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Romy the Cat


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Yes, it kind of white out.
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The feed from feedback goes directly to the grid of the second stage. So the left side of feedback resistor and 110pf cap are connected together. Here is the better drawing of of my final version wit elimination of the cathod cap in the second stages. The idea is still very much the same.

EAR834PT.jpg


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Nice Schematic
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Thanks Funny I was just reading your thread that has this schematic... interesting stuff.
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drdna
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Post ID: 9151
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EAR 834P without ET step up?
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I recently could not pass up a good deal on a EAR 834P MM, so I will have the opportunity to compare it to my current phono stage. It is funny since I had planned to listen to EAR phono stage in my system about 10-15 years ago when I lived in Santa Monica. The week I planned to go over to the EAR place, there was a major earthquake and everything was in disarray for a while. I never got around to it after that.

Today it has arrived on my doorstep and I will begin preparations to listen and to make modifications based on the End of Life path. I hope it will be instructive.

Are there any more changes that have been made beyond what is discussed in this thread that are suggested?

Also, I do not have a step up transformer, since all my cartridges are high output so I feel it is not necessary. However, Romy mentions the desire to use a step up transformer EVEN with high output devices because of a desirable character of the sound. I wonder WHAT is this character? Does the EAR 834P circuit demand a transformer coupling with the cartridge for some reason?

Adrian
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Romy the Cat


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Let it run run as it for a few month...
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I do not have good-sounding high output cartridges; my most high-voltage cartridge is SPU MONO that is 3mV I believe. I have 5mV Grado $300 Platinum Ref that is high-voltage cartridge but is sounds not seriously. My desire to bring my 3mV SPU via my step up us because I very much like how the sound sounds after it goes through the ET magnetics. Also the SPU driven directly to phonostage would require a different loading… There is nothing in EAR 834P that “demands a transformer coupling”. I personally like when a phonostage outputs a LOT of voltage, but this is another story. Anyhow, I have a limited experience of using the EAR 834P with a transformer – I never had ways to do it and all my better needles are MC cartridges.

If I were you and would consider do anything with EAR 834P then I would let it to play as it is, trying to learn if I like it. The mods will improve it but the general character you shell be able to recognize “as is”. Put better tubes in there and let it to play for while. Might I ask what phonostage you use now?

The Cat


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drdna
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Current phono stage
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This is always good advice, to get to know the character of the phono stage. Because my favorite cartridges are not low voltage (I use Decca London Jubilee and Reference) I have never had a need for the ET SU-1 step up unit. In fact, I had this in my stereo for some time, but got rid of it, because I could not hear a difference for higher output cartridges. Since I stopped using Koetsu and other low output cartridges, there was no need in my mind.

I have had in my system different phono stages over the years, like Mark Levinson, Burmester, Classe, PS Audio, Audio Research, Conrad Johnson, Counterpoint, Audible Illusions, Paragon, BAT, Herron. However, what I have been using consistently and which I have not found an improvement on is my modified Threshold FET-10, which is hard wired to a hand made passive preamplifier. It has a certain "random factor" live quality which is lost with other phono stages I have tried.

Adrian
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Romy the Cat


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Interesting how you found the 834PT
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Very good! It is very interesting how you will find the 834PT. Even in stock version (but with OK tubes) I found it demonstrate some interesting qualities. Do not use the 834PT output attenuator of you have one on the unit and make sure that the needle is loaded properly. The stock 834PT I belie come at 47K. I do not know your Decca cartridges but if they are MC and have high output then they shell have a LOT of wire on them and therefore might have very high impedance. So, it is most likely that 47K will work out for Decca. Still it is very simple to change the loading resistor to whatever you to.


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OK Tubes?
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 Romy the Cat wrote:
Even in stock version (but with OK tubes) I found it demonstrate some interesting qualities.

So you do not recommend the stock tubes? Is it a specific change you recommend?

