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Old 09-24-2020, 10:21 AM
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I have a kt88 inspire amp and have been noticing some transformer hum through my speakers. Amp is plugged into a audioquest niagra 1200
Any recommendations ok how to mitigate this ?
Which tubes are you using?
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Old 09-24-2020, 05:47 PM
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I have a kt88 inspire amp and have been noticing some transformer hum through my speakers. Amp is plugged into a audioquest niagra 1200
Any recommendations ok how to mitigate this ?
Are you certain it is transformer hum and not a ground loop?
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Old 09-25-2020, 06:10 PM
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I was able to make it to Cary this last Monday. Straitwire and Analog were both able to meetup as well. Good times were had. FedEx dropped off a package for Dennis while I was there from none other than the OP of this epic thread.

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Old 09-26-2020, 05:44 PM
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Some more pix from my trip:

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L to R, left - older 45 (note the 9 pin driver tube, Dennis has not used those in a while.), center- my updated PSE (I had Dennis voice it to a speakers I made us both a pair of.), right - Inspire KT88 burning in before shipment.

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L to R, tuned port single driver Dennis had built custom (those may be marketed under the Inspire name before long), center - the Lii Audio F15 I have been working on. You see I have moved away from open baffle with these drivers. Right - Allan’s Alto-Crats. Aristocrat cabinets stuffed with Altec drivers.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:37 AM
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Some more pix from my trip:

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L to R, left - older 45 (note the 9 pin driver tube, Dennis has not used those in a while.), center- my updated PSE (I had Dennis voice it to a speakers I made us both a pair of.), right - Inspire KT88 burning in before shipment.

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L to R, tuned port single driver Dennis had built custom (those may be marketed under the Inspire name before long), center - the Lii Audio F15 I have been working on. You see I have moved away from open baffle with these drivers. Right - Allan’s Alto-Crats. Aristocrat cabinets stuffed with Altec drivers.
Hey, that's my KT88! I was the winning bidder on this and got a message from Dennis that my amp was the one that "...was the feature amp for a listening session on Tuesday with a group of audiophiles who visited the Inspire "toy-factory"

I've been interested in these amps for a few months as I looked for my 1st tube amp to drive my Tekton Enzo XL's. When I saw the KT88 come up I decided that I'd see if I could snag one for a good price. I'm looking forward to getting the amp in my system. Now for a preamp. The audio toy budget is a bit low after the purchase so I was thinking of using A Schiit Sys for a while. It's passive so Dennis is sending a 6SL7 in addition to the 6SN7 so I can see which one works the best.

Anyone here using a Schiit Sys with their Inspire?
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Hey, that's my KT88! I was the winning bidder on this and got a message from Dennis that my amp was the one that "...was the feature amp for a listening session on Tuesday with a group of audiophiles who visited the Inspire "toy-factory"



I've been interested in these amps for a few months as I looked for my 1st tube amp to drive my Tekton Enzo XL's. When I saw the KT88 come up I decided that I'd see if I could snag one for a good price. I'm looking forward to getting the amp in my system. Now for a preamp. The audio toy budget is a bit low after the purchase so I was thinking of using A Schiit Sys for a while. It's passive so Dennis is sending a 6SL7 in addition to the 6SN7 so I can see which one works the best.



Anyone here using a Schiit Sys with their Inspire?

That was your amp we all were listening to.**I believe Dennis is changing out the gold front panel for the black version at your request .... Get ready for serious single-ended Inspire tunes.
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That was your amp we all were listening to.**I believe Dennis is changing out the gold front panel for the black version at your request .... Get ready for serious single-ended Inspire tunes.
Looks like the amp was shipped today. Should get it this week. The amp is coming with Genalex Gold Lion KT-88. I'd like to have an extra pair of KT-88's. Looking at some Apex matched JJ's Any other affordable suggestions?

The other choice I need to make is which preamp to get. My DAC and Phono pre output 2 volts. I have a Schiit Sys, will that work until I can get something else?

I'll report back once I get the amp. Looking forward to some sweet tube sound!

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Old 09-28-2020, 11:03 PM
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I have a Schiit Sys, will that work until I can get something else?
Schiit sys will work, but it's not that transparent, and will hold the amp back.
I recommend Axiom or Khozmo for passive pre amp upgrades.
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Old 09-29-2020, 07:38 AM
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Looks like the amp was shipped today. Should get it this week. The amp is coming with Genalex Gold Lion KT-88. I'd like to have an extra pair of KT-88's. Looking at some Apex matched JJ's Any other affordable suggestions?

The other choice I need to make is which preamp to get. My DAC and Phono pre output 2 volts. I have a Schiit Sys, will that work until I can get something else?

I'll report back once I get the amp. Looking forward to some sweet tube sound!


Joe Appierto here on the AA Marketplace has a very affordable list of tubes he is selling.
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