firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

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firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby hifinutt » Thu May 17, 2018 4:13 am

just a change from class D or cyrus amps are these valve hybrids . they are small , powerful and don`t need biasing

firebottle is a chap in the west midlands who makes very small quantities of kit and has acquired quite a reputation on art of sound forum

having heard these with my harbeth shl5plus and tannoy eaton legacy i decided to order a pair , they are fairly modest in price and take about 6-8 weeks to make

recently i got some impulse speakers for one of my listening rooms which are just fabulous , really they need a separate review but they have a BIG BIG sound and in the old days i would post pics but the cu site can`t take it now [ at least i find it harder to get them on]

so balanced in sound , very holographic . having had the naim supernait 2 on them i noted the tremendous imaging and realism of the sn2 but it was occassionally just slightly hard

these 2 small monoblocks with a valve each , give out 65 w into 8 ohms and run cool. you get the best of ss and valve and they sound very muscular and organic . early days yet but they get a big thumbs up and a couple of months ago i was enjoying he new magico A3 with about 100k of kit . this impulse / fb mono combo with a small velleman pre may not be quite as good but its not a million miles away !!!
1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit saga , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns

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Re: firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby hifinutt » Thu May 17, 2018 4:14 am

1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit saga , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns

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Re: firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby hifinutt » Thu May 17, 2018 4:16 am

here they are with my last pair of speakers , the amazing verity rienzi

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1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit saga , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns

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Re: firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby hifinutt » Thu May 17, 2018 4:17 am

1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit saga , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns

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Re: firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby caine » Fri May 18, 2018 1:56 pm

Thanks for the review Phil. Never come across firebottle before. I do like the look of the speakers.
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Re: firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby hifinutt » Fri May 18, 2018 3:08 pm

thanks caine , they are superb sounding . big airy and incredibly balanced . paul coupe of rfc does a very fine job . my new tannoy eatons are not getting much playtime !!!
1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit saga , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns

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Re: firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby hifinutt » Fri May 18, 2018 3:24 pm

they are about same size as monoblocks so very compact

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1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit saga , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns

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Re: firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks

Postby hifinutt » Fri May 18, 2018 3:26 pm

these are the external crossovers to speakers with very high quality stuff in

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and no fancy speaker cable either , just 2.5 van damme
1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit saga , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns