Over the past year, the good folks at TubeDepot have been expanding their line up of hi-fi tube amplifier kits. They have been carrying the inexpensive S-5 electronics tube amp kits for many years now and it is one of these low-cost tube amp kits that got me started with tubes. Late in 2009 TubeDepot added the OddWatt Audio OddBlock monoblock KT77 tube amp kits and that kit was followed up just a few weeks later with the Elekit TU-879S single-ended 6L6 tube amp kit.
Just a few days ago we were very pleased to see that they have added another pair of single-ended tube amplifier kits to their growing line up.
Elekit TU-870R Stereo Tube Amp Kit
The smaller of the two kits is the Elekit TU-870R which is a small single-ended 6BM8 / ECL82 tube amp rated at about 2W per channel. The 6BM8 (ECL82) tube contains both a power pentode and triode is a single glass envelope so only one tube is used per channel.
The Elekit TU-870R kit comes complete with an enclosure and is neatly priced at $349.95US (April 2010). The kit is available with a choice of 1a 20V or 220V power transformer. With only 2W of output this kit will need to be matched with high sensitivity loudspeakers.
Link to Kit - Elekit TU-870R Kit @ TubeDepot
Elekit TU-8300 Stereo Tube Amplifier Kit
For those who are looking for more power output and true triode sound, there is the Elekit TU-8300 Stereo Tube Amplifier Kit which is based around 300B tubes. The 300B is a directly heated power triode tube which was first introduced in 1937. A 12AT7 (dual triode) is used to drive the 300B. Power output is about 8W per channel.
The Elekit TU-8300 300B tube amplifier kit comes complete with an enclosure that includes a removable cover to keep curious hands and paws away from the hot vacuum tubes. The 300B kit is priced at $1199US (April 2010). The power transformer can be used with 100V / 120V / 220V / 240V mains.
Link to Kit - Elekit TU-8300 Kit @ TubeDepot
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