New SET.....

Runs a bit warmer than some of my other amps....but coupled with my Altec Model 14 it sounds wonderful!!!
I am just getting acquainted with it....been spenind the past days listening to it's smaller brother the 205a mkII
 

paulbottlehead

Active Member
Be sure to have a look at the cathode bypass caps on the inside. The last one of those that I worked on had cooked its cathode bypass caps since it uses mixed bias. I ended up replacing them and relocating them further away from the cathode resistors.
 
And one tip I´ve got for the A318B was to replace the original cathode bypass caps with
Nichicons 100 mFd. 250-350 V, (105 degree) or similar capacitor as a suitable replacement.
Which is my next welding project!

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I agree the baby A205 SEP EL84 amp MK II with upgrades as well....quite a lovely little amp. Has amazing 3-d quality to the sound-stage.
I think my only observation is that it has a lot of "gain" with the volume control, hardly turn it past 9 o'clock on the dial, but then my speakers are pretty efficient.almarro.jpg
 
"Watch out for the heat that some of the parts in that amp get exposed to!"

Seems like the early models of the A318 (without the B and without feedback) and the first generation of the A318B had these heat problems, later generations of the A318B seem to work much better and are exempt from this ???
 
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I agree the baby A205 SEP EL84 amp MK II with upgrades as well....quite a lovely little amp. Has amazing 3-d quality to the sound-stage.
I think my only observation is that it has a lot of "gain" with the volume control, hardly turn it past 9 o'clock on the dial, but then my speakers are pretty efficient.View attachment 35353
I have tried to get hold of a 205 for several years but they rarely appear on the used market in Sweden as the owners of these stubbornly refuse to let them go!
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
I have tried to get hold of a 205 for several years but they rarely appear on the used market in Sweden as the owners of these stubbornly refuse to let them go!
We have at least a three Almarro owners on the Haven, and I’m still hopeful one will sell theirs soon as these don’t come up for sale stateside often either. :)
 

Ernie

This was Nikki.
I have the first version, one of the first to arrive from Japan, when Venus HiFi was the national distributor. When the designer/builder Yoshihiro Muramatsu came over from Japan, for an AKFest, he brought a pair of speakers that he designed and built for the a205a. I got that hand-built pair of show speakers, when he didn't want to take them back. That combination took me off the acquisition path.

I took my a205a up to @billfort's, for a listening session with him and @prime minister. Hooked up to those beautiful Altecs, the almarro held its own, and then some. Even Bill was surprised.

Ray Logan (rayneman), his memory for a blessing, had a 318A and paired it up with Grumpy's Audio Note E's, at an early Fest. That room was the site of an infamous all-nighter. The perpetrators shall remain nameless. :zip
 
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