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APPJ mini2013 6J1+6P1 Tube Amplifier

APPJ mini2013 6J1+6P1 Tube Amplifier

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My wife wants to get into records. She says the turn table that she wants says it needs a pre-amp. I don’t really know what that is. Can I just buy this and connect the turn table to it? Then obviously connect this to speakers
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Its rather RIAA correction than gain boost
ashiraki
Thanks guys!
Does anyone know if this is something that will be able to be used for Phono amplification? Thanks, Michael
West_Tee
Yep!
My APPJ mini is defective. Both the smaller tubes made a popping sound when I first fired it up, got really bright then dimmed. It works sort of, but the power output is way down. With the volume cranked up all the way, it still doesn't get very loud with any of the 4 pairs of speakers I tried using - and I do not listen to my music very loud AT ALL, I'm using this in a nearfield situation in my small office space.
I'm still waiting to hear back from a "specialized team" at Massdrop who is supposed to be handling this. Has anyone else experienced this sort of issue?
fearlessraccoon
What is your speaker efficiency?
do these have enough power to use with kef LS50's?
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Davestef
Lol its 3w per channel
Davestef
You can buy 2 of them to use as a 200 usd monoblocks
Can I connect it to an amp or power amp by controlling the volume. Basically looking for a change in sound signature.
zamlock
You can connect a preamp to this amp, but you cannot connect an amp to this amp.
The bugle boy is reference to sought after vintage tubes. Which if you are a tube head and know what it is in reference to, is even more eye-rolling. I'm pondering picking one up to power an old pair of JBLs that I've used as nearfields. Or to power some passive single driver reference cubes. If I do, I will certainly sand that crappy artwork off of the front.
Remove Corny Graphic?
I'm wondering if any one has removed the corny screen print graphics on the front of the unit. The script font and the anthropomorphized Tube playing a horn are a bit too much for my tastes.
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Hey. That's interesting. i did not know this. I don't know that it makes it better or worse... I don't suspect that the tubes on these are Amperex.
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Small, when used on a tube, that trademark is not too bad. But at the size and contrast it displays on the front of these amps.
mmmmmmdrop
Too much to go into here. "Tube Rolling" i.e. trying different tubes in your amp is one of the side benefits/activities hobby of tube gear besides the great sound. Most of the new tubes sound inferior to the ones made in the in the 50-80's. Construction, material quality, (some even had gold pins!) skill in assembly all were factors, Plenty of "new old stock" tubes are available from tube retailers and eBay to support your quest in achieving the perfect sound balance for you. Have fun.
Does it come with any power cord and speaker cables? If not, what kind of speaker cables are recommended?
Schatt
No power cable, no speaker cable.
Speaker cable personal choice, I used some ofc speaker cable I already had in the garage placed plugs on each end and connected to some Tannoy Saturn speaker.
David_L
Thanks, David.
Personally, I think it is poor business decision not to include, at the least, a power cable.
Does anyone else use a preamp with this amp?
Dacer238
I don't own a preamp, but have used a tube buffer with this. It does add a subtle layer of depth to the music, but sometimes I prefer the sound w/o the buffer.
It says that this amp has "Output impedance: 8/6/4 ohm (Japan Z11-EI48*24 output transformers)", but from what I can see from the picture, the output is either 4 ohms or 8 ohm. Will it work with my Beovox c75s which are 6 ohms?
Mr.Ting
Should work just fine. In principle it's safer to use the 4 ohm speaker outputs i.e. have bit higher impedance load than the amp expects. Then again the amp is tiny and currents are small so there shouldn't be a problem. What I've heard is that the weak point is the tiny swithed-mode power supply that they put in these chi-fi tube amps. That's the way to make tube amps lightweight and cheap.
Was wondering if would work with my B&W LM1. They say 100W/ 8ohm.
hms321
8ohms yes but efficiency needs to be high 90db and above
Arrived last Wednesday, only cabled up over the weekend.
Grabbed a pair of Tannoy Saturn S8 speakers from my garage (Not an ideal choice, but what I had on hand at the time).
Drove the speakers fine, had running for 3 hours using Philips 5654 instead of the stock tubes. Will wait for them to burn in before submitting a review, certainly a fine product for the price point.
This was delivered on Monday, I set it up and tested on Wednesday, listened for maybe 2 hours on Thursday, then found on Friday morning that one of the larger tubes wasn’t working; on closer inspection, the glass was cracked. I noticed from the start that this particular tube was not glowing as brightly as the others, though it was functioning. Did I get shipped a bad tube? Did I do something wrong? Is there a warranty, and is this covered? Not exactly thrilled…
The email confirmation for my order states: “We expect your order to ship by Mon Aug 20 2018”. Seems quite far in the future. I wonder if anyone else have similar waiting time.
Voeboe
I ordered mine during the prior drop on 6/7 with a promised ship by date of 7/10. I received mine on 6/29. It was my 1st order with MD but that time seems appropriate. If my experience is any indication you could receive yours a week or 2 earlier. The short wait was worth it to save almost $50 vs the least expensive unit I could find on the web. Does that date match the date listed while the drop was active?
maclem53
I ordered mine on the 4th of July
Never joined a drop before ,total newbie. Does this amp come in 230v? How much is shipping to Singapore? What happens after the warranty period - I assume there is a warranty? - and it breaks down, do you return it to seller for repairs? Thanks for reading and replying!
