300B / 2A3 SE TUBE AMPLIFIER DIY KIT
Directly-heated triode tubes like the 300B and 2A3 enjoy an enduring popularity among audiophiles. The 300B with its rich midrange and extended bass - and 2A3 with its delicate expression and gentle tone - they offer a very special sonic experience. These two tubes, similar in appearance but very different in characteristics, can both be used in TU-8900 without any special changes in amplifier settings. Many manufacturers are producing 300B and 2A3 tubes so users can enjoy trying the various versions available in the market.
Automatic detection of 300B and 2A3 tubes
300B and 2A3 tubes look similar but their respective filament voltages and operating parameters are totally different. Their supply voltages need to be adjusted depending on which of these tubes are used in the same amp. In TU-8900, the tubes installed are detected automatically and the correct filament voltage and voltage of B-power are automatically set. When 300B tubes are installed, the LEDs on the sides of the volume knob will light up in blue. If 2A3 tubes are installed, the volume knob LEDs will light up in green. Additionally, these LEDs on the right and left side of the volume knob will turn red when there is excessive current due to defective tubes, etc., and the current is shut down to protect the amplifier. The red LEDs will also diagnose the problematic tube - the right side of the volume knob turns red when excess current occurs in the right channel, and vice versa.
Warm-up time for directly heated tubes and indirectly heated tubes are different. In most designs, directly heated tubes warm up faster than indirectly heated tubes. So directly heated tubes are often overloaded. With TU-8900, the voltage is gradually raised and reduces the level of overload to the directly heated tubes.
12BH7A also usable instead of 12AU7
TU-8900 is designed to use 12AU7 as voltage amplification tubes. However 12BH7A, with high driving ability, can also be used instead of.
Ample space for larger coupling capacitors
Coupling capacitors can have a big effect on the sound quality. For the TU-8900, high quality conductive polymer electrolytic caps and polypropylene film caps are provided. However, exchanging for other coupling capacitors is also possible. The maximum size of the caps that can fit in the space is 22 mm in diameter x 44 mm in length.
Matching headphone impedance/volume levels
You can change the headphone impedance/volume levels by simply removing the front panel and change the position of a short pin.
Newly designed circuitry
The power transformer has independent windings for the right and left channel to minimize the interference between channels as much as possible. The filament power uses the latest DC-DC converter with extremely low noise and high efficiency. Schottky barrier diodes and fast recovery diodes are used as rectifying diodes that reduce even the most negligible noise spikes. Listeners can enjoy music free from noise even when using a pair of high efficiency headphones. The main circuit of the power unit is unitized per channel as a module.
Easily change the feedback setting to NON-NFB
Many triode tube amps use negative feedback in their design. The TU-8900 has an option for listeners to hear the triode tube sound without negative feedback. In TU-8900, changing the position of a short plug on the PCB can change the setting to NON-NFB. The gain level increases by approx. 8 dB when NON-NFB setting.
Updated, more reliable tube sockets
After brainstorming with our manufacturer, we have come up with more reliable 4-pin sockets for 300B / 2A3. Tubes are mounted safely and securely when installed in these sockets.
High heat-resistant polycarbonate tube cage
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) sets guidelines on thermal limits on materials and parts, such as a chassis and the tube cage. The TU-8900 tube cage top can heat up to 100 °C due to the heat from the output tubes. A robust polycarbonate tube cage with high heat resistance is used to meet the IEC standard.
Elekit TU-8900 with 300B tubes
Elekit TU-8900 with 2A3 tubes
Elekit TU-8900 with cover
Back of Elekit TU-8900
Available versions or TU-8900E vs TU-8900VK
There are two available versions of this kit - TU-8900E and TU-8900VK. Version E is a full kit prepared for european power lines with standard output transformers. TU-8900VK is a kit WITHOUT output transformers, ready for installation of Lundahl output transformers (purchased separately). Except output transformers both kits are exactly the same.