JohnBlue Audio Art TL66 Tube Mono Block Amps, Current Amps in Line -Up _My Demo Pair!
Great Review in 6moons link below.
Higher Resolutions Pictures: http://www.kaplanhtdesign.com/UsedGear.html
New price was $2188, Selling for $1050.- Tire Kickers or Low Ballers will be polity ignored...
They Sound amazing for only 6watts per channel, I'm using them to drive my JM-Reynaud Cantible Supremes at 90dB Efficiency.
These amps are in Flawless Operating Condition! No Issues!
Tubes used are NOS OTK 6L6 and US made 6AU6 and 6L6 tubes, less than 500 Hrs, also including an extra set of two 6AU6 (No writing on tubes). These are DIRECTLY interchangeable with:KT88,EL34,6L6,KT77,6550
POWER SUPPLY: AC100~120V/50~60Hz / AC220~240V/50~60Hz
Rated 7/10, Small 1/16 Square Front nick (see Picture), Dent on Left Rear Corner, left of the Positive Binding Post, there is one 1/32 x 3/8 scratch on side near the bottom on of of the Silver Plastic Volume knobs which can only be seen if you're within 12-18" from one of the Amps.
Factory-fitted with NOS Russian OTK 6L6 power tubes also known as PAДИO 6n3cE, the amp also accepts KT66, KT88, 6550 and EL34 all interchangeably thanks to auto bias. Driver tubes are NOS Sylvania 6AU6.
Original Boxes for each Amp and a Larger Outer Box with Stryofoam on sides of boxes.
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No US postal System - Please do not ask. Note: Declared Value will be set at the selling cost. US I will be glad to insure for the Replacement cost of $2188.
Review 6 Moons: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/johnblue4/amps.html
Volume control is by Japanese Blue Velvet Alps.
Inside, 'simple is beautiful' rules. There are less than 30 components and extremely simple point-to-point wiring. As the website claims:"Internal parts employ an eclectic mix of audiophile-grade German, American and Japanese parts that offer an unsurpassed sonic experience. The amps are hand-made in Taiwan. Compared to equipment that is supplied with standard current-production Chinese or Russian tubes, our amplifier uses NOS OTK 6L6 (circa 1980s) for its power stage and NOS Sylvania 6AU6 driver tubes for the driver stage. The output transformer is hand-wound by Mr. Lee, the inventor of the famed 'Litz' winding technique.
"Internal components consist of NOS Frako capacitors originally made in East Germany. The horizontal champagne and gold-colored audiophile Frako and Roe caps are often seen utilized in Studer CDPs. Frako and Roe capacitors are technically alike though Frako is less bright than ROE. Frako is renowned for its midbass punch and subtle airiness. The main coupling caps are of the proprietary JohnBlue brand Mr. Cable. AC power filter caps are audiophile-grade Hitachi, BHC Aerovox or Rifa supplied by special order. Other parts include carbon and Allan Bradley resistors, pure virgin and OCC copper wires for internal point-to-point wiring and Wonder Solder for all contact and lead points."
Original Works for Euphonium & Orchestra have Adam Frey as soloist and Bruce Hangen conducting the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra [Naxos 8.570538]. Playing this disc on the TL66 and Klipsch Synergy F2 worked faster than you could say abracadabra. The multi-talented brass instrument with the soothing agility of a French horn, the cantabile magnificence of a bassoon and the basso profundo of tuba combined with Adam Frey’s virtuoso musicality and his wonderful choice of repertoire was handing the TL66 license to kill. With Frey’s Boston Pops background, you can be assured of orchestral bonbons galore. The most challenging piece and also most entertaining is the Euphonium Concerto by Vladamir Cosma (b. 1940). In well disciplined three-movement form, it’s everything but conservative. The Spanish-flavoured orchestral palette mixes freely on a 3R color triangle of Rodrigo, Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov, then spins off into a transitory Piazzolla pigment with the "Andantino" movement. The TL66 embraced the challenge with unrestrained articulation and authoritative aplomb even during the most complicated tutti. The soundstage remained open and airy, instrumental allocation was naturally laid out.
Michael Kevin Jones’ Bach Solo Cello Suites, Yuja Wang’s Sonatas & Etudes and Tone Wik’s Bellezza Crudel presented SET euphony with unperturbed equanimity yet never shied away from dynamic contrasts typified by the chain-missile firepower and sylphide suppleness of Yuja’s flying fingers. The symphonic front was undeniably the 6L6’s forté but I was still left agape by the sinewy strengths of the KT88. Two remarkable recordings from Naxos best illustrate the point.
Reprinted from JohnBlue Audio WebSite:
The amplifier is point to point wired without the use of any PCB.The output transformer is hand wound by Mr Lee inventor of the famed "LITZ" winding technique. Unlike currently mass produced equipment on the market that is predominantly Made in China, all of TL66 Mono Vacuum amplifier's internal parts employ an eclectic mix of audiophile grade German, American and Japanese parts that offers unsurpassed sonic experience and are hand made in Taiwan.
Compared to equipment that comes supplied with standard current production Chinese or Russian tubes, our amplifier uses NOS OTK 6L6 (circa 1980s) for its power stage and NOS Sylvania 6AU6 driver tubes for the pre stage, the TL66 Mono Block Vacuum Tube Amplifier brings within reach audiophile sound quality in a complete single unit. The TL66 Mono Vacuum Tube Amplifier is able to accept KT88 and/or 6550 tubes, maximising flexibility for enthusiasts to roll tubes in the quest for audio nirvana.
Internal components consist of: NOS "FRAKO" capacitors originally made in East Germany. The horizontal Champagne and Gold Coloured audiophile Frako and Roe caps are often seen utilised in Studer CDP. Frako and ROE capacitors are sonically alike, though Frako is less bright than ROE caps. Frako is renowned for its midbass punch and subtle airiness. Main Coupling caps are of the proprietary JohnBlue brand "Mr Cable" ( aqua blue cap) Volume pot is Japanese BlueShelled Alps.
AC Power filter caps are Audiophile grade Hitachi (Basic) Other parts: Carbon and Allan Bradley resistors, Pure Virgin and OCC copper wires for internal point to point wiring, Wonder Solder for all contact and lead points.
MAX OUTPUT POWER: 6W X 2
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20-20KHz ( ±1.5dB)
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 8 Ω
POWER SUPPLY: AC100~120V/50~60Hz / AC220~240V/50~60Hz
SIZE: L260 xW145 xH130
WEIGHT: 13 kg
THE TUBE USED: OTK 6L6 x 2, Sylvania 6AU6 x 2