 Romy the Cat wrote:
I do not know your Decca cartridges but if they are MC and have high output then they shell have a LOT of wire on them and therefore might have very high impedance.
Decca cartridges are not MC or MM. The stylus attaches to a thin flexible foil directly flexing in a magnetic field. There is no cantilever. The total moving mass is thus greatly reduced. Very dynamic, very musical, very detailed, but most importantly it has the hard to obtain "unpredictable" live sound.

Adrian
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Paul S
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Your Own Tube Lore
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Adrian, I wonder how you wound up with the never-mentioned FET 10?  FWIW, it was one of the better all around phono stages I've heard, and - not that it matters - I prefer it to the EAR 834 I heard.  Is this another case where it's full of old caps?  I would not be at all surprised if futzing with those caps might yield as many benefits as playing with tubes, etc. in another phono stage.

I thought the point of selecting tubes is to use those that most closely meet your own requirements, since it's a given that they do not all perform alike.  The best I have been able to do is to get a basic idea of which tubes to avoid or which might be candidates to try for any given, system-dependent application.  Then, I pay my money, and I simply take my chance.

Meanwhile, the more "clear" my own phono stage has become, the more obvious the differences between tubes has become; and not just by make and model, but also sample-to-sample differences.  And, just to further confuse the matter, I wound up going back to a "more clear" tube in the K & K after I broke in the "double twister" IC, which had the effect of dropping the system balance a little.  I also wrote about my own most recent "interesting" experience with tubes (in the ML2 thread), when a new pair of input tubes gave me "the best sound to date" --  apart from a disappointing cut in harmonics, compared to the otherwise-lesser tubes.  Basically, it's proven to be yet another hi-fi pisser that tubes  -  even "good" tubes  -  are just another annoying variable.  And if we're talking [potentially] "good" 12AX7s, then we're talking yet another expensive variable/pisser.

Best regards,
Paul S
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Romy the Cat


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834P re-tubing.
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 drdna wrote:
So you do not recommend the stock tubes? Is it a specific change you recommend?

Better tubes will certainly give you better sound, in many cases more sophisticated sound. I do not know what tubes EAR uses as stock tubes nowadays, they might be acceptable. I bought my EAR near 10 years back, in London, and it came with EAR’s own rebranded Chinese tubes. They were OK but not great and there were a lot much better options.

The subject of 834P re-tubing is well coved elsewhere, with all expected candidates. I usually hesitant to give any recommendations for “improvement” if a request does not contain any defined and specific complain about the current results.

The Cat


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Tubes in the 834p circuit
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 Romy the Cat wrote:
I usually hesitant to give any recommendations for “improvement” if a request does not contain any defined and specific complain about the current results.
Naturally, this makes sense. My question was actually specifically about the choice of tubes for the EAR 834p topology. Since we both deal with EAR 834p in context of high efficiency horn loudspeaker system, I thought it might be interesting to see if you thought any specific tube was well suited to this application or just "any" good tube is fine.

Smile
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History of phono stage
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 Paul S wrote:
Adrian, I wonder how you wound up with the never-mentioned FET 10? I prefer it to the EAR 834 I heard. Is this another case where it's full of old caps? I would not be at all surprised if futzing with those caps might yield as many benefits as playing with tubes, etc.
Ha ha. I have had the FET-10 for more than 20 years. I got this and SA-3 amplifiers from Nelson Pass when he still owned Threshold. Everything with various modifications with capacitor changes, wiring changes, etc., but the greatest benefit was coupling to a passive line stage, making the FET-10 phono stage especially magical sounding. Every other phono stage I have purchased or borrowed has inevitably left and the FET-10 has remained, however, I have never heard the EAR 834p. We will see.

 Paul S wrote:
Meanwhile, the more "clear" my own phono stage has become, the more obvious the differences between tubes has become
Why would the circuit be becoming more sensitive to tube choice? I wonder if it is something about the toplogy?

Also Paul, you have clearly heard EAR 834p and the FET-10 in your system apparently. I believe you now have the K&K. I would be instructive to hear your thought on these different units, primarily to have more insight into how you listen. I will at some point make my own comments on the comparison of EAR 834p and FET-10 and we can then see if we listen in a similar way or not. I believe you know my suspicion, based on my theory of human listening.

