TRANSCENDENT SOUND “Cathode Follower” 6550 SET Single Ended Tube Amp
Custom built and upgraded Transcendent Audio, Class A, “Cathode Follower Amplifier." Sweet sounding amp for those tuned in to the world of single ended tube gear and with efficient speakers. The power rating of the CFA is 2.5 to 3 watts per channel, which calls for high efficiency speakers or hornsystems. If you have the right speakers, this amp will make them sing.
The amp is loaded with premium parts such as: Cardas output terminals, Tiffany RCA input jacks, Jensen paper-in-oil coupling caps, Jensen electrolytics, One Electron UBT-1 output transformers, and premium hook up wire. Custom built transformer enclosures. Point-to-point wiring.
Tubes included at no extra charge. The tube complement consists of: Tungsol cryogenically treated 6550 metal base power tubes (two); NOS RCA small signal tubes - 12BH7s and 12AX7s (two each).
Custom built, TIG welded, 1020-steel chassis, powder coated in textured black. Size: 17” x 10”
Advantages for the Cathode Follower amp listed by Transcendent Sound include: 1) powerful bass; 2) extended high frequency sound; 3) very linear, low distortion; 4) super quiet; 5) loves 4 ohm speakers; 6) low heat, this amp is green.
Transcendent Sound describes the CFA as follows: "It has a very mellow, smooth sound. Music is very clear and accurate. It is not overly warm or heavy sounding. Treble is fully extended with crisp transients. ... the cathode follower amp has a more weighty sound with more body with a slight reduction in detail and openness. We feel that this design approaches the limits of what it is possible to accomplish with a transformer coupled output. Don't let the low power rating fool you. This is a very dynamic sounding amplifier. It will work well with most speakers that have an efficiency of 92 dB at one watt or higher."
Have hard copy of pages from the then-current Transcendent Audio website (Bruce R. doesn't offer this amp for sale anymore ) with very detailed description of this amp. The amp comes with the paperwork and manual. Transcendent is available for contact, updates and support.
The amp has very low hours, and utilizes about $1,500.00 worth of parts, along with a professional build.
Local pick up in Chicago is fine. Shipping via ground will be $60 to continental US locations, $95 to Canada. (actual shipping cost may likely be more than this amount - I will pick up the excess).