Saturday, May 1, 2021

Hi-Fi for the Deck: Rpi3B >TDA1543x4 DAC > Simple Triode SE6V6 amp > EV Sonocaster

Spring and Fall are the best seasons to enjoy food and drinks on our deck. To complement the beautiful atmosphere, I assembled an e-z to set up and dismantle hifi system!

Music Source

This stack consists of a Raspberry Pi 3B loaded with Volumio music player/streamer tethered to a Signstek USB to SPDiF converter which connects to a Muse TDA1543x4 Non-OverSampling DAC.

Volumio offers a wide choice of radio stations streaming MP3 files up to 320 Kbps. The Radio Paradise channel has even started broadcasting FLAC files. ๐Ÿ‘


In the late 80s, I built my first amplifier from scratch using transformers from a cosmetically challenged Dyna SCA35. I used this paraphase circuit from the Dynaco Transformer Catalog with a 6SL7 driving a pair of push-pull 6V6s. Musically, I preferred this amp to my then highly modified Dyna ST70 and pair of MKIVs.

6V6Gs courtesy of John Piro

Since I always had reservations about the 1626 triode's musical abilities, I converted the JEL Darling Style amp to use triode connected 6V6s. Wow!๐Ÿ‘

Input sensitivity = 0.3V, no need for a preamp
This amp also does a good job of driving my collection of orthodynamic headphones via adapter.

Triode connected 6V6s mimic directly heated triodes much better! ๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽธ


This pair of Electro-Voice Sonocasters came from the flea market. I guesstimate the sensitivity to be in the mid 90s dB @ 1W @ 1M. Driven by 1.4 triode watts per channel from the SE6V6 amp, I sure won't be annoying the neighbors. ๐Ÿคฃ

The 8" drivers are unmarked but look very much like MC-8s - not quite an Altec 755C or Pioneer PIM8L in terms of refinement or realism, but not too shabby either + a lot more rugged!

Happy Listening!๐Ÿป

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