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Old 10-18-2021, 11:46 PM
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Have never heard them, but can say that Tekton purposefully inflates their sensitivity specs. Instead of measuring their speakers out in the middle of a deadened room, they place them into the corners of a live room. This results in every one of their speakers being spec'ed at 5 to 6 dB more sensitive than they really are.

Every time they get measured in standard lab conditions, the measurements are that much lower. So the SET 12 being spec'ed at 96 dB means that it really is 90 or 91 dB.

This is also quite evident in those speakers with just one woofer. The woofer they use is spec'ed at 90 dB by the manufacturer. So the speaker can't be more efficient than that.

There is no industry standard or monitoring of these specs. And since they actually can measure at 96 dB under some condition, they can get away with this.

They may sound great.
I have read that before as well, sensitivity is something to think about. I have yet to hear any Tekton product. I’ve owned Zu audio speakers in the past and I believe similar has been said about their speakers, however they have simpler crossover and a compression driver for the HF. I found my Soul Superflys very sensitive but no way to tell if they were really 101bd/W…
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Old 10-19-2021, 12:55 PM
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I have read that before as well, sensitivity is something to think about. I have yet to hear any Tekton product. I’ve owned Zu audio speakers in the past and I believe similar has been said about their speakers, however they have simpler crossover and a compression driver for the HF. I found my Soul Superflys very sensitive but no way to tell if they were really 101bd/W…
Yes, Zu does the same thing. They inflate their sensitivity specs by 5-6 dB. Even Klipsch is doing it on some of the lower priced speakers.

Of course they may still be fine sounding speakers and work well with your amp.

The issue is if, say, someone with a Paradigm speaker spec'ed at 91 dB ditches it and purchases a Tekton or Zu spec'ed at 96 dB, they will find that there is no increase in volume at the same preamp settings. Because Paradigm specs are right on the money and the others inflate theirs so as to have greater appeal to those with low power amps.
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Old 10-22-2021, 10:39 AM
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I could have had a pair that did not come from Dennis that were duds.

The 2030 is indeed a special preamp.
I can confirm this...and I've only had the 1st upgrade to the pre Dennis offered. I have not sent back yet for most recent upgarde. No time?!?
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:47 PM
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After talking to two techs I've decided not to pursue the 12v option for the input tube. One guy thought it was possible but worried about noise. The other said that putting another transformer did carry a noise danger. On top of that he said that it looks like all of the heaters are being fed from a common supply and unloading the input tube could cause an over voltage on the output tubes. Both were going by the picture that Dennis included in the manual emailed to me.

So I decided not to risk screwing up this amp just for the sake of being able to try a few more tubes out. I have several combinations that I really like and will just stick with those going forward.
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Old 10-24-2021, 05:54 AM
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After talking to two techs I've decided not to pursue the 12v option for the input tube. One guy thought it was possible but worried about noise. The other said that putting another transformer did carry a noise danger. On top of that he said that it looks like all of the heaters are being fed from a common supply and unloading the input tube could cause an over voltage on the output tubes. Both were going by the picture that Dennis included in the manual emailed to me.

So I decided not to risk screwing up this amp just for the sake of being able to try a few more tubes out. I have several combinations that I really like and will just stick with those going forward.
Good move. You can go nuts and broke rolling tubes.
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Old 11-03-2021, 11:45 AM
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Christmas came early for me. Yesterday I received my new ZU Soul 6 speakers and the Dennis Had Inspire KT88 SEP at the same time.
The KT88 SEP along with the LP-2030 Preamp (what Dennis calls The Gold Dust Twins) and the ZU Soul 6s are a match made in heaven.
I haven't done any tweaking or tube rolling yet, but out of the box it is spectacular to my aged ears.

https://flic.kr/p/2mGiZk9

https://flic.kr/p/2mGeN4k

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Old 11-03-2021, 12:25 PM
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Christmas came early for me. Yesterday I received my new ZU Soul 6 speakers and the Dennis Had Inspire KT88 SEP at the same time.
The KT88 SEP along with the LP-2030 Preamp (what Dennis calls The Gold Dust Twins) and the ZU Soul 6s are a match made in heaven.
I haven't done any tweaking or tube rolling yet, but out of the box it is spectacular to my aged ears.

https://flic.kr/p/2mGiZk9

https://flic.kr/p/2mGeN4k
Congrats! That's a system that can make great music and/or indulge in endless tube rolling fun. I'd like to hear some Zus at some point. They seem to be a polarizing brand. They do seem to be a great match for low powered amps though.
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Old 11-04-2021, 12:11 PM
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Back to your regularly scheduled program....Monoblock 45s...

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Old 11-04-2021, 12:14 PM
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I have a question??? Will a Type 50 tube work in the 45 amp? Dennis has been slow to respond lately? Probably busy building 2030's?!? Still can't believe the performance of that pre at that price point?!?
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Old 11-04-2021, 12:47 PM
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I had Dennis build mine to accept 5 pin variants and my favorites are the Acme 274B and the EML 274B Mesh. Since your 2030 is probably the 4 pin flavor I would find a WE 274A (prices are not as crazy as 274B), a Takatsuki 274A (has to be custom made), or the EML 274A. The reason I know how these 4 pin variants sound is I use the WE 274A in my Inspire 45 and have tried the EML 274A, 80, and 5z3. I have also used the Full Music 274A and it is pretty nice. Believe me...any WE rectifier blows away NOS American variants and the current production models by a long shot!


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Using only 301/201 tubes in the LP-2030 preamp, what rectifier tubes have people used and liked?
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