Months ago, a fellow audiophile approached us and gave us some Philips PCL85 tube. He initially asked for only a very entry level PCL85, using a pair of very raw guitar amp like OPT for the job, to be mounted on an aluminum plate.
Upon listening to our entry level 6B4G DHSET (on the right) driving Zu Audio Soul Superfly and Usher Dancer Mini-X, he was hooked and wanted his PCL85 to be upgraded to a full fledged PCL85. As usual, our favorite is the Z11 cores and therefore we recommended a full Z11 vacuum tube amplifier.
Enjoy the pictures! Highlights below:
- ALIS-5SE MK2 - output transformer used
- Z11 power transformers
- Z11 choke (good for choke-input rectification)
- Teflon tube sockets
- Mode select - Triode/Pentode/Super-Linear
- Stepped attenuator
- Oil capacitors for driver-stage
- Panasonic electrolytic for power-stage
- Choke-input tube rectified (5X4G and 5U4G compatible)
- Extra suspension and heat sink for PCL85 tube
- Rigid full aluminum chassis with low center-of-gravity wide body
|Z11 Transformers (power, choke and output transformer)|
|Light's off view of PCL85 & 5X4G|
|Nightlight in action - driving a pair of Zu Audio Soul Superfly|
|Nightlight PCL85 Tube Amplifier|
|Nightlight VS 6B4G SET|
|Deep low solid bass, extended highs, warm midrange, what more can I ask for?|
How does it fair? I'm sorry. It has no place in this setup. It was too veiled, lifeless and harmonic-less when compared, pale...
J&K Audio Design
7th SEP 2014