Return of the original Miniwatt SET ( APPJ )

Discussion in 'New Gear - Values' started by Poultrygeist, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. Poultrygeist

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    I just discovered this version of the original Miniwatt S1 SET amp on Amazon.

    This is a true SET using four tubes ( 6J1 and 6P1 ) which differs from the three tube single ended APPJ N3 ( EL84 and 12AX7 ).

    I've spent time with the more expensive N3 and while it sounded very good I always thought the S1 was better. Could be due to the diode mod that was popular when the MW first hit the market or the upgraded 6p1-ev Russians and WE 403B's.

    At $135 this is one hell of an amp deal. I think it would go toe to toe with a number of thousand dollar SET amps.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JKFCCYS...lid=156U38DT2ILXS&coliid=I14KQX7UCL7R9F&psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/APPJ-mini2013...=1426941978&sr=1-2&keywords=original+miniwatt
     
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  2. Poultrygeist

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    You can see that the new model is the old model with the tranny covers underneath. They actually use a SMPS and the original S1 won the 6moons product of the year award.

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  4. ferninando

    ferninando Lunatic Member

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    so you think its a buy it now?
    Im game. gonna pop for one. Dont have a tru SET amp yet.
    It s a cute little bugger.
     
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  5. Poultrygeist

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    2.5 watt APPJ/MW S1 driving 97 db Zu Omens

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  6. Poultrygeist

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    For any speakers 94dbs and above I do. But you must replace those terrible sounding stock Chinese tubes.
     

     

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  7. ferninando

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    all they had was black so got it.
     
  8. ferninando

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    please tell me what tubes to get.
    remember I have tekton lore 2.0s
     
  9. Poultrygeist

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    With my original S1 I used Russian 6P1p-ev ( ebay ) for the two Chinese 6P1

    and WE 403B for the two Chinese 6J1
     
  10. Poultrygeist

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    The best choice IMO.
     
  11. ferninando

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    thanks for the info poultrygeist.
     

     

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  12. MWalt

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    Good tubes!
     
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  13. Poultrygeist

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    The neat thing is that buying it off Amazon means you can send it back if it's not to your liking.

    It does not come with a power cord but most folks have some extras.
     
  14. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Super Member

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    Thank you for clarifying the differences between the two miniwatt amps.

    I may have to grab one of these to see how it compares to my other SET's. The price is certainly right. :yes:
     
  15. Poultrygeist

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    In this picture the APPJ/MW is driving the Lowther based Rethm Saadhana speakers which retail for thousands. I get a kick out of seeing high end gear paired with inexpensive gear. Flies in the face of Chinese gear haters who say you get what you pay for.

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  16. Poultrygeist

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    The $200 APPJ/MW S1 driving a pair of $20,000 MBL 116's. :D

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  17. Poultrygeist

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    The cheap APPJ/MW S1 and not so cheap Zu Essence :yes:

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  18. Poultrygeist

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    The silver APPJ/MW S1 driving some homespun OB's.

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  19. ferninando

    ferninando Lunatic Member

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    poultrygeist, what would be your next best mfr from a WE403B?
    Is WE a Western Electric?
    theres many 5654, 6ak5 and EF95 on the bay but no WE403Bs.
    there are many non-WE brand 403B but not on the bay.
     
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  20. Poultrygeist

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    WE403B is Western Electric 403B and that's all I've used in my MW.

    There are several on ebay.
     

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