My 1st purchase from Massdrop arrived 6/29. Promised ship by 7/10. Well done Massdrop. Original box inside a larger box with plenty of protection. Got the orange because I didn't like the other colors. At night it looks closer to gold than orange. For the record, the "bugle boy" is cool. I also have some tubes with the Amperex "Bugle Boy". Loaded it with GE JAN5654W tubes that have a few hundred hours on them, so can't compare to the 6j1's provided. Doubt they ever see any use. Doesn't have the bass of my vintage PP amp but it wasn't $100. As you can see, I have it off the ground to provide a chimney effect for cooling the unit. Heat is a killer for tube amps and I do this for all my tube units. No legs, so you will want to provide some measure of protection for where this is sitting. I had plenty of power cords from discarded monitors etc so not providing one with the unit is no issue. Really enjoying this little 4 tube unit especially since I'm running AC during this hot stretch of summer.
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bananas in (current year) ????????
iKnowThings
Would you mind to explain, this is an entry level amp (2013). Even highend amps are capable of banana plugs, maybe i'm misunderstanding something, but i'm willing to learn!
iKnowThings
There's regular RCA line-level ins. The bananas are for speaker output. Quite common and relevant solution still when the amp is just too small to host big speaker terminals, and something like Speacons would be a total overkill
Will this little thing be able to drive two 4 ohm 50 watt car speakers? I included a picture of their specs.
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I think this 3W amp will drive your 8 ohm speakers just fine. 87 dB /1W is quite an ok sensitivity. I have a home-made 1+1 W tube amp connected to somewhat similar 2-way speakers, and it's surprisingly loud. I've found tube amps to be much louder than what the power output suggests.
hiilari
Thanks for your reply! I'll definitely take that into account.
What's the point if you don't have usb connection for using on pc with sound card on mainboard? Should I use some external soundcard for that amp? Output from pc is not the best idea i think.
500plus
I used a 1/8" to L & R RCA's cable connected from headphone out on my PC to the RCA's aux in on my tube units. Did this for 2 years before deciding to add an external DAC that had USB. You might be pleasantly surprised by the quality of your sound card. It is also highly dependent on your speakers.
500plus
This is an amp. What you want is a DAC+Amp.
Anyone have experience with this amp using 16 ohm speakers? Thanks
maclem53
I have. DIY 1-way speakers with Tangband 16 ohm fullrange elements (love 1-way speakers for background listening - that old school tube radio sound). Works absolutely fine, and gets way too loud for me after volume knob is at 12 o'clock. Too high an impedance shouldn't be a problem, way too low can be.
hiilari
Thanks for the response. I am currently enjoying this amp with a pair of econo loaded EV Aristocrats. They are my 1st full range drivers. At 16 ohm I was pretty sure they would be an acceptable but it's nice to know someone else is enjoying it with their 16 ohm full range drivers.
What are the two black ports on the back of the unit labeled with the letter “G”? There is one on each side. Thanks!
RJ-Chicago
“G” is sometimes substituted for - negative/black. “G“ being referenced here as common or ‘ground’, or ‘reference’. Hook up the left and corresponding right black speaker wires and you will have a nice little amp. You will need high efficiency speakers like Klipsch, and some nice NOS tubes will complement well.
Hi all,
Can anyone help me out? I'm pretty new to the audiophile game and am a little lost. I have a Pyle PLTTB3U USB Turntable. I have recently in the past few months purchased the Little Dot MKIII and have connected this turntable to that device. I don't have a good pair of cans yet, so I've been primarily using the Little Dot MKIII as as preamp into my Sony Receiver. Originally i had the record player on phono, but when I had it all connected correctly to the Phono channel of my receiver, i would hear these slight bumps in the background, kinda like a bassey, rythmic thud. When i switch the record player to digital, and plug the little dot mkiii to a digital channel in the receiver, no thuds.
I've joined this drop in hopes that I can replace my receiver with this tube amplifier, but I'd like to have it come out as an analog sound. Is the Little Dot MKIII and this APPJ mini2013 meant to be DACs? Should i be playing around with the gain switches in the little dot mkIII to get rid of the thuds? would it even be worth using the little mk3 as a preamp, connecting to this APPJ mini2013?
EDIT: as a side note, those thuds aren't coming from any music. if you're not playing a record at all, and raise the volume, you can hear the thuds. i'm assuming it's the electrical currents of the tubes but i can't be sure.
Thanks for anyone who can help!
Anyone using this Grado’s? Preferably the 325e?
Billybarool
I think you would be better off getting a headphone amp personally. Also i think Grado's sound better on solid state amps.
Anyone have this thing hooked to a pair of powered speakers (i.e. Mackie CR 5s)?
rdodev
This is an amp itself, so it cannot be used with powered speakers. Powered speakers have an amp built in.
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I bought it at a higher price few years back. Not a day I don't love this little guy. The bass from this unit is way more solid than from my SS amp.
Hello,
could someone owning this amp measure that area. There are millions of stickers out there, something should work to hide that :)
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Thanks in advance!
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As I recall, it was shaken or stirred...
Makami
I love that cartoon design! Definitely retro-looking. I guess each to their own...
At this price, can you bridge the amp into a mono block and purchase two? They would look great sitting on top of each speaker...
tdembsky
Not saying it's a good idea, because I have no idea, but I'd try it if I had two! One is actually too loud for my living room.
I wish it didn't have that stupid drawing and cursive writing on it.
teandro
It's worth it!