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Something new is coming
« on: March 02, 2010, 06:59:05 AM »
The past couple of days I have been secretly working on a new project with PB. In a meeting with the Queen and PB last Sunday, PB proposed a new design that is simple and cost effective. Honestly my prejudices about the design concept were such that I didn't have very high hopes for the sonics. PB cooked up the prototype that afternoon, and after my first listen I was seriously hooked on it.  It worked far better than I expected and during dinner Sunday night we were at what is often the most fun part of the development, thinking up a name. The prototype got me hooked on its sound so fast that I thought Crack was appropriate.

Yup, you're right, I haven't said what it the heck is. You will have to wait until early next week when we have the production prototype finished and ready to show you. I can tell you that the introductory price will be $199 and you won't even have to go to a bad neighborhood to buy it. We'll have an order button up next week, with a plan to ship the first kits as soon as the chassis panels are delivered. That usually takes about three weeks.
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 08:34:18 AM »
We should also mention that using our Crack will not ruin your marriage, drain your bank account, or make your teeth/hair fall out... 
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 10:54:17 AM »
Aren't ALL of BH's products already like crack? I mean, I can't live without them, and my money seems to go towards more and more BH gear/mods to keep me getting my "fix."

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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 04:07:15 PM »
What sort of "back door" product is this?  I am almost afraid to find out.
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010, 06:06:36 PM »
Gee, what can I say. Seeing the name on this new forum just about snapped my neck as I wheeled around in my desk chair.
"What have those guys been up to?"
Well, never let it be said that the folks at Bottlehead central can't create a mystery.

Looking forward to having my fancy tickled.
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2010, 05:21:07 AM »
Nobody else seems to be guessing so I will give it a shot.

First thought was simple, high effiency speakers (ala "Zigmahornet" perhaps??)....but the fact you don't say "pair" and metion chassis pannels argues against that.

Second thought was a Class-T or other simple chip amp as a mate to the Quickie - a chip based amp seem out of BH character however.

A simple NOS DAC with simple Quickie-ish tube buffer? Battery powered? Maybe?

A battery powered tube Phono-pre to mate with Quickie? Maybe?

I am liking the last two, but what the heck do I know?

     
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2010, 07:16:05 AM »
You didn't guess it, but those are some really neat ideas. We have discussed a battery phono preamp, and I think we'll give a prototype a shot. I've also had an idea for a very, very basic DAC that could fit into that battery powered concept too.

No chip amps at this time. Not necessarily opposed to them, it's just that there are a zillion of them on the market.
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010, 07:51:14 AM »
Car amp or preamp?
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2010, 11:35:57 AM »
I'm thinking some sort of spud amp, maybe battery powered...John
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2010, 11:46:29 AM »
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I'm thinking some sort of spud amp, maybe battery powered

Now, that would be cool!
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2010, 04:52:11 PM »
I am hoping it is an amplifier!

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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2010, 05:04:44 PM »
My guesses: a) a passive preamp of some sort, a la "Sweetest Whispers" in a box, b) a battery-powered integrated, like a Quickie with another power stage, c) a tube buffer using a single 6922, or d) some sort of guitar amp or effect pedal.
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2010, 07:05:40 PM »
A Hundred a side...how about a TVC of some sort? Chuck
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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2010, 11:15:28 PM »
I hope that it is the long awaited Bottlehead flux capacitor.

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Re: Something new is coming
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2010, 02:13:14 AM »
I hope that it is the long awaited Bottlehead flux capacitor.

NOW we're talking!!
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