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  • deHavilland / KE Engineering Model 222 Tube Tape Playback Preamplifier

    I have had my deHavilland for about a year now, connected to an Otari MX5050B2-II.

    Details here:
    UHA Phase 11S OPS-Otari 5050B2II-deHavilland 222-Mcintosh C500T-ARC DS450M-Magico V3-Avid Acutus-SME V-Lyra Kleos-Shunyata-Synergistic

  • #2
    are you using the stock playback head and did you get the version with the JFET input board for an add'l 10db of gain?
    TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | B.M.C. | Boulder | Magico

    "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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    • #3
      Any comparison between the deHavilland and the Bottle head which I own?

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      • #4
        Maybe I can help, I own both the deHavilland and the bottlehead. Both with premium tubes in them and the sound difference is minimal, they sound real close...

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        • Rob
          Rob commented
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          they make two, which one the Eros or Tube Repro?

      • #5


        Here's a view of the internals, this unit has the JFET input board which adds 10db of gain, its defeatable with the flip of a switch. According to Kara, the circuit is based on the classic AMPEX 351. the coupling caps are vitamin Qs, the resistors are carbon types. for a more 'modern' sound you can opt metal film resistors and/or film/Teflon caps or whatever your heart desires.






        TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | B.M.C. | Boulder | Magico

        "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          Is there a reason the power transformer is oriented at an angle? Other than lead length?

        • Rob
          Rob commented
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          if I had to guess its to reduced hum picked up by the choke next to it or vice versa

      • #6
        looks hand crafted
        Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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        • Rob
          Rob commented
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          They're bespoke, She builds them one at a time

      • #7
        Originally posted by jcmusic View Post
        Maybe I can help, I own both the deHavilland and the bottlehead. Both with premium tubes in them and the sound difference is minimal, they sound real close...
        I was talking about the Tube Repro sorry.

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