Adrian
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Romy the Cat


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It might be used whatever you wish in the 834P
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I have seen people use 12AU7, 12AT7, the circuitry might be tweaked and it will accept anything. I use a 7025 in second stage (look into the linked thread “Once more unto the phonostage dear friend!”). Hey, I even used a transistor as follower! I know Dima has instead in input stage a nuvistor… We also run 2-stage vision of 834P with pentode 7788 in fist stage.  So, anything will work in there if the circuit is properly adjusted for the given tube/s. How will it all to Sound is another story…

The 12AX7 is very common tube. If you do not have a stash of your favorite 12AX7 tubes (like none of your electronics use it for instance) then I would not urge to run and to pay $200 for a 3 good 12AX7 but use whatever 834P comes with. Since you are just trying it then it is good idea to borrow the good tubes from some of your local guy.

BTW, the 834P is quite sensitive to electricity that is able to destroy it’s sound much more then bad tubes…

The Cat


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Paul S
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The Power of Imagination?
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Sorry, Adrian, I did not hear either phono stage in my present system, nor did I A/B them, but I "compared" them in my "aural memory", with the actual listening sessions spaced several years apart.  Back around the time of the FET 10, maybe a little before, Berning also put out a couple of units (TF10/TF12, I think) that could also be made to sound pretty good.  Then everything got worse for a long time.  When the FET got old enough that I could afford one, I wound up buying the AI M3A, which gave me the impression it could be a world-beater...  if...  and I got caught up in modding it for years, until I found a hot-rodded hair-shirt K&K that someone else had already done most of the work on.  That was a lucky stroke; it was a nice change to have so little to do to dial the thing in!  I have already written lots about the K&K in its own thread, and I will be happy answer questions about it there.

I heard the 834 compared to a Klyne in someone else's system.  I did not wind up wanting it like I did the FET.  I found the 834 to be somewhat thick, congested and slow, not special, and not just compared to the Klyne, which went too far the other way, especially with the big B&W speakers.  I heard the FET with big Fulton speakers (very good, actually, just not efficient).  I thought the FET had very good range and wonderful balance, and I do not mean that as faint praise.  We tried two different cartridges and it made their differences and the weaknesses and strengths of each quite clear without creating "issues".  Early MOSFET stuff was pretty fuzzy, and there was none of that.  It was basically neutral without being boring, which I think is swell and all too rare; a good beginning, at the minimum.  The best Fultons could do color as well as any speakers I have ever heard, and the FET made them sound alive on that level, and the same with that very rare "relaxed" low-level detail.  I really wanted one, but at the time they were too expensive.  Then, they all just disappeared.

Best regards,
Paul S
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Sensitivity Training
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I would not say the circuit (per se) was becoming more sensitive to tube choice (and neither would I claim it's not...); I would say that as I have developed the system I have been better and better able to hear what more and more pieces in the system-wide "circuit" are doing, including tubes, so it's no longer just a matter of choosing tube type but it has also proven worthwhile to select particular tubes, according to the audible effect they have, within the system.  Rather like VTA (or IC), actually.  But I've had this problem for years, and I think lots of other people also have this gift/curse.  And I'll bet lots more people still could develop the gift/problem if they just listened "consistently" with any kind of objectivity, let alone any idea of what music actually sounds like, and they went and paid attention to where their ears and taste took them.  I see this as similar to (but not the same as) "spice-ing" the system, except the different tubes seem to have somewhat "deeper" effects than IC (once you get past the obvious dreck, of course).  And, like Romy said, I don't see what difference any of it makes in a phono stage if the electricity is not primo.  Really, I think it's just simple fooling around to swap phonostage parts unless the electricity is primo and one has good targeted listening skills.

It would be funny to find out it's true, but I would not be surprised if the FET 10 and the K & K sounded more alike than different, and certainly more alike than my K & K and the 834 I heard.  How would that be explained by topology?  I mean, go figure.  Or the Boulder's "limitless" thing...  from freaking op amps?  What the hell is that?

