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Small bedroom audio system for late night listening sessions.
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    • Virtue Audio Piano M1
    Virtue Audio Piano M1 CD Player
    • MiniWatt N3
    MiniWatt N3 SET amplifier.
    • Emotiva X-Series Speaker Cable
    6' speaker cable
    • Tekton Design OB45en
    Open baffle hybrid speaker design, Fostex FE126eN drivers.
    • OneAC CP1105
    Power Filter / Surge Protector.

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Owner
Emotiva cables are just cables. I am currently using my own "The White Lighting Moonshine" cables that sound just as good.

djdonis

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nice system!
what are your impressions of the Emotiva speaker cables?

kenm80

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I see. Thank you!

samhvcc

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It gives off serious heat, but should easily run the whole day. This thing is dead simple, but well built. Other than tubes, I don't know what could go out on it.

pjudice

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Hi all users, the Miniwatt N3 looks great and tiny but wondering if it is durable & save enough to turn it on for the whole day. Let say, 10 to 12 hours per day?! Of course,
good ventilation thoughout the whole working hours!

samhvcc

222222&text=pj
Let me know the results of your antivibration experiment

pjudice

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Those Tekton's are a very interesting design at a very interesting price point.

mapman

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Kwel setup Dj.

lapierre

222222&text=dj
Owner
I went to local Lowe's and bought several pieces of marble slabs and stick-on rubber gripper feet. I use two large piece sandwich for TT, one slab for Dared, one nice piece for Virtue M1. I would imagine it possible to attach MW to a nice piece of rubber-footed marble to add more stability to this puny amp. As a matter of fact I'm going to do this right now: use pieces of rubber tubing glued to the marble slab, "insert" MW feet into those rubber feet - voila!

djdonis

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I was really curious to see how vibration isolation might effect the Miniwatt, but I couldn't easily find anything that worked with such a small component. In the end I tried Herbie vibration rings on all 3 tubes, but didn't notice any changes.

Have you played with isolation at all? Maybe you're more sensible than me and you're just enjoying your music.

pjudice

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Owner
And for source components - Iron Lung Jellyfish.

djdonis

222222&text=dj
Owner
With MW I use power cords and interconnects from HK company called 8audio - perfect balance in price & performance.

djdonis

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I had the same issue with reissue Chinese Gold Lion EL84s dying quickly on the Luxman. They sounded great (briefly) and then I was $200 poorer.

I bought the Create Audio tube upgrade from ALO Audio for the Miniwatt. They seem to be durable and an improvement over the stock tubes.

I also used a power cord and interconnects on the Miniwatt that exceeded the cost of the amplifier by a factor of two. This seems counterintuitive, but I think the Miniwatt merits that sort of consideration.

pjudice

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Owner
Most of my listening time is spent in front of this system. My main system is in the livingroom, which is a scene of constant chaos, noise and shouting (anybody having little children will know...).

I listen mostly to classical (Baroque) small ensemble music. This system excels in this particular genre, in my opinion. Open baffles paired with SET produce absolutely gorgeous mids with incredible soundstage and accuracy, even at very low sound levels. Hybrid design of Tekton speakers allows for good bass extension as well. In the picture you can see another Dared amplifier (that uses 6L6 output tubes), I use it when listening to my 80's oldies for better punch, and Tektons do deliver.
Virtue Audio Piano M1 is a perfect CD player of this system sound wise, price wise, size wise, and any other wise you can think of.

djdonis

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Owner
I tried el84 Mullard re-issues, RCA, Ruby and Tung-Sol signal tube. Currently it has a pair of ShuGuang Psvanne and Tung Sol 12AX7. Have to note that ALL Chinese tubes crapped out within 2 weeks - first one of el84, later 12ax7.
Mullard el84 and Ruby 12AX7 sounded good as well.
I liked the sound of original ShuGuangs, but their quality scares me.

djdonis

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I bought a Miniwatt to fill in for my Luxman tube amp while it was being repaired. What a surprise it turned out to be. It lacks the remote, multiple inputs and headphone jack of my Luxman, but was a real sonic contender against a piece of gear that cost eight times the price.

Have you done any tube rolling with it?

pjudice

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Now that is a fun system to enjoy.

mjcmt

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Nice system, it`s simple and neat. I`d believe the music sounds natural and pure.
Charles

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