePre?
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Re: Upgrades In Work?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2022, 12:15:40 PM »
Likely so in a similar fashion to the Reduction/Integration vs. the Eros in terms of implementation and complexity for the shunt regulator.
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Re: Upgrades In Work?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2022, 12:26:17 PM »
With the Moreplay being my first Bottlehead preamp, what aspects of sound quality are improved by the upgrades, e.g., bass, resolution, smoothness, etc.?

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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2022, 02:20:58 PM »
When I get them working, we will be sure to be more specific about that.

The C4S and attenuator upgrade will better optimize the load seen by the 6V6, and the discrete resistor attenuator provides nearly perfect channel balance at all switch positions and offers subjective and objective improvements over a potentiometer.  A shunt regulated power supply will provide greater separation between the raw power supply and the audio circuit, and the shunt regulator itself tends to provide better dynamics overall compared to the same circuit without it.

The DC heater supply will knock down the 60Hz noise that's somewhat present in the noise floor of the preamp.
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