Again, I am interested to see what might come from the "which-component-in-what-topology" theory, but my inner Raymond Lull always winds up rearing its head, and I can't help but think that the actual matter is considerably more complicated - arcane, even - and not so easily nailed down, in practice.

Best regards,
Paul S
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Modification to the Ear 834P
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Hello to everyone, am new to the sight.  Been reading for a while and decided to mod my 834.  I've had the unit since '96, purchased new from the local dealer.  I have noticed a few differences from the schematic, the 220K load resistors R10 and R110 are absent.  Following the coupling caps are jumpers labeled P2 and P102 to traces in the circuit board.  Following the traces to the center of the board, there is a 100 ohm resistor in series with each coupling cap R18 and R118.  Both traces seem to be connected to 47K ohm resistors R17 and R117, there also are two, 10K ohm resistors in the same area R19 and R119.  Does any one know what the purpose of these resistors is for?  Do I need to add in the 220K ohm resistors?  None of the above resistors are on the schematic provided with the 834 or on the schematic on the web sight.  Also would someone be kind enough to chime in with some recommendations for coupling caps.  Space provided is tight.  Just curious as to what other users find to be the best in the coupling positions.  Thanks in advance, Valves
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To keep the Ear loaded.
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 valves wrote:
Hello to everyone, am new to the sight.  Been reading for a while and decided to mod my 834.  I've had the unit since '96, purchased new from the local dealer.  I have noticed a few differences from the schematic, the 220K load resistors R10 and R110 are absent.  Following the coupling caps are jumpers labeled P2 and P102 to traces in the circuit board.  Following the traces to the center of the board, there is a 100 ohm resistor in series with each coupling cap R18 and R118.  Both traces seem to be connected to 47K ohm resistors R17 and R117, there also are two, 10K ohm resistors in the same area R19 and R119.  Does any one know what the purpose of these resistors is for?  Do I need to add in the 220K ohm resistors?  None of the above resistors are on the schematic provided with the 834 or on the schematic on the web sight.  Also would someone be kind enough to chime in with some recommendations for coupling caps.  Space provided is tight.  Just curious as to what other users find to be the best in the coupling positions.  Thanks in advance, Valves
I moved you post to the thread where it is belong; I hope you do not mind. I would not comment upon coupling caps as it would look as “recommendation without context”, something that I do not practice at my site. Regarding the R10 resistor, yes, keep it. This resistor is a bleeder – it discharges the output cap. If it has a significantly high volume, like 100K-300K then it has no impact when the corrector is running. However, when the corrector is off and there is no bleeder after the out caps then switching the corrector cables might create loud clicks. So, the R10 resistor is an assurance that the output cap will always loaded. It has no impact to sound of the corrector.

The Cat 


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Bleeder resistors.
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Thanks for the reply.  My 834 came from the factory without the 220k ohm resistors.  I was wondering if I should go ahead and add them while I still have the unit apart.  I purchased Caddocks for the repalcements but alas no where to put them without adding a few holes in the board, or maybe some other kind of bandaid.  Also curious as to the other 6 resistors R18 and R118, R17 and &117, and R19 and R119.  The last four seem to be connected to the output traces and ground.  None of these resistors are on the available schematics, I may be parting hairs here, just wondered what I leave them in or take them out, Thanks again, Valves
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Martin Ruppel’s assault on EAR834P
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I do not read German but here is another renderation of my 834P

http://www.jogis-roehrenbude.de/Leserbriefe/Martin-Ruppel-Phonoamp/MRuppel-Phonoamp.htm

I do not know what Martin ended up with and how it sound. It looks like he use huts MM needles. Still, the pictures are self-explanatory…

The  Cat


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Labeling problem on 834p circuit
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looks like heater inductors wrong label on the 834ptf schema. But i guess we dont realy need chokes anyways. 
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Copper air caps
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Ive heard you mention copper air caps before.  Do you have reason to think they would actually make any difference vs alu.
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